Four New American Organs by Bedient
Music of Buxtehude, Sweelinck, J. S. Bach, Zipoli, Fischer, Guilain, Balabastre, Widor, Boëly, Franck, and Vierne
About the Performer
George Ritchie is head of the Organ Department and Professor of Organ at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Prior to this appointment he was Chapel Organist at Duke University. Dr. Ritchie has played concerts throughout the United States and in Europe. He is noted for performances that reflect a sensitive use of performance practices of various stylistic periods from the 17th century to the present. He is co-author, with George Stauffer, of the book Organ Technique: Modern and Early, and his other recordings for Titanic Records include Organ Works of J. S. Bach (Ti-158) and New Music for Organ and Percussion (Ti-175).
He has studied with Helmut Walcha in Frankfurt and André Isoir In Paris and was a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow at Harvard in a seminar on J. S. Bach under the direction of the noted Bach scholar Christoph Wolff. His other teachers have included Robert Baker, Raymond Boese, Vernon de Tar, Clyde Holloway, and Leslie Spelman. He is represented as a concert artist by Karen McFarlane Artists, Inc.
About the Builder
Gene Bedient, a native of Hemingford, Nebraska, founded the Bedient Pipe Organ Company in 1969. By 1990 the company had built 27 major instruments and 20 small home organs. Bedient has made many trips to Europe to study old pipe organs and as a result has been commissioned to build many unusual instruments in America.
At the Bedient Company's shop in Lincoln, Nebraska, its twelve employees custom design and build all parts of the pipe organs from raw materials, assemble them, and disassemble and ship them to churches and colleges across the country. Bedient is also an Adjunct Professor on the faculty of the School of Music, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, where he teaches a course called Organ Building and Design. With Jesse Eschbach of The University of North Texas, Bedient is co-founder of the Summer Institute for French Organ Studies, under which Bedient and Eschbach take five advanced organ students and organ professors to France each summer where the participants have classes, practice, and give public performances on two unaltered organs from 1783 and 1880.
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