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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

[Henry Purcell portrait by John Closterman][decorative stamp]
Portrait of Henry Purcell by John Closterman

[1982 Harrold organ at the Alfred Hertz Memorial Hall, University of California, Berkeley, California][decorative stamp]
1982 Harrold organ at the Alfred Hertz Memorial Hall, University of California, Berkeley, California

[1953 Aeolian-Skinner organ, Opus 1118, at Riverside Church, New York, New York][decorative stamp]
1953 Aeolian-Skinner organ, Opus 1118, at Riverside Church, New York, New York

[1942 Casavant Freres; 1999 Kegg organ, Opus 1715, at First United Methodist Church, Cleveland, Ohio][decorative stamp]
1942 Casavant Frères; 1999 Kegg organ, Opus 1715, at the First United Methodist Church, Cleveland, Ohio

[1675 Dallam organ at the Church of Saint Miliau, Guimiliau, France][decorative stamp]
1675 Dallam organ at the Church of Saint Miliau, Guimiliau, France

[2000 Schantz organ at Melbourne Town Hall, Australia][decorative stamp]
2000 Schantz organ at Melbourne Town Hall, Australia

Purcell’s Pleasure

Beyond the familiar Trumpet Tune, this week’s broadcast features many pieces by one of England’s foremost masters, one of his contemporaries and some later imitators.

He’s justly celebrated, but sometimes for not quite the right reasons. Henry Purcell, the foremost English composer of the late seventeenth century, is our particular fascination on the next Pipedreams broadcast, when we’ll listen to everything he wrote for organ, plus some pieces that he DIDN’T, but to which his name is traditionally and tenaciously attached nonetheless. With period instruments and grand cathedral organs played by Robert Woolley, John Butt, John Scott, Davitt Moroney, and even Virgil Fox, we go on beyond the familiar Trumpet Tunes to hear Voluntaries and Marches, Anthems, Songs, and Dances, looking back through 3 centuries in tribute to the memory of one of Britain’s famous past masters.

Program Broadcast dates:

•November 6, 1995 as Show #9545

•July 31, 2000 as Show #2031

•July 19, 2004 as Show #0429

Music played in the program

HENRY PURCELL (attributed): Trumpet Tune in D –Robert Woolley (1680 Dallam/Église Saint-Miliau, Guimiliau, Brittany, France\) Chandos CD-0553

HENRY PURCELL (attributed): Trumpet Voluntary in D (arranged by Virgil Fox) –Virgil Fox (1953 Aeolian-Skinner/Riverside, New York, NY) BMG/RCA CD-61251

HENRY PURCELL (attributed): Trumpet Tune and Air in D –David Flood (1978 Henry Willis & Sons-Mander/Canterbury Cathedral, UK) York Ambisonic CD-108

HENRY PURCELL (attributed): Trumpet Voluntary in D –John Butt (18th century anonymous Italian organ/UC Berkeley, CA); Verse in F; Voluntary in d, Z.718 –John Butt (1988 Greg Harrold Spanish Style organ [Opus 11]/Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Berkeley, CA) Harmonia Mundi CD-907103

HENRY PURCELL: Full of wrath –Jill Feldman, soprano; Davitt Moroney (1680 Dallam/Église Saint-Miliau, Guimiliau, Brittany, France\) Arcana CD-10

HENRY PURCELL: Voluntary in d, Z. 719 –Robert Woolley (1680 Dallam/Église Saint-Miliau, Guimiliau, Brittany, France\) Chandos CD-0553

HENRY PURCELL: March in C –Rolf Smedvig, trumpet; Michael Murray (1943; 1953; 1970 Casavant Frères/FUMC, Cleveland, OH) Telarc CD-80341

JOHN BLOW: Suite in C –Joseph Payne (1989 Adams/Annisquam Village Church, Cape Ann, MA) Naxos 8.550718

HENRY PURCELL: Trumpet Tune in C, from The Indian Queen; March in C, from The Married Beau; Trumpet Tune in C [Cibell] –John Butt (1982 Greg Harrold German Style organ [Opus 7]/Alfred Hertz Memorial Hall, UC Berkeley, CA) Harmonia Mundi CD-907103

ALFRED HOLLINS: A Trumpet Minuet –John Scott (1989 Jones/Loretto School Chapel, Scotland, UK) Priory PRCD345

CRAIG SELLER LANG: Tuba Tune in D –Donald Joyce (1942 Hill, Norman & Beard/Norwich Cathedral, England, UK) IMP Classics CD-1079

NORMAN COCKER: Tuba Tune in D –Thomas Heywood (1929 Hall, Norman & Beard; 2000 Schantz/Town Hall, Melbourne, Australia) Move Digital 3120

HENRY PURCELL: Chaconne in g, from Timon of Athens –John Butt (1988 Greg Harrold Spanish Style organ [Opus 11]/Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Berkeley, CA) Harmonia Mundi CD-907103

HENRY PURCELL: Voluntary in G; A Morning Hymn –Jill Feldman, soprano; Davitt Moroney (1680 Dallam/Église Saint-Miliau, Guimiliau, Brittany, France\) Arcana CD-10

HENRY PURCELL: A Ground in Gamut –John Butt (1988 Greg Harrold Spanish Style organ [Opus 11]/Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Berkeley, CA) Harmonia Mundi CD-907103

HENRY PURCELL: Bell Sinfonia –William Neil (1979 Andover/Lutheran Theological Seminary, Gettysburg, PA) Newport CD-60038

HENRY PURCELL: The Bell Anthem, Rejoice in the Lord alway –King’s Consort & Choir, Robert King, conductor; James O’Donnell (chamber organ) Hyperion CDA66656