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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments


Pipedreams originated as a discrete series of fourteen broadcasts, offered from January to April 1982, with content primarily derived from concerts recorded during the 1980 AGO convention. These programs were produced at Minnesota Public Radio and distributed by American Public Radio, now PRI and were made possible in cooperation with National Public Radio. Funding came from the Corporation of Public Broadcasting, the Dayton Hudson Foundation, the Episcopal Choirmasters Handbook created by John C. Grant, and Mr. & Mrs. Wesley C. Dudley. The Dudleys have thankfully continued as program underwriters through the entire history of Pipedreams.

Young Artists Competition Winners

…recipients of the two top prizes of the American Guild of Organists National Competition in 1980 perform in concert.

Total Program Time = 111:26

Audio 8210 Part 1 60:07

Audio 8210 Part 2 51:19

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Music played in the program

Part 1

RULON CHRISTIANSEN: Toccata, from Organ Symphony. JOHANNES BRAHMS: Fugue in A-flat minor. JOSEPH JONGEN: Sonata Eroica, Opus 94 –Jeffrey Walker (1979 Möller/Colonial Church, Edina, MN)

WILLIAM ALBRIGHT: Organbook, excerpts, Benediction, Book 1 and Toccata Satanique, Book 2. LOUIS VIERNE: Final, from Organ Symphony Number 6, Opus 59 –James Biery (1977 Ruffatti/Gethsemane Episcopal, Minneapolis, MN)

Part 2

Part 2 begins with a brief ‘Intermission’ feature about Dutch Barrel Organs, 10 minutes

J.S. BACH: Kyrie Settings, large format, from Clavierübung III. MAURICE DURUFLÉ: Scherzo, Opus 2. MAX REGER: Fantasy & Fugue on B-A-C-H, Opus 46. –Jeffrey Walker (1979 Möller/Colonial Church, Edina, MN)


Recording engineers/producers for the performances by Jeffery Walker were D. Michael Shields and Dennis D. Rooney. Recorded June 18, 1980. Please note that some low-level electronic noise from a failing microphone may be audible in the backtround of the left channel of these recordings.

Recording engineer for the performances by James Biery was Michael Barone. Recorded June 17, 1980


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