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Specifications, St. Joseph's Chapel, Kent School, Kent, Connecticut, Redman Organ Company

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St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Berea, Ohio, Karl Wilhelm Inc.


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Specifications, More Photos, Keith S. Toth Residence, New York, New York, Guilbault-Thérien Inc.


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Description, More Photos, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Huntsville, Alabama, Steiner-Reck


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Specifications, More Photos, Barrington United Methodist Church, Barrington, Illinois, Wicks

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St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church, Thomaston, Maine, Bedient


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Specifications, More Photos, Article, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York, Fritts

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First Baptist Church, Greensboro, North Carolina, Schantz

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St. John Lutheran Church, Kutztown, Pennsylvania, Schantz


cover Amazing Grace : The Story of America's Most Beloved Song by Steve Turner
Behind our most beloved song is a fascinating story spanning continents, cultures, and centuries. Inspired by the way "Amazing Grace" continues to change and grow in popularity, acclaimed music writer Steve Turner embarks on a journey to trace the life of the hymn, from Olney, England, where it was written by former slave trader John Newton, to tiny Plantain Island off the coast of Africa, where Newton was held captive for almost a year, to the Kentucky-Tennessee border and other parts of the South, where the hymn first began to spread.

cover An Annotated Anthology of Hymns by J. R. Watson (Editor), Timothy Dudley-Smith
This is a selection of 250 of the best-known hymns in the English language, including texts translated from Greek, Latin, and German. An introduction discusses the hymn as a historical and literary artifact and each hymn is printed with notes that set it in context, identify significant sources, and provide explanatory and critical material.

cover Beyond the Scandals: A Guide to Healthy Sexuality for Clergy by G. Lloyd Rediger
Recent sexual scandals have rocked the North American religious scene and left the churches concerned about credibility and liability. What are the bounds of clergy sexuality? What constitutes misconduct, and what legal, moral, and religious norms apply? More broadly, what has gone wrong, and how can clergy understand their own sexuality and their lives of service? Lloyd Rediger is a uniquely qualified national expert on all these questions with a strong message for clergy about their sexuality, spirituality, and behavior. In this timely volume, which incorporates material from his earlier volume Ministry and Sexuality, Rediger brings his extensive research, clinical experience, and theological insights to bear on the topic. He offers a comprehensive, authoritative account of clergy sexuality and sexual ethics with up-to-date legal information; helpful research on ethnic, gender, and denominational factors; a religious and moral framework for understanding clergy sexuality; and analysis of the sexual problems encountered by clergy. This volume could well become the standard pro-fessional resource for clergy in a new era of increased accountability and moral reflection.

cover British Organ Music of the Twentieth Century: The Composers, Their Music, and Musical Style by Peter Hardwick


cover Catherine Urner (1891-1942) and Charles Koechlin (1867-1950: A Musical Affaire by Barbara Urner Johnson


cover Choral Ensemble Intonation by James Jordan, Matthew Mehaffey


cover The Mastery of Music: Ten Pathways to True Artistry by Barry Green
A private lesson with the masters: The groundbreaking author of The Inner Game of Music reveals ten qualities shared by the world’s most successful musicians, from Leonard Bernstein to Bobby McFerrin, that make them truly great. The Inner Game of Music, the breakout hit that became a standard primer in the music world, has taught thousands of musicians—professionals and amateurs alike—how to overcome self-consciousness and stage fright and to recapture a youthful, almost effortless capacity to learn. Now, in his follow-up book, The Mastery of Music, Barry Green turns his expert hand to the artistic qualities that make an extraordinary musician. He culls advice from dozens of interviews with legends including Joshua Bell, Dave Brubeck, Jeffrey Kahane, Bobby McFerrin, Christopher Parkening, Doc Severinsen, Frederica von Stade, the Harlem Boys Choir, and the Turtle Island String Quartet. As bassist Barry Green discovered in these dialogues, it’s not enough to have a cerebral and emotional connection to the notes; musical excellence requires a mastery of these ten unique qualities of the soul and the human spirit. Green organizes this ineffable virtuoso quality that the greats possess into ten characteristics, such as confidence, passion, discipline, creativity, and relaxed concentration, and discusses specific ways in which all musicians, composers, and conductors can take their skills to higher levels. He carefully incorporates all instruments and techniques in his rejuvenating discussions, inspiring the stifled student to have fun again and the over-rehearsed performer to rediscover the joy of passionate expression. Essential reading for every musician, The Mastery of Music strikes a beautiful new chord.

cover Music in Worship: The Use of Music in the Church Service (2nd edition) by Joseph Nickerson Ashton, Peter E. Roussakis (Introduction)


cover Musical Lives by Nicholas Kenyon (Editor), Brian Harrison (Editor)
This latest addition to the series contains miniature biographies taken from the archives of the Dictionary of National Biography of some of the men and women of the 20th century who made music the centre of their life. Nicholas Kenyon, Controller of BBC Proms, uses his expertise and experience in the subject to make his very personal selection of entries.

cover The Piano Shop on the Left Bank: Discovering a Forgotten Passion in a Paris Atelier by Thaddeus Carhart
Walking his two young children to school every morning, Thad Carhart passes an unassuming little storefront in his Paris neighborhood. Intrigued by its simple sign—Desforges Pianos—he enters, only to have his way barred by the shop’s imperious owner. Unable to stifle his curiosity, he finally lands the proper introduction, and a world previously hidden is brought into view. Luc, the atelier’s master, proves an indispensable guide to the history and art of the piano. Intertwined with the story of a musical friendship are reflections on how pianos work, their glorious history, and stories of the people who care for them, from amateur pianists to the craftsmen who make the mechanism sing. The Piano Shop on the Left Bank is at once a beguiling portrait of a Paris not found on any map and a tender account of the awakening of a lost childhood passion.

cover Simon Silber: Works for Solo Piano by Christopher Miller
Simon Silber has a huge ego, a pushy father, a house full of pianos, a closet full of tuxedos—in short, all the trappings of musical genius except genius itself. He seeks inspiration by walking around town with his eyes shut, or by transcribing the pattern of crows perched on his backyard power lines. His singular contributions to modern music—an hourlong performance of the “Minute Waltz,” an etude composed on a telephone keypad, a “chord-a-day” diary, among many others—may not please the ear, but they delight the fancy. As recounted by his biographer-cum-friend-cum-enemy, Norm Fayrewether, Silber’s life story becomes the tragicomic personification of thwarted potential. Norm, himself a frustrated artist (if writing aphorisms can be called an art), mingles biography with autobiography, treating us to an uproarious exploration of the nether realm between brilliance and the desire for it. Norm’s fraught relationship with Silber also sheds piercing light on the volatile bonds between artist and subject, mentor and protégé, truth and self-promotion. Simon Silber evokes classics of unreliable narration from Nabokov’s Pale Fire to Steven Millhauser’s Edwin Mullhouse, but it charts a path all its own with artful lampoons of the classical music scene, antic turns of phrase, and an infectious reverence for the mundane.

cover The Story of Christian Music: From Gregorian Chant to Black Gospel by Andrew Wilson-Dickson
Music has been at the heart of Christian worship since the beginning, and this lavishly illustrated and wonderfully written volume fully surveys the many centuries of creative Christian musical experimentation. From its roots in Jewish and Hellenistic music, through the rich tapestry of medieval chant to the full flowering of Christian music in the centuries after the Reformation and the many musical expressions of a now-global Christianity, Wilson-Dickson conveys "a glimpse of the fecundity of imagination with which humanity has responded to the creator God.

cover Varèse: Astronomer in Sound by Malcolm MacDonald
The works of Edgard Varèse (1883-1965) represent the most radical expression of 20th-century modernism in music. A friend of Debussy, Strauss, and Busoni, he lived to become the conscience of modern American music and a colleague of Cage, Boulez, and Xenakis. This intensive study of Varèse's music comprises a series of descriptive analyses of all Varèse's available works, addressing the ideas, both aesthetic and scientific, which underlie the composer's boldly original view of sound and musical structure. Also discussed is Varèse's conception of music as influenced by both 20th-century humanities' expanding consciousness of its place in the universe and the esoteric philosophies of late 19th-century Paris. As much of Varèse's oeuvre has been tragically destroyed, MacDonald demonstrates the possibility of inferring much of his lost early works, such as the unachieved choral symphony Espace, designed to be performed simultaneously in various capitals around the world, enlarging listeners' appreciation of his works that survive. Also explored for the first time in print are the previously unpublished scores Tuning Up and Dance for Burgess and the reinstated original version of Amériques, released for performance in 1998 by Varèse's executor Chou Wen Chung.

cover Historic Organ Conservation: A Practical Introduction to Processes and Planning by Dominic Gwynn
Intended as a practical guide to organ conservation issues, this work covers such topics as: the need for regulation; the availability of grants; the benefits of good advice; the results of neglect and bad practice; the rewards of care and good housekeeping; and the principles of good restoration practice. Dominic Gwynn draws on his knowledge, experience and expertise and dedicates over half of the book to restoration techniques and the materials from which organs are made.

cover Meditations for Church Staff (Faithful Servants) by Susan Rafter Beebe


cover The History of American Catholic Hymnals: Since Vatican II by Donald Boccardi


cover All the Stops: The Glorious Pipe Organ and Its American Masters by Craig R. Whitney
From Publishers Weekly. In this lively history of the pipe organ in America, Whitney, assistant managing editor of the New York Times and an amateur organist, weaves a tale of opposing ideas and colorful personalities. Pipe organs in this country were built much as they had been for centuries in Europe until the early 20th century, when Ernest Skinner electrified their mechanical parts, thus enabling them to produce massive sound that could fill theaters and concert halls. In the 1930s, Skinner's ideas were challenged by one of his associates, G. Donald Harrison, who advocated a return to organs built with mechanical action. Harrison prevailed, and eventually Skinner was driven out of the company he had founded. Mirroring the story of the contest between Skinner and Harrison is Whitney's account of the rivalry between two of the best-known organists of the mid- 20th century Virgil Fox, the flamboyant showman who developed a cult following with performances on electronic organs (without pipes) in rock concert halls, and the more reserved but equally popular E. Power Biggs, who agreed with Harrison's philosophy. In the 1960s and '70s, Charles B. Fisk devised a way to build mechanical-action organs that could produce rich, full-bodied sounds as well as the bright, crisp sounds appropriate for German baroque music. Whitney (Spy Trader) admits that many important American organ builders and performers are left out of his history. But by concentrating on a few outstanding personalities and the organs they built or played on, he presents an engrossing story that should help fuel the resurgence of interest in the organ in this country. Photos not seen by PW.


Hallelujah, Christ Is Born (6-PACK) By Rosephanye Powell. (SATB). Sacred Christmas Choral. Size 6.7x10.5 inches. 12 pages. Published by Hal Leonard. (8703251) 6-PACK includes six original copies of this piece.
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Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head (6-PACK) By Leo Nestor. Choral. For SATB. Published by E.C. Schirmer Publishing. (5229) 6-PACK includes six original copies of this piece.
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What Child By Lohman, P. For Secular mixed voices. Published by Boosey and Hawkes. (11-M051470679)
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Festival Hymns for Organ, Brass, and Timpani!Set I, Christmas By John Ferguson. For Instruments: 2 trumpets (Bb or C), 2 trombones, 2 timpani (instruments required). Organ. Level: medium. 17 pages. Published by GIA Publications. (G-3747)
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Festival Hymns for Organ, Brass, and Timpani!Set II, Easter By John Ferguson. For Instruments: 2 trumpets (Bb or C), 2 trombones, 2 timpani (instruments required). Organ. Level: medium. 17 pages. Published by GIA Publications. (G-3748)
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Festival Hymns for Organ, Brass, and Timpani!Set 3 General By John Ferguson. For Voices: opt. SATB. Instruments: 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, timpani. Organ. Level: easy/medium. 27 pages. Published by GIA Publications. (G-4124)
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Festival Hymns for Organ, Brass, and Timpani!Set 4 General By John Ferguson. For Instruments: 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, timpani (instruments required). Organ. Level: easy/medium. 19 pages. Published by GIA Publications. (G-4217)
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Festival Hymns for Organ, Brass, and Timpani!Set VI, General By John Ferguson. For Instruments: Brass quartet (trumpets 1 and 2 in B< or C, trombone 1 or Horn in F, trombone 2), timpani (instruments required). Organ. Published by GIA Publications. (G-5260)
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cover Die Mutin-Cavaillé-Coll-Orgel
On this CD:
1. Fantasia and Fugue for organ in B flat
2. Andante for mechanical organ in F major, K. 616
3. Pieces (3) for organ, Op 29
4. Choral prelude for organ ("Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele"), Op. posth. 122/5
5. Choral prelude for organ ("Herzlich tut mich verlangen"), Op. posth. 122/4
6. Work(s) [Unspecified] Andante for harmonium
7. Pieces nouvelles (12) for organ, Op.7 No. 11 (Elfes)
8. Chant de Mai for organ, Op 53/1
9. Menuet-Scherzo Op 53/2
10. Pieces (10) for organ No. 8, Scherzo
11. Marche Religieuse for organ, Op 38/1
12. Pièces Nouvelles (12) for organ No. 9, In Paradisum
13. Cortège et litanie for organ & orchestra (or organ solo), Op. 19/2

cover The World of Organ Transcription: Popular Classics Transcribed for Organ
On this CD:
1. Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, for orchestra Overture, Composed by Richard Wagner
2. Pieces (32) for flute-clock, H. 19/1-32 Tempo di Minuetto, Composed by Franz Joseph Haydn
3. Pieces (32) for flute-clock, H. 19/1-32 Allegretto, Composed by Franz Joseph Haydn
4. Pieces (32) for flute-clock, H. 19/1-32 Allegro, Composed by Franz Joseph Haydn
5. Marche de Rákóczy (Rákóczy March), for orchestra (Le damnation de Faust), H. 109 Hungarian March, Composed by Hector Berlioz
6. Suite for orchestra No 3 in D major, BWV 1068 Air on the G String, Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
7. Peer Gynt Suite for orchestra (or piano or piano, 4 hands) No. 1, Op. 46, Composed by Edvard Grieg
8. Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 in D major, Op.39/1, Composed by Edward Elgar
9. Pour le piano, suite for piano, L. 95 Sarabande, Composed by Claude Debussy
10. The Tale of Tsar Saltan (Skazka o Tsare Saltane), opera in 4 acts with a prologue Flight of the Bumble-bee, Composed by Nikolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov
11. Symphony No. 3 ("Organ"), in C minor, Op. 78 Poco Adagio, Composed by Camille Saint-Saens
12. Daphnis et Chloé, suite No. 2 for orchestra, Composed by Maurice Ravel

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