James Welch Organist

Instrument of Peace
Music of Reflection for the King of Instruments

Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace ...These words from the well-known prayer of St. Francis set the tone for the music in this recording -- a collection of some of the most beloved melodies and hymn tunes ever written

Instrument of Peace features 22 compositions, most of which are contemplative in style. Many of the pieces are arrangements of well-known hymns and folk melodies, plus some lyrical pieces by Bach, Mozart, and Alexander Schreiner. Ten of the pieces are by Dale Wood, whose arrangements are exquisite. The album was recorded on a fine Schoenstein organ at the Church of Saints Peter and Paul in San Francisco. This CD contains 75 minutes of music.

Musical Selections

Dale Wood: Though I May Speak (English Folk Tune)
Paul Manz: Jesus, Lead Thou On
Johann Sebastian Bach: When Thou Art Near
Dale Wood: All Things Bright and Beautiful
Robert Manookin: Because I Have Been Given Much
Dale Wood: I Need Thee Every Hour
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Prelude on the Ave Verum
Dale Wood: Aria on the Hymn Tune JEWELS
Herbert Nanney: Adagio, from Sonata in E Minor
James Welch: 'Tis Sweet to Sing the Matchless Love
Dale Wood: My Shepherd Will Supply My Need
Charles Callahan: Aria
Dale Wood: The Gift to Be Simple
Charles Callahan: Reflection, Partita on "All Creatures of our God and King"
Dale Wood: Beautiful Savior (Fairest Lord Jesus)
Alexander Schreiner: Lyric Interlude
Dale Wood: Blessed Assurance
Paul Manz: Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing (NETTLETON)
Dale Wood: How Great Thou Art
Leon Boellmann: Ronde Francaise
H. Walford Davies (arr. James Welch): Solemn Melody
Dale Wood: Fantasy on the Early American Tune PISGAH

The Recording Site

The Church of Saints Peter and Paul, known as the "Italian Cathedral of the West," was founded in 1884 as the first Italian national church in California. The Salesian Order of Don Bosco took charge of the parish in 1897. The order, noted for its work with Catholic youth, built the spirit of the community and led it through the devastion of the 1906 fire and reconstruction of San Francisco.

The present church, known all over the world as one of the city's most prominent landmarks, was dedicated in 1924. It has come to symbolize the Italian heritage of San Francisco's most colorful district, North Beach. Installation of the organ in 1987 marked the completion of the church's Centennial celebration, during which James Welch was honored to give the dedicatory recital. Sincere thanks go to Fr. David Purdy, Rector, for his cooperation in this recording.

About the Instrument

The organ of St. Elizabeth Church, San Francisco, was built by Schoenstein & Co. in 1986. Schoenstein is the largest and oldest pipe organ firm in the Western United States, and one of the oldest in North America. The company was founded in the Black Forest of Germany in the mid-nineteenth century and was established in San Francisco in 1877. Their instruments are found in churches and concert halls throughout the country. This instrument containts two manuals, 17 voices, 21 ranks, and 1173 pipes, with electric-pneumatic action.

Spire Flute 16'
Principal 8'
Harmonic Flute 8'
Stopped Diapason (Sw) 8'
Spire Flute 8'
Unda Maris (TC)
Octave 4'
Chimney Flute 4'
Fifteenth 2'
Mixture IV
Bassoon (Sw) 16'
Trumpet 8'
Cremone 8'

Stopped Diapason 8'
Gamba 8'
Celeste (TC)
Principal 4'
Harmonic Flute 4'
Nazard 2 2/3'
Flageolet 2'
Tierce 1 3/5'
Mixture III
Bassoon 16'
Trumpet 8'
Bassoon & Oboe 8'
Vox Humana 8'
Clarion 4'

Resultant 32'
Contra Bass 16'
Bourdon 16'
Bass (Gt) 8'
Flute (Gt) 8'
Stopped Diapason (Sw) 8'
Octave Bass (Sw) 8'
Octave Flute (Gt) 4'
Super Octave (Sw) 2'
Fife (Sw) 1'
Contra Bassoon (Ext Sw) 32'
Trombone (Ext Gt) 16'
Bassoon (Sw) 16'
Trumpet (Sw) 8'
Bassoon (Sw) 8'
Oboe (Sw) 4'

What people are saying about Instrument of Peace...

"I really have been quite moved by this album. It's absolutely beautiful. I find it very soothing and inspirational. I am rapidly spreading your fan-base down here. You could go platinum with this one." --Elder Keith Paugh, missionary in Venezuela

"Welch is a master of registration and expression. These contemplative arrangements are indeed a breath of fresh air. This compilation is a value, with nearly 75 minutes of reflective organ music, for meditation or active listening." --George Husson, church organist, San Francisco, California

"The times I've played it are now uncountable, and still it inspires me. I love the way each selection flows so beautifully into the next. While Mozart may have thought the organ 'King of Instruments,' the Hancock family considers you 'King of Organists.'" --Kay Gardner Hancock, concert pianist, Seattle

"I am proud to be associated with this fine recording that abounds with such an abundance of sensitive musicianship." --Dale Wood, composer and arranger, The Sea Ranch, California