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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments


Flor Peeters

Flor Samples

Belgian master, Flor Peeters, had a remarkable career. He promoted neither a slavish adherence to tradition, nor provoked any revolution, but during his more than six decades as a cathedral organist, teacher and composer, he blended the influences of Germany and France with a typically Flemish love for color and form.

We salute his talents while celebrating his centenary with performances of solos, songs, and even a symphonic concerto. Tune in and enjoy the works of Flor Peeters, and some extra delightfully revealing Flor Samples.

Program Broadcast dates:

  • July 7, 2003

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Music played in the program

FLOR PEETERS: Entrata Festiva, Opus 93 –Missouri Brass Quintet; John Obetz (1993 Casavant Frères/Community of Christ Temple, Independence, MO) RBWCD-008

FLOR PEETERS: Suite Modale, Opus 43, Scherzo, Adagio, Toccata –Peter Hurford (1978 Rieger/Ratzeburg Cathedral, Germany) London/Decca 421 296

FLOR PEETERS: O Maria die daar staat –Cristel de Meulder, soprano; Jan van Mol (1880 Cavaillé-Coll/Jesuit Church, Heverlee, Belgium) Pavane ADW 7431

FLOR PEETERS: Chorale-prelude, Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern, from Opus 68 –Jozef Sluys (1986 Loncke/Sint-Salvatorskathedraal, Bruges, Belgium) Prezioso CD-820.204

FLOR PEETERS: Toccata, Fugue & Hymn on Ave maris stella, Opus 28 –Katharine Pardee (1907 Hutchings-Votey; 1999 Rosales/Cathedral of St. James, Seattle, WA) Pro Organo CD 7140

FLOR PEETERS: Introduction & Allegro, 1st movement, from Concerto for Organ and Orchestra, Opus 52 –Cologne Youth Symphony, Volker Hempfling, conductor; Paul Wisskirchen (1980 Klais/Altenberger Dom, Germany) Motette CD MOT 40161

FLOR PEETERS: Variations & Finale on an Old Flemish Song, Opus 20 –Graham Barber (1986 Walker/Town Hall, Bolton, England, UK) Priory PRCD221

FLOR PEETERS: Abdijvrede, Paix Monastique Opus 16a –Jan van Moll (1880 Cavaillé-Coll/Jesuit Church, Heverlee, Belgium) Pavane ADW 7431

Flor Peeters [1903-1986] held important positions in Mechelen, Ghent and Antwerp. The Belgian government sponsored his annual international master classes at Mechelen Cathedral from 1968 until his death.