1929 Skinner organ at Woolsey Hall, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
1929 Skinner organ at Woolsey Hall, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

An Organist’s Yearbook #0353

Ours is a pilgrim’s progress of sorts, traversing a year in retrospect and looking into the future. Join us as we take measure of the year 2003 and celebrate the art of the organ and its practitioners the builders, players and composers whose lives contribute so much to our experiences each week. We’ll play some recent compact discs, share shapshots of a trip to Italy, honor the memories of those who have passed to their rewards, and prognosticate a bit about what might come along in 2004.

GEORG MUFFAT: Toccata Number 9 in e, from Apparatus musico-organisticusMartin Haselböck (1731 Egedacher/Cistercian Monastery, Zwettl, Austria) Naxos 8.553990

ANDRÉ FLEURY: Vif, from Deuxieme Symphonie [1947] –Denis Comtet (1878 Fermis; 1890 Cavaillé-Coll; 1993 Dargassies/Église Saint-François-Xavier, Paris, France) Aeolus AE10041

HECTOR BERLIOZ: Toccata, from Trois morceaus pour l’orgue melodiumNeil Wright (1905 Cavaillé-Coll/Farnborough Abbey, England, UK) Priory PRCD802

JOHANN PHILIPP KIRNBERGER: Chorale-prelude, Wie schön leuchtet der MorgensternCraig Cramer (1992 Fritts/Grace Lutheran, Tacoma, WA) Dulcian CD-008

PERCY WHITLOCK: Hymn-prelude, Saint Denio, Immortal, invisible, God only wiseGraham Barber (1931 Compton/Downside Abbey, Bath, England, UK) Priory PRCD542

J.S. BACH: Prelude & Fugue in c, S. 549 –E. Power Biggs (1958 Flentrop/Adolphus Busch Hall, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA) CBS Masterworks MK 42648

HERBERT HOWELLS: Psalm-Prelude, Opus 32, number 1 –Roger Sherman (1965 Flentrop/Episcopal Cathedral of St. Mark, Seattle, WA) Loft Recordings Special CD

SIGFRID KARG-ELERT: 2 Chorale-Preludes, Opus 65: Number 54, Werde munter, meine Seele; Number 8, Mach hoch die TürThomas Murray (1929 Skinner/Woolsey Hall, Yale University, New Haven, CT) JAV CD-124

ERCOLE PASQUINI: Variations on Ruggiero –Alessandro Albenga (1598 Biagi; 1747 Alari/San Giovanni in Laterano, Rome, Italy) Audio Records CD-012

LÉON BOËLLMANN: Toccata, from Suite Gothique, Opus 25 –Luigi Sessa (1961; 1991 Mascioni/Cathedral, Florence, Italy) Olivifer Sonitus CD-0101

ANDREW CLARKE: Variations on Ein feste Burg –Ruth Lewis (2002 C.B. Fisk/First Presbyterian, Gainesville, FL) Pipedreams Archive recorded May 18, 2003

TRADITIONAL: Danny BoyJohnny Cash, baritone; Benmont Tench (Murray Harris/St. James Episcopal, Los Angeles, CA) American CD-440 077 803

DALE WOOD: Hymn prelude, Come, O thou traveler unknownJames Welch (1996 Eule/St. Nikolai Church, Berlin-Spandau, Germany) Querstand CD-9823

RICHARD WAYNE DIRKSEN: Anthem, Arise, shineChoir of Washington National Cathedral, Douglas Major, conductor; Nicholas White (1938 Ernest M. Skinner & Son; 1975 Aeolian-Skinner/National Cathedral, Washington, DC) Gothic G49095

Filler –JEAN GUILLOU: Improvisation on GreensleevesJean Guillou (1978 Kleuker/Église Notre-Dame-de-Neiges, L’Alpe d’Huez, France) Dorian DOR 90112