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Music for Holy Week 2014

Palm Sunday, April 13 Organ Music at 10:45am Récit de Tierce en taille by Nicolas de Grigny Kyrie III (Klavierübung) by Johann Sebastian Bach Choral Music at 11:00am Lift up your heads (from Messiah) by Handel Christus factus est by Anton Bruckner Ave Christe by Josquin des Prez Evening Service of Meditation and Sacrament at …  [ More → ]

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Organ Recital: April 9, 2014, 8pm

We are extremely honored to present the great musician Francis Chapelet. Post-World War II Europe produced an amazing assembly of legendary interpreters of Early Organ Music. Francis Chapelet is one of the last remaining masters of his generation still actively concertizing. His interpretations of this rich repertory of music are based on a lifetime of …  [ More → ]

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Organ Music Notes September 23, 2012

Last year, in May and June 2011, we inaugurated The Manton Memorial Organ. Built by Pascal Quoirin of St. Didier, France, it is the first French-built organ ever installed in New York City, and is already widely considered one of the most significant organs of our time. Full-length recitals are given throughout the year by …  [ More → ]

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Organ Recital by Tagliavini: May 3rd, 8pm

We are extremely honored to present the great musician Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini in his first U.S. concert in 25 years. Tagliavini, more than anyone else, re-introduced to the musical world the great Italian Baroque organ repertory and the appreciation of the Italian Baroque instruments that remain intact. Because of his profound musicality and influence, he …  [ More → ]

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Organ Music Notes, March 4, 2012

VIERNE AND BACH At the Prelude (10:50 am) Adagio (Symphonie III) Louis Vierne (1870-1937) Louis Vierne was one of the great French organ composers of the beginning of the 20th century. He was born almost entirely blind, and suffered through many hardships in his life. As a student at the Paris Conservatoire, he found a …  [ More → ]

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Organ Music Notes February 26, 2012

Today we hear: MAJOR WORKS BY BACH At the Prelude (10:50 am) Fantasia & Fugue in C Minor Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) What a special piece this is! I have always loved this Fantasia very much and find it unique among his large organ works. For me, it has a very expressive, almost vocal manner …  [ More → ]

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Organ Music for Ash Wednesday

The Ash Wednesday services will feature special music on the Manton Memorial Organ. Organ music at the 8am and noon services: O man, bewail thy grevious sin, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) Have Mercy on me, O Lord God, Johann Gottfried Walther (1684-1748) Selections from Orgelbüchlein, J. S. Bach Postlude:  Jesus, my Joy, J. S. Bach …  [ More → ]

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Organ Music Notes February 5, 2012

At the Prelude (10:50 a.m.) Suite du Premier ton, Jean-Adam Guilain (ca. 1680 – after 1739) Guilain was a German organist and harpsichordist who lived in Paris during the first half of the 18th century. Even though he was born in Germany, his music is completely French in style. His only collection of organ pieces …  [ More → ]

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Organ Notes for October 9

Pachelbel was the most important South German composer of the middle Baroque, a generation before Bach. He composed a large amount of organ, keyboard, instrumental and vocal music. Pachelbel’s music tends to be very … [ More → ]

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Organ Notes for October 2nd

At the Prelude (10:45 am): Toccata and Fugue in D Minor Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) This amazing piece almost lives in a world of its own among the organ pieces of Bach. Its construction is the “loosest” of any of his large-scale organ works, and, indeed, there are other pieces more profound, more perfectly constructed. …  [ More → ]

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