J. S. Bach: Das Orgelbüchlein

BWV 599 - 644

Murray Forbes Somerville

Recorded in Adolphus Busch Hall, Harvard University Art Museums, March 1993

Recording Engineer: Robert Brundage
Tape Editor: Flynn Warmington
Remastering: E. Brad Meyer, Point One Audio, Lincoln, Massachusetts
Design and Typeography: Design by Jack, Inc.
Total playing time: 81:01

The Flentrop Organ in Adolphus Busch Hall

This famous instrument was commissioned by the late E. Power Biggs in 1958 and used by him for concerts, recordings, and broadcasts until his death in 1977. It features tracker action, slider chests, classic voicing, low wind pressures, and Werk-prinzip construction.

About the Performer

Murray Forbes Somerville is University Organist and Choirmaster at Harvard University. In addition to presenting regular recitals, he also directs the University Choir and plays for services in Memorial Church. As curator of the University Organs, he also oversees the recital series on the Flentrop organ in Busch Hall and the Fisk instrument in Memorial Church.

Born in London, Somerville grew up in Rhodesia. He studied under Karl Richter in Munich, was Organ Scholar of New College, Oxford, under Sir David Lumsden, and studied under Robert Baker at the School of Sacred Music at Union Theological Seminary in New York. He has presented recitals in such places as Westminster Abbey and the Methuen (Massachusetts) Memorial Music Hall.

Photo of Murray Forbes Somerville at the Flentrop Organ in Adolphus Busch Hall
copyright 1992 by Joe Wrinn

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