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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

This Archive Program was Broadcast the week of:
April 9, 1984 as Program #28 [Show 8428]

AGO 1982 I

…the first of eleven programs devoted to performances recorded during the 1982 National Biennial Convention of the American Guild of Organists held in Washington, DC.

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Music played in the program

Part 1

GIOVANNI GABRIELI: Canzona Number 3 –U.S. Navy Brass Quintet

SETH BINGHAM: Fantasy, Ut queant laxisFrederick Swann

LOUIS VIERNE: Marche Triomphale, Opus 46 –Potomac Brass, Richard Wayne Dirksen, conductor; Frederick Swann, organ

FRANZ JOSEPH HAYDN: Hymn, Glorious things of Thee are spoken [Austria] –Richard Wayne Dirksen

Part 2

DAVID N. JOHNSON: Hymn, Praise the Lord, ye heavens, premiere –Richard Wayne Dirksen

DANIEL PINKHAM: Concertante for Organ, Brass and Percussion –Potomac Brass, Richard Wayne Dirksen, conductor; Frederick Swann, organ

CHARLES-MARIE WIDOR: Processional, Salvum fac populum tuum, Opus 84 –Frederick Swann


This broadcast, one of the series of new programs that market a full-time return of PIPEDREAMS to the national airwaves, features elements from a festival service presented at the Washington National Cathedral, recorded June 28, 1982. Hymn accompaniments were by Richard Wayne Dirksen. Greetings and readings were provided by The Reverend Walter B. Funk, Edward A. Hansen, Canon Charles A. Perry, Eileen Morris Guenther, Daniel N. Colburn II and The Right Reverend John T. Walker. Paul Hume provided the homily, You hold the keys! Mr. Hume, long-time music critic for the Washington Post, addressed his topic with eloquence, and his words are as apt and meaningful today as they were for the audience of church musicians in 1982.

The pipe organ heard here was made for this Cathedral by Ernest M. Skinner & Son. Inaugurated in 1938 when the building was much smaller, the instrument since has been revised and enlarged through the work of the Aeolian-Skinner, Newcomer, and Wicks organ companies. At the time of this performance, the organ comprised 184 ranks.

On-location recordings were engineered by Curt Wittig.


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