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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

[1987 Rosales organ at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Portland, Oregon][decorative stamp]
1987 Rosales organ at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Portland, Oregon

[Wurlitzer organ at Organ Stop Pizza, Mesa, Arizona][decorative stamp]
Wurlitzer organ at Organ Stop Pizza, Mesa, Arizona

[1992 C.B. Fisk organ, Opus 100, at Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas, Texas][decorative stamp]
1992 C.B. Fisk organ, Opus 100, at Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas, Texas

[1987 Gronlunds organ at Domkyrka, Lulea, Sweden][decorative stamp]
1987 Gronlunds organ at Domkyrka, Luleå, Sweden

[1997 C.B. Fisk organ, Opus 110, at Minata Mirai Concert Hall, Yokohama, Japan][decorative stamp]
1997 C.B. Fisk organ, Opus 110, at Minata Mirai Concert Hall, Yokohama, Japan

[1783 Clicquot organ at the Prieure Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul, Souvigny, France][decorative stamp]
1783 Clicquot organ at the Prieuré Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul, Souvigny, France

[1890 Hill organ at Sydney Town Hall, Australia][decorative stamp]
1890 Hill organ at Sydney Town Hall, Australia

The Joke’s On Us

…share in humoresques, scherzos, fantasies and other compositions done up with a sense of fun and surprise. Who says the organ must always be so serious.

It’s not all solemn processionals. The king of instruments does have a sense of humor, too, as you’ll discover on our next Pipedreams program, where wry wit, sardonic satire, and a general joviality prevail. Bill Albright’s nifty narration provides a key element, as do songs by Stephen Sondheim and Henry Mancini, scherzos and fantasies played in Souvigny and San Francisco, and a humerous hornpipe played in Sydney Australia. That’s but part of the fun.

We’ll also sample concert instruments in Dallas and Yokoyama, theatre organs in Kansas and Arizona, and one of the finest French antiques from the 18th century, still capable of a big smile. Curious chords prove that the Joke is On Us - humoresques for organ, this week on Pipedreams.

Program Broadcast dates:

•October 15, 2001 as Show #0142

•May 14, 2007 as Show #0720

Links and Resources:

Music played in the program

CHARLES IVES: Variations on AmericaHans-Ola Ericsson (1987 Grönlunds/Luelå Cathedral, Sweden) BIS-CD-510

LOUIS VIERNE: Scherzo, from Symphony Number 6, Opus 59 –David Craighead (1987 Rosales/Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Portland, OR) Delos DE 3096

GUY BOVET: Noël de Moulins, from Suite pour Souvigny [1994] –Thilo Muster (1783 Clicquot/Église Saint-Peter-et-Paul, Souvigny, France) Gallo CD-863/4

NOEL RAWSTHORNE: Hornpipe HumoresqueWillibald Guggenmos (1890 Hill/Town Hall, Sydney, Australia) Motette CD MOT 12591

ALEXANDRE GUILMANT: Fantasie, Opus 19 –Ursula Hauser (1897 Kuhn/Church of Saint Johann, Schaffhausen, Switzerland) Pan Classics CD-510049

HENRY MANCINI: The Baby Elephant WalkCharlie Balogh (Wurlitzer/Organ Stop Pizza, Mesa, AZ) ERB Enterprises 106

CLARENCE MADER: Afternoon of a ToadCherry Rhodes (1992 C.B. Fisk/Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas, TX) Pipedreams PD CD-1002

JEAN LANGLAIS: Scherzo-CatsJames Dale (1981 Möller/United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD) Pines CD-102

SIEVER/MORTON (arranged by Torch): A Cuckoo in the NestSidney Torch (1928 Christie/Regal Cinema, Marble Arch, London, England, UK) Sterndale CD-1002; Jelani Eddington (1928 Kimball/Dickinson High School Auditorium, Wilmington, DE) DTOS CD-7050

ANNIK CHARTREUX: Clowny, from Jazz a quatre –Alain Delcambre, Jean-Philippe Mesnier (1981 Mühleisen/Notre Dame Church, Douai, France) BF CD-940913

TED FIORITO: Laugh, clown, laughGeorge Wright (1929 Wurlitzer/Fox Theatre, San Francisco, CA) Banda CD-9211

STEPHEN SONDHEIM: Send in the clowns, from A Little Night MusicLyn Larsen (1926 Wurlitzer/Century II Convention Center, Wichita, KS) Pro Arte CD-339

MAX REGER: Scherzo, Opus 65, number 10. JOSEPH JONGEN: Menuet-Scherzo, Opus 53, number 2 –Dame Gillian Weir (1969 Aeolian-Skinner/Uihlein Hall, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, Milwaukee, WI) Koss CD-1013

WILLIAM ALBRIGHT: The King of InstrumentsMichael Barone, narrator; Douglas Reed (1997 C.B. Fisk/Minato Mirai Hall, Yokohama, Japan) Equilibrium CD-35

Filler –CLARENCE MADER: (see above)