Dr. Thomas D. Veregge

Organ Concert

October 23, 2011                                                                                                             

4:00 p.m.




Serving the Lord for over 180 years





 ~  Rev. Joseph T. Fields, Jr.


Solemn Melody

 ~  Walford Davies (1869-1941)


“Mountain Sketches”  Op. 32

~  Joseph W. Clokey  (1890-1960)

               Canyon Walls

               Wind Through the Pine Trees

               Jagged Peaks in the Starlight


There is a Spirit that Delights to Do No Evil

(from A Quaker Reader)

~  Ned Rorem   (b. 1923)


Prelude and Fughetta on “Ein Feste Burg”

~  William Faulkes  (1886-1933)


In Summer

~  Charles Albert Stebbins  (1874-1958)


Three Pieces based upon Gregorian Themes

~  Everett Titcomb  (1886-1968)

               Credo in Unum Deum

               Ave Verum Corpus

               Vexilla Regis


Finale (Symphonie II)  Op. 13, No. 2

~  Charles Marie Widor  (1844-1937)



Thomas Veregge was born in Reid Memorial Hospital  in the late 1940’s.  He has lived most of his life in Columbus, Ohio, educated in the Columbus Public School System, and holds degrees from The Ohio State University and a Doctor of Music from The Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, Bloomington.  His teachers have been Ly Kohler, Marjorie Jackson Rasche, David Britton, Sylvia Zaremba and Gordon James Wilson.  He studied choral conducting with Maurice Casey, and coached with Robert Shaw.  He has concertized throughout Ohio, Missouri, Indiana and New England, and has served churches in the Central Ohio area since 1957 as Organist, Director of Music and Organist-Choirmaster.  Dr. Veregge has taught generations of piano and organ students, many who have moved into their own music careers.  Dr. Veregge serves St. Philip’s Episcopal Church  (a parish dating from 1817) in Circleville, Ohio as Organist-Choirmaster.




Sir Walford Davies was a British composer who held the title “Master of the King’s Music” from 1934 until 1941.  A graduate of the Royal School of Church music, he served as organist-choirmaster at the Temple Church, London, and at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle from 1927 until his death.



Son of a Presbyterian Pastor (at one time Reid Church’s Pastor at the previous edifice at North 11th and B Streets), Clokey was an educator, organist and composer of sacred and secular music in the first half of the 20th century.  His organ compositions range from those founded on Gregorian chant to free pieces and tone poems evocative of the “Mountain Sketches” heard today.  It’s safe to state that almost every organist at one time played the “Mountain Sketches” as preludes and postludes for church worship, and it would be surprising if they haven’t been performed at Reid Church in the 1920’s and 1930’s.  His most well known choral pieces were “A Song of Peace” and the cantata “When the Christ Child Came.”  His adopted son, Art CLokey is the creator of clay animation characters Gumby, Pokey and Davey and Goliath.



Ned Rorem was born in Richmond, Indiana at Reid Memorial Hospital in 1923 of Quaker parents.  His mother was a civil rights activists and his father was a medical economist.  As a child he moved to Chicago with his family and at the age of ten his piano teacher introduced him to Debussy and Ravel which “changed my life forever.”  He entered Northwestern School of Music at seventeen and later attended the Curtis Institute of Music under scholarship.  His B.A. and M.A. in composition are from the Julliard School of Music.  He lived in France from 1949 to 1958.  When his first major work for organ, “A Quaker Reader” was premiered in 1977 at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, NYC, he was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts by Northwestern University the same year.  He resides in New York City.



William Faulkes was born and died in Liverpool, UK, and he spent much of his time working there as organist for many churches.  His organ compositions are gaining new appreciation, and are heard in many organ recitals.  He also was employed as a transcriber of orchestral and piano music for organ solo.



Published in 1905 as “A short Sketch for Pipe Organ,” organist by the hundreds played this piece as a prelude or offertory for worship during July for decades.  Stebbins was an organ student of Chicago organist William Middelschulte (who also taught Virgin Fox) and was the Midwest representative of the Aeolian Pipe Organ Company.  He so captured the shimmering heat and humidity of summer that it would be appropriate to pull out “In Summer” in January when the temperatures are in the single digits and there are six inches of snow on the ground!



Everett Titcomb spent his entire career in the greater Boston Massachusetts area.  He was born in Amesbury, and studied organ and composition with Samuel Whitney, organist and choirmaster of The Church of The Advent, Boston.  Titcomb’s compositional inclinations lean strongly toward the music of High Church ritualism (Anglo-Catholic), and beginning in 1910 he was able to give full vent to them.  That year he was appointed to The Church of St. John the Evangelist, Beacon Hill, the

and The New England Conservatory of Music.  He served St. John’s until he died in 1968.


DREDO IN UNUM DEUM draws its melodic nucleus from the Gregorian Chant for the Apostles’ Creed.  AVE VERUM CORPUS reflects the text “Hail True Body of Christ,” using the traditional Gregorian chant.  VEXILLA REGIS is the traditional chant before the Holy Gospel for Passion or Palm Sunday: “The Royal banners forward go, the cross shines forth in mystic glow.  Where he through whom our flesh was made, in that same flesh our freedom paid” (Text 540-600 AD).



Charles-Marie Jean Albert Widor is perhaps best known for his Toccata from Symphony V.  Born in Lyon to a family or organ builders, he studied in Brussels with Nicolas Jacques Lemmens, a famous French organist in his own right.  In 1870, with intense lobbying from Charles Gounod and Gabriel Faure, Widor was appointed “provisional organist” of Ste. Sulpice in Paris, the most prominent position for a French organist.  The Cavaille-Coll five manual organ at Ste. Sulpice proved to be an inspiration to Widor.  Despite his “provisional” status, he remained as organist for 64 years, until 1933.  He was succeeded by his former student, Marcel Dupre.  Widor succeeded Cesar Franck as organ professor at The Paris Conservatory.  While there, he demanded a formidable technique and a thorough knowledge of the organ works of J. S. Bach.  He collaborated with organist Albert Schweitzer (his pupil) in an annotated edition of the organ works of J. S. Bach between 1912-1914.  He was a bachelor until age 76 when he married Mathilde de Motesquoiou-Frezensac (age 36) in 1920. 


While Widor wrote for a variety of ensembles and instruments he is remembered for his organ works today.  He called his large scale works “symphonies,” pioneering a new “symphonic” style in organ composition.  His first four Symphonies are properly called “suites” or “collections.”  The fifth, sixth and seventh symphonies were composed in 1879, the eighth in 1887, the ninth in 1895 and the tenth in 1900.


Widor recorded his famous “Toccata from Symphonie V” at age 89 at Ste. Sulpice.  The tempo is deliberate and much slower than most organists play the work today.  He was much more interested in articulation and control than showmanship.  The Cavaille-Coll organ at Ste. Sulpice remains as it was built in 1860 to this day.



On behalf of the Session and the members of Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church we thank you for your presence and hope you enjoyed this wonderful concert.  Please know that  you are welcome at any time.



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