August 2, 2015

Dieric Bouts the Elder, Last Supper (detail)
Sint-Pieterskerk, Leuven, 1464-67

Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty [NRSV, John 6:35].

Christ Church Cathedral Choir Notes
Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

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1892 Father Willis organ, Hereford Cathedral

The organ voluntaries for Choral Evensong of the coming Sunday are the work of Peter Racine Fricker.

Listen to a virtual performance (Hereford Cathedral Willis organ sample set) of Fricker’s Five Short Pieces.

The "Five Short Pieces" date from 1981, and are published by Augsburg.

1 - "Little Toccata" is for manuals only, and begins with mixtures, before building to full reeds with 16' stops.

2 - "Meditation" uses quiet stops, essentially 2 voices in each hand, over drone basses in the pedal, played on 8' stops.

3 - "Scherzino" uses soft 8, 4, and 2' stops on the Swell for the first second, Great flutes 8 & 4' in the middle, and returns to the sound of the first section with the Tierce (from the Choir) added.

4 - "Varied Ostinato" 0 features the Flutes 8 & 2' of the Choir in the right hand, while the Swell reeds supply the melody. The Pedal has some pizzicato effects.

5 - "Ceremony" uses the Full Swell and Great chorus with swinging, "ceremonial" rhythms. It builds to full organ over a wonderful final chord of A major in the manuals over C natural in the Pedal!


Patrick Wedd, music director of Christ Church Cathedral, will bring to a close the Wednesday concert series at Christ Church Cathedral (L’Oasis musicale) on Wednesday, July 29th, at 6:15 pm, with a recital at the 1980 Wilhelm organ of music composed by Ira Gershwin and arranged for organ.  Admission free / donation requested.  Reception with refreshments to follow.


Three Preludes, arranged by Ralf Sach

Rhapsody in Blue, arranged by Tobias Zuleger

By way of preparation listen free online:

Three Preludes with Lars Roos at the piano [YouTube]

Rhapsody in Blue with Leonard Bernstein at the piano and conducting the New York Philharmonic [YouTube]


Listen to Patrick play a Wurlitzer.  He has a recording Strike up the Band performed at the Grand Wurlitzer at the Orpheum in Vancouver available on demand at the Grande Bibliothèque du Québec. You can listen free online at the Naxos Music Library.  Check with your librarian. If you have a card at the Grande Bibliothèque and are ready to open your account online just click here.  For the Bibliothèque de Montréal, just click here.

Click to go to the Free Organ Recitals at St. James United Church, Montreal, for the Summer 2015 (Tuesdays at 12:30 pm) and the Church of Saint Andrew and Saint Paul (Thursday at 12:15 pm).


Charles Tournemire, L'orgue mystique: Cycle after Pentecost, Op. 56: Nos. 36

Mass of the 10th Sunday after Pentecost

Prelude for the Introit [YouTube]
Offertory  [YouTube]
Elevation [YouTube]
Communion [YouTube]
Choral No. 1  [YouTube]

Click for the entire performance of L'Orgue mystique by Georges Delvallée.


Click to go to Bach Cantatas for Online Listening.

Unjust Steward from Mother Stories from the New Testament, Altemus, 2005

Bach Cantatas for the Ninth Sunday after Trinity:

Click to go to Johann Sebastian Bach, Was frag ich nach der Welt / What do I ask for from the world, Cantata 94, with performances by Gardiner, Harnoncourt, Koopman, Leusink and Rilling.

Click to go to Johann Sebastian Bach, Herr, gehe nicht ins Gericht mit deinem Knecht/ Lord, do not go into court with your servant, Cantata 105, with performances by Gardiner, Harnoncourt, Herreweghe, Koopman, Leusink, Richter and Rilling.

Click to go to Johann Sebastian Bach, Tue Rechnung! Donnerwort / Give an account of yourself! Word of thunder, Cantata 168, with performances by Gardiner, Harnoncourt, Leusink and Rilling.