The King of Instruments is a one-hour show airing Sunday evenings at 6:00pm on the Radio Arts Foundation in St. Louis. It is a joint production of the St. Louis AGO and the Organ Media Foundation. Hear it in the St. Louis region on 107.3 FM, 96.3 HD2, or you can listen online from anywhere in the world at rafstl.org.

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This week we continue our observance of the season of Advent. All the music is French as we remember the organist Michel Chapuis who died last month. We also hear seasonal works by Daquin and Dupré and we celebrate the 195th birthday of César Franck with one of his grand chorales.

Hosts: Mark Scholtz, Bill Stein, Brent Johnson

Playlist
Title: Noël VI
Sheetmusic: PDF
Title: Noël IX
Sheetmusic: PDF
Composer: Louis-Claude Daquin
Organist: Michel Chapuis
Album: Historic European Organs – France – Marmoutier and St-Maximin – Harmonia Mundi 1901228
Organ: 1710 III/41 Silbermann, Église abbatiale, Marmoutier, France

Title: Improvisations sur des Noëls traditionnels – Douce nuit, sante nuit
Composer: Jean Guillou
Organist: Jean Guillou
Album: Jean Guillou, The Early Recordings, Vol 2 Disc 2 – Decca 480 2099
Organ: 1932 IV/84 Gonzalez, St. Eustache, Paris, France

Title: Six Antiennes pour le Temps de Noël, op. 48

  • I. Ecce Dominus veniet
  • II. Omnipotens sermo tuus
  • III. Tecum principium
  • IV. Germinavit radix Jesse
  • V. Stella Ista
  • VI. Lumen ad Revelationem

  • Composer: Marcel Dupré
    Organist: Jeremy Filsell
    Album: Marcel Dupré complete organ works Vol 6 – Guild GMCD 7173
    Organ: 1979 III/47 Moller, St. Boniface Episcopal Church, Sarasota, Florida, USA
    Sheetmusic: Purchase sheetmusic

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    Title: Noël provençal en Sol majeur
    Composer: Louis-Claude Daquin
    Organist: René Saorgin
    Album: Noëls a l’orgue – Harmonia Mundi HMA 1958199
    Organ: 1975 II/0 Haerpfer, Sainte Chapelle du Chateau Ducal, Chambéry, France
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    Title: Choral en mi majeur
    Composer: César Franck
    Organist: Jean-Pierre Lecaudey
    Album: Franck – Trois Chorals pour grand orgue – Koch Swann 315 018 H1
    Organ: 1888 III/54 Cavaillé-Coll, Basilica of St. Sernin, Toulouse, France
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