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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

[Carlo Curley] [decorative stamp]
Carlo Curley

[2003 Blackinton; Benson Great Hall, Saint Paul, Minnesota] [decorative stamp]
2003 Blackinton; Benson Great Hall, Saint Paul, Minnesota

[1933 Skinner; Girard College Chapel, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania] [decorative stamp]
1933 Skinner; Girard College Chapel, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

[1912 Harrison; Saint Mary ] [decorative stamp]
1912 Harrison & Harrison; Saint Mary Redcliffe, Bristol, England

[1998 C.B. Fisk; Lippes Concert Hall, The University at Buffalo, New York] [decorative stamp]
1998 C.B. Fisk; Lippes Concert Hall, The University at Buffalo, New York

Some Last Curley Cues

…in tribute to a great American virtuoso, the outspoken and charismatic organist and entertainer Carlo Curley (1952-2012).

Audio Complete Show 1 hr 58 Min

Audio 1235 Hour 1 59:00 Min

Audio 1235 Hour 2 59:00 Min

Program Broadcast dates:

  • Week of October 1, 2012

Links and Resources:

Extra Audio

  • Audio Listen BEETHOVEN: Turkish March, fr The Ruins of Athens
  • Audio Listen JAN DUSSEK: Andante in F
  • Audio Listen TRADITIONAL: All through the night (entire)
  • (recorded on May 16, 2008 at Bethel University in Saint Paul, MN; audio engineer William Lund)

  • Audio Listen GUILMANT: Grand Choeur in D, Op. 18 (entire)
  • Audio Listen…Some post-concert comments by Carlo Curley, including commendation of organ-builder Charles Kegg for his work, and Michael Barone for his place in the global organ community.
  • (recorded March 4, 2006 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Buffalo, NY; audio engineer Christopher Jacobs)

Music played in the program


Hour 1

RICHARD WAGNER: Entry of the Guests, fr Tannhäuser (2003 Blackingon/Bethel University, Saint Paul, MN) Pipedreams Archive (r. 5/16/2008)

TRADITIONAL: All through the night (2003 Blackingon/Bethel University, Saint Paul, MN) Pipedreams Archive (r. 5/16/2008)

EDWARD ELGAR: Presto (iv.), Organ Sonata in G, Op. 28 (1912 Harrison & Harrison/St. Mary Redcliffe, Bristol, England) Argo 433 450

J.S. BACH: In dulci jubilo, BWV 608. BACH: Prelude & Fugue in a, BWV 543 (1996 Austin-Allen/LaGrave Avenue Christian Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, MI) RLF-1001

STEFAN LINDBLAD: Toccata on an American Theme (after Bernstein) (1990 Fisk/Lippes Concert Hall, SUNY-Buffalo, NY) Pipedreams Archive (r. 3/3/2006)

JOHN IRELAND: Elegiac Romance (2003 Blackingon/Bethel University, Saint Paul, MN) Pipedreams Archive (r. 5/16/2008)

LUDWIG van BEETHOVEN: Turkish March, fr The Ruins of Athens (2003 Blackingon/Bethel University, Saint Paul, MN) Pipedreams Archive (r. 5/16/2008)

ANTONIN DVORAK (arr. Curley): Largo, fr New World Symphony (1997 Kegg/Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Buffalo, NY) Pipedreams Archive (r. 3/3/2006)

Hour 2

F.J. HAYDN: Minuet for Musical Clock. JOHN RUTTER: All things bright and beautifulMount House School Boys' Choir/Brian Armfield, director (1864 Willis/St. Michael & All Angels, Great Torrington, England) Regent 136

WILLIAM BOYCE: Voluntary (2nd part only) (1891 Willis/Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England) Pro Arte 353

G. F. HANDEL: Allegro (i.), fr Concerto in F, Op. 4, no. 4. JULES MASSENET (arr. Curley): Meditation, Thaïs (1998 C.B. Fisk/Lippes Concert Hall, The University at Buffalo, NY) Pipedreams Archive (r. 3/3/2006)

MAX REGER: Fantasy on Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern, Op. 40, no. 1 (1933 Skinner/Girard College Chapel, Philadelphia, PA) Argo 430 837

CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS (arr. Curley): Marche Militaire Francaise, fr Suite Algérienne, Op. 60 (1954 Harrison & Harrison/Royal Festival Hall, London, England) Pro Arte 354

EDWARD MacDOWELL (arr. Curley): To a wild rose, fr Woodland Sketches, Op. 51 (2003 Blackinton/Bethel University, Saint Paul, MN) Pipedreams Archive (r. 5/16/2008)


Included are selections from Carlo's commercial recordings made at Girard College Chapel, Philadelphia (1933 Skinner), St. Mary Redcliffe, Bristol (1912 Harrison & Harrison), St. Michael and All Angels Church in Great Torrington, England (1864 Willis), and Blenheim Palace (1891 Willis), plus concert performances from LaGrave Avenue Christian Church, Grand Rapids, MI (1996 Austin-Allen), the University at Buffalo's Lippes Concert Hall (1990 Fisk) and Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (1997 Kegg), both in Buffalo, NY, and the Benson Great Hall of Bethel University in Saint Paul, MN (2003 Blackinton).

Carlo's characteristic commentary will be woven throughout. The pipe organ was a way of life for Carlo, a mission-quest to communicate through music, and his gift to us will keep on giving.

Enjoy some additional Curley interpretations from a previous broadcast (#0128).