OUR MUSIC TODAY
Sunday, June 16, 2019
Today we move musically into summer, which means that our choir is temporarily an informal group: everyone – music reader or not – is welcome to sing with us. It is a lovely time, but we will not always announce what we have decided to sing on a given Sunday. Our prelude and postlude have been written by Dr. Maurice Greene (1696-1755), an English contemporary of J.S. Bach. How the title “Dr.” was given to Greene is not a matter of record. In those days the doctorate was awarded in only four categories: Mathematics, Philosophy, Medicine, and (occasionally) Music. Greene must have been regarded as extraordinary, and his music reflects this possibility.
In 1961 the Aeolian-Skinner Company of Boston installed the two-manual, 34-stop forerunner of our present sanctuary organ. In 2001 J. Nelson and Company enriched the instrument by the addition of 61 digitally-sampled voices and a 3-manual console from the Allen Company in Pennsylvania, allowing the performance of repertoire ranging in style from baroque to contemporary. The dedicatory concert of the present organ was given by the late Dr. Philip Hahn, then Music Director at St. John’s. Images of the instrument may be viewed here.