Monday, May 23, 2011

David Durkop, organ

(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.)

Organist David Durkop presented an organ recital at Grace Baptist Church in Durham, NC. Featuring the works of Bach, Clarke, Handel, Couperin, and Durkop, the recital was billed as a "Musical Worship Experience of Organ Music and Hymns" and included an Opening Prayer and reading of Psalm 149 before the recital and a Benediction by the Interim Pastor, Rev. John Monderen.

Unfortunately, I had to leave after the second piece since I had a service to play in Chapel Hill, and I needed at least half an hour to get there.

I'm glad there was a good turnout: there were at least 70 people by the time I had to leave 20 minutes into the recital.

Here is the program, including the pieces I didn't hear.

Toccata and Fugue in d minor (BWV 565)
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)

Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
(Chorale from Cantata No. 147)
Bach (arr. Harvey Grace)

Prelude and Fugue in G Major (BWV 541)

Chorale Prelude: "Christ the Lord is Risen Today"
David Durkop (b. 1956)

Hymn: O God, Our Help in Ages Past (St. Anne)
arr. Durkop

Toccata in g minor

Three Joyous Pieces
   Trumpet Tune in D
   Jeremiah Clarke (c. 1674–1707),
      arr. S. Drummond Wolff
   George Frideric Handel (1685–1759),
      arr. S. Drummond Wolff
   François Couperin (1668–1733),
      arr. E. Power Biggs

Variations on Aberystwyth
   Variation 1: "Friend"
   Variation 2: "Eagles Wings"
   Variation 3: "Resurrection"

Trumpet Tune in D Major

Toccata L'Esprit de Joie

Hymn: To God Be the Glory
   (William H. Doane (1832–1915); arr. Durkop)

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