December 2010

Lauck Pipe Organ Company, Otsego, Michigan Opus 61, 2009 Karl Schrock Residence, Kalamazoo, Michigan Through the years, we have had the pleasure to build a substantial number of small residence organs for many college professors and church…
John-Paul Buzard Pipe Organ Builders, Champaign, Illinois Maxwell Street Presbyterian Church, Lexington, Kentucky, Buzard 2009–2010 renovation Hayes Barton United Methodist Church, Raleigh, North Carolina, Buzard Opus 39, June 2010 I am…
Part 1 was published in the October issue of The Diapason, pp. 22–25, and Part 2 in the November issue, pp. 26–29. Prelude in E-flat Major (BWV 552/1) The prelude surprises us with its élan. It is an example of a ceremonial introduction…
Gloria in excelsis deo, et in terra pax hominibus (“Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to all people”), Luke 2:14, was likely the first carol ever heard, sung by the angels over the fields of Bethlehem. It would be more than a…
Performance artists are most often remembered after their deaths through the compositions that they leave behind. Organ students learn to play works written by J. S. Bach or Franz Liszt, César Franck or Marcel Dupré, Olivier Messiaen or…
Joan Hult Lippincott was for many years the head of the organ department at Westminster Choir College of Rider University, the largest organ department in the world at that time. She was born in Kearny, New Jersey, where her early keyboard…
Boëllmann Suite Gothique Part 3: Menuet Gothique This month’s column focuses on the Menuet Gothique, the second movement of Boëllmann’s Suite Gothique. The Menuet Gothique is an extraordinarily tuneful piece of music. It has always been…
The upper class I’m thinking about virtuosity these days. Last Tuesday, October 10, the New York Times published a tribute to Joan Sutherland following her death on the 8th. That day (noted as 10-10-10) happened to be my mother’s birthday…
Caroline B. (Casort) Stone died May 24 in Endicott, New York. She was 80 years old. Born in Coffeyville, Kansas, she studied organ in high school and became organist at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Coffeyville; she graduated from…