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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

[1990 Moller organ at Calvary Church, Charlotte, North Carolina][decorative stamp]
1990 Möller organ at Calvary Church, Charlotte, North Carolina

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

[1876 Hook organ at St. Joseph's Cathedral, Buffalo, New York][decorative stamp]
1876 Hook organ at St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Buffalo, New York

[1989 van den Heuvel organ at the Church of St. Eustache, Paris, France][decorative stamp]
1989 van den Heuvel organ at the Church of St. Eustache, Paris, France

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

Orchestral Adventures

The pipe organ’s concert repertoire often strays into the realm of symphonic ensembles, with remarkable results.

Flash Player Audio Icon 0710 Complete Show 1 hr 28 min

Program Broadcast dates:

  • Week of March 5, 2007

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Music played in the program

LUDWIG van BEETHOVEN (transcribed by Heywood): Egmont Overture, Opus 84 –Thomas Heywood (1876 E. & G.G. Hook & Hastings; 2001 Andover/Cathedral of St. Joseph, Buffalo, NY) Pro Organo CD 7167

SIR EDWARD ELGAR (transcribed by Peter Richard Conte): SospiriPeter Richard Conte (1911 Wanamaker/Grand Court, Macy’s Center City, Philadelphia, PA) Gothic G49247

GUSTAV HOLST (transcribed by Sykes): Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity, from The PlanetsPeter Sykes (1930 E.M. Skinner/Girard College Chapel, Philadelphia, PA) Raven OAR-380

ANTON BRUCKNER (transcribed by Edwin Horn): Scherzo, from Symphony Number “0” –Johannes Skudlik (1997 Rieger/Münster Saint Georg, Dinkelsbühl, Germany) Motette CD MOT 13001

ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK (transcribed by Edwin H. Lemare): Angel’s Scene, from Hänsel und GretelJohannes Geffert (1910 Stahlhut/Maria Laach Abbey Church, Germany) Motette CD MOT 12441

DIMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH (arranged by by Johnson): Festive Overture, Opus 96 –Christopher Johnson (1953 Aeolian-Skinner/Riverside, New York, NY) JAV CD-168

GIOACCHINO ROSSINI: William Tell Overture –Dan Miller (1990 Möller/Calvary Church, Charlotte, NC) Miller Productions CD-890

ALEXANDER BORODIN (transcribed by Bertero): In the Steppes of Central AsiaRobert Bertero (1989 van den Heuvel/Église Saint-Eustache, Paris, France) Priory PRCD690

FRANZ von SUPPÉ (arranged by Edwin Evans): Poet and Peasant Overture –Thomas Trotter (1834 Hill/Town Hall, Birmingham, England, UK) London/Decca 436 656

Filler –SIR EDWARD ELGAR: Sospiri (see above)