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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

[Mickey Thomas Terry][decorative stamp]
Mickey Thomas Terry

[1994 Lively-Fulcher organ at Saint Patrick's RCC, Washington DC][decorative stamp]
1994 Lively-Fulcher organ at Saint Patrick RCC, Washington DC

[1964 Moller; 2001 Goulding & Wood organ at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington DC][decorative stamp]
1964 Möller; 2001 Goulding & Wood organ at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington DC

[1970 Aeolian-Skinner organ, Opus 1476, at the National Presbyterian, Washington DC][decorative stamp]
1970 Aeolian-Skinner organ, Opus 1476, at the National Presbyterian, Washington DC

In Black and White

The work of African-American organ composers is a powerfully compelling story in music and on our next Pipedreams broadcast we’ll explore its diverse nature. With performer and commentator Mickey Thomas Terry, we’ll visit the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Saint Patrick’s Church, and the National Presbyterian Church, all located in Washington, DC. Here we’ll listen to largely unknown creations by Thomas Kerr, William Cooper, Noel DaCosta, George Walker and Eugene Hancock.

We’re highlighting music for organ with African percussion, and organ solo settings of African-American spirituals, music for church services, and pieces for the concert hall. It’s a multi-faceted discovery, spelled out In Black and White the African-American organ art, this week on Pipedreams.

Program Broadcast dates:

  • February 5, 2001

Links and Resources:

Music played in the program

THOMAS KERR: Selections from Suite Sebastienne: Theme & Cantus; Frolicking Flutes; Reverie for Strings; Procession of the GargoylesMickey Thomas Terry (1964 Möller; 2001 Goulding & Wood/National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, DC) Pipedreams Archive recording

EUGENE HANCOCK: Sometimes, I feel like a motherless child.

WILLIAM B. COOPER: 2 Pieces: Toccatina; PastoraleMickey Thomas Terry (1970 Aeolian-Skinner/National Presbyterian, Washington, DC) Pipedreams Archive recording

NOEL DaCOSTA: Generata for Organ and Strings [1958]; Ukom Memory for Organ and Percussion [1981]; Spiritual Set [1974] –Newman Baker & Dill McDaniel, percussion; Lorna McDaniel (1979 Rieger/First Unitarian, Wilmington, DE) Adama LP-001

NOEL DaCOSTA: Triptich [1973] –Mickey Thomas Terry (1994 Lively-Fulcher/St. Patrick RCC, Washington, DC) Pipedreams Archive recording

GEORGE WALKER: 3 Pieces: Elevation; Jesu, wir sind hier; InvokationMickey Thomas Terry (1970 Aeolian-Skinner/National Presbyterian, Washington, DC) Albany TROY136

EUGENE HANCOCK: 5 Spirituals: We are climbing Jacob’s ladder; Swing low, sweet chariot; Go, tell it on the mountain; My Lord, what a morning!; Joshua fought the Battle of Jericho –Robert Scoggin (1958 Möller+Sipe rebuild/Christ UMC, Rochester, MN) Pipedreams PD CD-1002