Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments
1987 Rosales organ at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Portland, Oregon
Wurlitzer organ at Organ Stop Pizza, Mesa, Arizona
1992 C.B. Fisk organ, Opus 100, at Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas, Texas
1987 Gronlunds organ at Domkyrka, Luleå, Sweden
1997 C.B. Fisk organ, Opus 110, at Minata Mirai Concert Hall, Yokohama, Japan
1783 Clicquot organ at the Prieuré Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul, Souvigny, France
1890 Hill organ at Sydney Town Hall, Australia
…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.
•October 15, 2001 as Show #0142
•May 14, 2007 as Show #0720
SIEVER/MORTON (arranged by Torch): A Cuckoo in the Nest –Sidney 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
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
Filler –CLARENCE MADER: (see above)