John Eggert
John Eggert

New Music from Minnesota #0021

Contrary to the notion that the organ is old-fashioned, this week’s Pipedreams broadcast takes a look at organ repertoire today, with a sampler of some engaging and accessible modern compositions from the upper Midwest. Leonard Danek plays his little bouquet, Flowers, David Cherwin shows us some of his hymn-preludes, John Eggert discovers an amazingly diverse collection of styles right in his own backyard, and Diane Meredith Belcher premiere’s Libby Larsen’s Aspects of Glory at an Organists Guild Convention.

LYNN KITZEROW: Fantasy & Fugue on Triumph. REBECCA GROOM te VELDE: Prelude on Beach Spring. LEONARD DANEK: Festival Prelude. JAMES CALLAHAN: Creator alme siderum. JOHN FERGUSON: What is this lovely fragrance? DANEK: In the bleak midwinter. RONALD SHILLING: Partita on Jesu, meine Freude –John Eggert (1983 Jan van Daalen/Jehovah Lutheran, Saint Paul, MN) recorded October 8, 1989

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

LIBBY LARSEN: Aspects of Glory [1990] –Diane Meredith Belcher (1985 Casavant Frères/Boston University, MA) recorded June 28, 1990Pipedreams PD-1003

DAVID CHERWIEN: 3 Hymn Improvisations: The Church’s One Foundation; Earth and all stars; We know that Christ is raisedDavid Cherwien (1970 Reuter/Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Minneapolis, MN) Summa CD-1992

Michael Ferguson: Trio for Organ. ROBERT WETZLER: Prelude. CHARLES CALLAHAN: Fantasie for Organ. PETER SKAALEN: Christ is Arisen –John Eggert, organ; recorded October 8, 1989