Music for March 12

Sunday’s 9am and 11am services will feature splendid organ and/or choral works by English composers Herbert Howells (1892-1983), C. Hubert H. Parry (1848-1918), and William Byrd (c. 1540-1623), as well as French organist Jeanne Demessieux (1921-1968). In honor of Women’s History Month, we recognize Demessieux’s achievement as the first female organist to sign a record contract (1947). She gave more than 700 concerts across Europe and the United States, always performing from memory, having over 2,500 compositions in her repertoire, including the complete organ works of J.S. Bach, César Franck, and Marcel Dupré. Dupré even publicly called her “the greatest organist of all generations.” Demessieux’s own compositions total more than 30 works, about half of which have been published thus far. Sunday’s postlude by Demessieux is based on the Lenten chant tune “Attende, Domine.”