November 2011

Kegg Pipe Organ Builders, Hartville, Ohio Private Residence, Palm Springs, California Kegg Pipe Organ Builders,  Hartville, Ohio Private Residence, Palm Springs, California Traditionally, American residence organs have taken one of two…
  Pascal Quoirin, St. Didier, France Church of the Ascension,  New York, New York The Manton Memorial Organ at the Church of the Ascension, New York City, is the first French-built organ ever to be installed in New York City. The…
  In a perfect world, we organists would always be able to play music on the instruments for which it was written. Putting music and organs from the same time and place together produces a beautiful synchronicity, the closest thing to…
  César Franck’s organ works are part of many American organists’ repertoire, on many college or conservatory repertory lists, and on many recital programs (though some pieces are neglected without any good reason). With all that…
  A national French celebration took place March 24–27, 2011 in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, a Parisian suburb west of Paris and hometown of the composer Jehan Alain, to honor the centenary of his birth. The splendid event was organized by…
  Continuo, part I The musical practice known as continuo playing was an integral part of ensemble music from about 1600 until about 1750—the dates that we assign to the “Baroque Period.” Indeed, it makes a lot of sense to define the…
  A world unto itself In July 2010, a reporter for the Wall Street Journal was working on a story in Washington, D.C., when she noticed a large group of people milling about on the front lawn of a church. Had it been a Sunday, it…
  Billy J. Christian died June 6 in Athens, Georgia. He was 86. A U.S. Navy veteran, he was a graduate of the University of Georgia and the School of Sacred Music at Union Seminary in New York City. He served as organist-choirmaster at…