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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

1977 Klais organ at Ingolstadt Cathedral
1977 Klais organ at Ingolstadt Münster, Germany

A Bit of Battle Music

Tune in as we look at battle music. Quite the opposite of peace pieces, this collection chronicles the strife between good and evil.

Program Broadcast dates:

  • January 17, 2005

Links and Resources:

Music played in the program

GUSTAV HOLST (transcribed by Peter Sykes): Mars, the Bringer of War, from The PlanetsPeter Sykes (1930 E.M. Skinner/Girard College Chapel, Philadelphia, PA) Raven OAR-380

JUAN CABANILLES: Batalla Imperial - JosepMa Mas I Bonet (18th c. Bosch; 1815 Font/Church of Sa. Pobla, Mallorca, Spain) Valois 4651

FRANZ KOTZWARA: The Battle of PragueLois Regestein (1830 Appleton/Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY) Raven OAR-600

FRANZ SCHUBERT: Marche Militaire Number 1 in D –Noel Rawsthorne (1962 Harrison & Harrison/Coventry Cathedral, England, UK) EMI Classics CFP 72804

CHARLES VILLIERS STANFORD: A Song of Battle, from Bible Songs, Opus 113 –William Kendall, tenor; David Hill (1854 Henry Willis; 1988 Harrison/Cathedral, Winchester, England, UK) Hyperion CDA66965

ERIC COATES (arranged by Marsh): Dam Busters March –Kevin Bowyer (1933 Hill, Norman & Beard/Royal Hospital School Chapel, Hollbrook, Suffolk, England, UK) Regis CD-8104

JOHANN NEPOMUK DAVID: Partita, The Invincibly Strong Hero, Saint Michael, movements 2 & 3 –Elisabeth Biener (Klais/Philharmonie im Gasteig Munich, Germany) Koch-Schwann CD-31949

EUGENE HANCOCK: Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho –Robert Scoggin (1958 Möller+Sipe rebuild/Christ UMC, Rochester, MN) Pipedreams PD CD-1002

JOHANN KUHNAU: The Fight between David and GoliathLuc Beauséjour (1993 Wolff/Presbyterian College Chapel, McGill University, Montréal, Québec, Canada) CBC CD-1086

JOHN GARDNER: Anthem, Fight the Good FightWells Cathedral Choir, Malcolm Archer, conductor; Rupert Gough (1857 Henry Willis; 1974 Harrison & Harrison/Wells Cathedral, England, UK) Lammas CD-149

GARDNER READ: David, the King, was Grieved and Moved, from Preludes on Old Southern Hymns, Opus 90 –Barbara Harbach (1983 C.B. Fisk/Downtown United Presbyterian, Rochester, NY) Gasparo CD-258

CHARLES-MARIE WIDOR: Lord, save thy people/Salvum fac populum tuum [1916] –Georgian Chamber Brass; Franz Hauk (1977 Klais/Ingolstadt Münster, Germany) Guild GMCD 7264