Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments
1963 Aeolian–Skinner at the Cathedral of Saint Paul, MN
1986 Casavant at St. George's Episcopal Church, Nashville, TN
…a celebration, on the occasion of her 85th birthday, of the art, the music, and the indomitable spirit of one of Nashville’s great performers and classy ladies, Wilma Jensen.
JEAN LANGLAIS: Hymne d’Actions de graces (Te Deum), fr Trois paraphrases gregoriennes. HERBERT HOWELLS: Rhapsody No. 1 in D-flat, Op. 17. JAMES BIERY: Flourish & Toccata (The Royal Banners Forward Go) –Wilma Jensen (1963 Aeolian-Skinner/Cathedral of Saint Paul, MN) Pipedreams Archive (r. 9/29/09)
AARON DAVID MILLLER: Organ Preludes on Folk Songs (Afton Water; Kelvingrove). OLIVIER MESSIAEN: The Word, the Light of Humanity (No. 6), fr Meditations on the Mysteries of the Holy Trinity (Cathdral of Saint Paul, MN)
Filler – ANDREW CARTER: Aria (from 9/29/09)
GERALD FINZI (arr, Ridout): Prelude. PIERRE CAMONIN: Panis angelicus. CHARLES-MARIE WIDOR: Allegro, fr Organ Symphony No. 6, Op. 42, no. 2, ENNIO MORRICONE: Gabriel’s Oboe, fr The Mission –Wilma Jensen (Cathedral of Saint Paul, MN) Pipedreams Archive (r. 9/29/09)
Filler - MESSIAEN (see above)
A student of the legendary Catharine Crozier and Harold Gleason, Wilma Jensen (b. 3/8/1929) herself has become a legend, teaching at Oklahoma City University, Indiana University, Scarritt Graduate School and Vanderbilt University, and serving at St. George’s Episcopal Church in Nashville, and continues to preach the Gospel of Music. In observance of her 85th birthday, she will be feted with a gala event (“Wilma Jensen and Friends”) at St. George’s on March 2, 2014.
Listen to Wilma Jensen present a complete performance of Paul de Maleingreau’s Symphonie de la Passion, Op. 30: Prologue – Le Tumulte au Pretoire – March au Supplice – O Golgotha! (from Arkay AR6117, nla)O Golgotha!