Spend an afternoon listening to 19th-century German and Austrian music on the historic 1868 Henry Erben Organ at the Basilica of Saint Patrick’s Old Cathedral.
The beautiful program will be presented on August 11 by Stefan Donner from Vienna, Austria, who is the International Recitalist for Erben Organ Days 2019. These concerts and events highlight the wonderful sounds and music created on the breathtaking 151-year-old Erben Organ.
As part of the program, Donner will perform:
Joseph Rheinberger (1839–1901): from Organ Sonata No. 20, Op. 196
1. Praeludium. Lento maestoso
Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897): from 11 Chorale Preludes, Op. 122
4. Herzlich tut mich erfreuen
5. Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele
11. O Welt, ich muss dich lassen
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809 – 1847): Fugue in E Minor
Robert Schumann (1810 – 1856): from Studien für den Pedalflügel, Op. 56
1. Nicht zu schnell
2. Mit innigem Ausdruck
Joseph Rheinberger: from Organ Sonata No. 20, Op. 196
The organ itself is in near-original condition, which makes the experience that much more memorable and unique. As explained by Friends of the Erben Organ, the organ is a window into the Victorian era, a time before recorded sound and electricity. With a total of 2,500 pipes, the sumptuous organ was brought by horse and carriage and carefully installed, with pipes made specifically for St. Patrick’s. It was built with uncompromising quality by the greatest American organ builder of the mid-19th century, Henry Erben. The organ is the largest and most significant remaining Erben instrument in its original space.
Where: Basilica of Saint Patrick’s Old Cathedral
When: August 11
Tickets: $15, grab them here (special deal available for groups of 10)
Also published on Medium.