Poster for organ concert by Edwin Flath, 1971 (cropped image)

George Craig Collection ➔ Concert by organist Edwin Flath at Hertz Hall, July 25, 1971

Analog Audio

Event Type
George Craig
Program Length
61 min
1971-05-21 | created
| 1971-07-25 | broadcast
A recording of the second half of a concert for organ works performed by Edwin Flath. The concert was held on Sunday, July 25, 1971 at the University of California Berkeley's Hertz Hall. Flath was a renowned concert organist and founder of the California Bach Society. He died in 1987.

The pieces heard here were performed after intermission and begin with Olivier Messiaen's "L'Ascension", followed by a toccata and several chorale preludes by Johann Sebastian Bach.

From the printed program:

Olivier Messiaen
L'Ascension (Quatre Méditations Symphoniques pour Orgue)
i. Majesté du Christ demandant sa gloire à son Père
ii. Alléluias sereins d'une âme qui désire le ciel
iii. Transports de joie d'une âme devant la gloire du Christ qui est la sienne
iv. Prière du Christ montant vers son Père

Johann Sebastian Bach
Toccata in F Major (B.W.V. 540)
Chorale Preludes, from the "Six Schübler Chorales"
Ach bleib bei uns, Herr Jesu Christ (B.W.V. 649)(Abide with us Lord Jesus Christ)
from the "Little Organ Book" Jesus Christus unser Heiland (B.W.V. 626)(Jesus Christ our Redeemer)
from the "Clavierübung" Part III, Jesus Christus unser Heiland (B.W.V. 688)(Jesus Christ our Redeemer)
from the "Eighteen Chorales" Jesus Christus unser Heiland (B.W.V. 665)(Jesus Christ our Redeemer)
Prelude and Fugue in E minor (B.W.V. 548, the "Wedge")
A gold medal winner while a student of the Royal Conservatory in Toronto, Edwin Flath later studied with numerous teachers at the Organ Institute in Massachusetts, including E. Power Briggs, Finn Videro and Gustav Leonhardt. At Syracuse University, where he received his degrees, he studied organ with Arthur Poister and piano with Ernst Bacon. Also known for his conducting of opera, Mr. Flath recently conducted "Macbeth" and "Fidelio" in Palo Alto, and this season a production of Handel's "Athalia". He is Director of Music and Organist at All Souls Church, Berkeley, and Founder and Director of Berkeley and Palo Alto Bach Choirs, whose aim is to survey Bach choral literature.
The Edmund O'Neill Memorial Organ was designed by Walter Holtkamp.
20th century classical
Classical music
Musical Selections
L'Ascension / Olivier Messiaen -- Toccata and Fuge in F major, BWV 540 -- Ach bleib bei uns, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 649 -- Jesus Christus, unser Heiland, BWV 626 -- Jesus Christus, unser Heiland, der von uns den Zorn Gottes wandt, BWV 688 -- Jesus Christus, unser Heiland, BWV 665 -- Prelude and Fugue in E minor, BWV 548 / Johann Sebastian Bach
Edwin Flath, organ
Organ music
Chorale preludes
Suites (Organ) 20th century