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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

[Ned Rorem][decorative stamp]
Ned Rorem

[1986 Marcussen organ at Wiedemann Hall, Wichita State University, Kansas][decorative stamp]
1986 Marcussen organ at Wiedemann Hall, Wichita State University, Kansas

[1991 Noack organ, Opus 119, at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Davenport, Iowa][decorative stamp]
1991 Noack organ, Opus 119, at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Davenport, Iowa

Rorem on Rorem

…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.

Audio 0841 Complete Show 1 hr 28 min

Audio 0841 Part 1 29:42
Audio 0841 Part 1 22:54
Audio 0841 Part 3 35:35

Program Broadcast dates:

•October 20, 2003 as Show #0343

•October 13, 2008 as Show #0841

Links and Resources:

Music played in the program

Part 1

NED ROREM: A Quaker Reader, selections: First Day Thoughts; Mary Dyer did hang as a flagEvidence of things not seen; The World of SilenceCatharine Crozier (1986 Marcussen/Wiedemann Hall, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS) Delos DE 3076

NED ROREM: Episode & Serenade, from Organbook I; In Nomine Domine, from Organbook II –Delbert Disselhorst (1991 Noack/Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Davenport, IA) Arkay AR6123

Part 2

NED ROREM: Anthem, Mercy and truth are met togetherConcora Ensemble, Richard Coffey, conductor; Larry Allen (1972 Gress-Miles/South Church, New Britain, CT) Albany TROY307

NED ROREM: Motet, Thee, God… –Choir of Trinity Church, James Simms, conductor; Larry King (1958; 1968 Aeolian-Skinner/Trinity Wall Street, New York, NY) Gothic G78932

NED ROREM: Fantasy & Toccata [1946] –Ronald Prowse (1965 Casavant Frères/St. Joan of Arc RCC, Saint Clair Shores, MI) Albany TROY398

NED ROREM: Motet, Exaltabo te, DomineChoir of Saint Thomas Church, Gerre Hancock, conductor; Judith Hancock (1956 Aeolian-Skinner/St. Thomas Episcopal, New York, NY) Priory PRCD629

Part 3

NED ROREM: 6 Pieces for Organ [1998], 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.