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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

An Organist’s Yearbook

A summing up of the past year, with celebrations and memorial tributes, highlights of some exceptional recordings, and some glimpses into the future.

Audio 9852 Complete Show   88 minutes

Program Broadcast dates:

  • December 28, 1998

Music played in the program

JOHN COOK: Fanfare –John West (1997 Walker/California State University, Northridge, CA) Pipedreams Archive recorded January 19, 1998

JEAN LANGLAIS: FeteSarah Baldock (1987 Casavant Frères/Jack Singer Concert Hall, Calgary, Alberta, Canada) CBC recording September 29, 1998

DANIEL PINKHAM: Pastorale for Harp and Organ –Sandra Bittermann, harp; Susan Armstrong-Ouellette (1863 E.F. Walcker; 1947 Aeolian-Skinner/Methuen Music Hall, Methuen, MA) AFKA SK-542

SEARLE WRIGHT: Magnificat –Choir of Saint Thomas Church, Gerre Hancock, conductor; Patrick Allen (1956 Aeolian-Skinner/St. Thomas Episcopal, New York, NY) Priory PRCD600

MATTHIAS WECKMANN: Praeambulum primi toni –William Porter (1693 Schnitger/Jacobikirche, Hamburg, Germany) Pipedreams Archive recorded July 8, 1998

SERGEI PROKOFIEV: March, from Love for Three OrangesDavid Briggs (1979 C.B. Fisk/House of Hope Presbyterian, Saint Paul, MN) Pipedreams Archive recorded April 26, 1998

HENRY PURCELL: Voluntary in G –John Butt (1977 Brunzema-Casavant Frères/Maternity of the BVM RCC, Saint Paul, MN) Pipedreams Archive recorded May 5, 1998

HORATIO PARKER: Allegretto, from Sonata in E-flat, Opus 65 –Gordon Turk (1888 Roosevelt/FUMC, Boulder, CO) Pipedreams Archive recorded June 28, 1998

NED ROREM: Elms, from Views from the Oldest HouseJohn Obetz (1960 Casavant Frères/First Church of Christ, Scientist; Denver, CO) Pipedreams Archive recorded June 30, 1998

PYOTR TCHAIKOVSKY: Nocturne in c# –Ken Cowan (1926 Austin/Irvine Auditorium, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA) Curtis Organ Restoration Society CD-141602

AUGUST GOTTFRIED RITTER: Fugue, from Sonata Number 3 in a, Opus 23 –Daniel Roth (1998 Glatter-Götz; Rosales/Claremont UCC, Claremont, CA) Pipedreams Archive recorded March 12, 1998

BILLY HILL: Glory of LoveGeorge Wright (Hollywood Philharmonic Organ/George Wright Residence, Hollywood, CA) Banda CD-109454

FRANCIS POULENC: Litanies for the Black Virgin –French Festival Choir, Michel Piquemal, conductor; Éric Lebrun (1894 Cavaillé-Coll/Église Saint-Antoine des Quinze-Vingts, Paris, France) ADDA CD-581320; also Naxos 8.553176

WILLIAM ALBRIGHT: Hymn, Glorious the Sun, from A Song to David –Saint Mark’s Cathedral Choir, Howard Don Small, conductor; Dean Billmeyer (1928 Welte; 1964 Möller; 1983 Gould & Sons/Episcopal Cathedral of St. Mark, Minneapolis, MN) Saint Mark’s CD-1995