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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

1929 Skinner organ at Woolsey Hall, Yale University
1929 Skinner organ at Woolsey Hall, Yale University

Ring Those Bells!

We tug on the rope of opportunity during our next Pipedreams broadcast, and rejoice in the tintinabulation of bell music. Organ composers are not alone in finding the sounds of bells and chime themes irresistible. Our timeless collection embraces the French Baroque, the British Cathedral, and even the hills of Hollywood, where such diverse artists as George Wright, Simon Preston, George Thalben-Ball and Thomas Murray celebrate with clangorous abandon the creativity of Louis Vierne, Percy Faith, Frederick Delius, Edward Elgar, and many others, fourteen composers all told, who have written carillon compositions which will jangle your chimes. Church bells, tower bells, carillons, winter sleighrides and even a Brazilian vacation are conjured up this weeks music for the King of Instruments. “Ring Those Bells!” a clangorous collection, this week on Pipedreams.

Program Broadcast dates:

  • July 16, 2001

Music played in the program

HERBERT MURRILL: CarillonSimon Preston (1984 Harrison/Westminster Abbey, London, England, UK) MICHEL CORRETTE: Carillon in F –Jean-Louis Gil (1890 Cavaillé-Coll/Église Saint-Salomon et Saint-Grégoire, Pithiviers, France) EMI Classics CZS 67291

PER HJORT ALBERTSEN: Carillon, Toccata –Per Fridtjov Bonsaksen (Nidaros Cathedral, Norway) Pro Musica CD-09028

SIR EDWARD ELGAR: CarillonThomas Murray (1929 Skinner/Woolsey Hall, Yale University, New Haven, CT) Gothic G49076

FREDERICK DELIUS: Sleigh RideTed Alan Worth (1930 E.M. Skinner/Girard College Chapel, Philadelphia, PA) DTR CD-9301

HENRI MULET: Carillon Sortie –E. Davis Wortman (1992 Schoenstein/Wynne Chapel, Highland Park Presbyterian, Dallas, TX) Highland Park Presbyterian CD-1001

SAMUEL SEBASTIAN WESLEY: Holsworthy Church BellsGeorge Thalben-Ball (1929 Henry Willis & Sons/Alexandra Palace, London, England, UK) Beulah CD-1PD5; Margaret Phillips (1793 Davis/Wymondham Abbey, Norfolk, England, UK) York Ambisonic CD-111

PAUL LINCKE: Chimes of SpringGeorge Wright (Hollywood Philharmonic Organ/George Wright Residence, Hollywood, CA) Banda CD-8480

EDWIN H. LEMARE: Carillon, a study in legato pedalling, Opus 74 –Thomas Murray (1912 Austin/Merrill Auditorium, Portland, ME) AFKA SK-515

MARCEL DUPRÉ: Carillon, Opus 27, number 4 –Graham Barber (1977 Klais/Ingolstadt Münster, Germany) Priory PRCD260

FAITH: Brazilian SleighbellsGeorge Wright (Hollywood Philharmonic Organ/George Wright Residence, Hollywood, CA) Boston Skyline CD-122

CHARLES TOURNEMIRE: Carillon-ParaphraseSusan Landale (1988 Oberthür/Cathédrale Saint Stephen, Auxerre, France) REM CD-311202

LEO SOWERBY: CarillonJohn Gouwens (1951 Möller/Culver Academy, Culver, IN) Culver CD-1001

LOUIS VIERNE: Carillon de Westminster, Opus 54, number 6 –Marsha Heather Long (1954 Aeolian-Skinner; 2008 Quimby/Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, New York, NY) Koch CD-7008

 

This program was originally issued as #9546 in November 1995.