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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

Schlicker organ at Valparaiso
1959 Schlicker organ at Valparaiso University, IN

An Organist’s Yearbook

We reflect on the passing of time on our next Pipedreams broadcast. The old year now is gone and done. So are a number of wonderful musical friends whom we will honor and miss. But, we’ll also celebrate some intriguing new instruments, check up on the Wanamaker Organ in Philadelphia for a progress report on the ongoing restoration there, sample some recent recordings - including a disc which just won a ‘golden ears’ award from a popular audiophile journal and stop down in Mexico, where fireworks and the village band added to the excitement of a visit from some Norwegian performers.

Program Broadcast dates:

  • December 25, 2000

Music played in the program

J.S. BACH: 2 Chorale-preludes for the New Year: Das alte Jahr vergangen ist,S. 614; In Dir ist Freude, S. 615, from Little Organ Book, excerptsWolfgang Zerer (1692 Arp Schnitger [plus additions]/Martinikerk, Groningen, The Netherlands) Hänssler CD-92.094

AARON DAVID MILLER: Improvisation on a Free Theme –Aaron David Miller (1995 Pasi/Trinity Lutheran, Lynnwood, WA) Dulcian CD-006

JEAN LANGLAIS: FeteJi-Yoen Choi (1959 Schlicker; 1996 Dobson/Chapel of the Resurrection, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN) Naxos 8.555367

J.S. BACH: Trio, Allein Gott in der Höh, S. 664 –Diane Meredith Belcher (1998 Glatter-Götz; Rosales/Claremont UCC, Claremont, CA) JAV CD-115

THOMAS HAWEIS: Hymn, Praise to the Holiest –Choir of Saint Paul’s Parish, K Street, Washington, DC, Jeffrey Smith, conductor; Bruce Neswick (1997 Schoenstein/St. Paul “K” Street, Washington, DC) Pro Organo CD 7090

FRANK BRIDGE: Allegro Marziale [1914] –Christopher Dearnley (1872 Henry Willis; 1992 Mander/Cathedral of St. Paul, London, England, UK) Amphion CD-161

TRADITIONAL (arranged by Carmichael): The Twelve Days of Christmas –The Bay Brass; John Fenstermaker (1934 Aeolian-Skinner/Grace Episcopal Cathedral, San Francisco, CA) Gothic G49120

LEO SOWERBY: CarillonWilliam Whitehead (1938 Ernest M. Skinner & Son; 1975 Aeolian-Skinner/National Cathedral, Washington, DC) Resmiranda CD-8004

EMMANUEL CHABRIER: Espana –roll-player realization by Albert Snow (1931 Skinner/Elm Court, Butler, PA) JAV CD-123

HENNING SOMMERRO (arranged): God’s Mother of Guadalupe –Ingeborg Hungnes, soprano; Henning Sommerro (1690 anonymous/Catedral Ciudad de Oaxaca, Oaxaca, México) Kirkelig Kulturverksted FXCD222

ERNST PEPPING: Es kommt ein Schiff geladenE. Power Biggs (1688 Schnitger/St. Pankratius Church, Neuenfelde, Germany) Columbia M2S-697, #A4

STEVE ALLEN: This could be the start of something bigBarry Baker (1929 Wurlitzer/Ronald Wehmeier residence, Cleveland, OH) BLB Productions CD-1402

RAPEE: CharmaineGaylord Carter (Wurlitzer/San Gabriel Civic Auditorium, CA) New World CD-227

CYNTHIA ROBERTS-GREENE: Pie Jesu, from Memorial Requiem –Cynthia Heininger, mezzo soprano; Sarasota Camerata, Cynthia Roberts-Greene, conductor (St. Thomas More RCC, Sarasota, FL) Librax CD-1001

SIR ARTHUR SULLIVAN: Overture, Di Ballo, excerpt –Peter Richard Conte (1911 Wanamaker/Grand Court, Macy’s Center City, Philadelphia, PA) Pipedreams Archive recorded June 10, 2000

MOORE: Greensleeves Fantasia –Elizabeth and Raymond Chenault (1992 Ruffatti/Spivey Hall, Clayton State University, Morrow, GA) Gothic G49084

Filler –J.S. BACH: Chorale-prelude, Nun danket alle Gott, S. 657, excerpt –Olivier Vernet (1714 Gottfried Silbermann/Freiberg Cathedral, Germany) Ligia Digital 0104080