Marilyn Oakes Plays Thayer’s Fugue

Thayer’s Sonata II, Fugue on “America,” Marilyn Oakes

Watch this fine performance of the Fugue on “God Save the Queen,” which is known to Americans as “America.” It’s from Eugene Thayer’s Sonata II, and it has had a life separate from the full sonata because it was published in Music during the bicentennial of 1976. Marilyn played the II/33 Flentrop (1966) in St Anne’s Episcopal Church in Atlanta, Georgia.

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7 Responses to Marilyn Oakes Plays Thayer’s Fugue

  1. Herbert A. Taylor says:

    A majestic performance…both playing and instrument are first rate! Thanks.

  2. rusty66 says:

    I like the sound of the Flentrop much better than when it was new … has it been revoiced, or has work been done on the acoustics of the church?

    • Marilyn Tuck Oakes says:

      So far as I am aware, maintenance is the only thing that has ever been done to the organ in its lifetime. What you’re hearing could be microphone placement. Literally, the room is so live that it turns articulations into soup, so we record closer to the pipework. As you can probably hear from my recordings, we have tried several different placements and most recently (Bach Herr Jesu Christ trio and F Major Toccata) we have switched to stereo microphones, which seems to strike the best balance between preserving room ambience and preserving articulations.

  3. George Murphy says:

    Move over, Charles Ives. This is a great testimonial to “America.” Well played, and on a nice instrument, and, in a charming space. Marilyn is a fine contributor to the organ galaxy – until now, I had not known of her. Thank you Marilyn Oakes!

  4. Marilyn Tuck Oakes says:

    This piece of music is considerably easier than it sounds. If you learn the pedal line cold, the rest falls into place and it’s delightful to play.

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