Music for Christmas- James Welch in Concert at Stanford Memorial Church (1979)

Busser, Bach, Welch, Elmore, Pachelbel, Langlais, Karg-Elert, Schroeder, Purvis, JJ Kirkpatrick, Traditional

James Welch

Sheryl Lee Wilson, Nancy Wait

STANFORD MEMORIAL CHURCH is a tradition in itself. All those who visit the Church come away with a bit of its richness: the visual aspect of its windows, carvings, mosaics, and high arches; its peaceful setting in the middle of the campus with gently rolling and often cloud—covered hills as a backdrop; and the reverberation of choral and instrumental music. Add to this the tradition of the Christmas season and its wealth of beautiful music, and the result is an unforgettable experience. It is easy to understand why James Welch, who for four years served as Assistant University Organist at Stanford, has a deep appreciation for Christmas music at Stanford Memorial Church. Nothing gives a performer such as Mr. Welch greater pleasure than to share with friends the opportunity to enjoy favorite music in such a unique setting.

It was while at Stanford in 1973 that yet another tradition was begun: in honor of a close friend, Mrs. Mary Finlayson of Woodside, California, whose birthday falls on December 5, Mr. Welch chose to offer a “Birthday Concert" of Christmas music. Each December since that time, the Annual Birthday Concert has been held in the Palo Alto area, often including guest performers, two of whom are represented in this recording. Mr. Welch has written a number of new Christmas songs, all receiving their premiere performances at these concerts.

It is the sincere wish of the artist that this joyous tradition may continue and that all who hear this music will feel the special joy that only Christmas music can bring.

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James Welch

University Organist and Carillonneur since 1977 at the University of California, Santa Barbara, is a native of California. He studied from 1968 to 1969 at Brigham Young University, and in 1970 he attended the Mozarteum Akademie in Salzburg, Austria, where he studied with Professor Josef F. Doppelbauer. In 1972 he began his studies at Stanford University with Professor Herbert Nanney. As a graduate student he was appointed University Assistant Organist, and in the summer of 1975 he served as Acting University Organist. In 1974 he completed his Master's Degree Project with Josef Doppelbauer in Salzburg, and in 1975 he studied pipe organs in South America on a grant from Stanford University. He was awarded the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in June 1977. Dr. Welch is an Associate Member of the American Guild of Organists and is currently the Dean of the Santa Barbara Chapter of the Guild. He has also studied with Alexander Schreiner in Salt Lake City and with Jean Langlais at Ste. Clotilde in Paris. He has performed on carillons and organs in England, France, Germany, Austria, Brazil, and throughout the United States. Dr. Welch has released two previous recordings of organ music, "Concert" and "Recital", produced by Wilson Audio Specialties.

JJ Kirkpatrick

JJ Kirkpatrick, trumpet and flugelhorn, was born in Portland, Oregon. JJ began his diverse musical career at 9 when he scored the opening sequence to a 10-minute film he co-directed with his brother. JJ began playing trumpet that same year, studying with Portland legend Thara Memory. Mr. Kirkpatrick has performed with Wynton Marsalis, Tootie Heath, Beyonce, Craig Robinson, Louis CK among others, and works as a performer, composer and producer. Along with Andrew Boyle, Misha Bigos and Gary Wicks, JJ founded Sophisticated Lady jazz quartet. www.jjkirkpatrickmusic.com
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Music for Christmas- James Welch in Concert at Stanford Memorial Church (1979)

Busser, Bach, Welch, Elmore, Pachelbel, Langlais, Karg-Elert, Schroeder, Purvis, JJ Kirkpatrick, Traditional

James Welch

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Music for Christmas- James Welch in Concert at Stanford Memorial Church (1979)

Busser, Bach, Welch, Elmore, Pachelbel, Langlais, Karg-Elert, Schroeder, Purvis, JJ Kirkpatrick, Traditional

James Welch

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Analog Mastering: Stan Ricker at JVC Cutting Center
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Recording Engineer:

Dave Wilson recorded the selections on this album using two AKG C-414 condenser microphones to capture a natural, ambient sound field with good frequency and time domain qualities. The omni pattern was used for all pieces except “Sleep, Baby, and Smile”, in which the figure of eight pattern was employed, and “And Holy is His Name," in which the C-414's excellent hyper-cardioid pattern was used to good effect. Side one was recorded December 5, 1976, and most of side two was recorded on December 4. 1978. “Sleep, Baby, and Smile" was recorded on December 4, 1977. An interesting comparison can be made between side one, which was recorded using Maxell UD recording tape, and side two, which was recorded using SM #250 Studio Mastering Tape. Audiophiles unaccustomed to the sound of this organ should expect an extremely warm, full sound. Spectrum analysis reveals very little output above 3KHZ, but with prodigious output in the vicinity of 32HZ. This album will reward subwoofer owners, while not threatening their tweeters.

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2 Pieces sur des Noels populaires, Op. 82 - No. 1. Accourez pastoureaux
Busser
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2 Pieces sur des Noels populaires, Op. 82 - No. 2. Il es ne le divin enfant
Busser
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Nun freut euch, lieben Christeng'mein, BWV 734
Bach
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Das Orgelbuchlein, BWV 599-644
Bach
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Sleep, Baby and Smile
Welch
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The Night of the Star
Elmore
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Vom Himmel hoch da komm ich her
Pachelbel
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3 Poemes evangeliques, Op. 2 - No. 2. La nativite
Langlais
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Choral Improvisation on In dulci jubilo, Op. 75, No. 2
Karg-Elert
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In dulci jubilo
Schroeder
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And Holy Is His Name
Welch
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Divinum mysterium
Purvis
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Away in A Manger (arr. K. Chapman for organ)
JJ Kirkpatrick
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Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella (arr. K. Chapman)
Traditional
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