Bill Erwin's organ arrangements were always the best! I would use them when teaching my advanced students, and struggled plenty on my own, learning many of the more difficult ones. I had always been a piano player - and I knew chords - but I still struggled with three staff organ arrangements - especially the good ones. When you played one of Bill Erwin's arrangements well, the organ would sing. Bill's understanding of tonality/harmony really made spectacular arrangements, and his personality was just as spectacular. I think it must have been around 1977 or so when he visited our central coast community and did a workshop for the teachers at our music studio. What a teacher and showman he was! Full of zest and so willing to share his knowledge and LOVE of music! Many years later, after a favorite adult organ student passed, I managed to purchase her used Lowrey Citation Theatre Spinet from a local used music store.(It had always been one of my favorite "home size" organs.) Inside the bench were several of Bill's books, which he had signed for her. I will treasure the books - and my memories of how Bill Erwin touched the lives of so many of us. Certainly memories to treasure!
As an adult beginning organ student in 1967, I lived by Bill Irwin's books. All were available everywhere.
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