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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

[1984 Fritts-Richards at Saint Alphonsus Parish, Seattle, WA]
1984 Fritts-Richards organ at Saint Alphonsus Church, Seattle, WA

[2000 Fritts at Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ]
2000 Fritts organ at Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ

[2004 Brombaugh at First Presbyterian, Springfield, IL]
2004 Brombaugh organ at the First Presbyterian, Springfield, IL

[2002 Richards, Fowkes at First Church of Deerfield, MA]
2002 Richards, Fowkes at First Church of Deerfield, MA

[1992 Fritts at Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ]
1992 Fritts organ at Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

[1995 Richards, Fowkes at Saint John’s Lutheran, Stamford, CT]
1995 Richards, Fowkes at St. John Lutheran, Stamford, CT

[1995 Brombaugh at Lawrence University, Appleton, WI]
1995 Brombaugh organ in the Memorial Chapel at Lawrence University, Appleton, WI

[2003 Pasi at the Cathedral of Saint Cecilia, Omaha, NE]
2003 Pasi organ at the Cathedral of Saint Cecilia, Omaha, NE

Old Bach in the New World

Without travelling abroad, we can learn more about this music by playing on instruments attuned to his era.

Flash Player Audio Icon Complete Show 1 hr 28 min

Program Broadcast dates:

  • Week of October 02, 2006

Links and Resources:

Music played in the program

J.S. BACH: Fantasy in g, S. 542 –George Ritchie (1984 Fritts-Richards/St. Alphonsus RCC, Seattle, WA) Raven OAR-250

J.S. BACH: Duet in G, S. 804, and Chorale-prelude, Dies sind die heilgen zehn Gebot, S. 679, from Clavierübung IIIJoan Lippincott (2000 Fritts/Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ) Gothic G49242

ANTONIO VIVALDI (transcribed by J.S. BACH): Concerto in a, Opus 3, number 8, S. 593, from L’Estro ArmonicoRobert Clark (2004 Brombaugh/First Presbyterian, Springfield, IL) Arsis SACD-405

J.S. BACH: Fantasia in c, S. 562; Chorale-prelude, Christ lag in Todesbanden, S. 718 –Lynn Edwards Butler (2002 Richards, Fowkes/First Church, Deerfield, MA) Loft LRCD-1081

J.S. BACH: Orgelbüchlein Chorale-preludes: Wer nur den lieben Gott, S. 642; Durch Adams Fall, S. 637; Es ist das Heil, S. 638 –Robert Clark (1992 Fritts/Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ) Calcante CD-019

J.S. BACH: 3 Attributed Chorale-preludes: Nun lob meine Seele; Erhalt uns Herr; Erstanden ist der heilige Christ BWV Appendix II, Numbers 60, 50, & 51 –Stephen Rapp (1995 Richards, Fowkes/St. John Lutheran, Stamford, CT) Raven OAR-420

J.S. BACH: Prelude & Fugue in C, S. 545 –David Rothe (1990 Yokota/California State University, Chico, CA) UPR CD-1

J.S. BACH: 3 Miscellaneous Chorale-preludes: Gottes Sohn ist kommen, S. 724; Nun freut euch, S. 734; Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ, S. 722 –Wolfgang Rübsam (1995 Brombaugh/Memorial Chapel, Lawrence University, Appleton, WI) Naxos 8.553629

J.S. BACH: Chorale-prelude, Allein Gott in der Höh, S. 711 –George Ritchie (2003 Pasi/Cathedral of St. Cecilia, Omaha, NE) Raven OAR-740

J.S. BACH: Fugue in g, S. 542 –George Ritchie (1984 Fritts-Richards/St. Alphonsus RCC, Seattle, WA) Raven OAR-250

Influenced by historic instruments in Europe, craftsmen John Brombaugh, Paul Fritts, Ralph Richards, Munetaka Yokota, Bruce Fowkes and Martin Pasi set a new standard for contemporary organ building in the United States.

In addition to the makers of instruments featured in this program, other American firms also often follow rigorous classical principals in the design and construction of their instruments: Andover, Bigelow, Bedient, C.B. Fisk, Inc., Jaeckel, Noack, Taylor & Boody.