August 2011

Johnson Organ Company, Moorhead, Minnesota Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Fergus Falls, Minnesota Bethlehem Lutheran Church of Fergus Falls, Minnesota, purchased the first pipe organ for their new church, built in 1922, after the previous…
Paul Fritts & Co., Tacoma, Washington St. Philip Presbyterian Church, Houston, Texas From the organist Nearly a decade ago, St. Philip Presbyterian Church began planning a major renovation of its facilities. In addition to a new…
Part 1 was published in the July 2011 issue of The Diapason. The “Turkish” Percussions Between the first and the second decades of the 18th century (available documents do not agree on the exact timing) the Ottoman Sultan Ahmed III sent as…
It is well known that Bach aggressively studied the music of his contemporaries and predecessors as he developed his own personal and unique style. In particular, his work transcribing Vivaldi’s string concertos is often cited as a…
Memorization II Last month I staked out a position about memorization that went something like this: that asking students to perform from memory is not in any way a necessary part of asking those students to perform well, or to become…
Did you say millions? It’s like making sausages. You might enjoy the finished product but you don’t want to know what went into it. Each month I sit to write, often after the official deadline has passed. If I’m lucky, I start with an idea…
Oswald Gleason Ragatz, formerly of Bloomington, Indiana, and recently residing in Burnsville, Minnesota, died May 20, of natural causes. Dr. Ragatz was Professor Emeritus of Music at Indiana University. Born October 30, 1917, he grew up in…