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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

1997 Goulding & Wood organ at the Saint Meinrad Archabbey
1997 Goulding & Wood organ at the Saint Meinrad Archabbey

Sounds from Sacred Spaces

The tradition of organ music in Christian community chapels dates back to the middle ages but, as you’ll discover on our next Pipedreams program, it’s still a very lively tradition. We’ll hear four instruments, three of them newly installed, play music both historic and modern. Buxtehude and Pinkham at Mount Saint Joseph Convent in Kentucky, Reger at Saint Norbert’s Abbey in De Pere, Wisconsin, pieces by James Hopkins and Marius Walter premiered at Mount Angel Abbey in Oregon, and works by James Primosh, Libby Larsen, and Maurice Duruflé recorded at Saint Meinrad Archabbey in Indiana, star, as we sample new Sounds from Sacred Spaces.

We celebrate the related arts of composition and instrument building with a program of new music on new pipe organ installations featuring the artistry of Cherry Rhodes, Ladd Thomas, Douglas Reed, David Heller, and Douglas Cleveland. Let the spirits soar to Sounds from Sacred Spaces, this week on Pipedreams.

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Music played in the program

MAX REGER: Toccata & Fugue in d/D, Opus 59, numbers 5/6 –David Heller (1959 Casavant Frères; 1992 Schlicker/St. Norbert Abbey, De Pere, WI) Pipedreams Archive recorded June 24, 1997

DIETERICH BUXTEHUDE: Ciacona in e. DANIEL PINKHAM: Wondrous Love Variations. HUGO DISTLER: Fugue, from Partita on Wachet auf!Douglas Reed (1995 Taylor & Boody/Mount St. Joseph Ursuline Motherhouse Chapel, Maple Mount, KY) Mulberry Street CD-1002

LIBBY LARSEN: Veni, creator spiritus. MAURICE DURUFLÉ: Variations on Veni, creator spiritus, Opus 4 –Douglas Cleveland (1997 Goulding & Wood/St. Meinrad Archabbey, Saint Meinrad, IN) Gothic G49113

CHARLES-MARIE WIDOR: Adagio, from Symphony Number 6, Opus 42, number 2. JAMES PRIMOSCH: Christus Vincit, premiere –Michael Murray (1997 Goulding & Wood/St. Meinrad Archabbey, Saint Meinrad, IN) Pipedreams Archive recorded November 23, 1997

PAUL MANZ: Hymn-Improvisation, How brightly shines the morningstar. JAMES HOPKINS: Chantasy for Two Organs, premiere MARIUS WALTER: Variations for Two Organists on Salve, festa diesCherry Rhodes, Ladd Thomas (1998 Ott/Mount Angel Abbey, Saint Benedict, OR) Pipedreams Archive recorded October 17, 1999

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