Episode 220 – April 26, 2020

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This week we explore some early American organ music. This is the final episode of this incarnation of the King of Instruments. Thank you to all of you who have supported the show over the past four years!

Hosts: Mark Scholtz, Bill Stein, Brent Johnson

Title: Marche Ecossaise
Composer: George Whitefield Chadwick
Organist: Martin Weyer
Album: Rheinberger, Guilmant, and Their American Pupils – Raven OAR 410
Organ: 1868 II/26 E and GG Hook/Murphy, Chapel of St. Joseph, St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Title: Deux Preludes, op. 19 no. 1 in D-flat
Composer: John Knowles Paine
Organist: David Craighead
Album: The Last Rose of Summer and Other Things They Played – Gothic G49021
Organ: 1864 IV/64 E and GG Hook, Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
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Title: A Lesson
Composer: William Selby
Organist: Renee Barrick
Album: Great Organs of New York – B and V BV-100
Organ: 1830 II/16 Appleton, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, New York, USA

Title: Invocation, op. 55 Robert Murray, Violin
Composer: Amy Beach
Organist: Ardyth Lohuis
Album: Historic Organs Of Connecticut – Organ Historical Society OHS-94
Organ: 1945 I/47 Aeolian-Skinner, Christ Episcopal, New Haven, Connecticut, USA

Title: The Battle of Trenton
Composer: James Hewitt
Organist: E Power Biggs
Album: Stars and Stripes Forever – Two Centuries of Heroic Music in America – Columbia LP M34129
Organ: 1947 IV/112 Aeolian-Skinner, Methuen Music Hall, Methuen, Massachusetts, USA

Title: Concert Piece, op. 17
Composer: Horatio Parker
Organist: John Brock
Album: A Tennessee Organ Tour – Raven OAR 270
Organ: 1888 II/12 Felgemaker, Thankful Memorial Episcopal Church, Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA
Sheetmusic: PDF

Title: Palm Leaf Rag
Composer: Scott Joplin
Organist: Joan DeVee Dixon
Album: Raise the Roof! –
Organ: 2003 III/48 Reuter, St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, Bloomington, Minnesota, USA

Title: Variations and Fugue on The Star-Spangled Banner
Composer: John Knowles Paine
Organist: Murray Forbes Somerville
Album: John Knowles Paine Organ Music – Raven OAR 460
Organ: 1947 IV/112 Aeolian-Skinner, Methuen Music Hall, Methuen, Massachusetts, USA
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