Monday, July 13, 2009

David Durkop, Organist

(Edited to add: For those of you reaching this post thanks to searches on David Durkop's name and music: please read this post. You'll see links to YouTube videos of Diane Bish playing three of his original compositions. Thank you.)

Yesterday, I was at a really nice organ recital at First Presbyterian Church in Durham, NC. My friend, David Durkop, gave a recital that featured music of Bach and Buxtehude, as well as his own compositions. He admitted that this was his first recital since he left Bower Hill Community Presbyterian Church approximately eight years ago. It was lots of fun being up there with him, flipping his pages. My only source of wibbling was hoping I didn't mess him up whilst he was playing. Besides a piston not working temporarily, everything went along without a hitch, and David played an amazing program. There was also a great turnout—we estimated anywhere between 150-200 people. Not bad for a hot, sweltering Sunday afternoon. :)

Here is the program. I heard it was recorded, and I'll be eager to hear the recording.

A Mighty Fortress (Ein Feste Burg)

arr. David Durkop (b. 1956)

Komm, Heiliger Geist, Herr Gott (BuxWV 199)

D. Buxtehude (1637-1707)

Præludium in F Major (BuxWV 157)


Pastorale in F Major (BWV 590)

J.S. Bach (1685-1750)

  • ALLEMANDE - Allegro
  • GIGUE - Allegro Vivace

Prelude and Fugue in e minor (Wedge; BWV 548)


Toccata in g minor


Trumpet Tune in D Major


Concerto in C Major


Concerto in D Major


  • Allegro
  • Adagio
  • Allegro

O Worship the King (Hanover)

arr. Durkop

Lesley Curtis, soprano

He's Got the Whole World in His Hands

Spiritual, arr. Margaret Bonds

Lesley Curtis, soprano

Toccata L'Esprit de Joie

arr. Durkop

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