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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

[1693 Schnitger organ at Saint Jacobi Church, Hamburg, Germany][decorative stamp]
1693 Schnitger organ at Saint Jacobi Church, Hamburg, Germany

[1997 Goulding & Wood organ at Saint Meinrad Archabbey, Indiana][decorative stamp]
1997 Goulding & Wood organ at Saint Meinrad Archabbey, Indiana

[1982 Oberlinger organ at Marktkirche [Market Church], Wiesbaden, Germany][decorative stamp]
1982 Oberlinger organ at Marktkirche [Market Church], Wiesbaden, Germany

[1688 Schnitger organ at Saint Pankratius Church, Neuenfelde, Germany][decorative stamp]
1688 Schnitger organ at Saint Pankratius Church, Neuenfelde, Germany

[1890 Cavaille-Coll organ at the Church of Saint Ouen, Rouen, France][decorative stamp]
1890 Cavaillé-Coll organ at the Church of Saint Ouen, Rouen, France

[1724 Kastens; 1995 Lund organ at Garnisons Kirke, Copenhagen, Denmark][decorative stamp]
1724 Kastens; 1995 Lund organ at Garnisons Kirke, Copenhagen, Denmark

[1720 Klapmeyer organ at Heiligen Geist Kirche, Barmstedt, Germany][decorative stamp]
1720 Klapmeyer organ at Heiligen Geist Kirche, Barmstedt, Germany

Just Style Us Phantastic

…the old boys in northern Europe showed the way, and others later followed with extravagant compositions that explore the stylus phantasticus manner.

Audio 1015 Complete Show 1 hr 58 min

Audio 1015 Hour 1 59:00 min

Audio 1015 Hour 2 59:00 min

Program Broadcast dates:

  • Week of April 12, 2010

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Music played in the program

Hour 1

DIETERICH BUXTEHUDE: Praeludium in C, BuwWV 137 –Ton Koopman (1693 Schnitger/Jacobikirche, Hamburg, Germany) Challenge Classics 72247

NICOLAUS BRUHNS: Praeludium in e –Jan Willem Jansen (1677 Delauney; 1982 Grenzing/St. Pierre de Chartreux, Toulouse, France) Temperaments CD-76

JOHANN ADAM REINCKEN: Fantasy, Was kann uns kommen an für NotBernard Foccroulle (1693 Schnitger/Jacobikirche, Hamburg, Germany) Ricercar 204

NICOLAUS HASSE: Chorale-prelude, Allein Gott in der HöhWolfgang Baumgratz (1720 Klapmeyer/Parish Church, Barmstedt, Germany) Dabringhaus und Grimm MDG 319 0962

JEHAN ALAIN: Fantasy Number 2 –Yoon-Mi Lim (1997 Goulding & Wood/St. Meinrad Archabbey, Saint Meinrad, IN) Pro Organo CD 7205

MAX REGER: Chorale-Fantasy, Ein feste Burg, Opus 27 –Hans Uwe Hielscher (1982 Oberlinger/Market Church, Wiesbaden, Germany) OrganoPhon 90109

Filler –JOHANN ADAM REINCKEN (see above)

Hour 2

VINCENT LÜBECK: Praeambulum in c –Karl-Bernhardin Kropf (1688 Schnitger/St. Pankratius Church, Neuenfelde, Germany) IFO 00 088

FRANZ TUNDER: Choral Fantasy, In dich hab ich gehgoffet, HerrPamela Ruiter-Feenstra (2000 GoART Replica/Örgryte nya kyrka [Örgryte New Church], Göteborg, Sweden) Loft LRCD-1048-49

PETER MORHARD: Chorale-preludes: Allein zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ; Meine Seele erhebet den Herrn; Alle Welt, was lebetFriedhelm Flamme (1711 von Holy/Bartholomäuskirche, Dornum, Germany) cpo 777 343

BERT MATTER: Fantasy on Un jeune filletteOlivier Latry (1724 Kastens; 1995 Lund/Garrison Church, Copenhagen, Denmark) Helikon 1054

LOUIS VIERNE: Fantasy Pieces, Opus 54, number 3, Etoile du soir, –Ben van Oosten (1890 Cavaillé-Coll/Église Saint-Ouen, Rouen, France) Dabringhaus und Grimm MDG 316 0847

J.S. BACH: Fantasy & Fugue in g, S. 542 –Wolfgang Rübsam (1969 Metzler/St. Nikolaus Church, Frauenfeld, Switzerland) Philips 438 170

Filler –DIETERICH BUXTEHUDE (see above)

 

Seventeenth-century author, scientist and inventor, a true baroque polymath, Athanasius Kircher [1602-1680] described the stylus fantasticus in his book, Musurgia Universalis: “The fantastic style is especially suited to instruments. It is the most free and unrestrained method of composing, it is bound to nothing, neither to any words nor to a melodic subject, it was instituted to display genius and to teach the hidden design of harmony and the ingenious composition of harmonic phrases and fugues.”