Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments
1986 Marcussen organ at Wiedemann Hall, Wichita State University, Kansas
1991 Noack organ, Opus 119, at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Davenport, Iowa
…we celebrate composer Ned Rorem with performances of his music in anticipation of his 85th birthday.
On this week’s show, we visit with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Ned Rorem and celebrate the remarkable and envigorating repertoire that he has composed for organists and choirs. Is it strange that an agnostic son of Quaker parents should write so compellingly for the church or is everything under the sun just a concert celebrating creativity? Insights from the artist with his art, it’s Rorem on Rorem.
•October 20, 2003 as Show #0343
•October 13, 2008 as Show #0841
NED ROREM: A Quaker Reader, selections: First Day Thoughts; Mary Dyer did hang as a flag… Evidence of things not seen; The World of Silence –Catharine Crozier (1986 Marcussen/Wiedemann Hall, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS) Delos DE 3076
NED ROREM: 6 Pieces for Organ , premiere –Eileen Hunt (1960 Casavant Frères/First Church of Christ, Scientist; Denver, CO) Pipedreams Archive recorded June 29, 1998
Filler –NED ROREM: Return home to within, from A Quaker Reader (see above)
Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer Ned Rorem [born 10/23/23] has contributed importantly to the repertoires of choirs and organists, among others.