by Winston Willis
L’Organo Recital Series: The Belmont Organ Trio – Mr Risinger is Associate Director of Music at West End United Methodist Church, Nashville, Tennessee. The Treybigs are faculty members at Belmont University Admission. Free (donations accepted). Sponsored by Dorinda Harmon, in memory of William “Billy” Quarterman.
The Belmont Organ Trio
The program was played on the III/51 Schlueter (2004). Bethel’s third and current pipe organ was built by the A E Schleuter Pipe Organ Company of Atlanta, Georgia. It is an electro-pneumatic instrument of three manuals and pedals, and 44 stops. Some of the original Austin organ pipes were saved and incorporated with the new pipes. It is considered to be one of the best pipe organs in the Charleston area and was dedicated with great fanfare on March 28, 2004.
William Corbett (1680-1748)
Sonata in C, Op 1, No 12 (1700)
John Weaver (b 1937)
Rhapsody (for flute and organ) (1967)
Godfrey Finger (1600-1723)
Adagio – Andante
Hans Uwe Heilscher (b 1945)
Variationen uber ‘Amazing Grace,’ Op 26 (1987)
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
“Dorian” Toccata, BWV 538
Anthony Plog (b 1948)
Jocaan Trio (2010)
Andante – Allegro – Andante
Freely – Allegro
My wife and I arrived early at Bethel United Methodist Church, not to be confused with Old Bethel United Methodist Church which is easy to do. Fortunately, there were no events at Old Bethel this year.
Bethel United Methodist Church is a beautiful building. I encourage you to visit their web site. The organ pipes in the facade are stenciled as are other areas of the building. The room has a beautiful pressed tin ceiling. The acoustics are excellent. There is a beautiful wooden eagle which I have never seen in any other Methodist Church. I see the brass eagle in all of the Episcopal Churches.
Since we arrived so early, we got a “sneak preview” as the group warmed up. The Treybigs had there two beautiful little girls with them while they practiced. Because of a very ornate carving which is in the center of the rail which separates the choir loft from the “preaching area,” it is difficult to see the organ console.
I was not familiar with most of the program so I can’t comment much about it except to say that it was beautifully played. Adding a trumpet, flute and piccolo with the organ always makes a unique and special sound. It was obvious that the Belmont Organ Trio are all talented musicians and enjoying playing together. The “Dorian” Toccata was the only solo organ piece. It had good tempo and registration.
I was not aware that John Weaver had written a work for flute and organ. It is a very interesting piece. I think I need to hear it a few more times to really appreciate it.
I liked the Corbett and Finger pieces with all of the instruments. All of the instruments make music from this period sound extract special. I loved music from this period.
The Variations on ‘Amazing Grace’ was beautiful. It’s hard not to like any version of a work that includes it. I am drawing a complete blank about the Jocaan Trio. I should have made notes but didn’t.
The performance lasted about 45 minutes which seemed to pass much t0o quickly. I hope to hear the Belmont Organ Trio again. Well done!
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