The Organ at the UU Church of Nashua

Selections by Dan Murphy

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1.      An improvisation.

2.      Hymn tune 'Nicaea' (Dykes). One I recall from my Presbyterian youth when it had very Trinitarian words.  Called "Bring, O Past, Your Honor" and others in the UU hymn book.

3.      A couple of Woody Guthrie tunes -- "Deportees" and "Pastures of Plenty". Used as a prelude for a Woody Guthrie service in 2002.

4.      A theme from Finlandia (Sibelius). Used as a hymn tune for two different sets of words in the UU hymnal.

5.      Summertime (Gershwin). This uses the organ's "oboe" stop in the tenor range to set the mood.

6.      Hymn tune 'Slane' (traditional Irish). Best known as "Be Thou My Vision".

7.      A hymn tune sometimes called Ton-y-botel but listed as 'Ebenezer' (Thomas John Williams) in the UU hymn book.

8.      Hymn tune 'In Babilone' (c. 1710).  Used for "Wonders Still the World Shall Witness" in the UU hymn book.

9.      Old Man River (Kern) from "Showboat" the first of the modern Broadway musicals and still among the top three of the 20th Century. This arrangements reflect my theater organ background.

10. Christmas Medley.  Prelude for the 2003 Christmas Eve service. 

-Dan Murphy

Recorded June, 2002 in the sanctuary of the Unitarian-Universalist Church, Nashua, NH., except (10) December, 2003.