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Articles from Vol. 54, No. 2, Spring

50 Years Ago: A Retrospective
WITH THIS ISSUE, WE BEGIN A LOOK BACK AT our history through this column. For those of us who joined the OHS at its mid-life, it seemingly had always been in existence. Some of us might still have been sleeping in beds with drop-down sides when a group...
A Crown Witness Threatened . .
"Will the oldest organ in the Netherlands be returned to its original location? Will it then also be playable again?"THESE QUESTIONS WERE ASKED IN A RECENT NEWSLETTER OF the Dutch National Service for Cultural Heritage (RCE). The first can easily be...
A Zero Point-Two-Percent Legacy
IN NORTH TONAWANDA, NEW YORK, I926 WAS A BANNER YEAR for the Rudolph Wurlitzer Manufacturing Company, as it reached the hitherto unheard-of production rate of shipping one organ per business day. For the theater organ, or unit orchestra as it was known...
Craig Cramer Plays the Fritts Organ at Saint Joseph Cathedral, Columbus, Ohio
Craig Cramer plays the Fritts Organ at Saint Joseph Cathedral, Columbus, Ohio. Works of Bach, Scheldt, Zahnbrecher, Martinson, and Reger. JAVl 74.Craig Cramer is a genial gentleman whose demeanor masks a tremendous musical talent. Paul Fritts is also...
From the Executive Director
ONE OF THE MORE IMPORTANT PARTS OF MY JOB IS MY INVOLVEMENT WITH our annual national OHS conventions. It is also my favorite part. From the time the host city is selected to the time the first note is played, each annual gathering takes more than four...
Harmonies/Orgel Modern
Harmonies/Orgel Modern, Martin Haselbock, organist, on the 2001 Karl Schuke in the Concert Hall of the Philharmonie in Warsaw, New Classical Adventure 60160-215, hybrid multi-channel, plays on both CD and SACD players.Elsewhere I've reviewed two recordings...
Historic Organs of Seattle
Historic Organs of Seattle, Highlights of the 2008 Organ Historical Society National Convention, OHS08, 4 CDS.It feels funny reviewing a recording that includes my own performance, but there are so many wonderful items in this set that I can skip over...
Livre Du Saint Sacrement
Oliver Messiaen: livre du Saint Sacrement. Paul Jacobs, organist. Aeolian-Skinner organ, Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, New York City. Naxos, 2009.Does the world really need another recording of Messiaen's Livre du Saint Sacrement? At last count, there...
Look How Far We've Come
THE OHS PRESS PRESENTSTHE GREAT AMERICAN AUTHOR, WILLA CATHER (1876-1947), was born in Virginia but from the age often lived in the high plains of Nebraska. A year after graduation from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, she was hired in 1896 as...
Minutes: ARCHIVES GOVERNING BOARD
Minutes of a Regular Meeting of the Governing Board of the American Organ Archives of the Organ Historical SocietyA regular meeting of the Governing Board ("GB") of the American Organ Archives of the Organ Historical Society was held on Sunday, August...
Minutes: ORGAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Annual Meeting of the MembershipWednesday, July 8, 2009Marriott HotelKey CenterCleveland, OhioCall to Order: The meeting was called to order by President Libin at 1:18 p.m. on Wednesday, July 8, 2009, and a quorum was acknowledged. President Libin noted...
Organ Music at the Viennese Court
Organ Music at the Viennese Court, Wolfgang Kogert, organist. Wiener Choralschola conducted by Daniel Mair, 1714 Sieber organ in the Michaelerkirche, Vienna, New Classical Adventure 60206. Organ Music of the Viennese Court, Jeremy Joseph, organist, Wiener...
Rudolf Von Beckerath and Charles Letestu: A Unique Tandem in the Organ World
FRIENDSHIPS BETWEEN MUSICIANS AND INSTRUMENT MAKERS are frequent, but none are quite comparable to the relationship between Rudolf von Beckerath and Charles Letestu before, during, and after the Second World War. This story was related to me by Arthur...
The Historic Fort Wayne Embassy Theatre
The Historic Fort Wayne Embassy Theatre, Dyne L Pfeffenberger. Bloomington, Ind.: Quarry Books, Indiana University Press, 2009. 120 pp., hardbound, $24.95. Available from ohscatalog.org.This handsome book was assembled for the 80th anniversary of the...
The Roosevelt Organ of All Saints' Harlem
SITTING NOBLY AT 12C)TH STREET AND MADISON AVENUE IN upper Manhattan, All Saints' R. C. Church appears to be a mirage as one drives up. This almost-forgotten Venetian Gothic gem was designed by James Renwick Jr., with help from his nephew, William, and...
Two Indiana Organbuilders in Baltimore
RECENT ADDITIONS TO NEWSPAPER DIGITIZATIONS HAVE MADE it possible to discover new information about organbuilders, and this trend is likely to continue for quite some time. The author has discovered an advertisement which helps to plug gaps in the lives...
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