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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

1746 Hildebrandt organ at Wenzelskirche, Naumburg, Germany
1746 Hildebrandt organ at Wenzelskirche, Naumburg, Germany

An Organist’s Yearbook

What’s past was yesterday’s future. In this week’s program we take look in both directions by summing up happenings in the year 2002 and projecting our future into the new year. We’ll have snapshots from a European tour, birthday celebrations for some noted composers, a few highlights from superb concerts we’ve attended, and reflections on important personalities who have gone to their reward.

Trumpets sound forth, ancient pipes sing out, and persuasive personalities make the case for the King of Instruments as we celebrate the New Year and savor highlights from the Old. This week we take our annual look back & forward by pondering the pages in An Organist’s Yearbook.

Program Broadcast dates:

  • December 30, 2002

Links and Resources:

Music played in the program

J.S. BACH: Prelude & Fugue in C, S. 545 –Ullrich Böhme (2000 Woehl/Thomaskirche, Leipzig, Germany) Querstand CD-0120

J.S. BACH: Chorale-prelude, Von Gott will ich nicht lassen, S. 658 –Robert Clark (1746 Hildebrandt/St. Wenzel Church, Naumburg, Germany) Calcante CD-041

GIROLAMO FRESCOBALDI: Canzona per sonar –Ingemar Melchersson (1475 da Prato/Basilica di San Petronio, Bologna, Italy) & Rupert Gottfried Frieberger (1596 Malamini/Basilica of San Petronio, Bologna, Italy) Christophorus CHR 77141

WILLIAM WALTON: Antiphon, Let all the world in every corner singChoir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, Stephen Darlington, conductor; Stephen Farr (Leominster Priory, Herfordshire, England, UK) Nimbus NI 5364

GARDNER READ: 3 Preludes on Old Southern Hymns: My soul forsakes her vain delight; David, the king, was grieved; Once more, my soulBarbara Harbach (1983 C.B. Fisk/Downtown United Presbyterian, Rochester, NY) Gasparo CD-258

MARCEL DUPRÉ: Cortege & Litany –Olivier Latry (1987 Kney/St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel, University of St. Thomas, Saint Paul, MN) Pipedreams Archive recorded April 15, 2002

TOMASO ALBINONI (arranged by Giazotto): Adagio in g –Tom Hazleton (1931 Möller/Philadelphia Convention Hall, PA) Pipedreams Archive recorded from 1992

ARTHUR SCHWARTZ: You and the night and the music –John Seng (Wurlitzer/Mundelein Auditorium, University of St. Mary, Mundelein, IL) P&P Productions 051193

J.S. BACH: Partita, Sei gegrüsset, Jesu gütig, S. 768 –Robert Noehren (1970 Noehren/First Presbyterian, Buffalo, NY) Fleur de Lis FL0101

BENJAMIN BRITTEN: Festival Te Deum –Choir of Saint John’s College, Cambridge, George Guest, conductor; Brian Runnett (1994 Mander/St. John College Chapel, Cambridge, England, UK) London/Decca 430 097

GERALD BALES: Elegy for Trumpet and Organ –Rex Richardson, trumpet; Joan Ringerwole (1978 Casavant Frères/B.J. Haan Auditorium, Dordt College, Sioux Center, IA) Pipedreams Archive recorded February 6, 2000

GERALD FINZI: Anthem, God is gone up with a triumphant shout –Chamber Choir of Grand Rapids, Larry Biser, conductor; Jonathan Tuuk (1981 Wicks/Basilica of St. Adalbert, Grand Rapids, MI) Pro Organo CD 7015

SY MILLER/BILL JACKSON: Let there be peace on earth –Timothy Moke, trumpet; Georg Masanz (1993 Hauser/Church of Saints Peter & Paul, Kirchdorf, Switzerland) Moke Recordings CD-2002

Filler –J.S. BACH: Fugue in C, S. 545 (see above)