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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

1914 Aeolian organ at the Frick Museum in New York City
1914 Aeolian organ at the Frick Museum, New York, NY

Museum Pieces

Some folks think of the pipe organ as a musty antique that is old fashioned and out of the mainstream. I don’t agree, but just to confuse the issue, we’ll listen to four instruments that live in museums, at the Frick Collection and the Metropolitan Museum in New York City, the Nethercutt Collection, San Sylmar in Los Angeles, and the Museum Center at Union Terminal in Cincinnati.

Don’t be misled. These pipe organs provide provocative harmonies in picturesque settings. Creating their own attractive, interactive displays these are true Museum Pieces.

Program Broadcast dates:

  • November 3, 2003

Music played in the program

JEAN SIBELIUS: Finlandia. CLAUDE DEBUSSY: Arabesque. SEARLE WRIGHT: Greensleeves. CYRIL JENKINS: DawnThomas Murray (1929 Skinner/Cincinnati Museum Center, Union Terminal, Cincinnati, OH) CD-1

RICHARD RODGERS: You took advantage of me. Blue MoonTom Hazleton (Wurlitzer hybrid/Nethercutt Collection, San Sylmar, CA) Klavier K 77025

EDWIN H. LEMARE: Andantino in D-flat Moonlight and Roses EDWIN H. LEMARE (arranged): Annie Laurie –Martin Souter (1914 Aeolian/Frick Collection, New York, NY) Classical Communications CD-004

AUGUST WILHELM BACH: Prelude & Fugue in D –Lois Regestein (1830 Appleton/Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY) Raven OAR-600

J.S. BACH: Badinerie, from Orchestral Suite Number 2. CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS: Breton Rhapsody Number 1. JOSEPH JONGEN: Sonata Eroica, Opus 94 –Thomas Murray (1929 Skinner/Cincinnati Museum Center, Union Terminal, Cincinnati, OH)

 

 

Considering its inherent mechanical and architectural “content, ” a pipe organ will create its own interactive exhibit, given the opportunity.