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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments


Pipedreams originated as a discrete series of fourteen broadcasts, offered from January to April 1982, with content primarily derived from concerts recorded during the 1980 AGO convention. These programs were produced at Minnesota Public Radio and distributed by American Public Radio, now PRI and were made possible in cooperation with National Public Radio. Funding came from the Corporation of Public Broadcasting, the Dayton Hudson Foundation, the Episcopal Choirmasters Handbook created by John C. Grant, and Mr. & Mrs. Wesley C. Dudley. The Dudleys have thankfully continued as program underwriters through the entire history of Pipedreams.

Robert Barwis "Bart" Pitman, Jr. (1948-1977)

Robert Pitman in Memoriam

…recordings by a young, talented and relatively unknown American organist, Robert Barwis Pitman, whose career ended tragically virtually before it had begun.

Total Program Time = 116:29

Audio 53:01

Audio 63:28

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Music played in the program

DIETERICH BUXTEHUDE: Toccata in d, BuxWV 155 (1970 Brombaugh/First Lutheran, Lorain, OH)

MARCEL DUPRÉ: Prelude & Fugue in g, Opus 7, number 3 (1961 Holtkamp/St. John Abbey, Collegeville, MN)

JEHAN ALAIN: Trois Danses (1961 Holtkamp/St. John Abbey, Collegeville, MN)

FELIX MENDELSSOHN: Piano Concerto Number 1 in g, Opus 25 –Robert Pitman, piano; George Lamphere, organ (1863 E.F. Walcker; 1947 Aeolian-Skinner/Methuen Music Hall, Methuen, MA) recorded 1973

LOUIS VIERNE: Organ Symphony Number 2 in E, Opus 20 (1961 Holtkamp/St. John Abbey, Collegeville, MN)


Recording engineer and producer: Michael Barone [1970-1973]


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