Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Yale Camerata: Music of Calvin Hampton

"(George) Calvin Hampton (December 31, 1938–August 5, 1984) was a leading American organist and sacred music composer. ... He served as Organist and Choirmaster of Calvary Episcopal Church, Gramercy Park, New York City, from September 1963 to June, 1983. His 'Fridays at Midnight' organ recital series, running from 1974 to 1983, was one of the most famous and popular organ recital series in American history. Hampton was also a respected composer for the church and for the concert stage. Before his death, Eric Routley, a noted authority on church music, called Hampton 'the greatest living composer of hymn tunes.' His settings of the Episcopal liturgy are also in use in Catholic churches, and his choral works are milestones of innovative, challenging sacred music. ... Towards the end of his life, Hampton gave up church work and concentrated on composition and organ consulting. ... Weakened with AIDS, Hampton remained active until the final few weeks of his life" (Wikipedia).
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