Magazine article The American Organist

From Age to Age

Magazine article The American Organist

From Age to Age

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FROM AGE TO AGE. The Denver Brass, Lowell Graham, conductor; Joseph Galerna, organist. Recorded in Hamilton Hall, New- man Center for the Performing Arts, Denver, Colo. HI/56 Karl Schuke organ (2002). Klavier Music Productions K 11165. www.klavier-records.com. The Denver Brass was organized in 1981 as an ensemble of 14 (19 on this recording) of the finest brass players in the Denver area. The critically ac- claimed ensemble is dedicated to performing concerts of diverse, captivating music. Col- laborating with organist Joseph Galerna, se- nior music director of the Cadet Chapel and organist of the United States Air Force Academy, they are ably conducted by Low- ell Graham, who enjoys an active international conducting career and was a senior ranking officer in the Department of Defense. As Giles Easterbrook comments in his delightfully personal and informative program notes, the repertoire for brass and organ is surprisingly limited.

Familiar works include Charles Tournemire's Improvisation on the Te Deum, reconstructed by Maurice Duruflé, here arranged effectively by Clark McAlister. The arrangement is more a paraphrase than a literal transcription, necessarily less improvisatory and more structured. The addition of brass underscores certain harmonic and structural elements, adding a telling dimension to this staple of the organ repertoire. Edward Elgar's stirring Imperial March is pleasingly arranged by McAlister and George C. Martin, based on the organ transcription. …

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