Dedication Recitals

The following notes are taken from the printed programs preserved from the opening exercises and dedication of the Kimball organ during the last week of October, 1924:

 

  

PROGRAM

of

O p e n i n g    E x e r c i s e s

and

Dedication of Organ

S C O T T I S H    R I T E    C A T H E D R A L

Grand and Lindell Boulevards

Saint Louis

 

 

Wednesday   --    October 29th

                                                        Thursday        --    October 30th

                                                         Friday             --    October 31st

 

8:15 P.M.

1924

Virtus Junxit Mors Non Separabit

 

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Wednesday, October 29, 1924, 8:15 P.M.

O R G A N    R E C I T A L

For Members of the Scottish Rite and their Families

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By CHARLES M. COURBOIN, Eminent Belgian Organist

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PROGRAM NO. 1

1.        Fantasia and Fugue in G Minor ........................................................ Bach

2.  (a)  Andante Cantabile ........................................................................ Nordini

     (b)  Pastorale 2nd Symphony ................................................................ Widor

     (c)  Choral No. 3 ......................................................................... Cesar Franck

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INTERMISSION

Address .................................................................................. Lewis T. Tune, 33o

President, Scottish Rite Cathedral Association

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3.   (a)  Abendlied .............................................................................. Schumann

      (b)  Shepherd, Hey ........................................................................... Grainger

      (c)  Invocation ...................................................................................... Maily

4.   (a)  Echo, L'Organo Primativo ................................................................ Yon

      (b)  Piece Heroique ................................................................. Cesar Franck

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Scottish Rite Membership Card Will Be Sufficient For Identification

 

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Thursday, October 30, 1924, at 8:15 P.M.

O R G A N    R E C I T A L

For Master Masons and their Families

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By CHARLES M. COURBOIN, Eminent Belgian Organist

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1.        Toccata and Fugue in D Minor .................................. Johann Sebastian Bach (1750)

                          Bach, the father of modern music, revealed his genius at its greatest in his                           organ pieces which are as full of architectural beauty as a gothic chapel.  The                             Toccata is a tone drama with florid, stormy passages; the Fugue is a broad,                                 majestic river of sound, sweeping on to a massive climax.

2.   (a)  Aria ..................................................................... Antonio Lotti (1667-1740)

                           A description of the famous song, "Pur Diceste, Bocca Bella," in which Lotti                           has created one of the eternal melodies of musical literature.

      (b) Allegretto ......................................................................  Auguste de Boeck 

                            A racy, piquant little sketch by a Belgian composer.  It serves as the                                          medium for light-timbred stops.

      (c)  Allegro vivace from Fifth Symphony ................................... Chas. M. Widor (1845)

                            Widor's Fifth Symphony is probably the most popular among the ten he has                           written for the organ.  In form, it is a series of variations, full of color and                                     rythmical variety.

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INTERMISSION

Address ......................................................................... Alexander G. Cochran, 33o

Sovereign Grand Inspector General, Scottish Rite Bodies of Missouri

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3.   (a)  "Song of the Basket Weaver" (from St. Lawrence Sketches) ............ Alexander Russell

                              An old French-Canadian woman sits at the door of her home, singing a                                    song of long ago, while her deft fingers fashion a backet of river grasses.

      (b)  Sketch in D Flat ................................................. Robert Schumann (1810-1856)

                              Schumann, one of the most beloved, as well as most famous composers.                              This sketch was written for the pedal piano, that humble handmaiden of the                                aspiring organ student.  It is a delightful fancy.

       (c)  "The Afternoon of a Faun" ............................ Claude Achilles Debussy (1860-1918)

                               A transcription by Mr. Courboin of Debussy's famous tone-poem for the                                 orchestra.  Lawrence Gilman terms this exquisite fancy, "An econium of                                       verse of the imperishable dominion of fancy and dream," interpreted by                                         music.  The poem which Debussy interprets tells of a faun lying on the                                         borderland of waking and sleeping, in a grove.  The atmosphere                                                     palpitates with the golden midday heat of an eastern day.  Nymphs flit                                           by; the faun asks, "Am I in love with a dream?"  His thoughts become                                             agitated, distorted; sleep shuts his eyelids once more; dreams                                                         dominate him again.

4.    (a)  "Humoresque, L'Organo Primativo" ......................................... Pietro Yon (1886)

                               A little toccatina for flutes, which the brilliant organist of St. Francis                                          Xavier's Church in New York City gives a quaint imitation of an old-fashioned                              barrel organ.

        (b)  "Scherzo Cantabile" ........................................ Louis Lefebure Wely (1817-1869)

                                 Lefebure Wely was a brilliant organ virtuoso who possessed                                                     extraordinary gifts as an improvisateur.  This work is an etude requiring                                       technique of the finest sort.

        (c)  "Marche Heroique" .......................................... Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921)

                                 The beloved dean of French music died September 17, 1921, after a life of                              unparalleled activity as a composer-pianist-organist-conductor and teacher.                                The musical world is the richer by his great gifts as a musician and as a man.                              This march was written by Saint-Saens in memory of a friend killed in the                                     Prussian War of 1870.  Let its valiant harmonies do honor to the memory of                                 the great composer

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Friday, October 31, 1924, 8:15 P.M.

P R O G R A M

For the Public of Saint Louis

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Organ Prelude -- Overture ........................................ William Tell [Editors Note:  Rossini]

O. Wade Fallert 32o KCCH, Organist and Musical Director

                             The musical program will be interspersed with a simple pagaent,                                              illustrating the Dedication of the Cathedral to the Cause of Truth as                                                exemplified by Patriotism, Civic Pride, Religion, Education and Art.

TRUTH .................................................................................. Miss Frances Kessler

PATRIOTISM ................................................................. Chancellor Herbert S. Hadley

Ex-Governor of Missouri

Cantata for Male Voices -- "The Call to Freedom" ...................................... Victor Herbert

Scottish Rite Choir assisted by Helen Traubel Carpenter

CIVIC PRIDE ........................................................................ Hon. Henry W. Kiel 32o

Mayor of St. Louis

Violin Solo -- Andante, 3me Sonate ................................................. Rene De Boisdeffre

Fred Sultan 33o

RELIGION ........................................................................ Rev. Dr. Ivan Lee Holt 32o

Pastor, St. John's M. E. Church

Baritone Solo -- "Gloria" ..................................................................... Buzzi Pecchia

EDUCATION ........................................................................ Dr. John J. Maddox 32o

Superintendent of Education, St. Louis

Tenor Solo ......................................................................... "I Love A Little Cottage"

J. Glenn Lee 32o

ART ......................................................................................... Mr. Rudolph Ganz

Conductor, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra

String Quartette ..................................................................................... Selected

Courtesy, St. Louis Symphony Society

Concluding Remarks ...................................................................... Louis Moller 33o

Representing the Scottish Rite Cathedral Association

Organ Postlude ......................................"Pomp and Circumstance" [Editor's Note:  Elgar]

O. Wade Fallert 32o KCCH

 

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