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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

Virgil Fox
Virgil Fox

[1911 Wanamaker Grand Court Organ at the Macy’s Center City in Philadelphia, PA]
1911 Wanamaker Organ

1933 Skinner at Girard College, Philadelphia
1933 E.M. Skinner organ at Girard College Chapel, Philadelphia, PA

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

Ruffatti organ at Saint Mary’s Cathedral, San Francisco, CA
Ruffatti organ at the Cathedral of St. Mary, San Francisco, CA

That Red Blooded Organist

A memorial tribute to the inimitable Virgil Fox, narrated by Richard Torrence, the artist’s former manager and present-day champion.

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Music played in the program

RICHARD WAGNER: Parsifal Fanfares –Virgil Fox (1911 Wanamaker/Grand Court, Macy’s Center City, Philadelphia, PA) SeeMusic CD-042

ANDRÉ CAMPRA: RigaudonVirgil Fox (1930 E.M. Skinner/Girard College Chapel, Philadelphia, PA) OrganArts CD-4001

HENRI MULET: Tu es Petra, from Byzantine SketchesVirgil Fox (1930 E.M. Skinner/Girard College Chapel, Philadelphia, PA) and (1911 Wanamaker/Grand Court, Macy’s Center City, Philadelphia, PA)

J.S. BACH: Chorale-prelude, Alle Menschen müssen sterben, S. 643 –Virgil Fox (1950 Aeolian-Skinner/Symphony Hall, Boston, MA) OrganArts CD-4135

OLIVIER MESSIAEN: Dieu parmi nous, from La NativitéVirgil Fox (1962 Aeolian-Skinner/Philharmonic Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, NY) OrganArts CD-4135

ROBERT SCHUMANN: Canon in b, Opus 56, number 5 –Virgil Fox (1953 Aeolian-Skinner/Riverside, New York, NY) BMG/RCA CD-61251

LUDWIG van BEETHOVEN: Minuet in G –Virgil Fox (1953 Aeolian-Skinner/Riverside, New York, NY) EMI Classics CDC 65913

JULES MASSENET: ElegieVirgil Fox (1953 Aeolian-Skinner/Riverside, New York, NY) EMI Classics CDC 66386

J.S. BACH: Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C, S. 564 –Virgil Fox (1971 Ruffatti/Cathedral of St. Mary, San Francisco, CA) SeeMusic CD-041

J.S. BACH: Chorale-prelude, Nun freut euch, lieben Christen, S. 734 –Virgil Fox (1950 Aeolian-Skinner/Symphony Hall, Boston, MA) OrganArts CD-4135

MAX REGER: Chorale-Fantasy, Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern, Opus 40, number 1 –Virgil Fox (1950 Aeolian-Skinner/Symphony Hall, Boston, MA) OrganArts CD-4135

Many of these performances, long out of print, have recently been reissued on compact disc. A weekend festival, dedicated to the memory of Virgil Fox on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of his death, with performances, forums and master classes, will take place in New York City October 7-10, 2005. More information: Virgil Fox Legacy.

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