Garth Edmundson

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Garth C. Edmundson (b. 11 Apr 1892, Pennsylvania; d. 2 Apr 1971, New Castle, Pennsylvania) was an American organist, composer, music director, and music teacher.

Formal training[edit]

Edmundson studied music in Pittsburgh, New York, London, Paris, and at the Leipzig Conservatory. His instructors were Harvey Gaul, Lynnwood Farnam, Joseph Bonnet, and Isidor Philipp.

Professional career[edit]

Edmundson was an organist, music teacher, and director of music in several churches and schools in western Pennsylvania. Edmundson began his career as church organist and minister of music at First Presbyterian Church in New Castle and played special masses at St. Mary Church. He composed hundreds of compositions for organ, including

  • Impression Gothiques
  • Imagery in Tableaux
  • Vom Himmel Hoch

Honors and awards[edit]


Edmundson was a member of ASCAP and Trinity Episcopal Church. He also was a 32nd Degree Mason.

Selected published works[edit]

  • Four Modern Preludes on Old Chorals (Vater Unser - Eudoxia - Evan - Vom Himmel hoch)
  • Humoresque Fantastique
  • To the Setting Sun
  • Toccata on "How Brightly Shines the Morning Star"
  • Toccata-Prelude on "St. Ann's"
  • Garth Edmundson, In Modum Antiquum, Book Two, J. Fischer & Bro. (1936); Includes:
Pandean Pastoral
Caravan of the Magi
Humuresque Gracieuse
In Silent Night
Mereauesque Toccata
a selection of Edmundson's printed works is available here

Audio samples[edit]

  • Vom Himmel Hoch, Toccata, Prelude IV from Christus Advenit (Christmas Suite No. 2), based on the German Christmas carol "Vom Himmel Hoch"
  1. Video on YouTube, Graham Barber, organist, Schulze organ at St. Bartholomew's Church, Armley, England
  2. Video on YouTube, Cathedral Church of St. John the Evangelist, Salford, Greater Manchester, England
  3. Video on YouTube, Andrew Lucas, organist, St. Paul's Cathedral, London
  4. Video on YouTube, Ralph Cupper, organist


General citations

Inline citations

  1. ^ In 1985, ITT sold G.K. Hall & Co. to Macmillan Publishing
  2. ^ In 1985, ITT sold G.K. Hall & Co. to Macmillan Publishing