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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

Features

Events | Resources | About Organ Music | Personalities | Places | Reviews

 

Events

 

document Barone on the Road: Pipedreams Live!
Learn how to host a live Pipedreams broadcast in your area.

document Organ Focus Calendar
Listings of current and upcoming organ concerts and recitals around the world.

document Minnesota Regional Calendar
Find upcoming organ events in and around Minnesota.

 

Resources

 

document Printable program listings
Printable versions of monthly Pipedreams program listings.

document Organ Photos/Specs Gallery
Enjoy photographs of pipe organs from around the world that have been featured in Pipedreams broadcasts.

document Organizational Links
Find out more about organ organizations (AGO, ATOS, APOBA, OHS, etc.) and other related connections.

 

About Organ Music

 

document Behind the Facade: A Listener’s Guide to the Pipe Organ
A description of the mechanics of how an organ works.

document The Beginnings
These links take you back to the very origins of the pipe organ story.

document CDs, scores, and other music materials
Check these listings for reliable distributors from whom you can purchase the music-related items you desire.

document Organ Music for Good Listening
An in-depth discography of organ repertoire.

document Encyclopedia of Organ Stops
This work is an attempt to produce a truly comprehensive and complete encyclopedia of pipe organ stops. To date there are over 900 distinct entries, and the index contains over 2000 stop names.

document Pipe organs are popping up in concert halls nationwide. Now—what to play on them?
Includes listing of pieces for organ and orchestra

document Pipe organs are popping up in concert halls nationwide. Now—what to play on them?
Includes listing of pieces for organ and orchestra

document The Art of Fugue
Starting with a simple musical theme, Bach turns it inside out and upside down through 18 movements, showing once and for all that he is the Meister of Fugue. And yet Bach supposedly left it unfinished. Did Bach die pen-in-hand? Is it a musical puzzle? Come explore the mysteries of Bach’s Art of Fugue.

document Organ Tuning - Wikipedia
An article that describes the process and techniques involved in the tuning a pipe organ.

 

Personalities and the Organ Culture

 

document René Becker
Biography and legacy of this little known composer for the organ.

document E. Power Biggs
Biography and legacy of this legendary performer.

document Pilar Cabrera
Website for one of Spain’s leading concert organists.

document Catharine Crozier
A tribute to an icon of American organ performance and pedagogy.

document Wilma Jensen
A biographical sketch and slideshow featuring this prominent American organist.

document Family Secret
Stephen Paulus has a skill for writing works for soloists, singers, chamber ensembles, chorale groups and opera companies. Learn about his family secret that encouraged him.

document George Steinmeyer
Michael talks with the engineer who recorded E. Power Biggs in Europe.

document Richard Stewart
David Engen writes about the Stewart Prelude for Organ and Tape.

document Mickey Thomas Terry, Ph.D.
A biographical sketch and selected bibliography of African-American organist Mickey Thomas Terry, Ph.D.

document Paintings in Sound
A brief history of organists inspired by the visual arts.

document Pipedreams at 20: A Milestone Observed, a Glance Backward, and a Look to the Future
Mary Ann Dodd, of document The American Organist Magazine, thanks Michael Barone for 20 years of excellence in broadcasting and reflects on the significance of the program, its present status, and its future possibilities.

document Elbert Pluer Bandorganbuilding
A bandorgan builder from the Netherlands.

document Rising Stars
Winners of the American Guild of Organist’s Regional Competition for Young Organists in 2000.

document African-American Organ Composers
Mickey Thomas Terry, Ph.D., writes about the most influential African-American organ composers of the mid- to late 20th century.

document Calgary International Organ Festival and Competition - 2002
Biographies and performances from the 2002 Royal Bank Calgary Organ Festival and Competition.

document Twenty Years on the Organ Trail
Pipedreams celebrates its 20th anniversary in January 2002 and proves that some bright ideas never dim—even for the youngest among us.

document Dallas International Organ Competition
Pipedreams takes us to the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas where three young artists vie for the gold prize.

document Why the Organ?
Yes, it has more than 2,000 years of history, but it’s still an exciting and surprising instrument. Find out why.

 

Places

 

document The Skinner organ of Elm Court
An exploration of a Skinner organ in pristine condition at the private residence of Elm Court in Butler, PA.

document The Organs of Ireland
A listing of web pages devoted to pipe organs in Ireland.

document The Organs of Oaxaca, Mexico
With a refreshing and colorful spirit, instruments in the village of Tlacochahuaya, La Soledad Basilica and the Oaxaca Cathedral illuminate the stories of organists Elisa Freixo, Cristina Garcia Banegas and Roberto Fresco. This is a precious heritage, deserving our careful attention and enthusiastic support.

document The Organ at Saint Norbert’s Abbey
Paul Emmons, Music Librarian at West Chester University, West Chester, PA, writes about the organ at Saint Norbert’s Abbey.

document Dutch Radio Organ Recital Archive
Download and play organ recitals broadcast by the Netherlands Christian Radio Society (NCRV) from an archive going as far back as the 1950s. The concerts are cd-quality, better than many FM transmissions. Listening requires a fast internet connection. The website shows CONCERT OF THE WEEK. On the right side under NIEUW (new) Listings of available concerts. For the ARCHIVE/ARCHIEF, click: zoek in het archief and find out what is in the archives.

document ORGAN promotion
A European based organization that sponsors organ tours, classes and lectures.

document Pipe Organs in Chile
This site includes organ listing by builder, organ listing by preferred use and the chilean organ catalogue.

document Kids Like Organ Music, Too!
In October 2001, 7th-graders from all over Duluth, Minnesota, got to explore the music, history, and inner workings of the “king of instruments” at First United Methodist Church, courtesy of Michael Barone and Minneapolis organist Dan Schwandt.

 

Reviews

 

document Pipedreams Premieres, Vol. 2
American Record Guide’s review of Pipedreams Premieres, Vol. 2.

document News From Aeolus
Michael Barone’s reviews of Aeolus compact discs.

document Nightwatch
Read Michael Barone’s review of Paul Halley’s Nightwatch album.

document A Regal Treasure—A Sonic Pleasure
A recent Pipedreams highlight was a superb new compact disc set from BMG France, featuring historic and new instruments and astounding young talent. Michael Barone reviews the entire 25-CD Set.

document Diane Belcher’s CD wins Golden Ears Award
Read Michael Alan Fox’s review of Diane Belcher’s CD series.