Lexington Presbyterian Church
Post-Worship Treat – Sunday, February 14, 2021
William McCorkle plays a bright organ piece by Helmut Walcha: an organ prelude based on the hymn “Lobe den Herren,” which we know as “Praise Ye the Lord, the Almighty.”
Helmut Walcha (1907-1991) was one of the great organists of the twentieth century. Blinded from age 19, he nonetheless developed as a virtuoso player, performing and recording around the world. He was the first person to record the complete organ works of J. S. Bach (which he did twice, in fact: once in ‘mono’ and once in ‘stereo’). Walcha gained recognition and admiration also as a great teacher. Among the many distinguished organists who worked with him was Charles Krigbaum (1929-2020), professor and university organist of Yale University from 1965-1990), with whom William McCorkle studied. Helmut Walcha composed and published four volumes of some 80 organ chorale [=hymn-based) preludes, from which today’s piece is taken.
William McCorkle plays this organ piece by Helmut Walcha from his musical score (© 1963, Edition Peters, Leipzig). The performance of this piece is shared with permission: OneLicense.net A-717842.