1912 Austin; Kotzschmar Memorial Organ at Merrill Auditorium, Portland, Maine.
1912 Austin; Kotzschmar Memorial Organ at Merrill Auditorium, Portland, Maine.

Kotzschmar Goings and Comings #1437

…we enjoy archive recordings of the renowned Kotzschmar Memorial Organ at Merrill Auditorium in Portland, Maine, in anticipation of the instrument's Grand Reawakening on September 27 following a major 2-year refurbishment.

Hermann Kotzschmar
Hermann Kotzschmar

Hour 1

EDWIN H. LEMAREToccata di Concerto, Op. 59Fred Hohman (Pro Organo 7117)

J. S. BACHWachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645 –Ray Cornils (AFKA 120)

JOHN KNOWLES PAINEConcert Variations on the Austrian Hymn, Op. 3, no. 1Ray Cornils (AFKA 110)

LEMARESummer Sketches (Dawn; The Bee; The Cuckoo; Twilight; Evening)Thomas Murray (AFKA 515)

JACQUES OFFENBACHOrpheus in the Underworld --Thomas Heywood (AFKA 119)

Filler – LEMARE: Summer Sketches (see above)

Hour 2

LUIGI BOCCHERINI:  Minuet in A –Fred Hohman (Pro Organo 7117)

JEAN-PHILIPPE RAMEAUGavotte, fr Le Temple de la GloireFred Hohman (Pro Organo 7117)

JOHANN STRAUSS IITritsch-Tratsch Polka, Op. 214Thomas Heywood (Pro Organo 7236)

FRANZ JOSEF HAYDNAndante, fr Symphony No. 94 (Surprise)Thomas Heywood (AFKA 120)

LOUIS JAMES ALFRED LEFÉBURE WELYMarch in CRay Cornils (Pro Organo 7050)

BENEDETTO MARCELLOFlute Sonata in F, Op. 2, no. 1Marienne Weaver, flute; John Weaver (AFKA 108)

ARTHUR SULLIVANIolanthe OverturePeter Richard Conte (AFKA 108)


LEMAREConcert Polonaise, Op. 80Fred Hohman (AFKA 108)

Filler – LEMARE:  Toccata di Concerto (see above)

Donated to the city by native son and publishing magnate Cyrus H. K. Curtis and inaugurated in 1912, the splendid Kotzschmar Memorial Pipe Organ in Portland’s  City Hall auditorium honors the ‘music man’ of late 19th century Portland, Hermann Kotzschmar, and has served as his memorial for a century.

Immediately following a series of centenary concerts in 2012, the instrument was disassembled for a thorough refurbishment by Foley-Baker Pipe Organ Services of Tolland, CT.   The triumphant return and grand re-inauguration of the Kotzschmar Organ (a 1912 Austin now with 102 ranks and 6,862 pipes) takes place on Saturday, September 27, 2014, with performances by Portland’s Municipal Organist Ray Cornils, Macy’s Wanamaker Grand Court Organist Peter Richard Conte, and the Kotzschmar Festival Brass, with many other events to follow.

In several brief YouTube clips, Municipal Organist Ray Cornils plays the Boellmann Toccata and takes us inside the Universal Wind Chest, recitalist John Weaver talks about the Kotzschmar Organ, which he played in summer concerts for fifty consecutive years, and Thomas Heywood plays Strauss’s Tritsch-Tratsch Polka.