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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

Paul Halley
Paul Halley

An American Organist’s Christmas in America

We raise a joyful noise on our next Pipedreams broadcast, exploring the talents of a marvelously multi-faceted fellow whom you might best know from his keyboard collaborations with the Paul Winter Consort. But Paul Halley does so much more. We’ll hear him with his Connecticut-based Chorus, Angelicus and Gaudeamus, in recital at Spivey Hall near Atlanta, improvising on seasonal songs, and in his landmark recording of late-night music from the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City. Spirituality and spirited performing become one in the same, as Paul Halley shares his unique gifts.

Program Broadcast dates:

  • December 11, 2000

Links and Resources:

Music played in the program

J.S. BACH: Chorale-prelude, In dulci jubilo, S. 721. MARCEL DUPRÉ: Chorale-prelude, In dulci jubilo, Opus 28. PAUL HALLEY: Improvisation, In dulci jubilo. JOHANNES BRAHMS: Chorale-prelude, Lo, how a rose e’er bloometh, Opus 122, #8. PAUL HALLEY: Improvisation, Lo, how a rose –Paul Halley (1992 Ruffatti/Spivey Hall, Clayton State University, Morrow, GA) Pipedreams Archive recorded December 6, 1998

PAUL HALLEY: Gloria in excelsis. SLATER (arranged by Paul Halley): Jesu, the very thought of Thee –Chorus Angelicus & Gaudeamus –Paul Halley, organ & cond. Joyful Noise 104

PAUL HALLEY: Nocturne, from Nightwatch –Paul Halley (1954 Aeolian-Skinner; 2008 Quimby/Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, New York, NY) Pelagos CD-1002

PAUL HALLEY: My Ladye Sarabande, from Triptych –Paul Halley (1992 Ruffatti/Spivey Hall, Clayton State University, Morrow, GA) Pelagos CD-1003

CÉSAR FRANCK: Chorale Number 2 in b. J.S. BACH: Chorale-preludes, Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, S. 645. PAUL HALLEY: Improvisation, Wachet auf! –Paul Halley (1992 Ruffatti/Spivey Hall, Clayton State University, Morrow, GA) Pipedreams Archive recorded December 6, 1998

Note that the three Christmas Improvisations and the Franck Choral were recorded in concert and are not available for purchase on CD.