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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

[American Organ Institute at the University of Oklahoma]
Holiday Greetings to all from Michael Barone, Pipedreams, and the enthusiastic crew of the American Organ Instute at the University of Oklahoma.

Holiday Pipes!

…from the stage of the Sharp Concert Hall at Oklahoma University, students and faculty of the American Organ Institute share in some seasonal revelry.

Audio Complete Show 1 hr 58 Min

Audio 1649 Hour 1 59:00 Min

Audio 1649 Hour 2 59:00 Min

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Music played in the program

Hour 1

J.S. BACH (arr. Snedecor):  Jauchzet, Frohlocket, fr Christmas Oratorio

JOHN SCHWANDT:  Improvisation (Sweet little Jesus boy; Mary had a boy child)

HUGH MARTIN & RALPH BLANE:  Have yourself a merry little Christmas

SCHWANDT:  Improvisation (Jingle Bells!; I’ll be home for Christmas, in the style of Bach)


FRANZ LISZTWeihnachtsbaum, selections (An Old Christmas Carol; Slumber song)

LEROY ANDERSON (arr. Jelani Eddington):  Sleigh Ride

Filler – SCHWANDT:  Improvisation (Frosty the Snowman)

Hour 2

JOHN FRANCIS WADE (arr. Webster):  Adeste fidelis

LEON JESSELThe Parade of the Wooden Soldiers

EDWIN LEMARE:  Christmas Fantasia on AntiochJoy to the world

VINCE GUARALDIChristmastime is here

SCHWANDT:  Improvisation (Angels from the realms of glory; Lo, how a rose e’er bloometh; Good Christian friends rejoice


Filler – BACH (see above)

Performances were recorded on the Mini-Mo (a 14-rank ‘sampler’ of Möller organ Opus 5819, formerly from the Philadelphia Municipal Auditorium.

Performers include organists John Schwandt, Damin Spritzer(Anderson, Lemare), and Adam Pajan(Liszt and Anderson), pianist Stephen Beus (Scott), saxophonist Jonathan Nichol and percussionist Andrew Richardson (Martin/Blane, Guaraldi), and the University of Oklahoma Brass Ensemble (Bach, Wade), assisted by John Riester, Jeremy Wance, Mayu Allen, Paul Watkins and Nolan Reilly, student and faculty members of the American Organ Institute at the University of Oklahoma (r. 12/11/15).  Thanks to David Bass and Lisa Henry for audio assistance.

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