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Thomas Trotter
Stephen Tharp
Gerre Hancock
Olivier Latry
John Weaver
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Marie-Claire Alain
David Craighead
Jean Guillou
Gillian Weir
Catharine Crozier
Robert Noehren

Robert Noehren

International Performer of the Year 1978


  Robert Noehren
  Robert Noehren

Robert Noehren (December 16, 1910 – August 4, 2002) enjoyed a long and distinguished career as international recitalist, recording artist, scholar, author, and teacher. He was for many years University Organist and Head of the Organ Department at the University of Michigan. His discography numbers over 40 recordings, from earlier vinyl LPs to a number of CDs made late in his career. Among his many honors were the French Grand Prix du Disque for his recording of the Bach Trio Sonatas. His interest in historical organ building led to numerous trips to France, Germany, and Holland, and the establishment of his own organ building company, where he designed and built some 20 large pipe organs, including a four-manual organ for the Cathedral of St. John in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Active up until the day of his death, Noehren practiced every day, had plans to make another commercial recording on the large organ he built for First Presbyterian Church, Buffalo, New York, was writing a cook book, and was preparing a lecture for the convention of the American Institute of Organbuilders. He was also a serious composer, having studied with Paul Hindemith.

Robert Noehren was the first recipient of the International Performer of the Year Award, which took place at Alice Tully Hall. At the conclusion of the recital, Alice Tully presented Mr. Noehren with a handsome silver bowl.

Robert Noehren

Alice Tully Hall
Monday, 5 June 1978
Chaconne in E minor, BuxWV 160
Dietrich Buxtehude
Prelude and Fugue in E minor, BWV 548 ("Wedge")
Johann Sebastian Bach
Prélude, Fugue et Variation, Op. 18 (1863)
César Franck
Improvisation in C major, Op. 150, No. 7 (1917)
Camille Saint-Saëns
Sonata I for Organ (1937)
  Mäßig schnell
  Sehr langsam
Paul Hindemith
Communion, from Messe de la Pentecôte (1950)
Olivier Messiaen
Dieu parmi nous, from La Nativité du Seigneur (1981)
Olivier Messiaen
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