Episode #1541

Town Hall Treasures

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Sunday, October 18, 2015

pipe organ stops (JMC Photos/flickr)

The tradition of grand pipe organs in civic halls seems to have been an English invention, one carried on successfully throughout the Empire and still maintained — and emulated — today.

Program playlist:

W.T. BEST: Variations on God Save the Queen –Robert Ampt(1890 Hill/Sydney Town Hall, Australia) Move 3148.

MORITZ MOSZKOWSKI (trans. Goss-Custard):  Romance sans paroles, Op. 77, no. 3 –David Drury (1890 Hill/Sydney Town Hall, Australia) ABC Classics 432 527–2.

HENRY SMART: Festive March in D. WILLIAM FAULKES:Cantilene Pastorale –Kemp English (1930 Hill, Norman & Beard/Dunedin Town Hall, New Zealand) Manu Plus 5009.

EDWARD BAIRSTOW: Blessed city, heavenly Salem –Musica Sacra; Viva Voce; The Graduate Choir, NZ/Terence Maskell, conductor; Indra Hughes (2010 Klais/Auckland Town Hall, New Zealand) Atoll 117.

PHILIP PLAISTED: Grand March . G. F. HANDEL: Minuet, frBerenice –Thomas Heywood (1872 Hill-2000 Schantz/Melbourne Town Hall, Australia) Pro Organo 7257.

KALEVI KIVINIEMI: Waltzing Matilda Suite –Kalevi Kiviniemi(1872 Hill-2000 Schantz/Melbourne Town Hall) Fuga 9196.

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