Welcome to episode 20 of Secrets of Organ Playing Podcast!
This is Part 2 of our conversation with Michael Johnston and John Apple, American organists from Michael's Music Service, a blog and website dedicated to making old organ music live again (you can listen to Part 1 here).
Today they continue to share their ideas about what it takes to restore, reprint, and distribute organ music, most of which is otherwise unavailable.
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MMS "About Us" page contains information on Michael and John and links to social media. There is also a link with content about what they do called "Learn about sheet music restoration."
MMS Youtube channel contains interesting videos, but the one
that addresses restoration is:
The main channel is at:
The MP3s page:
Michael mentioned that for Christmas, an organist might like something NOT based on a well-known tune. In the Merkel, he shows a demonstration of different editions and he gives away the scan from an internet free source:
MMS blog contains a few biographies and a list of suggested pieces, such as marches and novelties:
Michael mentioned the roll by Clarence Eddy restored by David Rumsey:
John mentioned Will o' the Wisp. The article by Nevin that John mentioned is on this page as "What Small-Town Music Needs."
List of theatre organ music:
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Michael mentioned Lotus:
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