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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

1949 Aeolian-Skinner organ
1949 Aeolian-Skinner organ at Boston’s First Church of Christ, Scientist

Been Back to Boston?

Listen, my children, and you shall hear On this week’s Pipedreams program, soloists Leo Abbott, Tom Murray, Fred MacArthur, Catharine Crozier, and Brian Jones will take you on a tour of historic instruments in Beantown - from the immense Aeolian-Skinner organ at the Christian Science Mother Church, the E.M. Skinner instrument at Old South Church moved from Saint Paul, MN, and the historic Hooks in Jamaica Plain and the Immaculate Conception Church.

Program Broadcast dates:

  • August 7, 2000

Music played in the program

EUGÈNE GIGOUT: Grand Choeur DialoguéBrian Jones (1863 E. & G.G. Hook/Immaculate Conception RCC, Boston, MA) AFKA SK-501

FELIX MENDELSSOHN: Sonata Number 4 in B-flat, Opus 65, movements 1, 2 & 4 –Thomas Murray (1854 E. & G.G. Hook/First Unitarian, Jamaica Plain, MA) Raven OAR-390

GEORGE WHITING: Etude in d –Leo Abbott (1875 E. & G.G. Hook & Hastings/Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Boston, MA) AFKA SK-519

GEORGE FAXON (arranged): The Star-Spangled Banner. NANCY PLUMMER FAXON: 3 Pieces: Fanfare Number 2; Adagio, from Miniature Suite for String Quartet; Toccata –Frederick MacArthur (1921 E.M. Skinner/Old South Church, Boston, MA) Pro Organo CD 7051

BENJAMIN BRITTEN: Festival Te Deum, Opus 32. ROBERT SIROTA: Gloria and Agnus Dei, from Mass [1990, premiere] –The Boston Cecilia Chorus, Donald Teeters, conductor; Barbara Bruns (1921 E.M. Skinner/Old South Church, Boston, MA) Pipedreams Archive recorded June 29, 1990

PATRICK HADLEY: My beloved spake. CHARLES VILLIERS STANFORD: Te Deum Laudamus in B-flat –Trinity Choir, Brian Jones, conductor; H. Ross Wood (1962 Aeolian-Skinner/Trinity Church, Boston, MA) Gothic G49071

LEO SOWERBY: Passacaglia, from Symphony in G –Catharine Crozier (1949 Aeolian-Skinner/Boston’s First Church of Christ, Scientist, Boston, MA) Pipedreams Archive recorded June 26, 1990

This year’s annual convention of the Organ Historical Society will be held in Boston between August 16-23. These and several dozen other instruments will be featured. For more information, immediately contact the OHS. Several of the included recordings were made for PIPEDREAMS during the 1990 national convention of the American Guild of Organists. Others are available through the OHS.