1971 Danion-Gonzales organ at Chartres Cathedral, France
Play It Again, Sam
A good tune is a joy forever, but instead of repeating the same melody over and over, why not make it different? This week’s show illustrates the art of variation. Organist, Hannes Meyer toys with a European folksong, while the late, great George Thalben-Ball takes the ferocious fiddling of Paganini and transforms it into a virtuosic dance on the organ pedals.
Secular or sacred, sumptuous or sometimes just plain silly, our themes provide remarkable opportunity for creative possibilities. It’s all about the altered intent, where one good tune demands another take. By the end, even you’ll be calling out, Play it Again, Sam.
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Music played in the program
GIOVANNI MORANDI: Introduzione, teme con variazioni e finale, Opus 11 –Massimo Nosetti (1855 Gandolfo/Collegiale Sant’ Ambrogio, Alassio, Italy) Syrius CD-141363
GEORGE THALBEN-BALL: Variations on a Theme of Paganini –Todd Wilson (1931 E.M. Skinner/Cathedral of our Lady Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, Toledo, OH) JAV CD-127
JOHANN CHRISTIAN HEINRICH RINCK: Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Opus 56 –Ludger Lohmann (1750 Gabler/Weingarten Abbey, Germany) Naxos 8.553925
HANNES MEYER: Variations on a Folksong Muss I denn zum Städtele hinaus –Hannes Meyer (1960 Metzler/Grossmünster, Zürich, Switzerland) Stereoplay CD-697202
CÉSAR FRANCK: Prelude, Fugue and Variation in b –Catharine Crozier (1986 Marcussen/Wiedemann Hall, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS) Delos DE 3272
HEINRICH SCHEIDEMANN: Chorale verses, Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ –Julia Brown (1976 Brombaugh/Central Lutheran, Eugene, OR) Naxos 8.554548
GEORG BÖHM: Chorale Variations, Ach wie nichtig, ach wie flüchtig –Lorenzo Ghielmi (1997 Fischer/St. Laurentius Church, Grefrath, Germany) Stradivarius CD-33559
NICHOLAS JACKSON: Concert Variations on Praise to the Lord, the Almighty –Nicholas Jackson (1971 Danion-Gonzalez/Chartres Cathedral, France) Naxos 8.554773