Augsburg Fortress Re-releases Music Digitally

Oct 5, 2023 9:00:00 AM / by Augsburg Fortress

In the last year, a number of out-of-print music titles have been re-released as digital downloads on the webstore. This selection includes works for organ, piano, and a few items for keyboard and solo instruments.

We feel that making digital editions available is important for several reasons. Primarily we are delighted to respond to the needs of our customers who are finding greater use for digital products in their daily life and work.

For musicians, this has become helpful in the maintenance and organization of their performance calendars, especially for those who now routinely play their service music from a tablet rather than printed pages. The best part about purchasing a digital edition is that you can download it immediately and pay NO shipping!

Considering concerns for environmental justice and stewardship, the starkly rising cost of ink and paper, not to mention the clutter that looseleaf pages can create, the benefits of playing music from a display rather than from a printed page make good and sound sense.

For keyboardists, we want to highlight the following editions which are now available at as digital downloads:

Walter Pelz: Five Variations on Vom Himmel hoch

From an acknowledged master composer of chorale-based music for organ, this music is an eloquent expression of faith, art, and the joy of the Christmas season.

Mark Lochstampfor: Carols for Christmas

Of easy to medium difficulty for two or three manuals and pedal, organists will find this collection not only accessible but worthy of a place in their standard seasonal repertoire. 

David Dahl: Hymn Interpretations

Originally published in 1999, this collection of works by American composer and master teacher David Dahl offers fourteen chorale preludes on classic hymn melodies for use throughout the church year. 

Timothy Albrecht: Grace Notes for Organ

Designed as short hymn introductions for worship, Timothy Albrecht’s Grace Notes,” in 12 volumes, have become a repertoire mainstay for organists. Published between 1987 and 2005, the twelve books offer more than 100 settings of hymn and chorale melodies for the entire church year. A full tune index and along with sample pages is available on our webstore for reference.

Michael Hassell: The Jazz for Piano Collection

From 1995 to 2007, we published ten volumes of Michael Hassell’s piano jazz. The entire collection includes more than 80 stylized hymn tune arrangements that explore jazz style, tonality, and form. A full tune index and along with sample pages is available on our webstore for reference.

Rachel Trelstad Porter: two books of hymn arrangements for piano solo

Day by Day and Praise My Soul

Rachel Trelstad Porter’s creative and sensitive arrangements of beloved hymn tunes bring the art of piano music based on hymn tunes to serve in each season of the church year. Each book contains seven settings based on beloved melodies.

Michael Hassell: three books of hymn arrangements for piano with a solo instrument

Folkways, More Folkways, and Traveling Tunes

Knowing that there are always opportunities to feature an instrumentalist in worship, we offer these three outstanding collections from Michael Hassell. Each book download includes a full set of parts, typically for flute or clarinet, C instrument, or viola.

New digital products are frequently being added to our webstore, along with re-releases from our substantial music archives. We appreciate your support, we ask for blessings on your music ministry, and we thank you for joining with us as we continue to expand our catalog with digital performance editions.

Topics: Music Ministry, music

Augsburg Fortress

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Augsburg Fortress develops engaging resources for Lutheran congregations In our ministry as the publishing house of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, we create substantive and innovative materials to support the ministries of faith communities in communicating the good news of God's liberating grace. To meet the evolving needs of Lutheran communities, we continually invest in the development of new ministry resources, seeking ongoing input from theologians, educators, church leaders, and church members.

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