J. Reilly Lewis
Cathedral Choral Society
Washington Bach Consort
Clarendon United Methodist Church
Sights and Sounds could not be a
better description for Mary Mozelle's creative and compelling journey
through the myriad intricacies and magnificent colors of the King of
Not only the show and tell which led the audience through the various divisions of the organ and described the impressive console which controls the beast but also a well-selected and brilliantly executed sampling of some of the finest repertoire for this instrument kept everyone on the edge of their seats.
Mary's engaging personality and infectious enthusiasm is winning souls of all ages for this glorious music and for the mighty pipe organ which brings it all to resplendent life.
Mary McLaughlin, Program Coordinator
The Smithsonian Associates
“The audience was thrilled with the content of your program…..comments such as, ‘Great seminar!’ and ‘One of the best programs I’ve attended’ were expressed by participants throughout the day. The seminar was excellent on every count and reflected the high caliber and quality that one expects from the Smithsonian Institution.”
Carol Ann Barry, Director of Programs
Columbia Institute of Fine Arts
“The Sights and Sounds of the Pipe Organ was not
only entertaining, it was musically satisfying! The
examples were drawn from the finest literature. The
Widor at the end was breathtaking!”
Guglielm, Past Dean of the Washington DC Chapter of the AGO
“Congratulations on the program yesterday. I thoroughly
enjoyed it, and I could tell the whole audience did too.
Educational, lively and entertaining! What more could
Organ Music of
Daniel E. Gawthrop
at the Organ of the
PRINCETON UNIVERSITY CHAPEL
The American Organist - December 2008 James Hildreth
EXULTATE: ORGAN MUSIC OF DANIEL E. GAWTHROP. Mary Mozelle, organist. IV/137 organ of the Princeton University Chapel, Princeton, J.J. (E.M. Skinner, 1928, rebuilt by Aeolian-Skinner, 1954-56, rebuilt by Mander Organs, 1991). MSR Classics MS 1185. A leading American composer of choral and orchestral music, Daniel E. Gawthrop has also produced a considerable number of organ works that are appealing to performer and listener alike. In general, Gawthrop’s music is optimistic, possessing a quintessential American spirit. While driving rhythms are a frequent feature, he employs a wide variety of rhythmic and melodic devices, creating continual interest. His harmonies, rooted in tonality, are diverse in their broad array of coloring. Some pieces are simple and technically undemanding; others are complex and virtuosic. Mary Mozelle, former associate organist at National PresbyterianChurch in Washington, D.C., and presenter of the program, The Sights and Sounds of the Pipe Organ, performs this first commercial recording dedicated to Gawthrop’s organ works with conviction, insight, energy, and technical mastery. Works include Exultate, Sketchbook Three, Caprice, Nocturne, Toccata Brevis, Partita on Hyfrydol, and Chorale. Some salient moments occur in Sketchbook One, with an homage to Alain (“Incantation”) and the “Passacaglia,” in which the composer humorously thumbs his nose at the time-honored form with a funky theme in 4/4 and an incredible array of variations that at one point juxtapose “O God, our help” and “Camptown Races.” O Jerusalem—A Symphony for Organ is a four-movement work inspired by quotations from Isaiah. Quasi-Jewish melodies and rhythms create an exotic, powerful effect. The instrument, though quite different now than in its original conception, is magnificent, its many colors and brilliant ensemble well suited to the repertoire. Its clarity and presence are well captured within the reverberant ambience of the space. This recording is an excellent introduction and overview of Gawthrop’s organ music, some of which should be in every organist’s library.
American Record Guide ~ July/August 2007
"[Gawthrop] has produced a substantial body of work for the [organ]...Gawthrop's writing for the organ is always effective...Its style is conservative and eclectic...[Mary Mozelle's] performances leave nothing to be desired in technical polish and control, while the recorded sound captures the warmth and clarity of the instrument."
Steven Ritter, All Music Guide ~ September 2007
"This is the world premiere CD dedicated to [Gawthrop's] music and it is largely successful. The very familiar Welsh tune Hyfrydol is given the King’s treatment in the animated and beautifully constructed five-movement Partita. Another highlight is certainly the Jerusalem Symphony, its four movements titled by quotes from the book of Isaiah that serve as the inspiration for the tone of the individual pieces...other works are fairly short one movement entities that have a unique and enclosed tonal message. I enjoyed them all very much...a 1928 Skinner instrument that has been virtually redone over the years, is a broad and robust instrument fully worthy of the type of registrations that Gawthrop desires... Mary Mozelle does everything humanly possible to take advantage of the space [in Princeton University Chapel]...Gawthrop’s music is worth investigating, and this is now the primary place to do so."