Episode 3 – February 21

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This week we remember two noted composers and improvisateurs who share a birthday on February 21, Gerre Hancock and Charles-Marie Widor.

This episode has been underwritten by the St. Louis Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

Hosts: Mark Scholtz, Bill Stein, Brent Johnson


Title: Allegro from Symphony no. 5, op. 42
Composer: Charles-Marie Widor
Organist: Ken Cowan
Album: Art of the Symphonic Organist – JAV JAV 141
Organ: 1921 IV/59 E.M. Skinner, Parish Church of St. Luke, Evanston, Illinois

Title: Improvisation
Organist: Gerre Hancock
Album: Great Organs of New York – B and V BV-100
Organ: 1956 IV/158 Aeolian-Skinner, St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue (Chancel), New York, New York

Title: 5 Improvisations: Introduction to the hymn tunes Conditor Alme Siderum, Eventide, and crucifer; Trio on Eventide; Meditation on Conditor Alme Siderum, Eventide; Impromptu on Crucifer; Toccata on Crucifer
Organist: Tom Trenney
Album: Organa Americana – Pro Organo CD 7196
Organ: 2003 III/58 Schantz, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Savannah, Georgia

Title: Improvisation sur le Te Deum
Composer: Charles Tournemire
Organist: Maurice Duruflé
Album: Maurice and Marie-Madeleine Duruflé at Christ Church Cathedral, St. Louis, Missouri
Organ: 1965 IV/70 Aeolian-Skinner, Christ Church Cathedral, St. Louis, Missouri

Title: Fantasy on St. Denio
Composer: Gerre Hancock
Organist: Todd Wilson
Album: The Organ Music of Gerre Hancock – Raven OAR-951
Organ: 1956 IV/158 Aeolian-Skinner, St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue (Chancel), New York, New York

Title: Surrexit a mortuis, op. 23 no. 2
Composer: Charles-Marie Widor
Organist: Joseph Cullen and Andrew Reed
Album: Vierne – Widor – Dupré Masses and Motets – Hyperion CDA66898
Organ: 1932 IV/75 Willis, Westminster Cathedral, London, England

Title: Symphony no. 9 “Gothique” – II. Andante Sostenuto
Composer: Charles-Marie Widor
Organist: Jacques Boucher
Album: Widor and Bonnet – Eglise de Gesu, Montreal – REM Editions REM311162
Organ: 1901/1954 Casavant – 1986 Guilbault-Thérien IV/87, Églie du Gesù, Montréal, Québec, Canada

Title: Improvisation on a Chant
Composer: Francis Jackson
Organist: Simon Nieminski
Album: Sounds of Francis Jackson – Lammas Records LAMM 127D
Organ: 1897 IV/66 Willis, St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh, Scotland

Title: A symphony – II. Song Form
Organist: Gerre Hancock
Album: From Ashes to Glory – Pro Organo CD 7250
Organ: 1954 IV/151 Aeolian-Skinner, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York, New York