October 2010

Franjo Dugan: A forgotten composer Croatian history shares a commonality with western European countries and simultaneously retains very different experiences from those countries further west. Without getting too historically involved, it…
Buxtehude BuxWV 141 – Part 3: Practicing the first fugal section This month we return to the Buxtehude Praeludium in E Major, BuxWV 141, looking at the second section of the piece, which begins at m. 13 and goes through about m. 50. This—…
Nichols & Simpson, Inc., Organbuilders, Little Rock, Arkansas First Presbyterian Church, Birmingham, Michigan 4 manuals, 50 stops, 64 ranks The Nichols & Simpson organ for First Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Michigan replaces…
Schoenstein & Co., San Francisco, California TMI – The Episcopal School of Texas, San Antonio, Texas The Anatomy of an Installation The installation of a new organ is a time of mystery for many clients. Although we have provided much…
It goes without saying that the primary task of every performer who wishes to convey the meaning of any given musical work must first be to understand the original intention of the composer. And when the works in question are those of…
The following is a response to the article “Organbuilders and research: Another point of view,” by John M. Nolte (The Diapason, July 2010, pp. 20–21), which was itself in response to the article “Organbuilders and research: Two points of…
As the Abbey of St. Peter of Solesmes in France celebrates its millennial anniversary (1010–2010), Paraclete Press acknowledges gratefully their faithfulness (and industriousness!) in the field of Gregorian chant restoration. Today,…
Austin Lovelace died April 25 at the age of 91. (See the “Nunc Dimittis” in the June issue of The Diapason, page 10.) Austin Lovelace and I first became acquainted at one of the annual meetings of The Hymn Society, which Austin attended…
It’s the very Dickens. Last week the American Institute of Organbuilders (AIO) and the International Society of Organbuilders (ISO) held concurrent conventions in Montreal. The convention was based in a large hotel adjacent to a suburban…
Clyde Neville English died June 18, three days short of his 95th birthday, in Morgantown, West Virginia. He was professor emeritus at West Virginia University, where he had been head of the organ department since 1945. He presided over the…