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“Winter’s Dream” was composed by Paul Halley for our annual Winter Solstice Celebration, which we have presented every year since 1980 at the Cathedral in New York. It is titled not for myself, but for the winter solstice, this great turning point of the year which has been celebrated by northern peoples for millennia. The “dream,” at that darkest and coldest time of the year, is for the return of the light, and the promise of the springtime, when nature reawakens and green things grow again.

(Dedication: to Ms. Hiroko Koyama, President of Shumei)

The organ played by Tim Brumfield in "Winter's Dream" is the renowned five-manual "Royal V," an electronic pipe organ made by the Rodgers Organ Company. I first heard it played in the 1970s by legendary organist Virgil Fox, at the Fillmore East in New York, during the tour of his show "Heavy Organ." With this touring organ and a huge rock sound system, Virgil awakened audiences of young people around the country to the music of Bach, in a glorious way. I found it thrilling.

I was amazed to encounter this same one-of-a-kind organ, many years later, in Shumei's great sanctuary, Meishusama Hall, in Misono, Japan.

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from Light of the Sun (High​-​Fidelity Audio), released November 13, 2020
Written by Paul Halley
(Back Alley Music, ASCAP)

Paul Winter / soprano sax
Paul Halley / piano and organ
Tim Brumfield / organ

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Paul Winter is a seven-time Grammy-winning saxophonist, whose sextet was the first jazz group to perform at the White House in 1962. His second group, the Paul Winter Consort, interweaves sounds from the natural world with classical and ethnic traditions, and the spontaneous spirit of jazz. Their annual Winter Solstice Celebrations and Earth Mass are among the most popular events in New York. ... more

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