August 2015

Pedaling the French:  A ‘Tour de France’ of Revival Harpsichordists 1888–1939   I. Near-death and slow rebirth “Make what you want: this upstart piano will never replace the majestic claveçin!” Thus began my 1989 book Harpsichord in…
Blessed with a natural environment of stunning, rugged beauty and a culture rich in poetic expression, Norway is also celebrated for its musical heritage. A country that could produce a composer of the stature of Edvard Grieg can also…
This article was delivered as a lecture for the Midwinter Pipe Organ Conclave on January 19, 2015, in La Grange, Illinois. The research for this project provides a history of a number of pipe organs in the village, but not all. For…
The influence of César Franck’s Trois Chorals on the works of early twentieth-century French composers was not significant. One of the few exceptions was the composer Jacques Ibert (1890–1962), the 125th anniversary of whose birth is being…
Nunc Dimittis Henry L. “Hank” Hokans, 84, of Ogunquit, Maine, died June 2. Born and raised in Worcester, Massachusetts, he received early musical training from his parents and studied organ with T. Charles Lee and William Self, whom he…
Total Makeovers In the March 3, 2005, issue of the Lincoln County News (our local weekly paper in Newcastle, Maine), under the headline, “Family puts real in reality TV,” we read that Del and Fran Pelletier’s granddaughter Christina…
Randall Dyer & Associates, Jefferson City, Tennessee Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Sanford, North Carolina “Multum in parvo” seems, once again, to be the catchphrase in design of small organs. The instrument at Trinity…
Austin Organs,  Hartford, Connecticut Opus 2344 (1961 and 2014) St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, New Canaan, Connecticut In New Canaan, Connecticut, just north of a town landmark known as “God’s Acre,” an imposing edifice rises from the staid…