Professor Emeritus and former University Organist David Dahl released a new CD titled The Organ Sings, which features compositions drawn from publications of his organ music over the past 25 years. The recording features organist Mark Brombaugh playing the renowned John Brombaugh pipe organ built in 1979 by the performer’s brother, and located at Christ Episcopal Church, Tacoma, Wash.
Dahl’s music includes both sacred and secular music, much of it composed for the Brombaugh organ at Christ Church where he served as organist/choirmaster for 40 years, but also for PLU’s Gottfried and Mary Fuchs organ in Lagerquist Concert Hall.
An 80-page volume of organ music by Dahl, also titled The Organ Sings, was released in 2013. Dahl’s compositions include the Suite Homage (four pieces paying tribute to prior composers Buxtehude, Couperin, Franck and Dubois), as well as variation suites and hymn preludes on both early American hymn-tunes and Lutheran chorale melodies. Dahl is working on three new commissions for organ music intended for Trinity Lutheran Church in Lynnwood, Wash., All Hallows Parish, Episcopal in South River, Mass., and for the 2016 National Convention of the American Guild of Organists.
On January 25, 2014, Seattle and Tacoma Chapters of the American Guild of Organists will meet at Calvary Lutheran Church, Federal Way, Wash., for a program featuring Dahl’s music performed on the Coulter pipe organ by six Tacoma organists. The repertoire draws from his Hymn Interpretations for Organ, An English Suite for Organ, An Italian Suite for Organ, A Scandinavian Suite for Organ, An American Suite for Organ, and The Organ Sings.
The Organ Sings is available through Raven Records, Amazon.com, as well as Christ Episcopal Church, Tacoma.