1915-1996 Casavant/St. John the Baptist Church, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
1915-1996 Casavant/St. John the Baptist Church, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Canadian Capers #1925

…in conjunction with Canada Day (July 1), we celebrate artistic and instrumental representatives of our northern neighbor.

Hour 1

SIR ERNEST MacMILLANCortege AcadémiqueMark Toews (1998 Casavant/Lawrence Park Community Church, Toronto, Ontario, Canada) RCCO/09

GERALD BALESSonatineD. Mervyn Games (1953 Casavant/St. Paul Cathedral, London, Ontario, Canada) Savvy 1001 (LP)

HEALEY WILLAN:  2 Pieces (Prelude on Aberystwyth; Aria, fr A Fugal Trilogy) –Patrick Wedd (1914-1995 Casavant/St. John the Baptist Church, Montreal, Canada) Naxos 8.557375

RONALD HANNAH3 Preludes (Nos. 4-2-5)Marnie Giesbrecht (1991 Letourneau/West End Christian Reformed Church, Edmonton, Alberta) Arktos 94001

RUTH WATSON HENDERSON:  2 Anthems (Come Holy Spirit & Sing ye praises) –Elmer Iseler Singers/Lydia Adams; Robert Venables, trumpet; Matthew Larkin (1926 Casavant/Grace Church on-the-Hill, Toronto, Ontario) CBC 1167

AMÉDÉE TREMBLAYMenuet françaisKaren Holmes (1873-1988 Casavant/Church of St. Anne, Ottawa, Ontario) Holmes 2007

THOMAS JAMES CRAWFORDToccata in FDeirdre Piper (1991 Casavant/St. Matthias Anglican Church, Ottawa, Ontario) Carlton 1007

Filler – MacMILLAN (see above)

Hour 2

GERALD BALESJubilate DeoWILLIAM FRANCEOboe TuneFREDERICK KARAMThe Modal Trumpet –Cathedral Choir/Gerald Bales; Paul Emch & Gerald Bales (Welte-Möller/St. Mark’s Cathedral, Minneapolis, MN) Intrada 4-1 

BALESElegy for Trumpet and Organ –Jeff Bailey, trumpet; Wilma Jensen (1986 Casavant/St. George’s Episcopal Church, Nashville, TN) Pro Organo 7065

RACHEL LAURINPetite Suite sur un Motet de Gerald Bales, Op. 41 –Brenda Portman (1990 Casavant/Hyde Park United Methodist Church, Cincinnati, OH) Raven 975

BALESPetite Suite –Gerald Bales (Welte-Möller/St. Mark’s Cathedral, Minneapolis, MN) Intrada 4-1

BALESElegiac PreludeIsabelle Demers (1990 Visser-Rowland/Wooddale Church, Eden Prairie, MN) PD Archive (r. 6/25/08)

BALESRhapsody for Organ and Small OrchestraAllegro Sinfonia/William Stuber; Diana Lee Lucker (1998 Hendrickson/Wayzata Community Church, Wayzata, MN) PD Archive (r. 4/25/2003)

Filler – BALES: Petite Suite (see above)

In addition to Canada’s national holiday, we also honor the centenary of the birth of esteemed Canadian organist, composer, and conductor Gerald Albert Bales (b. 5/12/1919 – d. 7/4/2002)