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MAY 2002

Monthly Links Archive

Below are items you may have seen this month in a certain monthly organ magazine.


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Lively-Fulcher Organ, St. Olaf Catholic Church, Minneapolis, MN

St. Barnabas Lutheran Church, Plymouth, MN, J.F. Nordlie Co., organ builders


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St. John's Evangelical Church, Chicago, IL, Berghaus Organ Co.

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Meridian St. United Methodist Church, Indianapolis, IN, Goulding & Wood Organ Co.

University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, Jaeckel Organ Co.


St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Alexandria, VA, Visser Organ Co.


Lawrencefield Chapel, Wheeling, WV, Schantz Organ Co.



ORGAN

If a reviewed composition was not found, an attempt was made to represent the composer with another selection.

Marine-Organ By Cagnard G. Published by Editions Henry Lemoine. (513019590)
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Praeludium & Doppelfuge-Organ By Wunderlich. Published by Musica Budapest. (513019500)
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Croix Du Sud Op.15-Organ By J. Florentz. Published by Editions Alphonse Leduc. (513019870)
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CHORAL

If a reviewed composition was not found, an attempt was made to represent the composer with another selection.

Advent For Choirs - Choral Collection By Archer And Cleobury. Mixed Choir. Published by Oxford University Press. (3530252)
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Christmas a cappella Edited by Buckland, Graham. For Mixed Choir. Collection (paperbound). Published by Baerenreiter-Ausgaben (German import). (BA7573)
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Kallman /wexford Carol /4 By 0. For 0. Published by Boosey and Hawkes. (11-M051468041)
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He Came All So Still-Sctb By H. Roberton. Published by Roberton Publications. (392001030)
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O Nata Lux-SATB Acappella (6-PACK) By Morten Lauridsen. Published by Peermusic Classical. (61908121) 6-PACK includes six original copies of this piece.
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Angel's Greeting, The (No. 1 from 'Marienlieder') (6-PACK) By Johannes Brahms. Choral. For SATB. Published by E.C. Schirmer Publishing. (5253) 6-PACK includes six original copies of this piece.
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Marienlieder (7) By Johannes Brahms. For SATB a cappella. Published by C.F. Peters. (P03658)
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Make We Joy (6-PACK) By Brandvik. (Satb). Choral Octavos. Published by Neil A. Kjos Music Company. (8918) 6-PACK includes six original copies of this piece.
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cover First Nights: Five Musical Premiers
Amazon.com:
"A successful expansion of his lecture series at Harvard, Thomas Kelly's First Nights chronicles the events leading to the first performances of five enduring masterpieces. He places Monteverdi's opera L'Orfeo, Handel's venerable Messiah, symphonies by Beethoven and Berlioz, and the Stravinsky ballet The Rite of Spring in the respective contexts of the cities, musical cultures, and performance venues in which they were first heard. Kelly builds his chapters through an accumulation of minute but not trivial detail. The first Euridice in L'Orfeo was a castrato priest; the oppression of Catholics in Handel's Dublin was shocking; the legendary catcalls at The Rite of Spring's premiere began before the curtain went up.
"As Kelly gathers these pieces of the puzzle together, we become desperate to find out what will happen, completely forgetting that we already know how the music ultimately triumphed over time. Along the way, there is hilarious information about the audiences (Handel's would not have been out of place at a rodeo, though Monteverdi's was unusually well informed) and reactions from the performers (conductor Pierre Monteux apparently always hated the Rite ). There are also many factoids about how the music must have sounded. (Did you know that the first performance of Beethoven's Ninth included a piano?)
"Kelly has provocative ideas about performance practice, suggesting that it is really a matter of how adaptable musicians need to be; he feels that musical works themselves, not just our perceptions of them, change over time. A great deal of First Nights is devoted to documents about the works, and the discography is helpfully annotated by Jen-Yen Chen. The book is unusually well designed, and no knowledge of score reading is necessary."
--William R. Braun

Literary Companion to the Lectionary : A Poetic Gathering to Accompany the Readings for Sundays, Principal Feasts, and Selected Holy Days by Mark Pryce (Compiler)
"This book offers poems and liturgy pieces for Sundays and principal feasts in the liturgical year. Each selection relates to an aspect of the Scripture readings given for the Eucharist in the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL), the Roman Catholic lectionary, and the Book of Common Prayer.
"A short note before each passage suggests the connection with an idea, an image or a story found in one of the biblical readings or the seasonal theme.
"In building a bridge between literature and liturgy, these readings (whether in private prayer or public worship) can prompt an imaginative engagement in worship and study of the Scriptures. The poet, novelist, and playwright help us bring the world into our worship, and to recognize the divine at play in the world."
-Amazon.com
Music and Metaphor in Nineteenth-Century Musicology (Music in Nineteenth Century Britain) by Bennett Zon
cover Music for More than One Piano: An Annotated Guide by Maurice Hinson
In an alphabetical listing by composer, Hinson describes more than 1,600 works for two or more keyboard instruments. He covers all the standard composers since 1700 and introduces contemporary composers of merit.

Psalms for Sojourners by James Limburg
A pilgrimage into the Psalms - "The Psalms address the days of our lives, in times of hurting as well as happiness, helping us to learn how to pray and also how to praise," says Limburg. Newly updated, his little classic leads Christians into the spiritual depths of the Bible's prayerbook.
With examples of each type of psalm -- psalms of lament, trust, pilgrimage, praise, and creation -- and with engaging stories from his own experience, Limburg acquaints the reader with "the strength, the passion, and the fire" of this ancient hymnbook and its relevance to our daily lives. It invites and incites fellow sojourners to deeper encounter with the Psalms and with God.
-Amazon.com

cover The Wagner Compendium: A Guide to Wagner's Life and Music by Barry Millington (Editor)
Wagner is almost as famous for the controversy he inspires as for his music. His work and his attitudes have elicited both devotion and revulsion; his polemical writings and struggle to create the complete work of art„the Gesamtkunstwerk„have generated impassioned argument. His influence on music and on other disciplines has been incalculable. The Wagner Compendium presents a comprehensive survey of the man, his oeuvre, and his times. The musical and intellectual background and influences that helped shape the Wagnerian canon are considered along with the historical context of German unification and the creation of Bismarck's Reich. Wagner's character and opinions are examined, and there is a special chapter on "Myths and Legends" wittily correcting the extraordinary misconceptions with which Wagner has become associated. The operas, orchestral, and choral music are analyzed together with the lesser-known works. Chapters on orchestration and Wagner in performance are complemented by accounts of the reception and influence of his music. A detailed bibliography accompanies the most complete list ever published of his writings, speeches, open letters, and reviews, as well as a glossary explaining the meanings and significance of Wagnerian terms, a calendar of his life, and a Who's Who of his contemporaries. As an authoritative compilation of data and a corrective to common misunderstandings, The Wagner Compendium provides any music-lover with an inexhaustible fund of reference.
-Amazon.com

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