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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

[1968 Marcussen at the Community Church, Ikast, Denmark]
1968 Marcussen organ at the Community Church, Ikast, Denmark

1926 Henry Willis and Sons at Liverpool Cathedral, England
1926 Henry Willis & Sons organat the Anglican Cathedral in Liverpool, England, UK

1990 Oberlinger at Saint Joseph’s Church, Bonn-Beuel, Germany
1990 Oberlinger organ at Saint Joseph’s Church, Bonn-Beuel, Germany

1868 Cavaillé-Coll at Notre-Dame, Paris, France
1868 Cavaillé-Coll organ at Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, France

1926 Skinner at Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian, Detroit, MI
1926 Skinner organ at Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian, Detroit, MI

1998 Fisk at Minato Mirai Hall, Yokohama, Japan

1999 Eule organ at Saint Michael’s Church, Schwabmünchen, Germany
1999 Eule organ at Saint Michael’s Church, Schwabmünchen, Germany

Ring Them Bells

Perhaps from hanging around in the organ lofts near those bell towers, organ composers have amassed a fine pile of bell-music.

Program Broadcast dates:

  • Week of December 05, 2005

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Music played in the program

JEAN-JACQUES BEAUVARLET CHARPENTIER: CarillonHelga Schauerte (1981 Eisenbarth/Dom St. Stephan, Passau, Germany) Syrius CD-141310

GIOVANNI MORIANDI (arranged by William Thomas Best): Bell-RondoSimon Lindley (1905 Abbott & Smith/Town Hall, Leeds, England, UK) OxRecs CD-71

GARTH EDMUNDSON: Bells through the treesJames Hammann (1918 Steere/Baptist Temple, Brooklyn, NY) Calcante CD-012

BERNHARD CHRISTENSEN: Variations on Now the Bells Chime at the Coming of Morn –Christian Blache Holm (1968 Marcussen/Community Church, Ikast, Denmark) Danacord CD-304

HENRI MULET: Campanille, from Byzantine SketchesThomas Murray (1990 Austin/National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, Doylestown, PA) Arkay AR6111

HENRI MULET: Carillon-SortieNoel Rawsthorne (1926 Henry Willis & Sons/Anglican Cathedral, Liverpool, England, UK) EMI Classics CDC 67291

LOUIS VIERNE: Les Angelus, Opus 57 –Margaret Roest, soprano; Ben van Oosten (1981 Oberlinger/St. Joseph Church, Bonn-Beuel, Germany) Dabringhaus und Grimm MDG 316 0991

JEAN LANGLAIS: Angelus, from Huit Chants de BretagneJean Langlais (1868 Cavaillé-Coll/Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, France) Solstice CD-165

FRANZ LISZT: Angelus! Priere aux anges gardiensJared Johnson (1926 Skinner/Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian, Detroit, MI) JAV CD-133

WILLIAM ALBRIGHT: Carillon-BombardeDouglas Reed (1997 C.B. Fisk/Minato Mirai Hall, Yokohama, Japan) Equilibrium CD-35

LUDVIG NIELSEN: Fantasy on the Bells of the Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, Opus 37 –Willibald Guggenmos (1999 Eule/St. Michael Church, Schwabmünchen, Germany) Unda Maris UM-20091

NOTE: the various sounds of actual tower bells which appear here and there in this program come from an arresting German CD production, Die Glocke und ihr Geläute Psallite CD-P60661.