Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments
1981 Nordlie organ in the Brandon Lutheran Church, Brandon, SD
We’ve a sampler of somewhat unusual and extraordinarly characterful music on our next Pipedreams program, compositions AND instruments by Americans, including James Woodman’s Lydian Versets, played on the John Nordlie organ at the Lutheran Church in Brandon, South Dakota. We’ll hear other pieces by Dan Locklair, Robert Elmore, Richard Purvis, and Philip Glass, played in Stamford, Connecticut, Collegedale, Tennessee, Portland, Oregon, and San Diego, plus we’ll visit the grand old Granad Theatre in Kansas City for some snappy show tunes from yesterday and the day before.
Something’s got to give, when we break through maddining misperceptions and expose the pipe organ for what it really always is a marvelously magical music-making machine, playing everything from prayers to pops. We honor a nation of organbuilders and composers and celebrate The American Muse this week on Pipedreams.
RICHARD PURVIS: Fetes Joyeux and Tarantella-Valsante, from Symphonic Suite for Three Organs –Donna Parker, Jonas Nordwall, Tom Hazleton (Wurlitzer/Organ Grinder Pizza, Portland, OR); (1957 Wicks/FUMC, Portland, OR); and three different Rodgers Electronic Instruments. Trio Con Brio CD-33301
This program was originally issued as #9526 in June 1995.