Pre-Convention Recital: The King of Instruments


June 26, 2023 – 7:00 pm
Trinity Episcopal Church

Joseph Arndt, organist
Scott Cantrell, narrator

Jean Langlais (1907-1991)
Hymne d’Actions de grâce “Te Deum”

Marcel Dupré (1886-1971)
Prelude and Fugue in F minor, Op. 7 No. 2

Rebecca Groom te Velde (b.1956)

Commissioned by Joseph Arndt in celebration of the Centennial of the Tulsa Chapter of the American Guild of Organists; the first performance was on March 15, 2023.

William Albright (1944-1998)
The King of Instruments

  1. Introduction (King music)
  2. The Manuals
  3. The Pedals
  4. The Flues
  5. The Mixtures
  6. The Flutes
  7. The Principals
  8. The Sesquialtera
  9. The Reeds
  10. The Clarion and the Faggott
  11. The Gamba
  12. The Celeste
  13. The Organist

About the Performers

Joseph Arndt

Joseph Arndt is Music Director at Saint John’s Episcopal Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  During his tenure he led the campaign for the 2018 chancel organ, Opus 173 by Schoenstein & Co. He founded the Oklahoma Bach Choir, an ensemble dedicated to performing the sacred vocal works of J. S. Bach with period instruments. A graduate of The Juilliard School (MM) and Westminster Choir College (BM), he studied organ with Paul Jacobs, Ken Cowan, and Diane Meredith Belcher. To celebrate the bicentennial of César Franck, he performed the composer’s organ works with a tour including performances in Houston, Fort Worth, New York City, Seattle, Denver, and Tulsa. Additional recent solo recitals have been given at Church of the Advent in Boston and Grace Cathedral in San Francisco.

Scott Cantrell

Scott Cantrell’s recent sideline in narrating musical performances has included William Albright’s The King of Instruments, Dupré’s Le Chemin de la Croix, Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals and Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf. His primary, if unexpected, career as a music critic began with writing recording and convention reviews for the precursor of The American Organist, and he continues contributing to its current iteration. Classical music critic of The Dallas Morning News since 1999, he previously served newspapers in Albany and Rochester, NY and Kansas City. He has also written for Encyclopaedia Britannica and music magazines including High FidelityMusical AmericaOpera NewsOpera (UK) and Gramophone. A two term president of the Music Critics Association of North America, he twice served on the jury for the Pulitzer Prize for Music, the second time as chair. Active in earlier years as an organist and choirmaster in Episcopal churches, he conducted Stainer’s The Crucifixion last year at St. Matthew’s Cathedral in Dallas. He holds degrees from Southern Methodist University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

About the Venue

Trinity Episcopal Church
501 S. Cincinnati Ave., Tulsa, Oklahoma

M.P. Möller Opus 9606 (1961), IV/80
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