Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments
1990 Wigton organ at Saint Mary’s Church in Detroit, Michigan
Some of them are small and could fit in your living room. Others are large and make a mighty noise. All of them are old, but what does age mean in this context? On our next Pipedreams, we hear the music of historic pipe organs in and around Detroit. Some still are playing in their original settings, others have been moved to new homes, properly restored to begin a second century of use. All tell us something about times past, when the organbuilder’s art in the United States was at its first full bloom. They look back over more than one hundred fifty years of experience, and remind us that beauty is as much in reflection as forward motion. Aesthetic archeologist and fixit-magician Dana Hull shares some surprises from her territory. She shares her insights, introducing us to a vibrant and sturdy breed: the Historic Organs of Michigan, this week on Pipedreams.
HYMN: Standing on the Promises. GLADYS FISHER: The Shepherd’s Psalm –Elgin Clingaman (1889 Wood & Son/Pilgrim Church, Detroit, MI)
LOUIS VIERNE: Andantino, from Pieces in Free Style –Susan Goodson (1924 Casavant Frères/Martyrs of Uganda RCC, Detroit, MI)
ORPHA OCHSE: Prelude –Karen Cahill, flute; Anita Hanawalt (1898 Möller/St. John Episcopal, Sandusky, MI)
Filler –FRANZ JOSEPH HAYDN (see above)
Several of these instruments were relocated through the offices of the Organ Clearing House. One is cared for by the local chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society. Unless otherwise indicated, the performances above were recorded by OHS engineer Ed Kelly during the 1995 convention of the Organ Historical Society and are available from the OHS in an annotated compact disc collection Historic Organs of Michigan, OHS CD-95.