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3 Part Organ Arrangements

John Philip Gloninger

"Ubi Caritas"

 "Veni Creator Spiritus"

"Of the Father's Love Begotten"

Icon of the trinity that Father Stanley brought to my attention.

"Parce Domine" 




"Pange Lingua" 

My 3 part organ arrangement proposal
(please click below)

Music for Liturgy

This is my drawing of my grandmother holding me in the summer of 1948.

"Our Father" (Chant)

"On Eagle's Wings"


"Sing Praise to Our Creator"

Summer 1948
My brother Andrew created this image of our grandmother.
Andrew. Gloninger
Summer 1916


"Lord of
e Dance"

My wife's painting of the Czech countryside with a procession of locals.

Gluck's Corner



"Lord of the Dance"

"Lord of the Dance"

This pedal-board video has 3 part audio for an arrangement of “O Sacred Head” 

The standard arrangement in hymn books has 67 notes in the pedal bass (each verse) and mine only 47. The standard has a dozen accidentals and mine none.

I would think, at a time when many organists don’t use pedals for the bass line, that arrangements like this could have potential for inspiring a turnaround of that trend.     John P. Gloninger


The recording of "Eagle's Wings" is actually an organ performance!  I was experimenting with a piano arrangement and as is almost always the case, found issues with my organ accompaniment needing revision.  I  air dropped the midi  signals from my organ performance to my yamaha electric piano  where the revisions could be incorporated by moving the piano roll signals to the revised positions.  Until health allows me to  make a better organ performance without the MIDI cutting, dragging and pasting, I've decided to post this "voiced-over" "piano" recording as an alternative to the accompaniment in all hymnals.

Credit to  my daughter-in-law, Catherine Danko, for pointing out  the need for “tightening up” the layout of my HOME PAGE &                                                                      IMPROVING THE APPEARANCE OF MY SCORES AND RECORDINGS LIBRARY ON THE "MUSIC PAGE"

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"Shining Shore"

Carol Gloninger

"For All the Saints"

"Shining Shore"

"For All the Saints"

The play buttons above activate 2 different "voice-over" renditions of my 3 part arrangement of

“For All the Saints”.

The standard 4 part

arrangement in hymn books has 207 notes and mine only 127. I'm convinced my much simpler version is just as rich, full and satisfying as the original! 

"For All the Saints"

My wife recently drew my attention to a “Cross Jewelers” catalogue advertisement featuring the Hymn “For All the Saints”.  The Ad writer’s special partiality for that particular Hymn, inspired me to take it on. Not long afterward, Rosalind Carter died, and my wife strongly encouraged me to watch her funeral on TV. (I avoid TV whenever possible.) On this occasion, I’m delighted to have followed her lead. I was spellbound by the Choir’s rendition of "Blessed Assurance, Jesus is Mine" and decided to take that up!

"Blessed Assurance, Jesus Is Mine"

Our Father (WLP arrg.)
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Immediately above is my performance (1/3/24) of the "Our Father" chant, as was arranged in a previous WLP Hymnal. I would never have played this and instead played my own arrangement for all the years I held the position for which I was hired in 2002. The score and performance for my own arrangement (the one I used back then) is immediately beneath my "Music for Liturgy" heading (just below the Icon of the Trinity) near the top of this Home Page.

I very recently discovered that the  WLP editors, at some point, decided to get a new arranger for the “Our Father” chant, to replace the collaborative setting I could have been using if I hadn't been inspired to come up with my own.

Although the previous arrangement is not particularly inspiring, the arranger WLP hired to replace it fell into the same trap! as his collaborating predecessors. The original chant melody never ventures below D at the lower end, or above G on the higher end. The earlier arrangers never figured out that the key they were working with included C#.  They both assumed the melody’s key was “G” . All the C “naturals” in their respective accompaniments do not make for a  satisfying singing or listening experience!  


I could have told them, after working awhile with my 3 part arrangement technique, that the melody’s actual key is D!


Compare the following (WLP) 4 part arrangement of the Sanctus (activate with the generic play button below) with my 3 part arrangement ((play button for that is the 3rd one down to the right of the Trinity Icon, at the head of this page)). The arrangement, performed below, is in the correct key! It's pleasant enough, if a little dreary. I think mine is much more energetic.

Sanctus (WLP arrg.)
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