Thursday, August 28, 2008

Dedicatory Recital of the Goodson Chapel Organ

The Dedicatory Recital of the new Goodson Chapel Organ took place in the Goodson Chapel at Duke Divinity School last Tuesday, August 26. The always abfab David Arcus presented a nice program that shows off this lovely organ.

The program:

Komm, Gott Schöpfer, Heiliger Geist (BWV 667, J. S. Bach)

Chorale and Six Variations on Ontwaak, gij die slaapt (improvised by K. Bolt; reconstructed by D. Koomans)

Prelude, Interludes, and Verses on Old 113th (D. Arcus, 2004)
  • Prelude
  • Stanza 1 of I'll Praise My Maker While I've Breath
  • Fugue
  • Stanza 2
  • Interlude
  • Fugue
  • Stanza 3
  • Interlude
  • Fugue
  • Stanza 4
Three Chorale Settings (J. L. Krebs):
  • Fantasia sopra Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend
  • Herr Gott, dich loben alle wir
  • Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan
Préambule (from 24 Pièces en style libre, Op. 31, No. 1; L. Vierne)

Sonata No. 1, Op. 65 (F. Mendelssohn):
  • Allegro moderato e serioso
  • Adagio
  • Andante, Recit.
  • Allegro assai vivace

The organ was built by Richards, Fowkes, & Co., organbuilders based in Ooltewah, Tennessee. Their Opus 16 instrument was built with the idea that this organ would provide another unique voice amongst the organs already in existence at Duke. In addition, it is hoped that this organ would inspire, musically and spiritually, the students of the Divinity School. From what I heard, I believe they have satisfied this goal.

I spoke with David after his recital, and he indicated that there may be an open practice schedule for this organ. I certainly hope so - I think it would be a joy to practice on this wonderful instrument ... not to mention having the opportunity to play on a flat pedalboard ...

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