Harry Lyn Huff plays the 1921 E. M. Skinner Organ, Op. 308, Old South Church, Boston, Massachusetts.
The 115-rank organ built in 1921 by E. M. Skinner for the municipal
auditorium in St. Paul, Minnesota, was relocated 1981-85 to Old South
Church, Boston, saving it from destruction, the decision to acquire it
having been made very briefly before the auditorium was to be razed.
This CD by Harry Lyn Huff of organ works by Carson Cooman is the first
CD of the organ in solo organ repertoire.
Carson Cooman (b. 1982) is an American composer, organist, and writer on
musical subjects. He composes in many forms, from opera to solo
instrumental works, and the works are widely performed on six
continents, with recordings on seven CD labels including Naxos, Albany,
Raven, MSR, Zimbel, and others. He studied composition with Bernard
Rands, Judith Weir, Alan Fletcher and James Willey and holds degrees
from Harvard University and Carnegie Mellon University. As a concert
organist, Cooman specializes exclusively in the performance of new
music. More than 130 new works have been created for him by composers
worldwide, and his performances of the work of contemporary composers
can be heard on a number of CD recordings.
Harry Lyn Huff is Minister of Music and Organist at Old South Church,
Boston and Music Director and Lecturer on Ministry at the Harvard
Divinity School and organist in The Memorial Church. For two decades
ending in 2004, he was Director of Music at Calvary Episcopal Church,
New York, and Organist and Artist-in-Residence at Union Theological
Seminary, New York. His other New York positions have included Adjunct
Organist in St. Paul’s Chapel, Columbia University, Organist of Temple
Shaaray Tefila, Director of Choral Activities at the Aaron Copland
School of Music, Queens College, CUNY, and Artistic Director for the St.
George’s Choral Society. A native of Sevierville, Tennessee, he studied
in the 1970s at the North Carolina School of the Arts and later at Yale
University, and won organ competitions sponsored by the American Guild
of Organists, the Royal Canadian College of Organists, the National
Society of Arts and Letters and the Music Teachers National Association.
The organ now at Old South Church, Boston, was built in 1921 by the
Skinner Organ Company, op. 308, for the Municipal Auditorium of Saint
Paul, Minnesota. It was purchased in 1981 by Old South Church and was
rebuilt 1982-84 for Old South by Casavant Frères, Ltée., and
Hokans-Knapp Associates. In 1987-1990, the organ was again rebuilt by
Nelson Barden Associates, Inc., in conjunction with Austin Organs, Inc..
The organ contains 7,625 pipes in 115 ranks, 110 stops, on four manuals
Toccata-Fantasy on a Medieval Welsh Carol
Trio: in memoriam Dirk Flentrop
Exaltations: I. Heralding; II. Reflective; III. Joyous
No Darkness at All
Toccata: Homage to Buxtehude
Ab ortu Solis
Make Glad the City of God
Jubilee-Postlude on Converse