Category Archives: Music for Additional Listening

Music for Additional Listening – L’Orgue Mystique – Charles Tournemire

For those of you who are curious about L’Orgue Mystique which was the inspiration for this Sunday’s voluntary by Charles Gore, here’s a really nice rendition of one of the pieces which was the conclusion of the set of pieces for Ascension Day.  It is performed on an historic Cavaillé-Coll organ of the former Abbey of Saint-Ouen in Rouen, France.


Music for Additional Listening – Grand Solemn March by Henry Smart

The Grand Solemn March in Eb was one of the most popular of Henry Smart‘s organ compositions in his day and was frequently performed at recitals through the end of the 19th century.  This masterfully-performed version is actually played on a fully digital organ using the software Hauptwerk.  The sample sounds employed are from the 1892 Willis organ of Hereford Cathedral in Great Britain.

Music for Additional Listening – Bereden väg för Herran

Here’s a nice version of Bereden väg för Herran from a 2009 concert at St. Mary’s Church in Helsingborg, Sweden.  It’s in Swedish, of course!


Music for Additional Listening – Bach Cantata 140 – “Wachet auf”

If you would like to hear the Bach cantata 140 in its entirety, this is a nice online version on YouTube.  The movement that was transcribed as the Schübler chorale is the Fourth Section: Chorale – Zion hört die Wächter singen (Zion hears the watchmen singing) at 14:39 in this recording

Music for Additional Listening- DOWN AMPNEY sung by King’s College Choir

Here is a lovely version of the hymn sung by King’s College Choir, Cambridge.


For additional listening – A Flor Peeters Program on “Pipedreams”

If you are interested in hearing more organ music by Belgian composer and organist Flor Peeters, you might enjoy a program from the program “Pipedreams” available as a streaming online audio.  For those unfamiliar with the program, “Pipedreams” is a production of Minnesota Public Radio, available on many public radio stations as a weekly program, but easily accessed online at the main website: Pipedreams. It is hosted by organist and organ music historian, Michael Barone.

In 2003, in honor of the centenary of Flor Peeters’ birth, Pipedreams produced an entire program dedicated to his music.  Click the following link to take you to the program:  Flor Peeters Recital. By the way, if you find yourself listening to Pipedreams frequently, you may wish to consider making an appropriate donation.

Music played in the program

FLOR PEETERS: Entrata Festiva, Opus 93 –Missouri Brass QuintetJohn Obetz (1993 Casavant Frères/Community of Christ Temple, Independence, MO) RBWCD-008

FLOR PEETERS: Suite Modale, Opus 43, Scherzo, Adagio, Toccata –Peter Hurford (1978 Rieger/Ratzeburg Cathedral, Germany) London/Decca 421 296

FLOR PEETERS: O Maria die daar staat –Cristel de Meulder, soprano; Jan van Mol (1880 Cavaillé-Coll/Jesuit Church, Heverlee, Belgium) Pavane ADW 7431

FLOR PEETERS: Chorale-prelude, Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern, from Opus 68 –Jozef Sluys (1986 Loncke/Sint-Salvatorskathedraal, Bruges, Belgium) Prezioso CD-820.204

FLOR PEETERS: Toccata, Fugue & Hymn on Ave maris stella, Opus 28 –Katharine Pardee (1907 Hutchings-Votey; 1999 Rosales/Cathedral of St. James, Seattle, WA) Pro Organo CD 7140

FLOR PEETERS: Introduction & Allegro, 1st movement, from Concerto for Organ and Orchestra, Opus 52 –Cologne Youth Symphony, Volker Hempfling, conductor; Paul Wisskirchen (1980 Klais/Altenberger Dom, Germany) Motette CD MOT 40161

FLOR PEETERS: Variations & Finale on an Old Flemish Song, Opus 20 –Graham Barber (1986 Walker/Town Hall, Bolton, England, UK) Priory PRCD221

FLOR PEETERS: Abdijvrede, Paix Monastique Opus 16a –Jan van Moll (1880 Cavaillé-Coll/Jesuit Church, Heverlee, Belgium) Pavane ADW 7431

Flor Peeters [1903-1986] held important positions in Mechelen, Ghent and Antwerp. The Belgian government sponsored his annual international master classes at Mechelen Cathedral from 1968 until his death.

For additional listening – Kyrie fons bonitatis

Here is a nice rendition of the Kyrie fons bonitatis, the basis for the German Hymn, Kyrie, Gott Vater in Ewigkeit, which was the subject for the J. S. Bach Chorale prelude heard this past Sunday.


For additional listening – Veni Creator Spiritus

This is a nice version of the Veni Creator Spiritus sung by the Portuguese ensemble, Coral Vértice: Click the link below to listen. You may right/control click to download

Veni Creator Spiritus

For Additional Listening – Pange Lingua Gloriosi

Here’s a nice version of the Latin Hymn Pange Lingua Gloriosi 

For Additional Listening – La Doune Cella, Harpsichord Version

Bezemer HarpsichordMuch of early English keyboard music was and remains suitable for both organ as well as harpsichord.  On the Fourth Sunday in Lent at St. Mary’s, we heard as the closing voluntary the Anonymous keyboard work, La Doune Cella, from the Mulliner Book of c. 1570 performed on the 1907 Whalley Organ.  Listen here to a harpsichord version of the same piece.  For the purposes of this recording, the repeats from the original are omitted.   This version was performed using  Hauptwerk software, a digital sampling program, on a Martin Bezemer, 1981 harpsichord.

Click this link to listen or right/control click to download : La Doune Cella for Harpsichord

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