1659 Stellwagen/St. Mary’s Church, Stralsund, Germany
1659 Stellwagen/St. Mary’s Church, Stralsund, Germany
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The Principals of the Thing #2138

. . . an introduction to those pipes which provide organ music its unique voice and character.

Hour One

FRANÇOIS COUPERINPlein jeu/Premiere Couplet du Kyrie, fr Messe pour le CouventsAude Heurtematte (1768 Clicquot/St. Gervaise, Paris) Raven 153

LOUIS COUPERINPrelude (No. 46)Davitt Moroney (1714 Boizard/St. Michel-en-Thiérache, France) Temperaments 316001-2-3

PAUL HOFHAIMERRecordare Herbert Tachezi (1558 Ebert/Court Chapel, Innsbruch, Austria) Teldec 9031-77606

JUAN BERMUDOAve maris stellaAndrés Cea (1560 Anonymous/Evora Cathedral, Portugal) Almaviva 0117

LOUIS MARCHANDFond d’orgueMarina Tchebourkina (1995 Boisseau & Cattiaux/Versailles Chapel, France) Natives 05

J. S. BACHFantasy in c, BWV 562Ewald Kooiman (1732 A. Silbermann/St. Maurice Abbey, Ebersmünster, France) Aeolus 10761/3

JOHANN PACHELBEL4 Magnificat Fugues on the 6th ToneJürgen Essl (1782 Stumm/St. Stephen’s Church, Simmern, Germany) cpo 777 557

EDWIN T. CHILDSCome, ye faithfulBrenda Portman (1992 Schantz/College Church, Wheaton, IL) Hood Music 3 

ANONYMOUS:  Adesto-Firmissime fidem teneamus-Alleluia, fr Robertsbridge CodexPieter van Dijk (1511 van Covelens/St, Laurenskerk, Alkmaar, Netherlands) Contrapunctus Musicus 2497

DIETERICH BUXTEHUDEPassacaglia in d, BuxWV 161Martin Rost (1659 Stellwagen/St Mary’s Church, Stralsund, Germany) MD&G 320 1624

GIOVANNI VALENTINICanzona in gJ. C. KERLLVersus secondi toniLéon Berben (1714 König/Premonstratensian Abbey, Niederehe, Germany)  Aeolus 10441

Filler – BACH Fantasy in c, BWV 562 (see above)


Hour Two

GIROLAMO FRESCOBALDIToccata No. 5Ton Koopman (1726 Fedeli/San Barnardin Basilica/Aquila, Italy) Erato 4509-96544

J. J. FROBERGERCanzona No. 2Roland Götz (1776 Holzhey/Ursberg Cloister, Germany) Studio XVII Augsburg 96522

JOHANNES BRAHMSSchmücke dich, o liebe Seele, Op. 122, no. 5Jean Bizot (1881 Dalstein & Haerpfer/St. Sebastian, Nancy, France) Gaupillat 2010

BACHHerzlich tut mich verlangen, BWV 727Olivier Latry (1868 Cavaillé-Coll/Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris) La Dolce Volta 69

ORLANDO GIBBONS:  2 Fantasias –John Toll (1693 Anonymous/Adlington Hall, Cheshire, England) Linn 125

HENRY PURCELLVoluntary in GJan-Willem Jansen (1739 Clicquot/Eglise St. Jacques et St. Christophe, Houdan, France) Chamade 5621

BERNARDO PASQUINI:  Fuga –Sergio Vartolo (1653 Dallam/Eglise St. Brandan, Lanvellec, France) K617 039

FELIX MENDELSSOHNPrelude & Fugue in c, Op. 37, no. 1Jaroslav Tůma (1843 Spaniel/Holy Family Church, Rychnov Chateau, Czech Republic) Supraphon 3403-2 131

MELCHIOR SCHILDTAllein Gott in der HöhLéon Berben (1624 Scherer/St. Stephanuskirche, Tangermünde, Germany) Aeolus 11121

BACHContrapuncti Nos. 1 & 2, fr Art of FugueHåkan Wikman (1658 van Hagerbeer/Niewe Kerk, Haarlem, Netherlands) Finlandia 4509-98990

Filler – LOUIS COUPERIN (see above)

Click here for a thoughtful explanation of the organ’s ‘principal’ pipes, courtesy of Patrick J. Murphy and Associates, Inc.  

For a comprehensive introduction to the pipe organ’s many additional facets, check this page provided by the American Guild of Organists and also Lawrence Phelps’s revelatory discourse, Pipe Organ 101. And the recent discovery of a 12th century pipe organ in the Holy Land makes quite clear that the principal organ sounds comes from principal pipes! 

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