Max Derrickson

Writing Music Program Notes for Over 20 Years

Saint-Saëns – Symphony No. 3 in C Minor, “Organ Symphony,” Op. 78

Camille Saint-Saëns (Born in Paris in 1835; died in Algiers, Algeria in 1921) Symphony No. 3 in C Minor, “Organ Symphony,” Op. 78 Part One: 1. Adagio – Allegro moderato – 2. Poco adagio Part Two: 3. Allegro moderato – Presto – 3. Maestoso – Allegro Among the many talents of French composer Camille Saint-Saëns […]

Jongen – Symphonie concertante for Organ and Orchestra, Op. 81

We think of pipe organs today as magnificent powerhouses of music, which indeed they can be, but the origins of the pipe organ are rather humble.  Historians believe it was in the 3rd Century BC that a Greek engineer named Ktesibios took to solving the engineering problem of playing multiple pipes at once.  He invented […]

Bach – Toccata and Fugue inn D-minor (arr. Stokowski)

We think of pipe organs today as magnificent powerhouses of music, which indeed they can be, but the origins of the pipe organ are rather humble.  Historians believe it was in the 3rd Century BC that a Greek engineer named Ktesibios took to solving the engineering problem of playing multiple pipes at once.  He invented […]

Bernstein – “Glitter and Be Gay” from Candide

“Glitter and Be Gay” from Candide  Leonard Bernstein (Born in Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1918; died in New York City in 1990) In 1759 Voltaire penned his classic tale, Candide, ou L’Optimisme, of a naïve lad’s travels during which he learns some cold life lessons.  Armed with his teacher’s advice, “All is for the best in […]