Charles Marie Courboin (1884–1973) was a Belgian–American organ virtuoso who enjoyed popularity during the 1920s. During this time he was engaged by department store magnate Rodman Wanamaker to oversee the second enlargement of the Wanamaker Organ. He added the huge string and orchestral sections bringing it to 461 ranks and 28,482 pipes.
Pietro Yon with Charles M. Courboin. In the spring of 1907, Father John B. Young, pastor of St. Francis Xavier Church in Manhattan, was in Rome on Vatican business and additionally to seek out a replacement for his organist Gaston Dethier, who was leaving to pursue a concert career. Upon hearing Yon play, Father Young was sufficiently impressed to offer him a three-year contract. Thus Yon at age 21 came to the United States, where from 1907 until 1926 he was the organist of St. Francis Xavier Church. Associate organist Yon presided over the dedication recital on January 30, 1928 On May 1, 1928, Yon was promoted to music director replacing James C. Ungerer, who had been at the Cathedral for 36 years.
Adrian Gunning was the President of the Organ Club, the RCO was still at St Andrew ’s Holborn and Alexander Fiseisky was giving a masterclass there. So we fast-forward to a fresh generation of fine young organists carrying the torch into the future. As the LOCG enters an exciting era with new publishers, let’s keep supporting, encouraging and nourishing this great tradition of excellence in organ music for generations to come. Now that’s a great idea! John Morris.
Throughout his career, Bossi made numerous international organ recital tours, which brought him in contact with well-known colleagues such as César Franck, Marcel Dupré, Alexandre Guilmant, Joseph Bonnet, Camille Saint-Saëns, Charles M. Courboin, and Karl Straube. In November 1924, Bossi embarked on a recital tour to New York and Philadelphia, where he made important appearances at Wanamaker's department stores in New York and in Philadelphia, where he played the Wanamaker Organ, the world's largest pipe organ
During his first recital on the organ, Dupré was so impressed with the instrument that he was inspired to improvise a musical depiction of the life of Jesus Christ. This was later published as his Symphonie-Passion In 1924, a new project to enlarge the organ began. Marcel Dupré and Charles M. Courboin were among those asked by Rodman Wanamaker, John Wanamaker's son, to "Work together to draw up a plan for the instrument
The first organ in the Cathedral had 4 manuals and 56 ranks and was built by George Jardine and Sons, one of New York's most distinguished organ builders, in 1879. Joseph I. Rostagno Vice-Director of Music (1929-1935). Edward Rivetti Assistant Organist (1933-1972). Dr. Charles M. Courboin Director of Music (1943-1970). John Grady Director of Music & Organist (1970-1990). Donald Dumler Associate Organist (1970-1990) Principal Organist (1990-2014) Principal Organist Emeritus (Named 2014).
Artists Charles-Marie Widor Organ Recital: Music by Widor and Dupré. Organ Recital: Music by Widor and Dupré Charles-Marie Widor. Organ Recital: Music by Widor and Dupré. This album has an average beat per minute of 68 BPM (slowest/fastest tempos: 68/68 BPM). Tracklist Organ Recital: Music by Widor and Dupré. 1. Organ Symphony no. 6 in G Minor, op.
Organ Concerto project? Any remarks or questions on the life of Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff can be posted here. Someone wrote on Youtube that Rachmaninoff was working on an organ concerto for an organist named Charles Marie Courboin. I have never heard of any organ concerto in the Rachmaninoff litterature - it seems like a farfetched story, but I was provided with the following excerpt from a magazine (I have not seen the magazine, and even so I find it an odd piece of information). If anyone knows anything about this, please let me know.
Charles M. Courboin, the famous Belgian-Am- e ri can virtuoso, was the organ soloist. Stokowski praised the "in- describable grandeur" of hearing Courboin play the Bach Passa- caglia. Wanamaker Stores music director Alexander Russell noted that the ability of this organ to bring orchestral expressiveness to organ music inspired Stokowski to make his famous transcriptions of Bach' s major organ works, includ- ing the Tocca ta and Fugue in D Minor, featured in the Walt Disney film "Fantasia
|A1||Aria (from Suite No. 3, in D)|
|A2||Chorale Prelude - Fervent Is My Longing|
|A6||Evening Star (from Tannhauser)|
|B3||Adoration (based on the Gregorian Ave Maria)|
|B4||Jesus, My Lord; Holy God, We Praise Thy Name (from the Catholic Church Hymnal)|
|B5||O Lord, I Am Not Worthy; Hail, Glorious St. Patrick (from the Catholic Church Hymnal)|
- Arranged By – Charles M. Courboin
- Composed By – Alphonse Mailly (tracks: A5), Franz Gruber (tracks: B6), Franz Schubert (tracks: A3, A4), Jacques Arcadelt (tracks: B2), Johann Sebastian Bach (tracks: A1, A2), Joseph J. McGrath (tracks: B3), Richard Wagner (tracks: A6), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (tracks: B1)
- Cover – Bunce*
- Organ – Charles M. Courboin
NotesSide A recorded on the Grand Court Organ, Wanamaker's, Philadelphia.
Side B recorded on the Kilgen organ of St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York City.