Organ Music for Lent

ash-wednesdayrecommended by Barb M, keyboard and folk music specialist

The word “lent,” is derived from the Anglo-Saxon word lencten, meaning “spring,” and lenctentid, meaning “springtime” and “March.” True to its name’s origin, Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on March 1 this year. This time of fasting, reflection, and preparation for the coming of Easter is musically marked with selections that reflect the solemnity of the season.

For organists looking for music appropriate for the five Sundays in Lent, we are eager to recommend two collections:

msm10-300Improvisations for the Lenten Season, Set 1 – Paul Manz

Ohio-born composer Paul Manz created this collection of six pieces; four of these are settings of “All Glory, Laud, and Honor” and two are settings of “ O Sacred Head, Now Wounded.”

augs-0800658973Lent – Augsburg Organ Library

This collection includes 33 selections by a wide variety of composers, including: Franklin D. Ashdown, Robert Below, James Biery, Marilyn Biery, J. Berr Carlson, G. Winston Cassler, David Cherwien, Pamela Decker, Emma Lou Diemer, Max Drischner, J. Wayne Kerr, Anton Wilhelm Leupold, Paul Manz, Gerald Near, Karl Osterland, Flor Peeters, R. Vaughan Williams, and Wayne L. Wold.

For more information about these collections, or other organ music, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at, or visit us online at or Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Barb M. has worked in the Keyboard Department at Stanton’s since 1981. An active folk musician in the Columbus area, Barb also works with ensembles at her church and plays in the Columbus State Concert Band. In her spare time, Barb loves working with animals and computer games.



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