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The Muse's Voice

Gail Archer, organ

Meyer Media

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NEW: The International Alliance for Women in Music Journal
The Muse's Voice: A Survey of Women Organists in North America

Article outlining a 2012 survey conducted by Gail Archer.

Gail Archer, author

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Franz Liszt, A Hungarian Rhapsody

Gail Archer, organ

Meyer Media

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Bach the Transcendent Genius

Gail Archer, organ

Meyer Media

Recorded on the Fritts organ at Vassar College in celebration of Bach's 325th birthday, released February 2010.

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Mendelssohn in the Romantic Century

Gail Archer, organ

Meyer Media

This mp3 release was recorded live in concert at some of the most cherished synagogues of New York City, including Central Synagogue, Temple Emanu-El and St. Paul's Chapel,Columbia University, in a concert series celebrating the bicentinnial of composer Felix Mendelssohn.

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An American Idyll

Gail Archer, organ

Meyer Media

Parker, Noon, Tower, Sowerby, and Persichetti – All American composers come together on Gail Archer’s latest organ recording to prove that your Idyll is not far. Join us for an experience you will want to listen to over and over by ordering your copy today!

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1 ASCENT FOR ORGAN by Joan Tower
   
                  
       

SONATA IN E-FLAT MINOR by Horatio Parker

   
           2 Allegro moderato
   
           3 Andante    
           4 Allegro    
           5 Fugue    
                  
       
6 PRAELUDIUM SUPER "PANGE LINGUA" Op. 200
by David Noon
   
                  
        SONATINA by Leo Sowerby    
           7 In a placid and easy going manner    
           8 Very slowly    
          

9 Fast and perky

   
                 
        ORGAN SONATA by Vincent Persichetti    
           10 Andante    
           11 Larghetto    
          12 Vivace    
                  
   
   
                  
   
 

A Mystic In the Making
– Music of Olivier Messiaen

Gail Archer, organ

Meyer Media

Ms. Archer's second solo album, A Mystic In The Making was recorded on the Aeolian-Skinner Pipe Organ at Columbia University’s St. Paul Chapel, produced and engineered by Grammy Award winner Andreas K. Meyer and features L’Ascension and Les Corps Glorieux by Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992). Read reviews

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        L’ASCENSION (1933)    
            1 I. Majesté du Christ demandant sa gloire à son Père
   
            2 II. Alléluias sereins d’une âme qui désire le ciel
   
          
3 III. Transports de joie d’une âme devant la gloire du Christ qui est la sienne
   
            4 IV. Pière du Christ montant vers son Père    
                 
        LES CORPS GLORIEUX (1939)    
          5 I. Subtilité des Corps Glorieux    
       
6 II. Les Eaux de la Grâce    
          7 III. L’Ange aux Parfums    
       
8 IV. Combat de la Mort et de la Vie    
          9 V. Force et Agilité des Corps Glorieux    
       
10 IV. Joie et Clarté des Corps Glorieux    
          11 VII. Le Mystère de la Sainte Trinité    
                 
   
   
                   
     

The Orpheus of Amsterdam

Sweelinck and his Pupils

Gail Archer, organ

Cala Records (CACD88043)


Ms. Archer's solo debut album was recorded on the Fisk organ at Wellesley College and it features music by Sweelinck, Scheidt and Scheidemann. 
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       1 TOCCATA IN C by Sweelinck    
               
       ECHO AD MANUALE DUPLEX, FORTE & LENE by Scheidt    
        2 Echo ad manuale duplex, forte & lene    
        3 Echo alio modo... antus variante    
               
       MAGNIFICAT VII TONI by Scheidemann    
        4 Versus 1    
        5 Versus 2    
        6 Versus auff 2 Clavier    
        7 Versus pedaliter    
             
       8 MALLE SIJMEN by Sweelinck    
         
    EST-CE MARS by Scheidt    
      9 Thema-Est-ce Mars    
      10 Variatio a 4 voci in cantu    
      11 Variatio a 4 voci in cantu colorato    
      12 Variatio bicinium in cantu    
      13 Variatio a 4 voci triplici contrapuncto    
       14 Variatio a 4 voci in cantu colorato    
      15 Variatio bicinium duplici contrapuncto    
      16 Variatio a 3 voci in cantu colorato    
      17 Variatio a 3 voci in cantu colorato    
      18 Variatio a 3 voci in basso colorato    
      19 Variatio a 4 voci in cantu colorato    
         
      20 RICERCAR by Sweelinck    
           
   
   
   
 

Words of Albert Schweitzer and the Music of Bach
Gail Archer, Organ

Thurston Moore created this musical dramatization using the philosophical writings of Albert Schweitzer (organ theorist, organist, physician, philosopher, editor of Bach's
  organ works, 1952 Nobel Peace Prize laureate) interspersed with Bach organ works and 276 images viewed by the audience. On this CD, Robert Thurman speaks the text and Gail Archer performs the seven organ works. 

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BACH: Toccata in d, BWV 565
Savior of the Nations, Come, BWV 659
Blessed Jesus, We Are Here, BWV 731
By the Waters of Babylon, BWV 653
Kyrie, God Holy Ghost, BWV 671
Sonata (Andante), BWV 527
Triple Fugue in E-flat, BWV 552

   
                   
         
   
 

Gail Archer 

Live in Concert

The artist plays four great American organs, the Fisk at Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA, the Fritts at the University of Arizona, Tempe, the Taylor and Boody at the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA and the Aeolian-Skinner at St. Paul’s Chapel, Columbia University, New York City.

A complimentary copy available upon recital request. Email booking@sozomedia.com.

March 10, 2002
The College of the Holy Cross, Worchester, MA
Taylor & Boody Organ
Fantasia super Komm Heiliger Geist
Schücke dich, o liebe Seele

by Johann Sebastian Bach

March 21, 2001
Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA
Fisk Organ
Magnificat VII. Toni by Heinrich Scheidemann

October 29, 2000

Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
Paul Fritts Organ

Ciacona in E minor by Dietrich Buxtehude

June 3, 2004
L’Organo Piccolo Spoleto, St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Charleston, SC
Austin Organ
Sonata VI by Felix Mendelssohn

Vater unser in Himmelreich: chorale variations, Chorale in a minor by Cesar Franck

L’Ascension - II. Alleluias sereins d’une ami qui desire le ciel
by Olivier Messaien

L’Ascension - III. Transports de joie d’une ame devant la gloire du Christ by Olivier Messaien

   
                   
   
   
   


 

Barbara Strozzi, Cantate, Ariete a Una, Due e Tre Voci
w/ accompanying CD: Barnard Strozzi, Arias & Duets
Edited by Gail Archer

Barbara Strozzi, a unique, feminine figure in a compositional field dominated by such contemporaries as Giacomo Carissimi, Luigi Rossi, Marc’ Antonio Cesti, and Mario Savioni, stands out for the high quality of her vocal publications: seven volumes of secular works and one of sacred music. Compared with Carissimi and Rossi, who published about three percent of their output, Strozzi supervised the publication of just over one hundred works herself, more than any other seventeenth-century composer. Further, she occupied a singularly fortunate social position as the adopted (and very likely illegitimate) daughter of the distinguished Venetian playwright and poet Giulio Strozzi (1583-1652). His intellectual milieu was the Accademia degli Incogniti, a group of philosophers, poets, historians, and clergy who published widely and were a major political and cultural force in Venice. Cantate, ariete una due et tre voci, Op. 3, published by Gardano in 1654, contains eleven cantatas: six solo cantatas for soprano, one duet for soprano and bass, two duets for soprano and alto, and two trios for soprano, alto, and bass. The texts may have been written by the founder of the Incogniti, Giovanni Francesco Loredano.

The process of making the modern edition included transcribing the music from seventeenth-century notation and clefs to modern graphic symbols, correcting errors in accidentals, adding regular bar lines, as well as translating the poetry from Italian to English and making decisions about the placement of the original Italian text syllables under specific notes.