1970 Aeolian-Skinner organ, Opus 1476, at the National Presbyterian, Washington DC
1970 Aeolian-Skinner organ, Opus 1476, at the National Presbyterian, Washington DC

Capitol Pleasures #1024

…‘historic recordings’ and premiere performances from the 1982 American Guild of Organists Convention in Washington, D.C., reflecting back on some of the earliest PIPEDREAMS programs.

Hour 1

DAVID N. JOHNSON: Hymn, Praise the Lord, ye heavens adore himRichard Wayne Dirksen (1938 Ernest M. Skinner & Son; 1975 Aeolian-Skinner/National Cathedral, Washington, DC) recorded June, 28 1982

GERALD NEAR: Te Deum, premiere –Choir of Saint Thomas Church, New York, Gerre Hancock, conductor; Judith Hancock (1995 Lively-Fulcher/Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, Washington, DC) recorded July 1, 1982

SETH BINGHAM: Ut queant laxisFrederick Swann (1938 Ernest M. Skinner & Son; 1975 Aeolian-Skinner/National Cathedral, Washington, DC) recorded June, 28 1982

LOUIS VIERNE: Naiades, from Fantasy Pieces, Opus 55, number 4 –Brett Wolgast. JULIUS REUBKE: Fugal Finale, from Sonata on the 94 th PsalmJonathan Biggers (1970 Aeolian-Skinner/National Presbyterian, Washington, DC) recorded July 2, 1982

RICHARD WAYNE DIRKSEN: Surge illuminareChoir of Saint Thomas Church, New York, Gerre Hancock, conductor; Judith Hancock (1938 Ernest M. Skinner & Son; 1975 Aeolian-Skinner/National Cathedral, Washington, DC) recorded July 2, 1982

RICHARD REDHEAD: Hymn, Laus Deo. GERRE HANCOCK: Improvisation on Laus DeoGerre Hancock (1938 Ernest M. Skinner & Son; 1975 Aeolian-Skinner/National Cathedral, Washington, DC) recorded July 2, 1982

Filler –JULIUS REUBKE (see above)

Hour 2

GERALD NEAR: A Triptych of Fugues. ROBERT NOEHREN: Etude for Pedal Solo –Robert Noehren (1969 Gress-Miles/St. John Lafayette Square, Washington, DC) recorded June 29, 1982

GERALD NEAR: Motet, Sing Alleluia Forth, premiere –Choir of Saint Thomas Church, New York, Gerre Hancock, conductor; Judith Hancock (1938 Ernest M. Skinner & Son; 1975 Aeolian-Skinner/National Cathedral, Washington, DC) recorded July 2, 1982

DANIEL PINKHAM: Concertante for Organ, Brass and Percussion –Potomac Brass Ensemble, Richard Wayne Dirksen, conductor; Frederick Swann (1938 Ernest M. Skinner & Son; 1975 Aeolian-Skinner/National Cathedral, Washington, DC) recorded June, 28 1982

JEANNE DEMESSIEUX: Etude in Octaves, from 6 Etudes –Peter Fennema. LOUIS VIERNE: Final, from Organ Symphony Number 6, Opus 59 –David Yearsley (1970 Aeolian-Skinner/National Presbyterian, Washington, DC) recorded July 1, 1982

Filler –GERRE HANCOCK (see above)

 

The AGO again convenes in Washington for its next biennial national convention, July 4-8, 2010. Explore the Pipedreams programs archive for a survey of the original broadcast contexts of the content for this show.

 

Recordings featuring the Washington National Cathedral pipe organ are available from Gothic Records, Pro Organo, and JAV Recordings.