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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

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1995 Noack organ at Christ the King Lutheran Church, Houston, TX

Pachelbel’s Pals and Partisans

Some of you might know him as a one-piece composer, but Johann Pachelbel, the pride of Nuremberg, wrote many other works beyond the ubiquitous Canon in D. On our next Pipedreams program, we’ll explore that extensive other repertoire, which includes splendid variation chains from which the young Bach learned a thing or two, elaborate chorale-preludes, modest miniatures for the vespers Magnificat, and splendid virtuoso showpieces that show off the sounds of 10 different instruments. Joseph Payne, Marilyn Mason, and Antoine Bouchard share excerpts from their complete CD cycles, too.


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Music played in the program

JOHANN PACHELBEL: Toccata & Fugue in B-flat –Joseph Payne (1741 Silbermann/Reformed Church, Grosshartmannsdorf, Germany) Centaur CD-2304

JOHANN PACHELBEL: Toccata & Fugue in e –Joseph Payne (1995 Noack/Christ the King Lutheran, Houston, TX) Centaur CD-2306

JOHANN PACHELBEL: Toccata & Fugue in g/G –Joseph Payne (1983 Metzler/Stadtkirche, Zofingen, Switzerland) Centaur CD-2311

JOHANN PACHELBEL: 3 Chorale-preludes: Komm, Gott Schöpfer, heiliger Geist; Wo Gott der Herr nicht bein uns hält; Jesus Christus, under HeilandMarilyn Mason (1985 C.B. Fisk/Moore Hall, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI) MHS CD-512823, MHS CD-5132761, and MHS CD-5132369

JOHANN PACHELBEL: Variations, Alle Menschen müssen sterben –Antoine Bouchard (1964 Casavant Frères/Église Saint-Pascal de Kamouraska, Québec, Canada) Dorian DOR 93174

JOHANN PACHELBEL: Prelude & Fugue in C –Roland Götz (1692 Arp Schnitger/Ludgerikirche, Norden, Germany) FSM CD-96515

JOHANN PACHELBEL: Variations, Christus, der ist mein Leben –Albert Bolliger (1766 Riepp/Ottobeuren Monastery, Germany) Sinus CD-4001

JOHANN PACHELBEL: 2 Chorale-preludes, Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr –Barbara Harbach (1990 C.B. Fisk/Slee Hall, SUNY-Buffalo, Buffalo, NY) Gasparo CD-2001

JOHANN PACHELBEL: Fantasie in g –Piet Kee (1750 Gabler/Weingarten Abbey, Germany) Chandos CD-0520

JOHANN PACHELBEL: Magnificat quinti toni –Parthenia XII & Vox Angeli Ensembles; Mary Jane Newman (1979 Rieger/SUNY-Purchase Recital Hall, Purchase, New York, NY) Vox 3CD-93043

JOHANN PACHELBEL: Canon in D –Barbara Harbach (1990 C.B. Fisk/Slee Hall, SUNY-Buffalo, Buffalo, NY) Gasparo CD-2001

The first three players, Payne, Mason and Boucher, have each essayed complete CD cycles of Pachelbel’s organ works of which there are many more than the several handfuls sampled here.

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