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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

Affirming Good Counsel

While visiting the restored 1877 Johnson & Son organ which celebrates renewed vitality in the care of the School Sisters of Notre Dame at their Chapel of Our Lady of Good Counsel in Mankato, MN.

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One of the most highly regarded American organbuilders, William Johnson & Son produced 860 instruments in the last third of the nineteenth century, of which this imposing 45-stop organ (1877 Johnson & Son/Our Lady of Good Counsel Abbey, Mankato, MN) built for Saint Mary’s Catholic Church in Boston, is the largest remaining. The instrument came to Minnesota in 1975 when Saint Mary’s was slated for demolition. Recent restorative work was accomplished by Dobson Pipe Organ Builders of Lake City, IA. Find more information about the remarkable community of its present curators.


Music played in the program

J.S. BACH: Cantata Sinfonia Number 29, Wir danken DirThomas Murray, organ; recorded March 17, 1996

JOHN KNOWLES PAINE: Concert Variations on the Austrian Hymn –Kim Kasling, organ; recorded January 28, 1996

ROBERT SCHUMANN: Sketch in D-flat, Opus 58, number 4 –Thomas Murray

MAURICE DURUFLÉ: Fugue on the Soissons Cathedral Bells. FELA SOWANDE: Joshua fought the Battle of JerichoKim Kasling

ROGER HANNAHS: Carillon on He is Risen; 5 Reflections on Plansong Hymns: Adoro te devote; Pange lingua; Lauda Sion; Iam Lucis; O lux beata trinitas. JOSEF RHEINBERGER: Introduction & Fugue, from Sonata Number 17 in B, Opus 181 –Susan Armstrong-Ouellette; recorded October 4, 1990, before its restoration.

ANDRÉ FLEURY: Variations on a Burgundian Noel. CÉSAR FRANCK: Choral Number 3 in A-minor. J.S. BACH: Saint Anne Fugue in E-flat, S. 552 –Thomas Murray; recorded March 17, 1996

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