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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

[2000 GoArt/Örgryte New Church, Göteburg, Sweden][decorative stamp]
Horatio Parker

[1895 Müller & Abel/St. Joseph Church, NYC][decorative stamp]
1895 Müller & Abel at St. Joseph Church, NYC

[1859 Hook at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, North Easton, MA][decorative stamp]
1859 Hook at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, North Easton, MA

[1892 Johnson & Son/Sacred Heart Church, Waterbury, CT][decorative stamp]
1892 Johnson & Son at Sacred Heart Church, Waterbury, CT

[2002 Dyer/Rollins College, Winter Park, FL][decorative stamp]
2002 Dyer at Rollins College, Winter Park, FL

[1938 Aeolian–Skinner/Washington National Cathedral][decorative stamp]
1938 Aeolian–Skinner at Washington National Cathedral

Hats Off for Horatio

…a sesquicentennial salute to turn–of–the–(19th)–century recitalist, composer and teacher, Horatio Parker (9/15/1863–12/18/1919)

Audio Complete Show 1 hr 58 Min

Audio 1336 Hour 1 59:00 Min

Audio 1336 Hour 2 59:00 Min

Program Broadcast dates:

  • Week of September 9, 2013

Links and Resources:

Music played in the program

Hour 1

HORATIO PARKER: Festival Prelude, Op. 66, no. 1Rudolf Innig (2003 Kuhn/Osnabrück Cathedral, Germany) Dabringhaus & Grimm 317.1741

PARKER: Impromptu, Op. 117, No. 2; Reverie, Op. 66, no. 2; Pastorale, Op. 28, no. 3 –Albert Ahlstrom (1895 Müller & Abel/St. Joseph Church, NYC) Raven 340

PARKER: Anthem, Now sinks the sunChoir of St. Thomas Church/Gerre Hancock, director. Priory 629

PARKER: Organ Concerto in e-flat, Op. 55Nebraska Chamber Orchestra/John Levick, conductor; Stephen Krahn (1968 Schlicker/1st–Plymouth Congregational Church, Lincoln, NE) Albany 124/5

Hour 2

PARKER: Canzonetta, Op. 36, no. 2 –Albert Ahlstrom (1895 Müller & Abel/St. Joseph Church, NYC) Raven 340

CHARLES IVES: Psalm 42 (As pants the hart) –SWR Vocal ensemble, Suttgart/Marcus Creed, director; Kay Johanssen, organ. Hänssler Classic 93.224

IVES: Psalm 90 (Lord, Thou has been our dwelling place)Choir of King's College, Cambridge/Stephen Cleobury, director; Peter Barley (1968 Harrison/King's College Chapel) EMI 54188

PARKER: Organ Sonata in 3-flat, Op. 65Gail Archer – 1st mvt, Allegro moderato (2002 Dyer/Rollins College, Winter Park, FL) Meyer Media 08011; Susan Armstrong – 2nd mvt, Andante (1892 Johnson & Son/Sacred Heart Church, Waterbury, CT) AFKA 520; Mark Laubach – 3rd mvt, Allegretto (2003 Berghause/St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Wilkes–Barre, PA) Pro Organo 7210; Karl Moyer – 4th mvt., Fugue (1859 Hook/Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, North Easton, MA) Raven 290

PARKER: Anthem, Light's glittering morn –Choirs of Washington National Cathedral and Grace Cathedral, San Francisco/Douglas Major, conductor; Cathedral Brass; Robert Lehman (Aeolian–Skinner/National Cathedral) EMI Classics 54134


Following studies with Josef Rheinberger in Munich, Parker taught in Garden City, New Jersey, served at Trinity Church–Wall Street in New York City and Trinity Church, Copley Plaza in Boston, prior to his appointment in 1893 as Professor of Theory (and in 1904 as Dean of Music) at Yale University, where his most famous pupil was Charles Ives!