Author Archives: Michael Johnston

Neglect of British and American Concert Organ Music

Neglect of British and American Concert Organ Music One essay by Dr Wolfram Syré in his blog on Contrebombarde.com, “The Barde,” was kindly brought to my attention by Steve Schlesing. The full title is too long for a good headline, … Continue reading

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Christos Patterakis on the Reuter Sample Set

The Organ of Temple Beth Israel in Portland, Oregon Steve Schlesing has made a recording of Roy Perry’s Christos Patterakis on this sample set taken from Reuter’s Opus 227 from 1926. It’s a great match of music and instrument. Thanks, … Continue reading

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Karl August Haupt by Everett Truette

Karl August Haupt by Everett Truette Everett Truette was a prolific writer on many aspects of music and musicians. I have restored some of Truette’s music, and this month I restored Haupt’s Two Canons on a Choral Theme in the … Continue reading

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An Interview with Paul Jacobs

An Interview with Paul Jacobs Here is an interview with Paul Jacobs by Parker Ramsay from July 27. There are photos and videos throughout the text. My thanks go out to Edward Peterson who recommended this for the blog.  

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Wrapping in Plastic Is a Good Idea

“My music parcel arrived yesterday in perfect shape. The wrapping in plastic was really a good idea. A few times I have received music that got wet in transit or on delivery. I look forward to receiving email announcements from … Continue reading

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Pedal Study, Chorale Canons, Parachutists March, and Our Old Folks

August is for many in the USA “vacation month.” I have chosen two selections which are indeed vacation-worthy, but the other two are solid technique builders. Read below to find out which is which. ORGAN SHEET MUSIC 1. TWO SETS … Continue reading

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Chautauqua, Here We Come

Organ Concerts A Celebration of the Organ’s Survival Here is a story that will make you feel good about what’s doing in Chautauqua. I’m especially proud that Jared has chosen to play some of the music that I’ve restored (Dawn … Continue reading

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Man-made versus Reproduced Music

The Menace of Mechanical Music From Appleton’s Magazine from 1906, I present some of the most impressive prognostication of all time. Children are naturally imitative, and if, in their infancy, they hear only phonographs, will they not sing, if they … Continue reading

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The fight to save New York’s historic Erben Organ

The Fight to Save New York’s Historic Erben Organ There’s not much to the video part of this story from CBSN, but it is a powerful story about our heritage and the musical and religious history of New York City. … Continue reading

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“I Am A Real Boy” (Me!)

“Perfect. In in these Amazon mass marketing times, it’s nice to hear from a real human being. Especially the proprietor! All the best.” —Canada

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