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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

The Organ at Oberlin

Faculty and student soloists demonstrate instruments by Flentrop, Aeolian-Skinner, Brombaugh and Holtkamp on the campus of the famed Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio.

The Oberlin Conservatory was established in 1865 as an adjunct to the co-educational Oberlin College, they each being the first such institutions of their kind in the United States. At present, the Conservatory serves approximately 500 students, a bit less than one-fifth of the total college population. In addition to the 1974 Flentrop tracker organ, III/44, in Warner Concert Hall and the 1955 Aeolian-Skinner, III/68, in Finney Chapel, the campus boasts 23 other pipe organs of various sizes and styles for practice, teaching and performance.

Program Broadcast dates:

  • August 24, 1998

Featured Organs:

Music played in the program

JEAN LANGLAIS: Hymne d’actions de grace, Te Deum from 3 Gregorian Paraphrases –Erik William Suter

DIETERICH BUXTEHUDE: Toccata in d –Brian Zuro, SAMUEL SCHEIDT: Magnificat Verses –David Boe

CHARLES-MARIE WIDOR: Variations, 1st movement, from Organ Symphony Number 5, Opus 42 –Christopher Harrell

NICOLAS de GRIGNY: Récit de Tierce en taille –Michael Lizotte,

PETR EBEN: Moto ostinato, from Sunday Music –Bruce R. Frank

JOSEF RHEINBERGER: Romanze –Andrew Fredel

OLIVIER MESSIAEN: Chants d’oiseaux, from Livre d’Orgue –Haskell Thomson

OTTO NICOLAI (arranged by Franz Liszt): Overture on Ein feste Burg –Gregg Punswick