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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments


1887 Henry Willis organ at Truro Cathedral

Wisdom of the Ages

The King of Instruments enjoys a long and proud tradition. This week we’ll celebrate this heritage with instruments in all of the major European countries where the art of the organ was born and fostered. The peripatetic Charles Burney, who wrote much about organs and organists encountered during his famous travels, contributes a tune to our medley as do Domenico Scarlatti, Vicente Hervas, Michel Corrette, and Georg Böhm.

Everything old IS new again as we listen to historic instruments playing German, French, English, Italian, and Spanish music, all with perfect accent, the way it was meant to be. We honor tradition as the voices from these old pipes reveal the Wisdom of the Ages.

Program Broadcast dates:

  • March 31, 2003

Links and Resources:

Music played in the program

GEORG BÖHM: Praelueium in d; Chorale-prelude, Vater unser im Himmelreich –Christiaan Teeuwsen (1999 Reil/Bovenkerk, Kampen, The Netherlands) Naxos 8.555857

DOMENICO SCARLATTI: 2 Sonatas in D: K. 34 & K. 391 –Andrea Marcon (1779 Callido/St. Nicolo Church, Treviso, Italy) Diox Antiqua CD-79607

MICHEL CORRETTE: Messe avec les differents jeux de l’orgue; Procession, Kyrie, Offertoire –Le Amusemens du Parnasse; Stephane Bechy (1739 Parizot; 1992 Dupont/Eglise Saint-Remy de Dieppe, France) Triton 331105

EUGÈNE GIGOUT: Rhapsodie sur des Airs Catalans –Gerard Brooks (1857 Cavaillé-Coll/Perpignan Cathedral, France) Priory PRCD761

VICENTE HERVAS: Tiento partido de mano izquierda. PIERRE SANDRIN (arranged by Cabezon): Doulce memoire. TOMAS de SANCTA MARIA: Fantasia del sexto tono –Guy Bovet (1560 Luis/Cathedral of Salamanca, Spain) Valois 4650

CHARLES BURNEY: Cornet Piece in D –Ton Koopman (1747 Parker/St. James Chapel, Great Packington, England, UK) Capriccio CD-10254

JOHN STANLEY: Voluntary in D, Opus 5, number 5; Voluntary in d, Opus 6, number 5 –Ton Koopman (1765 Byfield/St. Mary Rotherhithe, London, England, UK) Capriccio CD-10256

SIR HUBERT PARRY: Chorale-prelude on St. Thomas –David Briggs (1887 Henry Willis/Truro Cathedral, England, UK) Priory PRCD322