1984 Fritts-Richards organ at Saint Alphonsus Church, Seattle, WA
1984 Fritts-Richards organ at Saint Alphonsus Church, Seattle, WA

Old Bach in the New World #0640

Without travelling abroad, we can learn more about this music by playing on instruments attuned to his era.

J.S. BACH: Fantasy in g, S. 542 –George Ritchie (1984 Fritts-Richards/St. Alphonsus RCC, Seattle, WA) Raven OAR-250

J.S. BACH: Duet in G, S. 804, and Chorale-prelude, Dies sind die heilgen zehn Gebot, S. 679, from Clavierübung IIIJoan Lippincott (2000 Fritts/Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ) Gothic G49242

ANTONIO VIVALDI (transcribed by J.S. BACH): Concerto in a, Opus 3, number 8, S. 593, from L’Estro ArmonicoRobert Clark (2004 Brombaugh/First Presbyterian, Springfield, IL) Arsis SACD-405

J.S. BACH: Fantasia in c, S. 562; Chorale-prelude, Christ lag in Todesbanden, S. 718 –Lynn Edwards Butler (2002 Richards, Fowkes/First Church, Deerfield, MA) Loft LRCD-1081

J.S. BACH: Orgelbüchlein Chorale-preludes: Wer nur den lieben Gott, S. 642; Durch Adams Fall, S. 637; Es ist das Heil, S. 638 –Robert Clark (1992 Fritts/Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ) Calcante CD-019

J.S. BACH: 3 Attributed Chorale-preludes: Nun lob meine Seele; Erhalt uns Herr; Erstanden ist der heilige Christ BWV Appendix II, Numbers 60, 50, & 51 –Stephen Rapp (1995 Richards, Fowkes/St. John Lutheran, Stamford, CT) Raven OAR-420

J.S. BACH: Prelude & Fugue in C, S. 545 –David Rothe (1990 Yokota/California State University, Chico, CA) UPR CD-1

J.S. BACH: 3 Miscellaneous Chorale-preludes: Gottes Sohn ist kommen, S. 724; Nun freut euch, S. 734; Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ, S. 722 –Wolfgang Rübsam (1995 Brombaugh/Memorial Chapel, Lawrence University, Appleton, WI) Naxos 8.553629

J.S. BACH: Chorale-prelude, Allein Gott in der Höh, S. 711 –George Ritchie (2003 Pasi/Cathedral of St. Cecilia, Omaha, NE) Raven OAR-740

J.S. BACH: Fugue in g, S. 542 –George Ritchie (1984 Fritts-Richards/St. Alphonsus RCC, Seattle, WA) Raven OAR-250

Influenced by historic instruments in Europe, craftsmen John Brombaugh, Paul Fritts, Ralph Richards, Munetaka Yokota, Bruce Fowkes and Martin Pasi set a new standard for contemporary organ building in the United States.

In addition to the makers of instruments featured in this program, other American firms also often follow rigorous classical principals in the design and construction of their instruments: Andover, Bigelow, Bedient, C.B. Fisk, Inc., Jaeckel, Noack, Taylor & Boody.