Organ at Stratford Summer Music - 2007

Although the Organ Academy at Stratford Summer Music was given a short hiatus in 2007 due to a funding issue its popular series of organ concerts moved to 11:15am, and featured fine Canadian performers offering unique glimpses into the little known organist within Canada’s most famous pianist, Glenn Gould, in celebration of the 75th anniversary of his birth and in remembrance of the 25th anniversary of his death.

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Thu 2 August, 11:15am, Knox Presbyterian Church
Gould and Bach: The Art of Fugue
Luc Beausejour, organ

LBeausejourExcerpts recorded by Gould in tribute to the great German master, including the portion’s of Bach’s final work for the organ that Gould released in his only recording for that instrument.


Prelude and Fugue in D major, BWV 874
(from Well-Tempered Clavier, vol. 2)

The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080:
Contrapuncti I through IX




Fri 3 August, 11:15am, Knox Presbyterian Church
Gould’s Ideal Performance
Maxine Thevenot, organ

MThevenotIn this fascinating glimpse into the musical mind of the organist within Glenn Gould, Maxine Thevenot performs works he either admired or hoped one day to play on the organ, but never did.

William Byrd: Sellingers Rownde (1591)
Paul Hindemith: Sonata No. 2 (1937)
Johannes Brahms; Chorale Preludes:
    Herzlich tut mich verlangen (x2),
    O Welt, ich muss dich lassen
Jan Pietrszoon Sweelinck: Fantasia in d minor
Schönberg: Zwei fragmente der Sonate für Orgel (1941)
Ernst Křrenek: Sonate für Orgel, Op. 92, No. 1 (1941)
Felix Mendelssohn: Sonata in F minor, Op. 65, No. 1


Saturday 4 August, 11:15am
Gould’s Youthful Performance
Christopher Dawes, organ / Choristers of St. Michael’s Choir School, Toronto
Stephen Hegedus, conductor

Chris_promoIn June 1947, when he was 14, Glenn Gould presented this concert with the choir of Grace Church-on-the-Hill in Toronto. Christopher Dawes, Director of Organ Programming for Summer Music, plays the Gould repertoire and welcomes Choristers from Toronto’s world-famous Saint Michael’s Choir School with conductor Stephen Hegedus.

Theodore Dupuis: Organ Concerto Movement in G
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Romanze (Eine Kleine Nachtmusic)
Alec Rowley: Benedictus

J.S. Bach:
smcs02Choral Prelude: In dir ist Freude, BWV 615
Choral Prelude: Ich ruf zu dir, BWV 639

Carol: O Jesuslien Süss
Chorus: Jesus bleibet meine Freude,
BWV 147

Prelude & Fugue in A minor, BWV 543