Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments
It’s an exciting discovery. On beyond the rock-bound coast, the lobsters and L.L. Bean, the state of Maine is a state of musicorgan music, specifically, as we reveal during a Down East tour with the Organ Historical Society of intriguing instruments from Saco to Stockton Springs. Thomas Murray plays the famous Kotzschmar organ at Portland’s City Hall, Marvin Mills explores a century-old Jardine organ in Yarmouth, Brian Jones plays a march in Turner Village, and Dana Robinson and Paul Tegels go the four-hand route on the 140-year-old Hook instrument at Saint John’s Church in Bangor. Join host Michael Barone for this idyllic trip through the highways and byways of Maine.
THOMAS ROBINSON: Aria –Susan Friesen (1850 Simmons/Second Baptist, Bowdoinham, ME)
LOUIS VIERNE: Scherzetto, from 24 Pieces in Free Style –Renea Waligora (1926 Skinner/High Street Congregational, Auburn, AL)
THÉODORE DUBOIS: Offertoire –Frances Norbert (1878 Ryder/Monmouth United, Monmouth, ME)
SAMUEL B. WHITNEY: Toccata –Susan Armstrong-Ouellette (1883 Johnson/Saco UMC, ME)
PHOTO CREDITS: Photos by William Van Pelt and courtesy the Organ Historical Society
Unless otherwise identified, all performances were derived from a 4-CD set of Historic Organs of Maine, OHS92, recorded during a national convention of the Organ Historical Society. The next OHS gathering, in Boston in mid-August, invites your participation.
Specification for these organs may be found at the International Organ Foundation’s page, Pipe Organs in the State of Maine.