Saturday, September 15th, 2018Will Peart
I saw that you’re down to be a jury member for the Ritter Competition in 2019. I just wondered if you had received any info about this competition (repertoire etc) by any chance? There doesn’t seem to be a website at all! Sorry to be a pain.
Hope you’re well. All best wishes
Saturday, August 11th, 2018Steven McIntyre
I’ve been listening to your recordings for years and most recently discovered your recording of your own Easter Fanfares through YouTube.
I’m Organist at the Episcopal Cathedral of Glasgow, Scotland, and struggling to source copies through any retailers on this side of ‘the pond’. If they are published, could you point me in the right direction as to where I could purchase them?
Thanks in advance,
Thursday, August 2nd, 2018Ken Chaproniere
We met briefly before the recital at St Pauls. I am a volunteer at the cathedral. I wanted to say how much I enjoyed your playing. I’ve heard many organrecitals at SP but none like yours. Your ability to use the numerous soundscape the organ has to offer with such effect is second to none. It was a most atmospheric concert and the Messien was so spiritually sounding. I hope to hear you play again soon. Thanks for a wonderful evening. Yours Ken
Thursday, July 26th, 2018Jose Salas
Hello Mr. Tharp.
I just wanted to say that I really enjoy listening to you
on the organ. I bought a used copy of your Demessieux
three disc set on eBay and listen to it often.
I'm in Brooklyn,N.Y. and hope that you'll come to perform at Our Lady of Refuge one day soon.
Sunday, May 27th, 2018Krystyna Tucka
Good afternoon Mr. Tharp,
I have been listening to your transcription of Totentanz. It is truly marvellous.
Would it be possible to buy a copy of the score from you?
I would appreciate it very much.
Wednesday, May 9th, 2018Alan Hodgetts
Hello Stephen Tharp:
To get straight to the point. Would like a recording (on CD) of your forthcoming recital St. Paul’s Cathedral, London on 2 August? I recorded your compatriots Nathan Laube there last year and Alan Morrison a couple of years ago. I have been recording the summer Celebrity Recital series since 2009. An archive copy goes to St. Paul’s, which is possibly why they let me do this! Looks a good programme!
I look forward to hearing from you.
Friday, January 26th, 2018Antonio ruiz
It is a pleasure to announce the pdf digital sheet music for organ related to the following information:
Madrid’s National Library holds numerous old Spanish musical treasures, some of them of great antiquity. Amongst them, a collection of four sheet-music volumes for keyboards, all handwritten, dating back to the 18 century. Their titles are: Music Flowers, Delightful garden of soft music flowers, Pleasant orchard of various music flowers and again, Music flowers. It’s a compilation of the monk and organist Franciscan Catalan Antonio Martin and Coll (c. 1680 – 1734), who practised as organist and professor at San Diego Church in Alcala de Henares and later on as lead organist at Madrid’s San Francisco el Grande Basilica.
Martin and Coll ordered copies to be made containing keyboard sheet-music from the 17 century up to the first decades of the 18 century, mainly for organ and liturgical purposes. Other non-strictly liturgical pieces are included, for more secular traditional instruments, such as the harpsichord. Genoveva Galvez, an outstanding harpsichord player, teacher and musicologist is responsible for this edition, promoted by the San Dámaso Arts and History Academy of the Ecclesiastic Province of Madrid. As a harpsichord player and scientist she stood out for her search for the authentic sources and historical documents.
Professor Galvez is a guarantee of fidelity to Martin and Coll manuscripts, being also relevant her own musical contributions to the here published repertory. Not in vain, Genoveva Galvez has lectured at Baroque Harpsichord and Music, in Madrid, and also at the prestigious International Music Courses in Santiago de Compostela. Resulting in a great experience for Spanish keyboard music from which it has left an unquestionable testimony in numerous recordings from that time.
Thanks to this publication we trust that the great Franciscan organist’s legacy will be popularised reaching the most secluded places as a sign of an increasing need for spirituality
I send attached the content of both volumes. In case you are interested, you can choose and buy each part of the content separately. I send it to you via email in pdf files.
with best wishes
Antonio Ruiz Asumendi (director of Fidelio)
Wednesday, December 6th, 2017Robert Taylor
Dear Mr. Tharp, I recently heard your wonderful recital in Rochester, NY. Your transcription of Rite of Spring was amazing. I'm a retired cellist who played the Stravinsky many times, so was awed by hearing everything in that piece in your arrangement. I've been unable to find the recording that you evidently did awhile ago, so am asking if it is available, and if so, where I might find it to purchase.
Thank you so much for an amazing evening of great musicianship.
Wednesday, September 13th, 2017Jeffrey Hartmann
Dear Stephen Tharp,
A few years ago my wife and i heard you play a J. Demessieux concert at St. Johns NY. As always you were spectacular. We talked briefly afterwards and now i finally write you. I play and compose for pipe organ and i know you are very wupportive of new composers. I humbly present my work to you at Jeffreyhartmannmusic.com . . . hundreds of originals and hymn arrangements. . . new things every week. Thank you for all that you do. . . kind regards. . jeff
Monday, March 13th, 2017Ewout van Dijkhuizen
Dear mister Tharp,
My father ask me to send an email to give you a great compliment for your great organ play on the cd you make in Haarlem the Netherlands. We listened this cd a lot of times with works from Brhuns, Buxtehude, Bach and Flor Peeterrs and others. This cd is very very beautifull and a nice examplar in our collection.
Thanks for all and keep up the good work!
Warm greats from the Netherlands.
Saturday, February 25th, 2017Paul Stanfield
Cannot wait to hear you and perhaps say hello when you play at Cirencester. I got a ticket for your concert the very first day of release. Have been listening to your spectacular playing on YouTube which lifts the spirit. Thank you. Best wishes
Tuesday, February 21st, 2017Ron Brook
I have retired so I don't get to NYC at all anymore, but I still get a thrill over wathing the video I shot at St. Patricks Cathedral of your improvisational piece. My wife has a cousin in Atlanta, GA and I made sure he caught your proformance. He was impressed. His love of the organ goes back to bugging his mother to take him to see Virgil Fox in Philadelphia.
Take care, hope you still get a thrill watching that video!
Tuesday, February 14th, 2017Richard Lea
I was wondering if you might be able to help me buy your Demessieux 3CD set - I've tried most of the online options, but no luck.
I hope to be at your Cirencester recital in April.
Sunday, January 15th, 2017Stephan Beck
Dear Stephan Tharp,
I would like to ask you, if you are interested in holding a masterclass of organ-improvisation in Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany.
We hold masterclasses for organ-improvisation every two years.
Thank you very much for your reply!
Stephan Beck, Münsterorganist Schwäbisch Gmünd
Friday, January 13th, 2017Thomas Healey
Will the 2014 St. Cecilia recital be released on recording any time in the near future? Thank you.
Saturday, October 22nd, 2016Ralf Weirich
Dear Mr. Tharp
Yesterday evening, I was at your concert in the Kaiserdom Frankfurt. It was a great evening and I enjoyed your organ playing very much. Thank you for great moments of organ music.
Perhaps you could write me which song you played as an encore. Many thanks in advance.
Monday, August 29th, 2016Ellen Kreil
Hi Stephen, Peragallo Organ Company will be having an open house for their instalation going to the Cathedral in Phoenix. We would love to send you an inivation. Could you please provide me with a mailing address?
Thank you Ellen Kreil - Office Admin Peragallo Organ Company
Thursday, August 4th, 2016Denny Alleman
I have enjoyed listening to your Easter Fanfares organ work on YouTube. Has this work been published so I can purchase the score?
Sunday, July 31st, 2016Jacques Boucher
As you know I am stilla broadcaster on Radio VM every sundy afternoon. (505000 listeners) I am interested by your Goldberg...
3, boul. Simard app. 102
Friday, July 29th, 2016Travis Friesen
Hello. My name is Travis Friesen. I was wondering where can I get a copy of your sheet music of the Easter Fanfare. I would like to learn to play it. Thanks.
Wednesday, July 20th, 2016Carl Dodrill
I just found your website and it made me wonder if you had seen my article in the April 2016 TAO on increasing interest in organ recitals (p. 56) in which your performance at the 2014 AGO convension is discussed on pp. 61-62. The discussion included comments on your performance from a numerical perspective. I thought that this perspective might interest you since it is remarkably unusual. Actually, I feel that if organists would do more of what you do in terms of registration changes that this factor alone would increase interest in the organ significantly.
Past Dean, Seattle AGO Chapter
Thursday, June 2nd, 2016Harry Cross
Looking for organist available to play for 2017 Western Region Convention in Salt Lake City. It would be on Wednesday evening, June 14th in the LDS Conference Center on the Schoenstein organ. If available and interested please reply to discuss further. Thank you. Rick Elliott recommended you.
Friday, May 20th, 2016Sebastian Modarelli
My name is Sebastian Modarelli and I am the organist at St. John the Evangelist Church in Rochester, Minnesota. My dear friend Jeff Davis has talked to me about you several times, encouraging me to bring you for a concert here at St. Johns (www.sj.org). We've had some very good organists, such as James Kibbie, Jan Kraybill and others. I would love to bring you here too! I am not sure if an organist of your caliber can find place in our budget. However I told him that I would try and propose you to the committee. I listen to some of your performances, and I am astonished. As a curiosity, the retired organist Bob Hachmeister recalls that you were related or friend with some parishioner here in the past, and he remembered the last name (I can't remember it at this instant). Anyway, we looked in the records but there's no longer a parishioner with the last name that Bob told us, so unfortunately that contact must be lost. Anyway, please let me know your possibilities. I was thinking on this coming November, but it can be next year too if this is too late of a notice.
Wednesday, February 24th, 2016Dr. Wolf Kalipp
Best wishes from one of the oldest German citys, birthplace of the most important Westphalian organ-builder of the Baroque period, Johann Patroclus Möller (1698-1772)! Your activities, dear Mr. Tharp, are very impressive. Thanks to the todays e-mail from your wife. I am now very well informed about your relations to organ music and to our German organ culture as well. Perhaps you will visit some time our picturesque medieval town with its old churches and various organs. Affectionate invitation!
Dr. Wolf Kalipp, Soest/Germany, 2016-02-24
Thursday, January 14th, 2016Stephen Lavelle
Stephen, I listened to the podcast of the AGO convention a couple months ago, and I wanted to tell you that your Ravel was incredible, a hurculean effort to be sure, but it was fantastic to listen to. Those of us watching remotely had a much better view of the console - I wondered if the audience could see exactly what you were doing back there! Amazing, thanks. I buy all the JAV recordings as well, so if possible keep them up! The Haarlem recording (and performance) is outstanding. Best, Stephen Lavelle
Saturday, January 2nd, 2016Norberto Guinaldo
Hello Mr. Tharp: you are playing at St. James L.A. on Jan. 10. Can I have a few minutes with you (alone)to show you and (if interested) give you some of my compositions?. Maybe before the concert of afterwards when the crowds and admirers have dispersed?. Up to you. Last time I heard you play was at St. Edmonds in San Marino. We changed a few words then. Let me know. Kindest regards.
Friday, August 21st, 2015Dr. Stephen Thompson
Your Easter fanfares is absolutely fantastic!
That's my style. Would you be able to send me a copy of that piece so I can included it in my concerts?
In my book, it's a must have!! When you play it, I can feel every note.
I am looking forward to your reply.
God bless you and your musicianship.
Musically yours, Stephen.
Wednesday, August 19th, 2015Mr. Giorgio Benati
Dear Mr. Tharp, I want to know where I can find the score of your organ transcription of Stravinsky Petruska.
Many thanks for your reply.
Thursday, May 14th, 2015Nelson Waller M.Mus.
That is a magnificent performance by you of the Guilmant fifth, sIr! The finale is bringing tears to my eyes via Organlive.
Saturday, February 7th, 2015Johannes Götz
see you play in 2016 6. August in Limburg,
fun to play in St. Peter 7. August? or one week later?
We have a study- excursion to NYC from 19. Februar
to 26. Februar. See you? Give me e-mail adress from your wife, need some god music-shops in NYC for shopping with my colleges.
Greats to your family Johannes
Thursday, January 22nd, 2015Linton Powell
Hello Stephen, Great to see that you continue to have a wonderful concert schedule. So glad that you are getting good press and well deserved. I remember so fondly your exciting playing in the Dallas concert and our brief aquaintance at Baylor University. Hope to see you again in our area in the future. All best, Linton Powell
Thursday, January 22nd, 2015Stefan Wagner
Dear Mr. Tharp!
I am organist and DIrector of music in Schwabmünchen (Soputh Germany). We have a Eule organ from 1999 with IV/57. Are you interested in playing an organ recital, for example on Sat. 5th Sept. 2015. Lokking forward, to hear from you.
Friday, January 9th, 2015toni käs
hi stephen tharp,
i just heared you playing the anderson organ on organlive.
i like your Kind of playing very much and i heared you personally on the organs in Bonn-beuel/Germany and in Troisdorf near Bonn.
sometimes i request the hymn >großer Gott wir loben dich< on organlive played by you.
thanks for heartful playing the wonderful Instrument of organ.
greetings from Bonn,
toni käs, pipemaker ret.
Friday, October 24th, 2014Neil Bosuego
Im just wondering if you arrange music for organ. If you do, how do I make a purchase?
Sunday, September 21st, 2014Barry Richardson
Hi, I listen regularly to your CD HYMNS OLD AND NEW.....Is the Tune TULLY (William Trafka) available
for public use. I heard you many years ago in
Kansas City when you played at St. Michaels and
All Angels with Richard Webster and the St. Luke's
choir. I will be in NYC 23-27 October, 2014, will you
be playing anywhere at that time?
Monday, August 25th, 2014Bert den Hertog
I hope everything is allright! I would like to inform if you are in Europe in July 2015. I am organizing a Symphonic Organfestival in The Hague on a 43-stop romantic organ (1906, Franssen, equipped with sequenzer). This year Jean Guillou gave a recital. Maybe we can coordinate some dates if you are interested and available. I will try to contact with other great organseries in Holland to combine several concerts within a week. I would be delighted if we could come to an agreement, and I am very interested to hear your conditions. The concerts in the Hague are organized at 5 successive sundayafternoons starting at the last Sunday of June.
Wish you all the best and hope to hear from you,
Bert den Hertog
Tuesday, August 19th, 2014John Semingson, DMA
I was introduced to Berveiller's Mouvement years ago on an old LP of Jean Demmesieux playing it. For years I have tried to find a copy of the score for it. I found your recording on your website by chance today. Will you share your source for this score with me? I think it is such an original and exciting piece. I enjoyed listening to your superb recording of it at Rice. Thank you for any guidance you can give me on securing a copy of the score.
John Semingson, DMA
Director of Music Ministries
Westminster Presbyterian Church
Saturday, May 31st, 2014Michael Meyer
Dear Mr. Tharp. I heard you at St. Norberts and spoke with you afterwards (tall guy). I see you are playing in MN in Nov. How much do you charge for a recital. I am now in Ironwood, MI in a small (used to be large) UMC with a truly wonderful old 1951 Moller (iunaltered) 3/23 with the basic 3 reeds, 2 Mixtures, and wonderful flutes and stings. How does one go about engaging you?
Monday, April 14th, 2014Janine Lawson
I want to send you a short email to say thanks for your page (http://www.stephentharp.com/html/links.php). My name is Janine, and I volunteer with my community center where we provide different educational and fun activities for kids. Next weekend, we are going to an organ performance, so I wanted to find some online music resources to get the kids excited about it. Thanks for all the help!
One of the girls in my group, Zoe, found a resource on the organ, http://www.theaterseatstore.com/theater-organ . Can you include this in your list? She wants to be a music teacher when she's older so I thought this would give her even more encouragement. Plus, I thought it would make a great addition for other music enthusiasts to see.
If you know of any other resources not listed that you think would be good to use, feel free to send me more. Thanks again!
Friday, February 28th, 2014Eberhard Lauer ; Hamburg
Dear Mr. Tharp,
you are in europe 2014.
If possible, we can perhaps add concert in Hamburg (St.Marien-Dom).
If you are interested, plaese contact me.
Wiith kind regards
Monday, January 27th, 2014Joseph
Hello Stephen. My name is Youngeun Hong the organist in Seongmoon Presterbyterian Church in Anyang, South Korea. I heard a lot of recordings of yours, and it was outstanding performance. Especially, i really enjoyed performance in St. Patrick's Cathedral in NYC. When i first heard about St. Patrick's organ, i found the recording of Henri Mulet's Tu Es Petrus. Your playing was just unbelivable. and last full organ with 32' Contra Bombarde was just amazing. I really wanna play on this organ but usually i cannot make trip to United States of America. And actually i'm 17 years old in Korean age so it would be hard to touch great organs in the world. Thanks for the great recordings!
Wednesday, January 1st, 2014norbert itrich
Hello I would like to invite you to Play at my organ in Santander/ Spain. I have seen that you are playing in Europe in August. Of you are intrested pleaae answer for this email. Regards
Saturday, August 24th, 2013Bernd Kusen
We enjoyed your concert in Altenberger Dom. Thank you for this amazing event.
Susan and Bernd Kusen
Thursday, August 22nd, 2013Karl-Erich Jäger
Dear Mr. Tharp, it was a great concert this evening in Altenberg. Many thanks and for you all the best -
Karl-Erich und Inge Jäger.
What about your luggage?
Thursday, August 1st, 2013Benjamin Thomas
I just saw you were moving on from Grace Chruch NYC and wanted to wish you well.
Saturday, July 20th, 2013timothy jansen
Hi Stephen, Great meeting you in st Louis... WHAT a recital... Edgar Meyer was the composer I was trying to think of... his violin concerto is just great...
LOVE... LOVE... LOVE your web sight... it's how EVERYONE should do it!
Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013Ollie Fitzgerald
I am contacting you from the Promotions Department at Oxford University Press in the hope that you might be interested in performing Michael Finnissy’s Organ Symphony No. 4 for solo organ. Michael has written four Organ ‘Symphonies’, all of which are published by OUP. My reason for bringing the fourth to your attention is that Michael is especially fond of it and I think feels that, out of the four, it is the most accessible for both organist and listener. It was recently successfully featured at the Julliard School’s ‘British Renaissance’ series, for which I am sure Joel Sachs (Director of the New Julliard Ensemble) would be able to provide some sort of recommendation.
I would be happy to send you a perusal score and recording, so do get in touch if the idea of performing this work appeals to you.
Finally, I have added a review from Choir and Organ magazine in 2010:
"Like much of Michael Finnissy's music, they make ferocious demands on player and listener, and on first sight the scores are daunting. But they are difficult for a reason, and the rewards to be reaped from careful study of these works will be considerable . . . But those who lament the 'exclusion' of the organ from the mainstream of contemporary musical life should take heart that a composer of Finnissy's eminence has added works of such significance to its repertoire." - Choir & Organ March 2010
Very best wishes,
Oxford University Press
Great Clarendon Street
Oxford OX2 6DP
Tel: +44 (0)1865 355021
Mob: +44 (0)7824 140571
Monday, May 6th, 2013Stephanie Ekberg Atwood
I hope this finds you well and every time I check out your site the reviews I read about you are truly humbling and your concert list keeps growing! And to think that I remember you helping the teachers play music during devotions and thinking, he's "pretty good!!" I am so thrilled that you took your passion and ran!
Anyways, a little business and a little pleasure to discuss. First of all, my church, St. John's in Wheaton, IL was wonering if we could get some information on a performance in 2014. With that said, I think it would be fun, if we could coordinate an outing OR a 30 year reunion around your visit. I noticed you have a January concert and June concert scheduled. Anything available in the Spring? I will set you up with our church to work out all of the details, but I thought I would make the first contact to introduce and then see if maybe we can mix some reunion fun in with a visit. Feel free to contact me at my personal e-mail, but also my work e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
It looks like you are in Europe today. Be safe, take care and I look foward to hearing from you.
Monday, January 21st, 2013Pallesco Thierry
I'm a french composer for organ (born in 1956) who begins to be well-known in Europe and in USA. In particular, Kevin Bowyer often plays some of my organ works ; a couple of them are recorded/filmed on Youtube. Alistair Reid is going to play my “Salut messianique" on February 12th, on the Fisk organ of the Memorial Church of Harvard University, and another organ work (Fantaisie) of mine soon.
I stopped all concert in 1999 for many reasons so I count on organists as you to play (or record !) my organ works !
You can hear all of my organ works (free MP3) in my website ; all of them have been recorded with my own digital organ about ten years ago to give to the organists one idea of my personal - and last - performance (no marketing) :
If you want me to give you a free PDF score, ask me by mail!
Le « Salut messianique » is the most played/recorded piece and it’s not very difficult to play. I have been played in France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Canada and USA.
Here is my biography (from my website) :
Thierry Pallesco was born in Paris in 1956. After achieving his piano studies at the Conservatoire National de Région de Versailles in the class of Madeleine Chacun - he later became one of her assistants - he studied the organ at the Ecole Nationale de Musique d'Orsay with André Isoir (gold medal in 1980), then with Rolande Falcinelli at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris where he got the first prizes in harmony (in 1980), in counterpoint (in 1981) and in fugue (in 1982) then his prize in organ.
All of his organ works have been published in France and Germany.
At the present time, he is harmony teacher at the department of musicology at the University of Poitiers. He has been organist of the Cathédrale St-Spire de Corbeil-Essonnes (in the Paris area).
Happy new Year, and best wishes,
Professor in Poitiers University (France)
Personal mail : email@example.com
Sunday, October 28th, 2012PAQUE Mylene
DEAR MR THARP
I am a great fan of your albums cds
the french music is wonderful and my friend says me the Goldberg are greats
please, can you post me a signed photo?
my address is : miss PAQUE mylene
28 rue Hotel d Angleterre
29680 Roscoff FRANCE
THANK YOU VERY MUCH
Thursday, June 21st, 2012Kees Schuurman
Dear Stephen Tharp,
Some month ago I received form you two cd's to present them on our Musica Religiosa Orgelradio in the Netherlands. I also make a one hour radioprogramm with organ music on the sunday evenings. This summer I'm busy to make a series of 5 'portraits' of International toporganists. One of them is you. I possess allready the cd's from Bavo-Haarlem and of Mary the Virgin. Our 'fonotheek'with lots of music possesses two cd's: Mendelsohns-sonates and Complete works of Jeanne Demessieux. Because I want to present you as an allround player I miss the cd's Hymns old and new, Organ classics from St.Patrick's and the Goldberg Variations. Is it possible to send them to my address: IKON Radio Postbus 10009 1201 DA Hilversum NL? The time of broadcasting is foreseen on the 5 of August 22:02-23:00. I also intend to present them on our webradio Musica Religiosa Orgelradio. Thank you very much to pay attention to this mail and kind regards, Kees Schuurman
Wednesday, June 20th, 2012Jane Errera
We are inerested in having you play a recital at our church, St. Anne, Bethlehem, PA. Schantz III/45, 1977. We have no date in mind. This would be a benefit for a new console, which is sorely needed. Thank you.
Tuesday, June 19th, 2012Thomas
Dear Mr. Tharp!
I heard your concert in Waldsassen Stiftsbasilika last Sunday the 17th of June and i even had the honor to talk with you about your magnificant interpretation of Henri Mulet´s Tu es Petrus if you remember. For myself organ playing is only a means to recover from a stressing studying day and a rejoising to the people in the sunday mass with a few french Toccatas;-) Therefore it is a personal happening for me to meet one of the best, even not to say THE best (and enjoyable!) organist in the world! It was a pleasure for me to hear your concert!
At the end of our conversation you mentioned: ´Perhaps we´ll meet at one of the next concerts...` Well - I saw you visit the St. Stephan´s Cathedral at Passau on 20th of september. Let´s see if we will meet again!
In honour of your beautiful music!
Saturday, March 24th, 2012Franklin
Checking to see if your Easter Fanfares have been published.
Tuesday, November 29th, 2011Jean Randall
Wondering about your availability for a concert in Rochester Michigan, Fall 2012
Monday, October 31st, 2011Johannes Götz
Dear Mr. Tharp,
have Adress from Marcus Strümpe. Looking for my
Festival St. Peter/Freiburg/Germany.
Every Sunday from 22. Juli- 26. August 2012.
Is one Date for you possible/Germany/Tournee?
Thank you for answer Yours Johannes Götz
Friday, September 2nd, 2011Peter N. Hine butterflyfilms.co.uk
Easter Fanfares: Well what can I say, Exciting,true blilliance, you have so much passion. This piece is remarkable. The expression is overwhelming. Truly a fanfare to the risen Christ!! The new Dupre. Thank you!! WOW!!!!
Friday, August 26th, 2011Wick Elderkin
Just came across your U Tube presentation of Mulet\'s passionate \"Thou Art the Rock\" and was delighted and thrilled to see you play it. This is one of my favorites and you played it just the way I love to hear it - Bravo !!!!
As a college student at Heidelberg College in Ohio I was very fortunate to have a music appreciation professor who studied organ under Virgil Fox - so I you might say I have been \"Virgilized\" for some time.
Your video is a joy to watch because I am fascinated to see how your hands deliver the notes while showcasing them with
clarity and vigor. I know the work well but seeing how the notes are phrased by the hands with the timing is so beautiful to behold.
What\'s missing of course, are the feet. My I make a suggestion? I have seen many other organ videos but there is just one where a window is established in the lower left corner that captures a camera angle of the feet during the performance. Its very effective but more importantly it visually ties together the base notes with the hand melodies and so much more. Now all the notes are packaged for one to see and feel.
Perhaps you could enlighten me on a question I have had for some time. With all of his beautiful works for piano and orchestra composed - why are there no performances of Edvard Grieg in organ??? I know Virgil did a few himself but
there appears to be no major collection of any sort that I have come upon or that anyone I have asked knows about.
How sad - his works capture the soul and they are near and dear to our family\'s Norwegian heritage.
Many thanks to you for making your video available to all of us and since this is my first time ever communicating with a performer vial email, I hope it was meaningful.
God Bless You Always -
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011Mark Baumann, CAGO
Will \"Disney\'s Trumpets\" be published for others to perform and enjoy. Thank you.
Tuesday, July 19th, 2011Stewart Shuster
I attended your wonderful concert at Merrill Auditorium in Portland, Maine tonight. What a terrific program it was! Your playing is so very musical that I enjoyed every note; you make it seem as if your music-making is all about the music rather than about you.
My friend, who is also an organist, and I agreed that it was one of the most satisfying organ programs that we have attended in quite some time. I have some of your CD's (thanks to Joe Vitacco) and so was expecting some fine playing, but you surpassed even what I was expecting.
Thank you so much for a most pleasurable and satisfying evening.
Saturday, April 30th, 2011Nicolas Berndt
Dear Mr Tharp,
my name is Nicolas Berndt and I am studying organ at the Leipzig university of music "Felix Medelssohn-Bartholdy".
As I am very much interested in your organ transcription of the Totentanz by Liszt, I want to ask you very kindly, whether it would be possible to gain a copy of this work.
With all best wishes for your impressive organ playing
Saturday, April 9th, 2011Herbert Schnier
Lieber Stephen, liebe Lena,
hier eine kleine Rückmeldung zur CD "Goldberg-Variationen", die ich mit Begeisterung mir angehört habe. Einerseits einfühlsam, sensibel, andererseits gleichzeitig brilliant und virtuos interpretiert sind die Variationen des großen Meisters zu einer Folge von Diamanten geworden, jedes Stück für sich ist ein musikalischer Edelstein. - Auch die "Zugabe" in Form der "Guided Tour" ist sehr hörenswert; die Vorstellung der Register ist gleichzeitig ein Blick in die Geschichte der (Orgel-)Musik und des Orgelbaus. Die Sätze zur Vorstellung einzelner Register berücksichtigen den historischen Kontext des jeweiligen Registers, und die "Narration" ist so klar, präzise und verständlich, dass auch ein mit der englischen Sprache nicht so vertrauter Mensch alles versteht. Dass die Einspielung auf einer "Super-Orgel" geschah, ist sicherlich auch zu berücksichtigen; aber ohne einen "Super-Organisten" wie Stephen Tharp wäre ein so hörenswertes Ergebnis nicht zustandegekommen. Grandios auch die -leider zu kurze- Improvisation im Tutti, die Kapazitäten einer CD sind jedoch begrenzt. Alles in Allem: Respekt und Glückwunsch!
Monday, March 28th, 2011frank
Has the Easter Fanfares been published? If so, where can I purchase them?
Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011luca berti
Good evening Mr. Tharp. I am a non professional organist and conductor from Como (the town of the lake, North of Milan, Italy). My professional past is in aviation and at present as a Sheraton manager. I like your nice music as many Italians do. Please, may I have the onor to translate your web into Italian? Eventually you may decide to create your Italian presentation. Regards. Dr. Luca Berti
Monday, March 14th, 2011Dave Pierce
Loved your concert tonight at the Disney Hall in LA.
I especially enjoyed Disney\'s Trumpets. What a great piece of music. Are there any plans to make it available on CD or podcast?
Monday, February 28th, 2011Arlene (Kelly) Tharp
Looking over your website is truly an awesome experience. You have loved the organ from the time you were very little. I always believed in you and knew you would develop the gift that God had given you. Now you have grown into a magnificent artist bringing exhilarating joy to your audiences around the world. You have always been a blessing, and I am so very proud of you and your accomplishments and love you with all my heart.
Love always, my dear son. Mom
Tuesday, February 8th, 2011Marie Ann Vos
We are beginning to make our plans for the annual Wesley M. Vos Memorial Organ Recital on the Buzard organ ar 1st Congregational Church in Crystal Lake IL. The recitak will be in October 2011. Are you under management or do I correspond directly wit you?
Friday, February 4th, 2011QUEMENT loic
cher monsieur j adore vos cds l integrale DEMESSIEUX est magnifique encore! serait-il possible de recevoir une photo dedicacee?(signed photo) mon adresse est : QUEMENT loic 32st rue albert demun 29680 roscoff france en vous remerciant
Sunday, October 17th, 2010Anders Inge
Hello Stephen! I listened to your brilliant playing on youtube(easter fanfare) and would like to know if this piece has been published?
organist , Sweden
Thursday, October 7th, 2010frank
I was just checking to see if your Easter Fanfares had been published - thank you.
Thursday, September 16th, 2010Helene Bartz
The Exceptionally Gifted Child has been published by Lulu Publishers. The book is dedicated to you.
Thursday, July 8th, 2010Peter Baratta, Jr.
Grand Concert last night at Ocean Grove! Always a pleasure to see and hear you play - a true inspiration to us Organists.
Looking forward to seeing you and Lena at future events on your calendar(particularly when you can make it up to West Point !!!) Wishing you a nice summer and hope to see you again soon! Fraternally Organistically Yours, Peter!
Thursday, July 8th, 2010Kevin Eppich
I recently came across Easter Fanfares on YouTube and was astounded by it and wonder if there is a way that I can obtain a copy of the score. I am not an organist, but a compoer who loves the organ. As with any instrument, I find the best way to learn how to write for it is to study the work of other composers. I also hope you will include it on some future recording project.
Tuesday, June 1st, 2010Per Österberg
Hej! (Hi in Swedish).
U properly dont know this....., but.....
The Swedish crownprinsess Viktoria is about to get married.
An the Swedish national radio has wedding music as theme
And yours wonderful Easter Fanfares is one is one of them.
It´s a masterpiece...!!!
Thanks for Easter Fanfares!
Regards / Per Österberg
Wednesday, April 28th, 2010Lammert Bonenberg
Dear Mr. Tharp,
Will you to send me the totally (composers and organworks) program of your organ recital in St. Sulpice on 26th -09-2010 to me?
We will visit your concert from The Netherlands.
Thank you for a message.
Saturday, April 3rd, 2010Franklin Pifferetti
I would like to know how I may purchase a copy of your Easter Fanfares.
Monday, March 29th, 2010mylene quement
cher monsieur Tharp je viens d ecouter votre cd Mendelssohn c est tres beau serait il possible de recevoir une photo dedicacee pour mylene quement 32 rue albert demun 29680 roscoff france en vous remerciant et en esperant vous entendre sur les orgues de bretagne
Sunday, March 14th, 2010Richard Sedding
Am listening to your Easter Fanfares from St Patrick's Cathedral on youtube, indulging in the rich harmonies.I am a parish church organist in UK who was priviledged to be a chorister at Lincoln cathedral in the 1970's, heard some great improvisation over the years, and in 2000 got to play the Aeolian-Skinner at St Barts when on a school choir tour in NYC, never fail to be inspired by these magnificent instruments. Will look out for your next recital in the UK. Thank you for playing new music!
Thursday, March 11th, 2010Darrel Maier
I was cruising through YouTube, looking for artists playing Tu Est Petra, and came across your video. Thank you for the inspiring job you did. I look forward to incorporationg some of your interpetations into my performance!
Saturday, February 20th, 2010Linton Powell
So sorry to have missed your concert at Baylor. Duties back at my University, etc. Enjoyed your masterclass very much and look forward to seeing you in Fort Worth in July.
Saturday, February 20th, 2010Antanas
Good afternoon, Dear Mr. Tharp.
My family and me are admirers of You. I beg Your pardon, but I have a request to make. I am one people who wishes the picture or CD with Your autograph.
Thank You preliminary with great pleasure. I wish You happiness, good health and all success.
With love from Lithuania.
Respectfully Yours Antanas Abromaitis
My complete address:
Pasilaiciu 8 - 10
Friday, January 22nd, 2010Cindy Marty
Great seeing you at St. James LA in '09 -- wonderful concert! Memories of St. Barts! (Ken Cowan is at Disney Hall this weekend.) Have you played the organ at the ($205M) Overture Center in Madison, WI yet?
Best Always ~ Cindy
Sunday, January 10th, 2010Andy Granger
I would like to know if your Easter Fanfares is in print, or how i could obtain a copy? It's a stunning piece!!
Andy. (Organists from Australia)
Saturday, January 2nd, 2010harri wiggins
Easter Fanfares From New York.I cannot play or read one single note of music.But I know a bit of class when i hear it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Any chance of you coming to Canterbury Cathedral In Kent in the Uk ?: Id be there a week before so so I could meet you.Thankyou so much.Happy New Year to you and yours.Best Wishes Harri Wiggins. ( A VERY YOUNG 50!)
Wednesday, December 30th, 2009David Leimkuehler
I have seen video of you playing at St Patricks in NYC is there a DVD avalable?
Tuesday, December 29th, 2009Ambassador Charlie Ray
I love what you're doing.
Ambassador Charlie Ray
Thursday, December 17th, 2009Jack Doudeijns
I like to buy JAV 178 from you in st bavo Haarlem.
How can I do this?
Saturday, August 29th, 2009Dr. Joyce Jones
Bonnie Belanger reported that you were sensational at the AGO convention in Albuquerque. We would like to have you at Baylor for our midwinter organ conference, either February 14-16, 2010 or perhaps 2011, depending upon your schedule and our budget. The organ conference endowment took a nose dive this past year, so we might not have enough money this year. Please let me know what your fee would be for a recital and master class. We had Marilyn Mason and Robert Plimpton last year. In the past, we have had Vincent Dubois, Paul Jacobs, Todd Wilson, John Weaver, Karel Paukert, Lynne Davis, James David Christie, and Gillian Weir (she and Fred Swann were both part of the distinguished artist series at Baylor, which is how we could afford them, but we get to have an organist on that series only once every 6-8 years and the 2009-10 season is already set.) It would be a great pleasure to have you. 2010 will be the 16th annual midwinter organ conference at Baylor. We usually have only about 50-60 registrants, as we are not able to do a lot of advertising. Best wishes for continued success.
Friday, August 21st, 2009TOM COOMBS
HEY STEVE: IT WAS GREAT SEEING AND HEARING YOUR PERFORMANCE LAST SUNDAY 8-16-09. I HOPE TO SEE TOM WEISFLOG @ROCKEFELLER CHAPEL THIS COMING SUNDAY AND REQUEST HE GET YOU IN TO PERFORM ON THE E.M.SKINNER OPUS 634. PAUL HANSON WILL WORK THRU CHICAGO AGO.
Wednesday, August 12th, 2009Kellie McConville
I was one of the Las Cantantes members that went to NYC. I just wanted to thank you personally after all this time for you time and effort.
Wednesday, August 5th, 2009Louis Perazza
Good Morning... I am wondering if "Easter Fanfares" is published? If so, by whom? Thank youl
Sunday, April 12th, 2009Johannes Skoog
My name is Johannes Skoog, I’m 16 years old (soon 17) and studies organ for Mathias Kjellgren in Maria Magdalena church in Stockholm, Sweden.
I admire your work a lot. I do honestly believe that you are the best American organists and one of the most inspiring organists in the world. The way you interpret the works you play, the emotions you give rise to in your performances are truly admirable! I appreciate listening to your recordings, very much! I’m really looking forward to hear your CD from St Ouen in Rouen. It is one of my favourite Cavaillé-Coll organs!
I just saw a performance of the “Easter Fanfares" you composed to the inauguration of the new “en Chamade Tuba “in the organ of Cologne Dom. Are you going to publish this unbelievable amazing piece?
Once again, your performances are truly inspiring!
Thank you and have a good evening!
Tuesday, March 31st, 2009Dr. Jan Löhler
Dear Stephen Tharp,
thank you very much for the great concert at Pinnacle Church, Scottsdale, AZ in March 2009. It was very impressive for me as a German from Hamburg to listen to that fabulous music and your outstanding playing in the desert of Arizona so far away from my contry and its tradition in organ music. The beatyful organ of Pinnacle Church was remembering me to the famous Arp Schnitger organ at St. Jacobi Kirche in my town. A wonderful evening, thank you again.
Monday, February 9th, 2009Frank Schramm
Just wanted you to know how much I enjoyed your recital yesterday at St.Thomas!
As you know, it is SO rare to hear works of Max Reger performed. Your performace of Op. 40, was truly outstanding! Also, it really sounded GREAT on the Arents organ.
I do hope that sometime in the near future someone will have a recital series featuring exclusively the works of Reger.
Of course you have to have the RIGHT Organ and the RIGHT organist. Perhaps you are the one?
I also would like to mention that some time ago (November) I believe, your CD of one of Jeanne Demessieux's Preludes was aired on WNYC on evening music.
I really didn't know too much about her work. However, I have recently discovered and received a CD of her performing her Preludes. I look forward to ordering your CD of her great work.
Agaiin, Thank you for a most memrable recital at St. Thomas!
Thursday, January 22nd, 2009OLABISI IYIOLA
Hello Mr Tharp!
I am writing to let you know how much I admire your skills. I just finished watching one of your videos on youtube, and I was almost moved to tears hearing those heavenly,tuneful melodies. Kindly let me know how I can obtain one of your hymn recordings if you have any. I have preference for anglican hymns. Thanks . I look forward to hearing from you.
Wednesday, August 27th, 2008Markus Weiss
Was für eine gelungene Seite, Stephen und Lena. :-) Es ist eine Freude, sich durch die unterschiedlichen Bereiche zu bewegen und mit jedem Besuch neue Dinge zu entdecken.
Sunday, August 17th, 2008Herbert Schnier
Glückwunsch zu dieser gelungenen Website, der ich viele Besucher(innen) und besonders viele Hörer(innen) wünsche. Weiterhin Dir, lieber Stephen, und Dir, liebe Lena, viel Kreativität und Erfolg beim interpretatorischen und kompositorischen Schaffen! "...Daraus geht hervor, dass die Musik die vornehmste aller Wissenschaften ist und dass jeder sie in gehöriger Weise vor allen anderen kennen muss. Und dies lässt sich auch beweisen. Denn keine Wissenschaft hat es gewagt, außer der Musik allein, in den Kirchenraum einzudringen." (Thomas von Aquin: De arte musica)
Saturday, July 19th, 2008Mark Ferwerda
Stephen, I enjoyed your concert so much last night at the Stiftskirche in Stuttgart, Germany. You are soooo musical!! I finished a masters in accompanying with John Wustman at the Univ. of Illinois in 1981. I'm curious as to how the organ at the Stiftskirche compares with the organ at Grace Church or other organs you have played in the States....?