Archive

September 2013
Organ Method XI      I begin this column with the last two paragraphs of the previous, for better continuity and to allow the reader to follow the process I am describing easily without having to refer to last...
The start of a century At 10:24 a.m. on October 15, 1947, Air Force test pilot Chuck Yeager flew the X-1 experimental aircraft faster than the speed of sound. That’s 761.2 miles per hour at 59-degrees Fahrenheit. It was...
On October 13, 2012, Robert Powell was interviewed as part of a weekend celebration of his music and in honor of his 80th birthday (July 22, 2012). Special thanks to First Congregational Church, Saginaw, Michigan, where the...
But the basis for all improvisation must be preparation. If I haven’t prepared, I can’t improvise. If I’ve made careful preparations I can always improvise.  —Ingmar Bergman, 1968   The question of fugal...
Goulding & Wood Organ Builders, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana Opus 50 The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Lexington, Kentucky   From the organbuilder “Worship the LORD in the beauty of...
Berghaus Pipe Organ Builders, Inc. Bellwood, Illinois Luther Memorial Chapel,  Shorewood, Wisconsin The 35-rank organ for Luther Memorial Chapel contains several elements of diverse origins that have been combined to...
Campanologist Carl Zimmerman has for many years maintained a website with a huge amount of information on carillons and bells, an excellent reference site. He sent this information about tower chimes as well as a plea for...
Organist and musicologist Walker Evans Cunningham died unexpectedly at his home in San Francisco on May 14. He was 65. Cunningham grew up in Blackstone, Virginia, where his mother encouraged him to pursue his love of music....