From a reader in Brazil:
Hi. I’ve read your blog. I am the organist of my ward, do you know where can i find free or cheap hymns preludes to play? Sorry for the spelling i don’t speak english.
First off, kudos to you for even attempting English. It’s such a nightmare to learn as a second language. Good job!
As for the prelude question, let’s start with the freebies:
I highly recommend the LDS church’s publication of Transformations for Organ: Easy additions to create simple preludes and postludes used in conjunction with Manual Only Hymns for Organ. (Both are available for download here.) These are great arrangements of hymns that sound lovely with or without foot pedals.
If you’re the creative type but don’t know where to start, check out this re-post on Creating Preludes from Hymns.
On to the the cheap option:
Cheap is a relative term. I have listed some of my favorite preludes under the Music/Published Arrangements tab. Most of those are fairly inexpensive and easy to find in the US, but I have no idea what happens when you cross the border.
WardOrganist.com sells downloadable sheet music for LDS organists. Buying arrangements individually is generally more expensive per piece than buying a book. But WardOrganist.com allows you to view and hear the piece before you buy.
Hopefully that will give you some direction.
Boa sorte 🙂