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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

1999 Nicholson at Gloucester Cathedral, England
1898 Henry Willis; 1971 Hill, Norman & Beard at Gloucester Cathedral, England, UK

Skinner-Schlicker at First Congregational Church, Los Angeles, CA
1932 Skinner; 1969 Schlicker organs at First Congregational Church, Los Angeles, CA

1982 Marrin organ at the Cathedral of Saint Mary, Saint Cloud, MN
1982 Marrin organ at the Cathedral of Saint Mary, Saint Cloud, MN

Virtuoso On the Road

A visit with British organist David Briggs, heard in performances recorded in England, California, and Minnesota.

Program Broadcast dates:

  • Week of October 31, 2005

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Music played in the program

J.S. BACH: Prelude in E-flat, S. 552 (1898 Henry Willis; 1971 Hill, Norman & Beard; 1999 Nicholson/Gloucester Cathedral, England, UK) Priory PRCD568

FRANÇOIS COUPERIN: Messe pour les Paroisses, selections. CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS: Fantasie in E-flat (1898 Henry Willis; 1971 Hill, Norman & Beard; 1999 Nicholson/Gloucester Cathedral, England, UK) Priory PRCD685

LOUIS VIERNE: Carillon de Westminster, from Pieces de Fantasie, Opus 54, number 6. GABRIEL FAURÉ (arranged by Virgil Fox): Nocturne, from Shylock. DAVID BRIGGS: Improvisation on Ein feste Burg (1932 Skinner; 1969 Schlicker/First Congregational, Los Angeles, CA) Delos DE 3241

DAVID BRIGGS: Improvisation Symphony in Five Movements on Joplin’s Maple Leaf Rag, Bach’s Air on the G String, Gershwin’s Summertime, and the traditional tunes Londonderry Air and When the saints go marching in (1982 Marrin/Cathedral of St. Mary, Saint Cloud, MN) Pipedreams Archive recorded October 2, 2000

Composer, conductor, improvisor, touring recitalist and organist emeritus of England’s Gloucester Cathedral, David Briggs is at present a resident of New York.