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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

J.S. Bach
Johann Sebastian Bach

Chips Off the Old Bach

There’s no denying his place as one of music’s grand masters. Even his name provides a motive for further exploration. On our next Pipedreams broadcast, we celebrate Johann Sebastian Bach with some adventuresome early works, several colorful arrangements of his works by other composers and a few pieces in modern mode which were inspired by his example.

In his own time, he was a prime mover and has been an inspiration for musicians ever since. From Alice Tully Hall to Saint Wenzel’s Church in Naumburg, Robert Clark, Catharine Crozier, Barbara Harbach, Anthony Newman, and friends sweep through the workshop and find Chips off the Old Bach, this week on Pipedreams.

Program Broadcast dates:

  • March 18, 2002

Music played in the program

J.S. BACH (transcribed by Colm Carey): Allegro, from Harpsichord Concerto in A, S. 1055 –Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, trumpet; Colm Carey (1954 Van Leeuwen/Dutch Church, London, England, UK) Proud Sound CD-148

J.S. BACH (arranged by Max Reger): Toccata in g, S. 915 –Rosalinde Haas (1983 Albiez/Mutter vom Guten Rat, Frankfurt-Niederrad, Germany) Dabringhaus und Grimm MDG 315 0484

J.S. BACH (transcribed by Barbara Harbach): Duet, Mein Freund ist mein, from Cantata Number 140 –Barbara Butler & Charles Geyer, trumpet; Barbara Harbach (1970 Schlicker/First Evangelical Lutheran, Lyons, NY) Gasparo CD-2002

J.C. BACH: Fugue on the Name B-A-C-H –Felix Friedrich (1755 Trost/Stadtkirche [Town Church], Waltershausen, Germany) Querstand CD-9809

MILOS SOKOLA: Passacaglia quasi Toccata na tema B-A-C-H –Catharine Crozier (1974; 2010 Kuhn/Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, NY) Gothic G49041

ERNST PEPPING: Fugue Number 1 on B-A-C-H –Kevin Bowyer (1965 Marcussen/Odense Domkirke, Denmark) Nimbus NI 5411

ANTHONY NEWMAN: Chorale-prelude, Come sweet death; Fugue in E-flat for Organ and Timpani –Anthony Newman (1995 Russell/St. Matthew Episcopal, Bedford, NY) Albany TROY357

J.S. BACH: Prelude in C, S. 567; Fugue in C, S. 946 –Christopher Herrick (1975 Metzler/St. Michael Church, Kaisten, Switzerland) Hyperion CDA67139

J.S. BACH: 3 Chorale-preludes: Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend, S. 726 & 709; Wo soll ich fliehen hin, S. 694 –Francois Menissier & Daniel Leininger (1741 J.A. Silbermann/Église Saint Thomas, Strasbourg, France) Organ CD ORG7002

J.S. BACH: 4 Chorale-preludes: Allein Gott in der Höh sei Her, S. 711, 717, 715; Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier, S. 731 –Robert Clark (1746 Hildebrandt/St. Wenzel Church, Naumburg, Germany) Calcante CD-041