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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.

A Healey Willan Tribute

…choral and organ music by the ‘Dean of Canadian Composers’, to commemorate the centenary of his birth [1880-1968], recorded during the American Guild of Organist’s 1980 National Convention in Minnesota.

Program Broadcast date:

•January 24, 1982 as Program #4a [Show 8204]

•January 30, 1984 as Program #18 [Show 8418]

Listen to the program

Audio 43:40

Audio 33:09

Music played in the program

Part 1

HEALEY WILLAN: 5 Organ Preludes on Plainchant Melodies [1951]

HEALEY WILLAN: Prelude Number 1: Aeterna Christi munera

HEALEY WILLAN: 3 Motets to Our Lady: I Beheld Her; Fair in Face; Rise up my Love.

HEALEY WILLAN: Prelude Number 2 Christe, Redemptor omnium

HEALEY WILLAN: Gloria Deo [1950]

HEALEY WILLAN: Prelude Number 3 Ecce jam noctis

HEALEY WILLAN: Missa Brevis Number 4 in E [1934]

HEALEY WILLAN: Prelude Number 4 Ave Maris Stella

HEALEY WILLAN: What is this lovely fragrance?

Part 2

HEALEY WILLAN: Prelude Number 5 Urbs Hierusalem beata

HEALEY WILLAN: 2 Christmas Songs of the 14th Century; Here we are in Bethleham; Hodie!

HEALEY WILLAN: Hymn-Anthem, O quanta qualia

HEALEY WILLAN: Introduction, Passacaglia and Fugue for Organ

–John Tuttle (1928 Welte; 1964 Möller; 1983 Gould & Sons/Episcopal Cathedral of St. Mark, Minneapolis, MN) Elmer Iseler Singers, Elmer Iseler, conductor; recorded June 19, 1980

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