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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

[1970 Aeolian-Skinner organ at National Presbyterian, Washington, DC.]
1970 Aeolian-Skinner organ at National Presbyterian, Washington, DC.

American Aspirations

Imaginative composers and performers explore the varied opportunities of the King of Instruments.

Audio 0946 Complete Show 1 hr 58 min

Audio 0946 Hour 1 59:00
Audio 0946 Hour 2 59:00

Program Broadcast dates:

  • Week of November 16, 2009

Links and Resources:

Music played in the program

Hour 1

CRAIG PHILLIPS: Fanfare –Paul Skevington (1998 Steiner-Reck/St. Luke RCC, McLean, VA) Summit 436

PAUL CRESTON: Prelude, from Suite for Organ –Donald Dumler (1930 Kilgen/St. Patrick Cathedral, New York, NY) Gothic G49081

SEARLE WRIGHT: 2 Hymn Preludes: Greensleeves; Brother James’ AirThomas Murray (1990 Austin/National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, Doylestown, PA) Arkay AR6143

VIRGIL THOMSON: 3 Voluntaries –Leonard Raver (1938 Aeolian-Skinner/St. Paul Chapel, Columbia University, New York, NY) Classic Masters CD-1008

MYRON ROBERTS: Pastorale & Aviary –Samuel Baker (1970 Aeolian-Skinner/National Presbyterian, Washington, DC) NPC 1990

BERNARD WAYNE SANDERS: Ecologue & Fugue in F –Jan Ernst (1994 Mönch/St. Peter & Paul Church, Spaichingen, Germany) Ambitus CD-97987

JACKSON HILL: Anthem, A sweet and triune harmonyRooke Chapel Choir, William Payn, conductor; David Cover (1964 Reuter/Rooke Chapel, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA) Albany TROY098

BRUCE NESWICK: Anthem, I will set his dominion in the seaGloria Dei Cantores, Elizabeth Patterson, conductor; David Chalmers (E.M. Skinner; Barden/Church of the Transfiguration, Orleans, MA) Paraclete Press CD-030

Hour 2

CHRISTOPHER PARDINI: Toccata on Amazing GraceChristopher Pardini (1951 Aeolian-Skinner/Crystal Cathedral Arboretum, Garden Grove, CA) Crystal Cathedral CD-2003

LEO SOWERBY: Chorale & Fugue, from Suite for Organ –Faythe Freese (1910 Skinner; 1969 Muller/Trinity Episcopal, Toledo, OH) Albany TROY368

RICHARD WAYNE DIRKSEN: Magnificat & Nunc dimittis [1991] –Washington National Cathedral Girl Choristers, Bruce Neswick, conductor; Erik William Suter (1938 Ernest M. Skinner & Son; 1975 Aeolian-Skinner/National Cathedral, Washington, DC) Pro Organo CD 7128

DAN LOCKLAIR: Constellations, A Concerto for Organ and Percussion –Albert Rometo, percussion; George Ritchie (1972 Reuter/Kimball Hall, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE) Albany TROY701/02

DAVID CARLSON: ResurrectionJoyce Jones (1993 Petty-Madden/Jones Concert Hall, Baylor University, Waco, TX) Rosenhaus 015