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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

A Celebration of Praises

…festive organ solos and hymn improvisations performed at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Program Broadcast dates:

•April 10, 1989 as Show #8915

•January 9, 1995 as Show #9502

Links and Resources:

Featured Organ:

Music played in the program

VINCENT PERSICHETTI: Chorale-prelude, Give Peace, O God, premiere –Donald Williams (1955 Aeolian-Skinner/Hill Auditorium, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI)

EDITH BORROFF: Voluntary, Honors for His Name: A Celebration of Praises, premiere –Mary Ida Yost

GERRE HANCOCK: Festival Improvisation on Two Hymns: Christ is made a sure foundation; How firm a foundationGerre Hancock


In addition to the solo works listed above, our program includes embellished settings of hymn tunes, both traditional and contemporary. The hymns themselves were penned by Martin Luther, Charles Stanford, J. S. Bach, Vincent Persichetti, Alfred Fedak and Alan MacMillan. The Galliard Brass Ensemble assists in various accompaniments. Performances were taped during an American Guild of Organists national convention, recorded July 3, 1986. An on-stage choir of Ann Arbor singers was abetted by a huge and enthusiastic audience.

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