JOHNSON: Just as I am, played on Estey chapel organ
Charlotte Elliott (1789-1871) was an English poet and hymn-writer. She wrote the poem “Just as I am, without one Plea” in 1835 as a personal confirmation against spiritual conflict. The hymn-tune “Woodworth” was composed in 1849 by William B. Bradbury (1816-1868). Bradbury was an American organist, hymn-writer and teacher. This arrangement by David N. Johnson (1922-1987) for organ-manuals-only published in 1968. Johnson was an American organist, composer and teacher, whose “Instruction Book for Beginning Organists” has helped countless students, myself included. Thanks to Johnson’s daughter Teal for finding several of his pieces for manuals. The instrument is an Estey chapel-model reed organ, a “Style H” containing three full ranks of reeds plus a one-octave 16’ SubBass. It was built in Brattleboro, Vermont in 1906, whence it was sent to San Francisco for use in the Mission Dolores, following the devastating earthquake and fire of that year. The organ was restored in 2012. Performed by Michael Hendron, recorded 14 March 2014.