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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

The Fox Theatre Wurlitzer
The Fox Theatre Wurlitzer

Love’s Old, Sweet Songs

Some questions shouldn’t need asking twice, not after the encouragement we provide on this Pipedreams broadcast. It’s an aural array of amorous melodies designed to stir the heart and unlock the emotions. Our Valentine’s Day prelude features great tunes by Jerome Kern, Richard Rodgers, Cole Porter, and Franz Liszt, dealing with first loves, impossible loves, deep loves, and love’s dreams. Featured organists are Bary Baker, Lew Williams, Simon Gledhill, and Lyn Larson. Happy or sad, impossible or inevitable, at daybreak or twilight, you’ll enjoy our melodious bouquet of Love’s Old Sweet Songs.

Audio Complete Show

Program Broadcast dates:

  • February 7, 2000

Links and Resources:

  • A wide variety of theatre organ compact discs and tapes such as are indicated above is available from the Organ Historical Society

Music played in the program

PADDY ROBERTS: In Love for the Very First TimeBarry Baker (1929 Wurlitzer/Ronald Wehmeier residence, Cleveland, OH) BLB Productions CD-1401

COLE PORTER: Love for SaleLew Williams (1938 Möller/Civic Auditorium, Pasadena, CA) Piping Hot CD-2001

NOËL COWARD: If Love were AllSimon Gledhill (1928 Kimball/Dickinson High School Auditorium, Wilmington, DE) DTOS CD-366

JEROME KERN: The Night was Made for LoveSimon Gledhill (1928 Wurlitzer/Fox Theatre, Detroit, MI) Clue CD-436

EDENS: Our Love AffairSidney Torch (1939 Wurlitzer/Opera House, Blackpool, England, UK) Sterndale CD-1005

RICHARD RODGERS: My Funny ValentineCharlie Balogh (Wurlitzer/Organ Stop Pizza, Mesa, AZ) Organ Stop CD-108

RATCLIFF: Loving Hands –Madrigalia, Roger Wilhelm, conductor; Peter DuBois (1952; 1991 Austin/Third Presbyterian, Rochester, NY) ESP CD-9301

JEAN-PHILIPPE RAMEAU (arranged by Loriaut): Dances for VenusViviane Loriaut (1987 Loriaut/Église Saint-Laurent, Aubenas, France) Gallo CD-768

EDWARD BAIRSTOW: The King of Love My Shepherd Is –Choir of Saint Paul’s Church, E Street, Washington, DC, Jeffrey Smith, conductor; Bruce Neswick (1997 Schoenstein/St. Paul “K” Street, Washington, DC) Pro Organo CD 7090

FRANZ LISZT: Liebestraum Number 3 –Virgil Fox (1953 Aeolian-Skinner/Riverside, New York, NY) EMI Classics CDC 65426

RICHARD RODGERS: This Can’t Be LoveTom Hazleton (1928 Kimball/Dickinson High School Auditorium, Wilmington, DE) DTOS CD-301

EINAR AARON SWAN: When Your Lover Has GoneLyn Larsen (Hollywood Philharmonic Organ/George Wright Residence, Hollywood, CA) Banda CD-99861

RICHARD RODGERS: If I Loved YouDan Bellomy (1928 Wurlitzer/Paramount Theatre, Brooklyn, NY) DBP CD-426

FREDERICK LOEWE: Wouldn’t It Be Loverly? RICHARD RODGERS: I’m In Love With A Wonderful GuyGeorge Wright (Wurlitzer) Banda CD-109556

MOLLOY: Love’s Old Sweet SongVirgil Fox (1953 Aeolian-Skinner/Riverside, New York, NY) EMI Classics CDC 65913