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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

1998 Austin organ at Saint Mary’s College Chapel
1998 Austin organ at Saint Mary’s College Chapel in Moraga, CA

Dance, Everyone!

Some music just makes you want to tap your toes, and our next Pipedreams broadcast offers plenty of encouragement in that direction. From a Renaissance Basse Dance to modern Bolero, our collection explores that natural urge to move to music. You’ll hear some of the popular hits of the early 16th century and before, a rock-and-roll waltz, the Saint Louis Blues Twist, a Ritual Fire Dance, and even a macabre revel of spooks and goblins. Our instruments run the gamut from a tiny medieval-style organetto, to sassy theatre organs in Chicago, Oakland, and Hollywood, and a fine new installation at Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, California.

Just try to keep from moving. We’ll explore the extremities of tonal variety and rhythmic energy in music that urges “Dance, Everyone!” this week on Pipedreams.

Program Broadcast dates:

  • May 28, 2001

Music played in the program

CLAUDE GERVAISE: Bransle de Champagne/Bransle de Bourgogne. PIERRE ATTAINGNANT: Danses et ChansonsAndré Isoir (1970 Koenig/Good Shepherd Church, Angers, France) Calliope CD-9901

ANONYMOUS Spain, 17th Century: Espagoleta. J.S. BACH: Fuga alla giga in G, S. 577 –Margaret Phillips (1993 Collins/Oakham School Chapel, England, UK) Regent 14

PIERRE COCHEREAU: Bolero for Organ and Percussion –Jürgen Linden, percussion; Yves Castagnet (1981 Oberlinger/St. Joseph Church, Bonn-Beuel, Germany) Unda Maris UM-20011

JEROME KERN: The Waltz in SwingtimeGeorge Wright (Wurlitzer) Banda CD-309861

SHORTY ALLEN: The Rock-and-Roll WaltzGeorge Wright (Hollywood Philharmonic Organ/George Wright Residence, Hollywood, CA) Banda CD-438

JOHN SENG: The Saint Louis Blues TwistJohn Seng (Wurlitzer/Mundelein Auditorium, University of St. Mary, Mundelein, IL) P&P Productions 051193

JOSEPH A. BURKE: I’m dancing with tears in my eyesJim Riggs (1929 Wurlitzer/Oakland Paramount, CA) Melody Masters CD-107

EDUARD POLDINI: Dancing DollJonas Nordwall (Wurlitzer/Organ Grinder Pizza, Portland, OR) Organ Grinder CD-10

RUDOLF FRIML: Veil Dance. MANUEL de FALLA: Ritual Fire DanceLyn Larsen (1927 Wurlitzer/Place de la Musique, Sanfilippo Residence, Barrington, IL) Musical Contrasts CD-207

ANONYMOUS: Estampida de maia. FRANCESCO LANDINI: 2 Chansons: Donna, perche me spregi; Amor cal tuo sogetto ognor mi trovo –Thierry Gomar, percussion; Christophe Deslignes (1995 Johannes Rohlf organetto) Ricercare 206662

CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS (transcribed by Edwin H. Lemare): Danse MacabreKen Cowan (1998 Austin/St. Mary College Chapel, Moraga, CA) Austin Organs CD-101

CHARLES GOUNOD: Vivace, Tarantella, from Suite Concertante –Ingolstadt Philharmonic, Alfredo Ibarra, conductor; Franz Hauk (1977 Klais/Ingolstadt Münster, Germany) Guild GMCD 7185