March 2011

Schoenstein & Co., San Francisco The Juilliard School, New York City I wonder what a conservatory percussion major would think of working exclusively on a practice pad without experiencing the myriad tonal and dynamic effects that fine…
Lewtak Pipe Organ Builders, Inc., Camillus, New York First Presbyterian Church, Greenville, North Carolina A note from the organist/choirmaster When I arrived at FPC Greenville in 1998, the 1971 two-manual W. Zimmer and Sons organ of about…
    Posterity bestows no laurels upon mimesis. Since the invention of the Welte-Mignon piano and the Welte-Philharmonie organ, this expression has lost its validity for recording musicians. Generations far removed from ours will be able to…
Jehan Alain’s Variations sur un thème de Clément Jannequin received its first performance on February 19, 1938 at the Eglise de la Trinité in Paris, with the composer at the organ. Le Jardin Suspendu and Litanies were also played on the…
Johann Sebastian Bach, Clavier-Übung III, ed. George B. Stauffer (The Complete Organ Works, Series I: Volume 8). Colfax, NC: Wayne Leupold Editions, 2010, $58; <A HREF="http://www.wayneleupold.com">www.wayneleupold.com</A&gt…
Johann Sebastian Bach, Clavier-Übung III, ed. George B. Stauffer (The Complete Organ Works, Series I: Volume 8). Colfax, NC: Wayne Leupold Editions, 2010, $58; <A HREF="http://www.wayneleupold.com">www.wayneleupold.com</A&gt…
In 2011 there are several composers whose anniversaries can be commemorated, including some less well-known names whose compositions are well worth exploring. This list makes no claims to completeness, but hopefully any omissions will be…
Robert Noehren impressed me with his concern that organists should spend more time listening to music. I think he would have approved of the Leslie Peart organ tour of 2010 that included organ concerts, an evening at the BBC Proms, and…
Whenever I’m demonstrating, playing, selling, or moving an organ, people ask, “How did you get into this?” I’m pretty sure every organist and organbuilder has fielded a similar question. Roots I got interested in the pipe organ as a pup.…
Buxtehude BuxWV 141, Part 6: the final section This month’s column wraps up our detailed look at Buxtehude’s Praeludium in E Major, BuxWV 141, by examining the final section, a 20-bar fugue lasting from m. 91 to the end. Next month we will…
Mary Charlotte Ball, Carson-Newman College associate professor emerita of music and longtime organist at First Baptist Church, Jefferson City, Tennessee, died December 5, following a lengthy battle with cancer. She was 81. Born in…