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Description, Specifications, More Photos, Article, St. Joseph's Cathedral, Buffalo, New York, Andover


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Description, Specifications, More Photos, Article, Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, Atlanta, Georgia, Mander


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Description, Specifications, More Photos, Article, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Birmingham, England, Klais

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Kernersville Moravian Church, Kernersville, North Carolina, J.F. Nordlie


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Description, Specifications, More Photos, St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, Rogers, Arkansas, Bedient

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St. Cecilia's Abbey, Ryde, Isle of Wight, England, Tickell

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Shoreview Lutheran Church, Shoreview, Minnesota, Fisk


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Specifications, St. George's Epsicopal Church, Clarksdale, Mississippi, Ott

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Zion Lutheran Church, St. Charles, Missouri, Ott

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Specifications, Eklund residence, Lincoln, Nebraska, Bedient


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Description, Specifications, First Presbyterian Church, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, Bedient

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Specifications, St. Kilian's Roman Catholic Church, Hartford, Wisconsin, Schantz


cover Bach and the Pedal Clavichord : An Organist's Guide by Joel Speerstra
Friederich Griepenkerl, in his 1844 introduction to Volume 1 of the first complete edition of J. S. Bach's organ works, wrote: "Actually the six Sonatas and the Passacaglia were written for a clavichord with two manuals and pedal, an instrument that, in those days, every beginning organist possessed, which they used beforehand, to practice playing with hands and feet in order to make effective use of them at the organ. It would be a good thing to let such instruments be made again, because actually no one who wants to study to be an organist can really do without one." What was the role of the pedal clavichord in music history? Was it a cheap practice instrument for organists or was Griepenkerl right? Was it a teaching tool that helped contribute to the quality of organ playing in its golden age? Most twentieth-century commentary on the pedal clavichord as an historical phenomenon was written in a kind of vacuum, since there were no playable historical models with which to experiment and from which to make an informed judgment. At the heart of Bach and the Pedal Clavichord: An Organist's Guide aresome extraordinary recent experiments from the Göteborg Organ Art Center (GOArt) at Göteborg University. The Johan David Gerstenberg pedal clavichord from 1766, now in the Leipzig University museum, was documented and reconstructed; the new copy was then used for several years as a living instrument for organ students and teachers to experience. On the basis of these experiments and experiences, the book explores, in new and artful ways, Johann Sebastian Bach's keyboard technique, a technique preserved by his first biographer, J. N. Forkel (1802), and by Forkel's own student, Griepenkerl. It also sifts and weighs the assumptions and claims made for and against the clavichord and pedal clavichord over two and a half centuries: by Bach's son Carl Philipp Emanuel, by such noted Bach scholars as Walter Emery and Robert Marshall, and by sharp-eared music lovers, including one of the most perceptive (and one of the few from his era to have actually encountered a clavichord and recognized its unique qualities), George Bernard Shaw.

cover Cloth for the Cradle: A Book of Worship Resources for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany by Wild Goose Worship Group
This rediscovery of the stories of Christ's birth through adult eyes is for use in group and worship situations. The material is drawn from the work of the Wild Goose Worship Group who have an innovative style of worship.

cover The Dickinson Songs of Aaron Copland by Larry Starr, Michael J. Budds


cover Enchanted Evenings: The Broadway Musical from Show Boat to Sondheim by Geoffrey Block
The classic musicals of Broadway can provide us with truly enchanted evenings. But while many of us can hum the music and even recount the plot from memory, we are often much less knowledgeable about how these great shows were put together. What was the inspiration for Rodgers and Harts Pal Joey, or Rodgers and Hammersteins Carousel? Why is Marias impassioned final speech in West Side Story spoken, rather than sung? Now, in Enchanted Evenings, Geoffrey Block offers theatre lovers an illuminating behind-the- scenes tour of some of the best loved, most admired, and most enduring musicals of Broadways Golden Era. Readers will find insightful studies of such all-time favorites as Show Boat, Anything Goes, Porgy and Bess, Carousel, Kiss Me, Kate, Guys and Dolls, The Most Happy Fella, My Fair Lady, and West Side Story. Block provides a documentary history of fourteen musicals in all--plus an epilogue exploring the plays of Stephen Sondheim--showing how each work took shape and revealing, at the same time, production by production, how the American musical evolved from the 1920s to the early 1960s, and beyond. The book's particular focus is on the music, offering a wealth of detail about how librettist, lyricist, composer, and director work together to shape the piece. Drawing on manuscript material such as musical sketches, autograph manuscripts, pre-production librettos and lyric drafts, Block reveals the winding route the works took to get to their final form. Block blends this close attention to the nuances of musical composition and stagecraft with trenchant social commentary and lively backstage anecdotes. Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, the Gershwins, Rodgers and Hart, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lerner and Loewe, Kurt Weill, Frank Loesser, Leonard Bernstein, Sondheim, and other luminaries emerge as hardworking craftsmen under enormous pressure to sell tickets without compromising their dramatic vision and integrity. Opening night reviews and accounts of critical and popular response to subsequent revivals show how particular musicals have adapted to changing times and changing audiences, shedding light on why many of these innovative shows are still performed in high schools, colleges, and community theaters across the country, while others, such as Weills One Touch of Venus or Marc Blitzsteins The Cradle Will Rock, languish in comparative obscurity. Packed with information, including a complete discography and plot synopses and song-by-song scenic outlines for each of the fourteen shows, Enchanted Evenings is an essential reference as well as a riveting history. It will deepen readersappreciation and enjoyment of these beloved musicals even as it delights both the seasoned theater goer and the neophyte encountering the magic of Broadway for the first time.

cover The Episcopal Church Annual 2004 by Not Applicable


cover Finding an Ending: Reflections on Wagner's Ring by Philip Kitcher, Richard Schacht
Few musical works loom as large in Western culture as Richard Wagner's four-part Ring of the Nibelungs. In Finding an Ending, two eminent philosophers, Philip Kitcher and Richard Schacht, offer an illuminating look at this greatest of Wagner's achievements, focusing on its far-reaching and subtle exploration of problems of meanings and endings in this life and world. Kitcher and Schacht plunge the reader into the heart of Wagner's Ring, drawing out the philosophical and human significance of the text and the music. They show how different forms of love, freedom, heroism, authority, and judgment are explored and tested as it unfolds. As they journey across its sweeping musical-dramatic landscape, Kitcher and Schacht lead us to the central concern of the Ring--the problem of endowing life with genuine significance that can be enhanced rather than negated by its ending, if the right sort of ending can be found. The drama originates in Wotan's quest for a transformation of the primordial state of things into a world in which life can be lived more meaningfully. The authors trace the evolution of Wotan's efforts, the intricate problems he confronts, and his failures and defeats. But while the problem Wotan poses for himself proves to be insoluble as he conceives of it, they suggest that his very efforts and failures set the stage for the transformation of his problem, and for the only sort of resolution of it that may be humanly possible--to which it is not Siegfried but rather Brunnhilde who shows the way. The Ring's ending, with its passing of the gods above and destruction of the world below, might seem to be devastating; but Kitcher and Schacht see a kind of meaning in and through the ending revealed to us that is profoundly affirmative, and that has perhaps never been so powerfully and so beautifully expressed.

cover A Josquin Anthology: 12 Motets by Ross W. Duffin, Paul Hillier
This collection of eleven motets for from three to six voices by the most influential of all the Franco-Flemish composers of the early sixteenth century includes outstanding compositions from all periods of his life. This is both a scholarly and practical performing edition--each piece has a full keyboard reduction as well as a comprehensive critical commentary--and will prove indispensable to all exploreres of this important, exquisite, and too often neglected repertoire.

cover Saints, Signs, & Symbols (Morehouse Clip Art) by W. Elwood Post
Morehouse's popular collection of clip art of Christian symbols is now on CD! Saints, Signs & Symbols contains 350 images churches and individuals have found useful for many years. The book itself has been one of Morehouse's best sellers for over a decade. Now you can use the images found in the book easily with this CD containing the images in TIF and JPEG formats, suitable to most PCs and Macintosh computers. An assortment of symbols are available, including those for the four Evangelists, the twelve Apostles, the Holy Trinity, a variety of Christian saints, depictions of many different crosses, Old and New Testament images, illustrations suitable for the church year, and much more.

cover On Music: Essays and Diversions by Robin Holloway
This collection of essays contains some of the most exciting and original analyses of the Wagner operas from music critic and composer Robin Holloway, who is known for his trenchant style and impassioned thinking. These essays provide sustained, meditative, and illuminating accounts both of the masterpieces of the romantic era and of the classical tradition from which they derive. Holloway persuades listeners that music matters, that there is a real difference between good and bad, great and trivial, and sincere and sentimental, and that one's enjoyment can only be enhanced by the habit of critical study.



cover Virgil Fox Plays the Wanamaker Grand Court Organ
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Virgil Fox was thrilled to have Command Calssics as his new recording company in the 60's, because it recorded on 35mm magnetic film. he and Command decided to tackle "the biggest and most beautiful of them all", the behemoth in the Grand Court of John Wanamaker Store, Philadelphia. Thus, in 1964, he made his historic recording ont the Wanamaker Organ. On the 40th anniversary of its original LP release, it is reproduced in all its CD 2.0 Stereo and DVD 5.1 Surround Sound glory. Marshall Yaeger has used the Kaleidoplex TM Digital Light Organ to create "digital collages" that reflect the glory of music and the organ in the Wanamaker portion of the DVD-video. They include photos of Virgil Fox in "Heavy Organ", the interior of the Grand Court, and a full platter of 16:9 widescreen digital delights. In 1970, WCBS-TV video-taped Virgil Fox in a 30 minute Camera Three program, "La Belle Epoque", which was broadcast only once. The writer, Stephen Chodorov, has given SEE! MUSICDVD permission to include it as a bonus DVD track. it is a treasure, an ideal program from the turn of the century, when the Wanamker Organ was created. The video includes Fox - in a purple velvet suit with a gold lace at the collar and cuffs - speaking about performing the music. It is a must for those who have asked for a video of Fox, and the only one of studio quality to exist. There will never be another. Nor will there ever be another Virgil Fox.

cover Heavy Organ At Carnegie Hall 1973
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1. Chorale prelude for organ ("Wir glauben all an einen Gott"), BWV 680
2. Chorale prelude for organ ("Nun freut euch, lieben Christen gmein"), (doubtful), BWV 734
3. Matthäuspassion (St. Matthew Passion), BWV 244 Finale
4. Prelude and Fugue for organ in E minor ("Wedge"), BWV 548 Prelude
5. Prelude and Fugue for organ in E minor ("Wedge"), BWV 548 Fugue
6. Toccata and Fugue for organ in D minor, BWV 565 Toccata
7. Toccata and Fugue for organ in D minor, BWV 565 Fugue
8. Passacaglia and Fugue for organ in C minor, BWV 582 Passacaglia
9. Passacaglia and Fugue for organ in C minor, BWV 582 Fugue
10. Fugue for organ in G major (spurious), BWV 577
11. The First Nowell
12. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear

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