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The Bales Organ Recital Hall and Hellmuth Wolff Opus 40 Organ study at the University of Kansas began in 1875. In 1898 the “Department of Organ Playing and Church Music” was founded. Since that time the organ and church music program at KU…
“Miss no opportunity to practice on the organ; there is no instrument that takes such immediate revenge on the impure and the careless, in composition as well as in the playing, as the organ.”1 This description from Schumann was likely…
Editor’s note: the first part of this series is found in the August 2020 issue, pages 12–13. This is the second installment of a photographic essay comparing two very different organbuilders. As a photographer, my goal is to show artisans…
The beat goes on. At Oberlin College, January is a month of independent study between the fall and spring semesters known as winter term. During the fall, students propose projects to their principal teachers for approval. Projects can be…
The toccata principle Studying J. S. Bach’s The Art of the Fugue inevitably leads to thinking about form. Whatever lens you view it through, the formal shape of that piece is important to its impact. Some of the qualities of abstraction…
Barbara Benefiel Elder, 88, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, died July 23. She was born September 3, 1931, in Coffeyville, Kansas. She began taking piano lessons at age 5 and played her first solo recital at age 13, receiving musical honors during her…