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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments


The First Twenty Years

Where do the hours and the months and years go? Can you believe it? Our next Pipedreams program observes the 20th anniversary of our first national broadcast, which was way back in the winter of 1982. Believe it or not, we were hatching our plans even before then. This week, hear some of those earliest tapes, plus get a sampler of things we’ve done and places we’ve been over the past two decades.

After 20 years has it all been played? Not a chance. Some bright ideas never dim, and this week we’ll reflect on a score of great music and plan for the future. Organ music on the Radio? Absolutely! Listen as we celebrate the first twenty years, an anniversary retrospective, this week on Pipedreams.

Program Broadcast dates:

  • December 31, 2001

Music played in the program

DOMINICK ARGENTO: Let all the world in every corner sing –AGO 1980 Convention Chorus and Congregation (1963 Casavant Frères/Central Lutheran, Minneapolis, MN) Pipedreams Archive recorded 1980

GERALD NEAR: Sing Alleluia forth! –Choir of Saint Thomas Church, Gerre Hancock, conductor; Judith Hancock (1938 Ernest M. Skinner & Son; 1975 Aeolian-Skinner/National Cathedral, Washington, DC) Pipedreams Archive recorded 1982

NED ROREM: Views from the Oldest House, excerpt –John Obetz (1969 Rieger/All Souls Unitarian, Washington, DC) Pipedreams Archive recorded 1982

RON NELSON: Pebble Beach Sojourn –Festival Brass and Percussion Ensemble, Denis de Coteau, conductor; Carole Terry (1971 Ruffatti/Cathedral of St. Mary, San Francisco, CA) Pipedreams Archive recorded 1984

MOONYEEN ALBRECHT: Psalms for Flute and Organ [1986] –Frances Shelly, flute; Steven Egler (1986 Marcussen/Wiedemann Hall, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS) Summit 174

WILLIAM BOLCOM: Sometimes I feel like a motherless child, from Gospel Preludes, Book 4 [1986] –Marilyn Mason (1953 Aeolian-Skinner/Riverside, New York, NY) Pipedreams PD 1001

DAVID ASHLEY WHITE: Hymn and Reflections on Palmer Church, Drop, drop slow tears –Choir of Saint Paul UMC; Robert Brewer (1990 C.B. Fisk/Palmer Memorial Episcopal, Houston, TX) Zephyr CD-115.99

LIBBY LARSEN: Tambourines, from Aspects of Glory [1990] –Diane Meredith Belcher [recorded in 1990] (1985 Casavant Frères/Boston University, MA) Pipedreams PD 1003

STEPHEN PAULUS: Finale, from Organ Concerto [1992] –Atlanta Symphony Orchestra members, George Hanson, conductor; Norman Mackenzie [recorded June 29, 1992] (1987 Petty-Madden/Trinity Presbyterian, Atlanta, GA) Pipedreams PD 1003

NED ROREM: Sunday Night, from Views from the Oldest House –Douglas Cleveland (1977 Sipe/First Presbyterian, Dallas, TX) Pipedreams Archive recorded July 12, 1994

JOAN TOWER: Ascent [1996] –Cherry Rhodes (1993 Mander/St. Ignatius Loyola RCC, New York, NY) Pipedreams Archive recorded July 9, 1996

ETHELBERT NEVIN: Narcissus –Jane Edge (1899 Steere/St. James UMC, Central City, CO) OHS CD-98

BRUCE NESWICK: Improvisation on Wondrous Love –Bruce Neswick (1998 Fritts/Lagerquist Hall, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA) Pipedreams Archive recorded July 4, 2000

Filler –McNEIL ROBINSON: Improvisation on Dominick Argento’s Let all the world in every corner singMcNeil Robinson (1963 Casavant Frères/Central Lutheran, Minneapolis, MN) Pipedreams Archive recorded 1980