Required Resources: Organ
These little organ trios of Opus 49 are truly gems!
Each is exactly two pages long, laid out without page turns in our edition, and are offered by Rheinberger in a variety of keys and styles (though two of the trios, originally in "fringe" keys that force double sharps or double flats, have been transposed to more manageable signatures).
Best known as a teacher during his lifetime, Rheinberger (1839-1901) was a prominent composer in the Caecelian Movement in mid-19th century Germany.
Mendelssohn was influenced by the movement, which promoted classical values within the tradition of sacred music.
An accomplished organist, the young Josef was organist at his parish church in Vaduz (Liechtenstein) at seven years old.
He later became professor of organ and composition at the Munich Conservatory.
Among his pupils were Engelbert Humperdinck and Americans George Whitefield Chadwick and Horatio Parker.
Distinct from his contemporaries Widor, Vierne, Franck and Guilmant, Rheinberger used clean lines to create music of great clarity, with wonderful melodic creativity.
These Ten Trios for Organ make outstanding service music, particularly as preludes or communions.
Organ teachers should consider well their use for competent students, prior to delving into the superb trios of J.S. Bach.