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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

[1980 Sipe organ at Hennepin Avenue UMC, Minneapolis, Minnesota]
1980 Sipe organ at Hennepin Avenue UMC, Minneapolis


We step out in a colorful procession in this week’s show by parading select works by American composers. You’ll hear everything from dances to gospel preludes. William Bolcom, Robert Elmore, Howard Hanson, Emma Lou Diemer and Leo Sowerby are just a few of the musicians represented, with works recorded in concert settings in San Francisco, Minneapolis, Rochester, NY, and Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Our promenade builds from subtlety to strength. If you’ve considered the organ an old-world instrument, think again and join us for a celebration of new world sounds, a virtual Pageant.

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Music played in the program

LEO SOWERBY: Pageant –John Balka (1915 Austin/San Francisco Civic Auditorium, CA) OHS

EMMA LOU DIEMER: Folk Hymn Sketches: I think when I read; All things bright and beautiful; We bow down before youChrista Rakich (1982 Rosales/First Presbyterian, Granada Hills, CA)

ROBERT ELMORE: Pavan, from Rhythmic Suite. ROGER BOURLAND: Branle, from Morning Sonata –Thomas Neenan (1985 C.B. Fisk/St. Matthew Episcopal, Pacific Palisades, CA)

WILLIAM BOLCOM: 3 Gospel Preludes, Book 2: Jesus loves me; Shall we gather at the river?; Amazing GraceBrian Schober (1967 Beckerath/St. Michael Episcopal, New York, NY)

SAMUEL PROWSE WARREN: Prelude & Fugue in A-flat –Howard Bakken (1983 Nordlie/Augustana College Chapel, Sioux Falls, SD)

LEONARD DANEK: Flowers, from Lyric Pieces –Leonard Danek (1980 Sipe/Hennepin Avenue UMC, Minneapolis, MN) Pipedreams PD 1001

BENJAMIN CARR: Sicilian Marriners. RICHARD DONOVAN: Land of Rest. PAUL MANZ: Neander –Howard Bakken (1983 Nordlie/Augustana College Chapel, Sioux Falls, SD)

HOWARD HANSON: Chorale & Alleluia –David and Marion Craighead (1956 Austin/Asbury FUMC, Rochester, NY) Pro Organo CD 7046

Filler –EUGENE HANCOCK: Spiritual Prelude, We are climbing Jacob’s ladder –Robert Scoggin (1958 Möller+Sipe rebuild/Christ UMC, Rochester, MN)


This program was originally issued as #9048 in November 1990.

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