Obituary of Paul X. Jordan – my friend, my teacher, my mentor.

New Haven AGO member and past Sub-Dean Dr. Paul Jordan passed away on March 1, 2015, having attained the age of 74.

Paul Jordan, recorder player and organist/pianist (as well as conductor and composer), is a professor of music emeritus at the State University of New York at Binghamton. He was born in New York City and educated there, was a choirboy at Church of the Intercession in NYC, was also educated in Germany and Havana, Cuba, attended Harvard and Columbia universities, acquiring degrees from the State Music Academy in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, State Degree in Sacred Music (3-yr. course), Yale University School of Music, Master of Music, and the American Conservatory (of Chicago), Doctor of Musical Arts.

Mr. Jordan held a Solo Recitalist’s Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and has concertized in more than a hundred venues around the world; his recording of J. S. Bach’s Art of the Fugue is available  Locally, he founded and conducted the New Haven Buxtehude Project of singers and instrumentalists, which in 2007 and 2008 appeared in concerts in New Haven, Cheshire and Waterbury.  Earlier in his career, Paul Jordan emphasized the recorder, appearing widely with the New York Trio da Camera, and — in Bach’s 4th Brandenburg Concerto — with the New York Philharmonic under Leonard Bernstein.

Main teachers:

Carolyn and Alfred Mann, recorder

Tui St. George Tucker, recorder

Emil Platen, mus. theory/history, conducting, composition

Anton Biersack, Irwin Fischer, Jerome Laszloffy, conducting

Kurt Hessenberg, composition /  Karl Koehler, liturgical organ playing

Hanns Eppink, Grete Sultan, Karl Weiss, piano

Maria Jaeger, harpsichord

Helmut Walcha, organ

Arthur Poister, Charles Krigbaum, organ

Lipphardt, music history / Gerstenmeier, church history


as church musician:

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Hillsdale, NJ

United Church on the Green (Congregational), New Haven (ten years)

Tabernacle United Methodist Church, Binghamton, NY

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Owego, NY

Stratford United Methodist Church, Stratford, CT (five years)

First Congregational Church, Guilford, CT

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Woodbury, CT

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Madison, CT

First Church of Christ Scientist, Westport, CT

as educator (instructor & professor):

Neighborhood Music School, New Haven, CT

Rocky Ridge Music Center, Estes Park, CO

Chestnut Hill Creative Arts Center, Killingworth, CT

California Institute of the Arts (Valencia, CA)

American Conservatory of Music (Chicago, IL)

State Univ. of N.Y. @ Binghamton

as conductor:

Sacred Concerts I-V, U.C. on the Green

guest conductor, Evang. Kirche am Lietzensee, Berlin

guest orchestra cond., Cal. Inst. of the Arts, Florida Festival

Collegium Musicum, and orchestra, S.U.N.Y. @ Binghamton

founder-conductor, New Haven Buxtehude Project

as organ recitalist:

concerts in U.S.A., Germany (ca. 100, mostly Lutheran churches), France, Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland,

Austria, Hungary, Sweden, Denmark, Japan, Australia, Israel, England

as recording artist:

two organ double-albums of Bach, Little Organ Book, nominated by the German Phono Academy, for Deutscherschallplattenpreis (German Grammy Award)

From Amsterdam to Leipzig (organ)

Buxtehude, Moondog & Co. (organ)

three albums as recorder player

(singer: counter-tenor) in the New York Pro Musica Motet Choir & with the Antiqua Players of Pittsburgh

Special Credits:

Solo Recitalist’s Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts

Private grant for composition in southern France

Award for Bach Interpretation, Fondation Europeenne de la Culture

appearance as recorder player with the N. Y. Philharmonic (L. Bernstein, cond.)

participant (2 summers — in various capacities) at the Oregon Bach Festival  (H. Rilling, cond.)

radio broadcasts in Berlin, Hannover, Frankfurt

‘figure’ in biographies of Helmut Walcha, William Sloane Coffin, Jr., Moondog

Referenced in Connecticut Explored, Vol. 13, Winter 2104 in article about Minister William Sloane Coffin, Jr.

Author of articles in Musik und Kirche, The American Organist, The American Recorder,  The Diapason (3 articles on Helmut Walcha)

Past Sub-Dean and member, American Guild of Organists, New Haven, CT Chapter

Member, Schola Cantorum of the St. Gregory Society (New Haven)

Paul Jordan is survived by his wife, Xilin, and son Libai.

Condolences may be sent to:

Xilin F. Jordan

2295 State Street

Hamden, CT06517

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Four Piano Trios – Opus 43

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Most Excellent News!

My piano prelude (Five Pieces for Piano, Op. 27 No. 1) has been chosen to be recorded by Kris Carlisle as part of the American Evolution series!

Woo Hoo!

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Hard News.

I learned in the last few days that my teacher, my mentor, and my friend, Paul Jordan, is dying.

He’s in a nursing home near New Haven, Connectitcut. Apparently he’s contracted some type of cancer. Mutual friends saw him a couple of weeks ago and report that he’s alert, sharp as ever, but thin and frail.

I’m hoping to get to New Haven to see him before he expires, but I’m locked into the end semester crush and simply cannot get away for another two weeks. I hope that I can get to see him while he’s still lucid, that we can have a good last conversation.

I’ve known him for nearly 35 years, and he’s always been a good friend. I shall miss him terribly.

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Catching up – I’ve been very, very busy!

I had a concert on November 9th – half the music was mine. It went very well – two song cycles. I had two violin pieces scheduled, but my violinist got sick and couldn’t make it.

I’ve had two new songs performed on mid-day recitals, Momenta Quartet did a really excellent job on my string quartet (and the six others that my fellow composition students wrote). It was an exceptional concert – their rendition of Janacek’s “Intimate Letters” was superb!

Just this last week I finished Piano Music No. 7, Cello Music No. 3, Duet for Two Flute with Piano, Trio for Two Aerophones and Piano (clarinet and soprano sax).

I’m working on a short exploratory piece for Wind Symphony / Concert Band (reading is this week), and have begun what’s going to be my Graduate Thesis – a “Libera Me” ( Líbera me (“Deliver me”) is a Roman Catholic responsory that is sung in the Office of the Dead and at the absolution of the dead, a service of prayers for the dead said beside the coffin immediately after the Requiem Mass and before burial.) for four soloists, full chorus and full orchestra.

I’ve got the opening written and the end planned – now I have just to fill in the middle.

Just finished a *huge* term paper, “Narrative in Modern Music.” The thesis is that narrative construction is possible in modern music – even 12 tone, minimalist and “moment music” where there appears to be no forward movement in time for a musical goal.

And I’m working on converting my piano-accompanied “Sweet Was The Song” Christmas lullaby to fretted instrument accompaniment – either guitar or lute. That’s going more slowly that I would like, but it’s progressing.

And that’s what I’m up to lately.

via Hey Music Man – whassup lately w. you? \ – Marita Gibson Snyder DeCarlo.

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How Wolves Change Rivers – YouTube

Trophic cascades. Never heard of them before – but here’s a short film (4:33) that shows why we must save endangered species.

How Wolves Change Rivers – YouTube.

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New / Different Car!

I bought an Elderado yesterday! Lovely inside (mostly) and out. The lady told me the brakes were funky, but I didn’t expect them to fail completely as I drove it home for the very first time! Luckily I was able to slow it down and coast to a stop – with the help of a curb – without hitting anything other than bushes and shrubbery. It was more than a little scary considering everything from where I live is downhill!

Caddy on a Truck

So here it is on the tow truck this morning. I was happy to have the heated seat while I waited in the 53 degree rain!

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