April 2022

From the organ builder When all the stars line up as they have for this project, a happy outcome is almost a sure thing. Right from the beginning, several years ago, when I was invited to submit a proposal for a new organ at Saint George’s…
Jean Langlais (1907–1991) was one of the best-known organist-composers of the twentieth century. He rightfully holds a place of prominence in the French school alongside his contemporary and friend, Olivier Messiaen. Langlais, who was…
It is one thing to love a pipe organ, but to be buried under one is another thing. Yet that is exactly what Josef Anton Bruckner did. He designed his own sarcophagus and had himself placed under his favorite organ in Saint Florian…
A moving experience I have been involved in moving hundreds of pipe organs. Now that I am over the age of sixty-five, I have retired from active site work. I am not carrying heavy loads up or down stairs, climbing ladders with organ parts…
The National Association for Olmsted Parks announces results of its “Inspired by Olmsted,” a carillon composition competition designed to celebrate the legacy of Frederick Law Olmsted. The competition is part of the association’s “Olmsted…
Carillon Profile: Walter F. Tilton Memorial Carillon, Norwood, Massachusetts The Walter F. Tilton Memorial Carillon in the town of Norwood, Massachusetts, is being restored, carrying on its iconic status in the community. The entire…
Mary Louise Simmons, 91, died in Evanston, Illinois, on January 30. She was born Mary Louise Day in Centralia, Illinois, on February 22, 1930. As a young child she was discovered to have perfect pitch and began taking piano lessons at the…