About two months ago, Carson Cooman asked if I would be interested in recording a set of new works by Raymond H. Haan. I am always pleased to be invited, so I said that I would be glad to do them.
My first instincts was to be put off by the registrations, as they seem to be for a large Allen or Rodgers. However, when I stop prejudging and working on them, I found some REALLY BEAUTIFUL MUSIC in them!
I used Salisbury, trying to use it more like an "American organ," and I am very pleased with the results.
What I found to be especially satisfying is that Carson sent the recordings to the composer, and he was overjoyed. As a performer, that is something very gratifying.
The second work in the collection, of which there are 15 pieces, is "Postlude on 'Canaan.'" It makes for a "creative use" of some of the reed stops, and the overall feel, is what I'd call "modernized early-American," largely because of the character of the hymn-tune itself.
A photo of Raymond Haan is attached below.
Carson has also asked that I include the following:
Published in "Raymond H. Haan: Preludes and Meditations" by Lorenz
A native of Michigan, Raymond H. Haan (b. 1938) is a graduate of Calvin College and the University of Michigan. In addition to an extended career in education teaching middle and high school English, Haan was
Director of Music at Cutlerville East Christian Reformed Church for more than fifty years. As a composer he has published extensively, and his body of more than 500 works includes music for organ, choir, handbells, and other solo instruments.
I will not upload these in big bunches, but will spread them out, never uploading more than 1 or 2 per day.
I found these pieces really "refreshing," and I hope that you will as well.