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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

1390 organ at Valere Castle Church, Sion, Switzerland
1390 Anonymous organ at Valere Castle Church, Sion, Switzerland

Medieval Poems

A colorful collection both from and inspired by the pipe organ’s earliest known repertoire.

Program Broadcast dates:

  • July 25, 2005

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Music played in the program

MYRON ROBERTS: Homage to Perotin, based on 12th century organumFrederick Swann (1964 Möller; 2001 Goulding & Wood/National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, DC) Gothic G49053

ANONYMOUS 14th century: Estampie Retrové, from Robertsbridge Codex [1316] –Guy Bovet (1390 Anonymous/Basilica of Valere, Sion, Switzerland) Gallo CD-088

JOHANNES OCKEGHEM: Kyrie, from Missa sine nomine, with improvised organ versets –Clemencic Consort, Rene Clemencic (late Gothic positive organ) Arte Nova Classics CD-56351

JEAN LANGLAIS: Improvisation, from Suite MedievaleFrançois-Henri Houbart (1845 Cavaillé-Coll/Église de la Madeleine, Paris, France) Solstice CD-086

JEAN LANGLAIS: Esquisse Romane Number 3 –Marie-Louise Langlais (1977 Kuhn/Hofkirche St. Leodegar, Luzern, Switzerland) & Sylvie Mallet (1844 Walpen/Hofkirche, Luzerne, Switzerland) Festivo 6961 962

GHERARDELLO da FIRENZE: I’ve bene. ANONYMOUS: Estampida de Rocamadour –Christophe Deslignes (1998 Johannes Rohlf organetto) Ricercare 206662

ARVO PÄRT: Annum per Annum –Lorenzo Ghielmi (1998 Metzler/Parish Church, Hopfgarten, Austria) Winter & Winter 910 055

ANONYMOUS: Benedicamus domino & Ave maris stella, from Faenza CodexChristopher Bowers-Broadbent (1993 Mander trunk organ) Harmonia Mundi CD-907185

LEO SOWERBY: Medieval Poem [1926] –Marian and David Craighead (1956 Austin/Asbury FUMC, Rochester, NY) Pro Organo CD 7046