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ORGAN CONCERT

Joan Martin

Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church

November 7, 2010                                               4:00 P.M.

"Around the Church Year"

 

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The hymns are all contained in The Presbyterian Hymnal, with the exception

of the final "Alleluia," which is found in Lift Up Your Hearts.

 

History of the Clarisse A. Reid Memorial Organ

Our Organ was designed by Professor W. H. Donley, of Indianapolis, Indiana,

built by Hook, Hastings & Company of Boston, MA.  The Organ case was

designed by Badgkey & Nicklas, Cleveland, OH., and built by A.H. Andrews

Company of Chicago. IL.

This beautiful Organ is in reality, FIVE ORGANS IN ONE: Great, Swell, Choir,

Echo and Pedal.

    Speaking Stops                   41

    Cathedral Chimes                       1

    Couplers, etc.                           22

    Accessories                                9

    Combinations (Pistons)              20

    Pedal Combinations, etc.          9

    And Crescendo                          1

The Main Organ is behind the pulpit, divided with space in the center for the choir,

detached console, etc., and comprised four beautiful facades of Gothic tracery and

groups of large speaker pipes all finished in gold and mahogany.

The unique Cathedral Chimes are enclosed in a swell box and are operated by a

special electro-pneumatic devise of the builders.

The Echo Organ is placed high in a tower in the opposite end of the church, and

from  the character of its stops, their artistic treatment, and its peculiar location,

this unusual feature is very beautiful and useful.

 

Prologue                            

1. *"The Star Spangled Banner"       -- Dudley Buck (1839-1909)

          Theme, Variations I-V

* If you wish, you may sing the first verse while standing for the music.

2.  "In Mystery and Wonder"                 -- Dan Locklair (1947-    )

3.  "O Sing to the Lord"                   -- Arr. Jeffrey Blersch (    -    )

           (Hymn #472)

      ~  Dancers -- N. Ruth Brown & Chuck Gilbert

 

The Liturgical Year

1.  Advent:  "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel"  (Hymn #9)

                                                                       -- Arr. Flor Peeters (1903-1986)

2.  Christmas:  "Tomorrow Will Be My Dancing Day"

                                              -- Arr. Douglas E. Wagner (1952-    ) 

3.  Epiphany:  "We Three Kings"   (Hymn #66)

                                                        -- Arr. Paul Manz (1919-2009)

4.  Transfiguration:  "O Wondrous Sight, O Vision Fair"  (Hymn #75)

                                                     -- John Dunstable (c. 1370-1453) 

5.  Lent:  "O Man, Bewail Thy Grievous Fall"

                                                               -- J. S. Bach (1685-1750) 

6.  Easter:  "O Sons and Daughters, Let Us Sing"  (Hymn #116)

                                          -- Jean Ferancois Dandrieu (1682-1738) 

7.  Ascension:  "All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name!"  (Hymn #142)

                                                         -- Arr. Janet Linker  (1938-    )

8.  Pentecost:  "Come, God Creator, Holy Ghost!" (Hymn #125)

                                                               -- J. S. Bach  (1685-1750)

9.  Trinity:  "Holy, Holy, Holy!  Lord God Almighty!"  (Hymn #138)

                                                         -- Arr. Jeffrey Blersch  (    -    )

          Followed by Audience singing Hymn #138

                   "Holy, Holy, Holy!  Lord God Almighty!"

                              Vs. 1 --- All in harmony

                              Vs. 2 --- Women

                              Vs. 3 --- Men

                              Vs. 4 --- All in unison (no descant)

   

 

Epilogue

1.  Westminster Chimes  Reid Church Tower Bells 

2.  "Carillon De Westminster"          -- Louis Vierne  (1870-1937) 

   

 

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Special Thanks To:

Jerry Redmyer  --  Videographer

Linda Morris -- PowerPoint and Program Preparation

Lois McMahan -- Page Turner

The Rev. Joseph T. Fields, Jr., M. Div. -- Pastor

Debbie Hunt  --  Nursery

Connie Wood, Teresa Wright, & Anne Johnston  -- Greeters

Lyn Patton -- Tower Bells

 

Soli Deo Gloria

 

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Joan Martin --  Joan has been organist at Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church since 1971.  She graduated from Indiana University (Bloomington) School of Education and taught 2nd/3rd grades and choir at Vaile Elementary School in Richmond.  Church music study was at the University of Colorado and various workshops sponsored by the Association of Disciples Musicians.  At Reid Church and First Christian Church she has been involved in many areas of church music-- children and adult choirs, handbell choirs, organ/piano accompanying, and liturgical dance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

N. Ruth Brown -- By day a mild-  mannered first-grade teacher at Seton Elementary School, in the evenings Ruth can be found singing with various local choruses, dancing here and there, "playing" various roles at Richmond Civic Theatre, such as director, actor, and board member.  She has choreographed, sung, and danced for the Whitewater Opera Company and for many shows at RCT.  Ruth is delighted to give a musical "not" to her Scottish ancestors as she joins in today's celebration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chuck Gilbert -- Chuck teaches second-grade at Seton Elementary School.  Outside of school Chuck likes to garden and contradance.  Also, he performs at Richmond Civic theatre.  His latest roles were as William Ford in "Oh!  Henry!" and "The Tin Lizzie" and Zach in "A Chorus Line."

 

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Program Notes

 

Included in the variations of "The Star Spangled Banner" by

the 19th century American composer, Dudley Buck, are a pedal

solo, a minor key, and a fughetta.  Buck played a major role in

the development of organ and choral music in the United States

of America as he struck a successful balance between popular

taste and his own high musical ideals.

The Casavant Diptych, "In Mystery and Wonder," was

composed in 2003 in honor of Casavant Freres, a Canadian pipe

organ builder.  Symbolism is shown with the use of the C and F

notes for Casavant Freres.  In "Aria" the opening melodic line,

build on C and F chords, is repetitive and climaxes on full organ

with this melodic line in the pedal.  The conclusion features the

same mysterious spirit of the opening, but the melodic line is

heard in canon with itself.  Dan Locklair is Composer-in-

Residence and Professor of Music at Wake Forest University in

Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

"O Sing to the Lord" ("Cantad al Senor") is a Brazilian folk

melody set for organ by Jeffrey Blersch.  This American

composer/recitalist also serves as organist/choir director at Our

Redeemer Lutheran Church in Staplehurst, Nebraska.  The hymn

text in The Presbyterian Hymnal (TPH) #472 is based on Psalm 150.

Advent: Flor Peeters, Belgian composer/organist, set the hymn

tune, "Veni Emmanuel," to a 12th century Latin text.  The melody,

found in a French Missal, dates back to at least the 15th century

and was used originally as the tune for the funeral responsory,

"Libera Me."  This afternoon the organ piece is played alternatively

between the front and the rear organs.  Translations of the test

are found in TPH #9.

Christmas:  "Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day" is a

traditional English carol which had its first written appearance in

William B. Sandys' Christmas Carols Ancient and Modern of

1833.  The text was probably based on a secular song dated

before the 17th century.  The 11 verses in Sandys' collection

include 3 parts -- General/Christmas, Lent/Passiontide, and

Passiontide/Easter/Ascension.  The progression of the verses

tell the story of Jesus in His own voice.  The technique of

repeatedly characterizing Jesus' life as a dance is also used in

the modern hymn, "Lord of the Dance."  Douglas E. Wagner,

arranger of the organ piece, has degrees in music from Butler

University, taught music many years at North Central High

School in Indianapolis, Indiana, and now devotes much of his

time to composition.

Epiphany:  The Paul Manz arrangement of "We three Kings"

gives a distinct feeling of the trip from the Orient to Bethlehem.

Follow the words of #66 in TPH.  Paul Manz, church musician for

many years at Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Minneapolis,

Minnesota, was well known for his hymn festivals and

organ/choir compositions.

Transfiguration:  Hymn #75 of TPH is a 15th century hymn

written for the Feast of Transfiguration.  The music by

Englishman John Dunstable, a contemporary of Chaucer is

"Agincourt Hymn."  When the tune was used as a hymn setting,

it was renamed "Deo Gracias."

Lent:  #24 of the 45 organ chorals in The Liturgical Year by

Johann Sebastian Bach is "O Man, Bewail Thy Grievous Fall."

The music expertly and deeply expresses the grief of the Lenten

season.

Easter:  The 15th century French melody, "O Filii et Filiae" was

probably composed for the Easter text written by Jean Tisserand,

a 15th century Franciscan monk.  It seems appropriate to use an

organ arrangement of "O Sons and Daughters, Let Us Sing!"

(TPH #116) by Jean-Francois Dandrieu, a French Baroque

composer, harpsichordist, and organist.

Ascension:  Oliver Holden wrote the tune "Coronation" for the

text of the Ascension hymn (TPH #142) in 1793.  Janet Linker,

organist/composer from Columbus, Ohio, incorporated phrases

of "Arioso" by J. S. Bach in this variation of "All Hail the Power."

Pentecost:  "Come, God Creator, Holy Ghost" ("Komm, Gott

Schopfer, Heiliger Geist"), from Bach's "Eighteen Chorals," is

based on the 12th century plainsong "Veni Creator Spiritus" (TPH

#125).  The Orgelbuchlein version appears as the opening 8

measures and symbolizes the Spirit of God over the waters at

the beginning of the Creation.  The second section was added

later and symbolizes the Holy Ghost appearing in the wind and

fire.

Trinity:  The tune "Nicaea" was written by the Englishman, John

Dykes, for the text of TPH #138.  It was named "Nicaea"

because the text expressed the doctrine of the Trinity as found in

the Nicene Creed.  The Jeffrey Blersch organ arrangement is

Part 1 of "Triptych on 'Holy, Holy, Holy' ( ... our song shall rise to

Thee.'")

"Carillon de Westminster" by the French organist/composer,

Louis Vierne, is a fantasia on the Westminster chimes that have

been played from the Clock Tower, Place of Westminster, since

1858.  The same 4 notes are played in various patterns every 15

minutes.  Vierne altered the melody in the second quarter in this

organ composition.  Lyn Patton will play the original Westminster

Quarters on the Reid tower bells prior to the organ piece.

 

 

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