January 2019

The Complete Organ Works of Francisco Correa de Arauxo: Correa in the New World, Robert Bates, organist. Loft Recordings, LRCD 1141–45 (5 CDs), $49.98. Available from www.gothic–catalog.com. Francisco Correa de Arauxo (1584–1654) was the…
An important event in the history of church music in Nigeria was observed in 2018. It connotes longevity and continuity as we celebrate the centenary of the oldest choral group in Nigeria (1918–2018), which finds its home in the oldest…
Why art? Raphael’s Sistine Madonna is a magnificent and monumental painting. Almost nine feet tall and more than six feet wide, it is a compelling work in which I see a shy and slightly frightened Mary holding a burly infant who sports a…
Notes in The Diapason: a bit of history Siegfried Gruenstein, the founding editor of The Diapason, served for forty-eight years. The front-page tribute to him in the December 1959 issue celebrating the magazine’s fiftieth anniversary began…
R. M. Ballantyne Pipe Organs, Jurupa Valley, California Pasadena Stake Center, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Pasadena, California R. M. Ballantyne Pipe Organs has completed an extensive rebuild and enhancement of M. P.…
From Roger Banks I first heard the M. P. Möller organ at First Presbyterian Church shortly after its installation in 1964. At that time, I was a senior at Oklahoma City University nearby. As one of the newest and largest organs in the…