The American Organist

Published monthly and devoted to organ and choral music, The American Organist is the official publication of the American Guild of Organists. The American Organist provides news, reviews, and information of interest to those in the field and those with an interest in organ and choral music.

Articles from Vol. 43, No. 10, October

2010 Anniversaries
Here is a list of composer and poet anniversaries for 2010, which I trust will be helpful to you in your repertoire planning. It is an enormous list including only anniversaries ending in -1 0 or -60. Best wishes for creative programming!ORGAN/CHORAL...
Ago Chapter News
ALL REPORTS RECEIVED ARE PUBLISHED* Reports (not newsletters) from chapters may be sent to chaptemews @agohq.org.* Include the name ofthe chapter, the program place, and date (not day or hour).* An event should be reported one time only, and soon after...
Ago/quimby Regional Competitions for Young Organists Winners, 2009
REGION I- NEW ENGLANDFirst Place:JACOB STREET379 Park StreetNorth Reading, MA 01864978-664-2695jmstre10@holycross. eduJacob Street currently attends the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., where he studies with James David Christie and is...
Ago Regional Convention Reports 2009
REGIONS I AND IIBoston, MassachusettsJune 30-JuIy 3With its showcase of local talent and instrumental treasure, the Region I and II Convention in Boston underscored the good fortune of the Boston organ connoisseur. Michael Kleinschmidt, Trinity Church's...
American Guild of Organists Announces Results and Prize Awards from the 2009 Professional Certification Examination Program
92 Professional Certificates and Three Prizes AwardedCongratulations to all who were successful in earning AGO certificates during the past year. Those obtaining the Colleague certificate increased, with 43 new CAGO members. In 2008, there were 27. That...
American Guild of Organists National Convention
WASHINGTON DC * JULY 4-8, 2010MAJORCONCERTSThe majesty and grandeur of Washington National Cathedral will be the setting for three major works featuring the famous Ernest M. Skinner/Aeolian-Skinner organ, symphonic chorus, and full symphony orchestra...
A New Organ Console for Thrasher Memorial United Methodist Church, Vinton, Virginia
It is said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. For organists like myself, who have been around for what some would say too long, it does have its rewards. Several years ago when I was serving as organistchoirmaster, it became apparent to me that...
Christmas from Truro
CHRISTMAS FROM TRURO. Truro Cathe- dral Choir, Robert Sharpe, director; Christo- pher Gray, organist. IV/49 organ (Henry Willis & Sons: 1887, 1888, 1903; Hele & Co.: 1924; Henry Willis: 1963; Mander: 1991). Regent Records REGCD 281; www. regentrecords.com;...
Cleveland in Columbus
RECORDINGSCLEVELAND IN COLUMBUS. Douglas Cleveland, organist. HI/104 Fritts & Company organ (Opus 25, 2006) of St. Joseph Cathedral, Columbus, Ohio. Loft Recordings LRCD-1098; www.loft.ee. The magnificent instrument at St. Joseph Cathedral in Ohio's...
Commentary
VOX HUMANAA Letter from PragueTl Ihe city of Prague is, without question, one of the most musical places on the planet. Casual data affirms it; more violinists (or at least people carrying violin cases) per inch than anywhere, more stunning programs...
Cover Feature Church of St. Jude the Apostle Wauwatosa, Wisconsin Schantz Organ Company
Aluminous presence on a summer's eve, the firefly offers a twinkling, dance-like light show in many environs. Undoubtedly, this annual illumination reflecting in the waters of the Menomonee River valley in Wisconsin inspired the Native American Potawotomi...
Dieterich Buxtehude: The Bach Perspective
DIETERICH BUXTEHUDE: THE BACH PER- SPECTIVE (Vol. 2: The Complete Organ Works). Hans Davidsson, organ. IV/92 organ (2000) of Örgryte New Church, Göteborg, Sweden. Loft Recordings LRCD 1092-93 (2 CDs), www.loft.ee; www.gothic-catalog. com; info@gothicrecords.com....
Flores De Música of Antonio Martín Y Coll
FLORES DE MUSICA OF ANTONIO MARTIN Y COLL (2 Vols.), ed. Genoveva Gálvez. Madrid: Academia de Arte e Historia de San Dámaso, 2007.Review Feature by Calvert JohnsonFRAY ANTONIO Martín y Coll (1671-1734) compiled the largest and most important Spanish...
From the Chaplain
Escaping the Hubris of the Present MomentHow easily we are tempted to think that our present generation is superior to the generations that have preceded us. We learn about cruel practices of the past and judge them as barbaric while congratulating ourselves...
From the Executive Director
The Giving Season ArrivesTn Jewish synagogues during Saturday morning Shabbat services, it is customary to read a I Torah portion, or parsha, that corresponds with the date on the Jewish calendar. On .!.Saturday, August 15, our congregation read Parshah...
From the President
I AM WRITING this in the depths of the August heat (which some call the Dog Days of August - but my fairly spoiled, very furry Samoyed .would probably say that all days should be "dog days"). While energy is beginning to pick up as preparations for fall...
Gott Allein Die Ehre-Der Orgel-Reichtum Im Alten Land: Katalog Zur Ausstellung Im Museum Altes Land in Jork Vom 7
BOOKS GOTT ALLEIN DIE EHRE- DER ORGELREICHTUM IM ALTEN LAND: KATALOG ZUR AUSSTELLUNG IM MUSEUM ALTES LAND IN JORK VOM 7. JUNI-26. AUGUST 2007, ed. Konrad Küster and Hans Tegtmeyer. Jork: Kirchengemeinden im Alten Land, 2007. 80 pp., ill. euro10.IM UMFELD...
How to Make Friends with a Hammond
The present topic surprises no one more than the present author. I owe it to a good friend, who expressed bewilderment on being confronted with a Hammond B-3 organ as a substitute. A stellar musician, and the owner of a majestic Steinway C, this fellow...
Interviews with Charles Dodsley Walker
In the spring of 2009, I met with Charles Dodsley Walker for interviews. I was originally interested in his experiences as a choirboy, since my son had recently been enrolled at the St. Thomas Choir School in New York City. Walker always arrived at our...
Les Silbermann, Facteurs D'orgues En Alsace et En Saxe
LES SILBERMANN, FACTEURS D'ORGUES EN ALSACE ET EN SAXE, Charles-Léon Koehlhoeffer. Colmar: Jérôme Do. Bentzinger Editeur, [2008]. 421 pp., [16] pp. Ul. ISBN 9782849601433. euro41. Die Orgeln Gottfried Silbermanns by Frank-Harald Gress (3rd ed., Dresden:...
Letters
Opinions expressed in this column are those ofthe correspondents, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the AGO, APOBA, or the editors of this journal. Letters accepted by the editor may be published whole or in part. Please send letters to...
New Organs
All new organ reports received are included in the New Organs department in the order received as space permits, provided that a complete specification and high-resolution photograph in clear focus have been supplied. Only TIFF or JPG files (at least...
Organ Works of Olivier Messiaen: Works before the War
ORGAN WORKS OF OLIVIER MESSIAEN: WORKS BEFORE THE WAR L'OEUVRE D'ORGUE D'OLIVIER MESSIAEN: OEUVRES D'AVANT-GUERRE, Olivier Latry and Loïc Mallié. Stuttgart: Carus- Verlag, 2008. Softbound, 252 pp. (in French), www.carus-verlag.com.Review Feature by Timothy...
Pipe Organs of the Rich and Famous
NATHANIEL J. HOLMES'S "THE HALL"NATHANIEL JOHN HOLMES, an electrical engineer, was manager of the Electric Telegraph Company's central telegraph station from 1847 to 1849. He was one of the principal electrical engineers who designed domestic and submarine...
Pipings
Material may be submitted via regular mail or e-mail to Todd Sisley, tsisley@agohq.org. Photographs must be in clear focus. Only unmodified high-resolution TIFF or JPG files are acceptable for electronic submissions (300 dpi original size). Do not insert...
Promenade
PROMENADE. Edoardo Bellotti, organist. 1/14 Eastman Italian Baroque Organ in the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester (central Italy, ca. 1770, restored by Gerald Woehl and Monika May, 2001-2005). Loft Recordings LRCD-1097. www.loft.ee;...
Recitals
Material may be submitted via e-mail to recitals@agohq.org.WILLIAM AYLESWORTH, 7/6, Lakewood Masonic Temple [Votteler/Holtkamp/Sparling organ], Lakewood, Ohio. Bonheur (Charles A. Rawlings), Masonic March. Archer, Prelude; Motivo. Cole, Summer Fancies,...
The Last Page
S. Lewis Elmer, AAGO1877-1967Born in Bridgeton, N.J., on March 23, 1877, S(amuel) Lewis Elmer was educated at West Jersey Academy and held his first church position at Central Methodist Church in Bridgeton at the age of 18. In 1901, he passed his AAGO...
The National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance: A New Primer
Among the many articles, retrospectives, and celebratory commentary of the AGO centennial in 1996 was a superb article by Mary Ann Dodd chronicling the history of the Guild's various competitions.1 In addition to providing interesting historical details,...
The Perception of Temperament
Keyboard instruments, unlike the human voice and hand-held instruments, employ an essentially fixed tuning that to some seems musically unnatural. Tempering attempts to resolve both the inflexible laws of physics and the structural reality of the human...
Two Additional Service Playing Test Pieces
Dans la Gloire des Invalides (Marcel Dupré, 1886-1971). These eleven versets were improvised by Dupré as part of the dedication service of the Beuchet-Debierre organ at the church of St. Louis des Invalides in Paris on December 8, 1957. A recording made...
U.K. Report
I have just returned from a week in Oxford, where I was one of eight tutors for the annual "Oundle for Organists" Prospective Organ Scholars course, which is run in partnership with the Royal College of Organists. Forty-two teenagers gathered for the...
Understanding the Pipe Organ: A Guide for Students, Teachers and Lovers of the Instrument
UNDERSTANDING THE PIPE ORGAN: A GUIDE FOR STUDENTS, TEACHERS AND LOVERS OF THE INSTRUMENT, John R. Shannon. Jefferson, N.C, and London: McFarland & Company Inc., 2009. xxi, 192 pp., ill. ISBN 978-0-7864-3998-0. $45. Available from the publisher at...
Using Choral Literature to Educate the Church Choir
HOW TEACHING YOUR CHOIR MORE THAN PITCHES AND RHYTHMS CAN HELP YOU WIN THE WEEKLY ANTHEM RACEChurch choir directors are in the difficult position of being asked to provide a new anthem for services every week. In addition to the pressure of constantly...
Wind Song
WIND SONG. Anne Chabreck, flute; Mari- jim Thoene, organ. HI/38 Dobson organ (Opus 73, 2000) of St. Joseph Abbey, St. Benedict, La.; flute by Verne Q. Powell Flutes Inc. Raven OAR-910. Available from www.RavenCD.com and the Organ Histori- cal Society....