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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

Phascinating Philadelphia

The City of Brotherly Love is home to some of the largest and rarest instruments of the American Industrial Era.

Program Broadcast dates:

  • June 17, 1996

Featured Organs:

These four instruments alone contain more than 53,000 pipes, and make a quality of sound which is seldom encountered these days. The Philadelphia Convention Hall instrument will be played for the last time in concert on June 30, prior to that building’s planned demolition. These and other of the city’s historic pipe organs will be featured during a week-long convention of the Organ Historical Society, June 30-July 6, 1996

Music played in the program

G.F. HANDEL: Allegro, from Concerto Number 4. LOUIS VIERNE: Andante, from Symphony Number 1 –Keith Chapman (1911 Wanamaker/Grand Court, Macy’s Center City, Philadelphia, PA) Vantage CD-69-694-001

SIR EDWARD ELGAR: Pomp & Circumstance March Number 1 in D. J.S. BACH: Air. HENRI MULET: Tu es Petra, from Byzantine Sketches –Ted Alan Worth (1926 Austin/Irvine Auditorium, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA) Curtis Organ Restoration Society CD-141601

FREDERICK DELIUS: Serenade, from Hassan –Ted Alan Worth (1930 E.M. Skinner/Girard College Chapel, Philadelphia, PA) DTR CD-9301

SIGFRID KARG-ELERT: Fugue, Canzona & Epilogue, Opus 85, number 3 –Harry Wilkinson (1930 E.M. Skinner/Girard College Chapel, Philadelphia, PA) Pro Organo CD 7044

EDVARD GRIEG: Triumphal March, from Sigurd Jorsalfar –Carlo Curley (1930 E.M. Skinner/Girard College Chapel, Philadelphia, PA) Argo 430 200

FREDERICK SCOTSON CLARK: Torchlite March. RICHARD PURVIS: Earth Carol. CHARLES-MARIE WIDOR: Toccata, from Symphony Number 5 –Tom Hazleton (1931 Möller/Philadelphia Convention Hall, PA) PORC CD-9301

J.S. BACH: Come, sweet death –Virgil Fox (1911 Wanamaker/Grand Court, Macy’s Center City, Philadelphia, PA) Bainbridge CD-2501