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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

Vision and Virtuosity

A visit with British organist David Briggs, who talks about his career and plays instruments in England and Minnesota.

Audio Interview

Listen to David Briggs Commentary:

Program Broadcast dates:

Music played in the program

J.S. BACH: Prelude & Fugue in G, S. 541 (1898 Henry Willis; 1971 Hill, Norman & Beard; 1999 Nicholson/Gloucester Cathedral, England, UK) Priory PRCD568

CHARLES VILLIERS STANFORD: Magnificat in C –Truro Cathedral Choir, David Briggs, conductor; Henry Doughty (1887 Henry Willis/Truro Cathedral, England, UK) Priory PRCD322

LOUIS VIERNE (transcribed by Maurice Duruflé): Cortege (1855 Henry Willis/St. George Hall, Liverpool, England, UK) Priory PRCD284

PIERRE COCHEREAU (transcribed by David Briggs): Improvisation on Cantem toto la Gloria (1878 Merklin/House of Hope Presbyterian, Saint Paul, MN) Pipedreams Archive recorded April 28, 1998

GUSTAV MAHLER (transcribed by David Briggs): Sturmisch bewegt; movement 2, from Symphony Number 5 (1898 Henry Willis; 1971 Hill, Norman & Beard; 1999 Nicholson/Gloucester Cathedral, England, UK) Priory PRCD649

DAVID BRIGGS: Improvisation on Hail to the Chief (1979 C.B. Fisk/House of Hope Presbyterian, Saint Paul, MN) Pipedreams Archive recorded April 28, 1998

In addition to the recordings listed above, Mr. Briggs has released a disc of his transcriptions of improvisations by the late Pierre Cochereau as recorded on the Willis organ at Truro Cathedral, Priory PRCD428.

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