Herman de Jong    Organ The Friendly Giant    This is a typical opening and closing to the the long running (1958-1985) children's show.  In the early sixties, a bit behind the times, my family acquired a black and white TV. So as a child I watched "The Friendly Giant" on CBC. Though I have no distinct memories of this, I am possessed by an overwhelming sense of familiarity with the characters and the ambiance of the show. I'm sure it was a formative influence on the thousands of children who watched it. But it seems to have formed me more than others, for years later, in 1976, I was seriously studying the recorder with Hugh Orr in Toronto, the very one who was credited with playing the recorder behind the scenes on each episode of "The Friendly Giant". And a few years later I took up the recorder again, at the Royal Conservatory of Music, with Susan Prior, a student of Orr's who joined him in playing in Friendly's Jazz Cats recorder ensembles. Unfortunately, my eldest child never made it to TV viewing age before the "The Friendly Giant" was axed in 1985. J.S. Bach    Fuge in G Minor BWV 574 - Ton Koopman, organ. Organ music, especially that of Bach, sits deep in my being. Larry Norman    "Moses in the Wilderness", from the album "Upon This Rock" (1969). An AACS conference concert by Larry Norman in 1970 had a lasting impact on my whole family. Henry Purcell    "Dido's Lament" from the opera "Dido and Aeneas" (1688). This song, came to me via the Norton Scores and recordings purchased for my first year music introduction course at U of T in 1974. It's emotional impact has, for me, never faded. Georg Philipp Telemann    Fantasty No. 3 (1733) - Frans Bruggen, recorder. This is exactly the image I have of Bruggen from attending his solo concert in Toronto in the early 80s. I was able to speak with Bruggen briefly, in my halting Dutch, after the concert.
J.S. Bach    Christmas Oratorio, BWV 245 - Part VI (7:01) (1734). I got my first taste of this Christmas in 1977 at Massey hall with the Toronto Symphony and the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. J.S. Bach    Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F Major, III, Allegro Assai (1721). Oh how I love the Brandenburgs for choosing to use the recorder in concertos 2 and 5. J.S. Bach    Canata 140, "Wachet Auf, ruft uns die Stimme", BWV 140 - directed by Ton Koopman. I've never heard this live, but the LPrecording I owned never failed to move me. Giovanni Palestrina    "Kyrie", "Miss Papae Marcelli" (1562). Early music became a passion for me during my three years at the Royal Conservatory. This great work is written in a style which I studied under Samual Dolin. Jacob Van Eyk & Goudimel    Psalm 9 - Genevan Psalter -  mix by Ernst Stolz. My early love of Genevan Psalms has been rewarded more recently with new recordings of old settings. J.S. Bach    Canatata 80, "Ein Feste Burg Ist Unser Gott", BWV 80 (1723?) - directed by Ton Koopman. This work towers over my psyche like the mountain it is. The canon in the final movement is to me like Bach grounding the Reformation.
J.S. Bach    Cello Suite  No. 1 G Major, BWV 1007 (1720) - Anner Bylsma, Cello . Bach was employed by Calvinist Prince Leopold in Cothen from 1717-1723. My wife and I had the awesome experience of hearing Bylsma perform all six suites at Roy Thomson Hall in the early 80s. George Frideric Handel    Sonata for Recorder and Basso Continuo in F Major,  HWV 369 (1712). This was a favourite work for me, both to hear and to perform. My father usually accompanied me on the organ - this seemed especially fitting since the work is also arranged as an organ concerto. Tomas Luis de Victoria    "O Magnum Mysterium" (1548-1611). This is one of the first choir pieces I remember singing with our church choir at Taunton Rd, under Gerry van Wyck Serge Prokofiev    "Peter and the Wolf" (1936) - Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. This became a family favourite when our children were young and would look at the book's pictures while listening to the music and narration. Dan Gibson    "Solitudes" (1986). Music steps into a space that is often occupied, for me, with equal reward by the rich silence of nature. Jaques Berthier,Taize    "O Lord, hear my prayer".
Heinrich Schutz    Kleine Geistliche Konzerte, "O, Herr Hilf" (1639). Shutz's choral music was featured regularly in our family's living room, especially around Christmas time. J.S. Bach    Mass in B Minor, "Crucifixus" (1714/1749). I have sung this great work several times. My dad chose this movement and the next to serve as the pivot point in his memorial service. The recording we played was of one of Chorus Niagara's performances in which my dad's brother and I were basses. J.S. Bach    Mass in B Minor, "Et Resurrexit". J.S. Bach     B Minor Mass Explorer J.S. Bach    Fugue No. 20: A minor, "Well-Tempered Clavier Book I" (1722)  http://jan.ucc.nau.edu/~tas3/wtc/i20.html#movie. Fugues and their structure have long been a source of fascination for me. Eelco Vos, The Psalm Project