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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

Georg Muffat

Gemini Jewels

From an historic monastery in Austria to Princeton University chapel, this week’s show features the work of three composers who happen to be born under the sign of The Twins [as in astrology, not baseball].

We’ll hear a Sonata for Organ and Strings by Daniel Pinkham, Gospel Preludes and a Princeton premiere by William Bolcom, and tantalizing toccatas from the 17th century by Georg Muffat. Join in as we celebrate their 80th, 65th and 250th late spring birthdays with a chest full of Gemini Jewels.

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Music played in the program

GEORG MUFFAT: Toccata Number 1 in d, from Apparatus musico-organisticus –Martin Haselböck (1642 Freundt/Klosterneuburg Abbey, Austria) Naxos 8.553917

GEORG MUFFAT: Toccata Number 12 in Bb, from Apparatus musico-organisticus –Herbert Tachezi (1710 Knoller/Stiftskirche Mariä Himmelfahrt, Ossiach, Austria) Teldec CD-844066

GEORG MUFFAT: Ciaconna in G –Franz Raml (1785 Holzhey/Klosterkirche Sankt Verena, Rot-an-der-Rot, Germany) Coronata CD-1214

GEORG MUFFAT: Toccata Number 10 in D, from Apparatus musico-organisticus –Elisabeth Ullmann (1731 Egedacher/Cistercian Monastery, Zwettl, Austria) Dabringhaus und Grimm MDG 320 0529

DANIEL PINKHAM: Gloria for Brass and Organ –Philadelphia Brass; Joan Lippincott (1992 Mander/Princeton University Chapel, Princeton, NJ) Gothic G49072

DANIEL PINKHAM: Fugue & Chorale, from First Organ Book [1991] –Katharine Pardee (1980 Flentrop/Rivercliff Lutheran, Dunwoody, GA) Pipedreams Archive recorded July 1, 1992

DANIEL PINKHAM: Sonata Number 3 for Organ and Strings –London Symphony, James Sedares, conductor; James David Christie (1993 Walker/Abbey Road Studios, London, England, UK) Koch CD-7179

WILLIAM BOLCOM: Sometimes I feel like a motherless child, from Gospel Preludes, Book IV –Marilyn Mason (1953 Aeolian-Skinner/Riverside, New York, NY) Pipedreams PD 1001

WILLIAM BOLCOM: Shall we gather at the river, from Gospel Preludes, Book II –Laraine Olson Waters (1883 Hutchings, Plaisted/First Parish Church, Brunswick, ME) OHS CD-92

WILLIAM ALBRIGHT: Boborygm, premiere based on fragments by William Albright –Alan Morrison (1992 Mander/Princeton University Chapel, Princeton, NJ) Pipedreams Archive recorded July 3, 2002

WILLIAM BOLCOM: Free Fantasia on O Zion, haste and How firm a foundation, from Gospel Preludes, Book IV –David Higgs (1953 Aeolian-Skinner/Riverside, New York, NY) Gothic G49117


Each of these illustrious composers. Muffat born June 1, 1653, Pinkham born June 5, 1923, and Bolcom born June 26, 1938, has contributed importantly to the repertoire of the King of Instruments.


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