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February 19, 2017

The History of Organ Methodology


presented by Dr. Robert Chase, Hosted by Karen Longwell

at the

St. Columbanus Catholic Church

122 Oregon Road


Cortlandt Manor, NY

 

 

 

 

 

Terry Flanagan at the organ and Dr. Robert Chase behind him

   
 

On Sunday February 19, Robert Chase gave an interesting lecture on styles of organ pedagogy at St. Columbanus Church in Cortlandt Manor. He started out with a quiz for the attendees that essentially illustrated that many of the major composers through 1700 to 1800 were taught by organists. He cited such pedagogues as Johann C.H. Rinck (1770-1846), John Zundel (circa 1860) and Justinian Knecht (1752-1817), and then played a piece by Knecht that is found in his organ studies book, illustrating that even an exercise can be useful repertoire for an organist. He discussed the progression of the organ and how the teaching of it had to change through time. Of worthy note is Chase’s own book, Gradus ad Parnassum, that highlights a lot of his lecture’s information. Terry Flanagan, our dean, played a beautiful piece by J.S. Bach - a setting of An Wasserflüssen Babylon, BWV, 653b - to help illustrate certain methods of pedagogy. Afterward, all were treated to light refreshments by host, Karen Longwell, Music Director of St. Columbanus. – Karen Longwell

as published in the June, 2017 issue of TAO

 

Photos: Courtesy of Lisa Flanagan

Last updated: June 14, 2017