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Paolo Bordignon Plays The Met's Appleton Organ

Aug 26, 2021 25 MINUTES

Watch a performance in the Musical Instruments galleries on The Met's Appleton Organ. Built in 1830, this organ is the oldest and finest extant product of the renowned Boston craftsman Thomas Appleton (1785-1872).

This video was the result of a collaboration between the Organ Historical Society and The Department of Musical Instruments at The Met.

Paolo Bordignon, Musician
Praeludium für die Orgel (1829)……Fanny Mendelssohn (1805-1847)
Two pieces for organ (1959)……Herbert Howells (1892-1983)
Dalby’s Fancy
Dalby’s Toccata

Chant de Mai, Op. 53, No. 1 (1917)……Joseph Jongen (1873-1953)

Sonata II in C Minor, Op. 65, No. 2 (1838/39/44)……Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
I. Grave
II. Adagio
III. Allegro Maestoso e vivace
IV. Fuga: Allegro moderato

Featured Artwork:
Thomas Appleton (American, 1785–1872). Pipe Organ, 1830. Mahogany veneer, rosewood veneer, pine, gilt, ivory, ebony, maple, walnut, chestnut, 16 ft. 1 in. × 9 ft. 3 in. × 9 ft. (490.2 × 281.9 × 274.3 cm). Purchase, Margaret M. Hess Gift, in memory of her father, John D. McCarty, 1982. 1982.59.1–.105.

Video Producer: Ryan Johnston
Video Editor: Gregory Chang
Organ Technician: Lawrence Trupiano

Organized by the Department of Musical Instruments
Jayson Dobney, Frederick P. Rose Curator in Charge
Bradley Strauchen-Scherer, Curator
Manu Frederickx, Associate Conservator
Pamela Summey, Programs Coordinator
Tim Caster, Principal Technician
Aileen Marcantonio, Associate for Administration