Episode #1626

Variations on America

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Sunday, July 03, 2016

pipe organ stops (JMC Photos/flickr)

What defines American music? Sunday at 11 pm, host Michael Barone ventures to answer this question with works for organ by American composers. Together, they represent the breadth of our nation's musical heritage. Their works can be inspired by folk tunes, hymns, nature or philosophy. We'll hear works to soothe the soul and to enliven the spirit.

The organs heard during the episode are located entirely within the United States as well.

Program Playlist:

Charles Ives: Variations on America 
E. Power Biggs (1875 Hutchings, Plaisted & Co./North Universalist Chapel Society, Woodstock, VT)

Gordon Young: Variations on an American Hymn
Robert Scoggin (1958 Möller+Sipe rebuild/Christ UMC, Rochester, MN) 

Harold Friedell: Cantabile, from Symphony for Organ
William Trafka (1971 Aeolian-Skinner/St. Bartholomew Episcopal, New York, NY)

Dudley Buck: Rondo from Caprice, Op. 35
James Hammann (1866 E.& G.G. Hook; 1923 Hook & Hastings; 2006 Quimby/St. John Episcopal, Quincy, IL)

Samuel Long: Voluntary in A
Christina Harmon (1874 Garret House/Lake Linden Heritage Center, MI)

Everett Titcomb: Regina Coeli 
Christina Harmon (1913 Austin/Trinity Episcopal Church, Houghton, MI)

Powell Weaver: Passacaglia, from Copper Country Sketches 
Christina Harmon (1905 Kilgen/St. Paul the Apostle, Calumet, MI

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