Spiritual Fantasy

Lucius Weathersby (organ), Wendy Hymes (flute)

Catalog #: TROY0440
Release Date: May 1, 2001
Format: Digital

Lucius R. Weathersby was born in Houston and raised in Louisiana. He is an assistant professor of music and chairperson of the music department at Dillard University in New Orleans where he teaches piano and lectures in music theory. He is the founder and co-director of the Dillard University String Ensemble. For more than five years , he was employed as full-time director of music in two churches where he founded and managed the First Congressional Concert Series in Waterloo, Iowa and the Second Sunday Concert Series at the Church of the Beatitudes in Phoenix, Arizona. He has given recitals in the United States and worldwide. The organ used for this recording was originally built and installed at Sherwell Chapel in Plymouth, Devon by Henry Willis in 1864. The sound of the instrument was influenced by the French organ builder Aristide Cavaille-Coll. The chapel was damaged by a bomb during the War. It was restored in 1951 and moved to Torrington where it was first used there during Easter services 1991.


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Title Composer Performer
Fanfare & Toccata Wallace Cheatham Lucius Weathersby, organ
Yoruba Lament Fela Sowande Lucius Weathersby, organ
Joie Violet George Bowers Lucius Weathersby, organ
Prelude & Fugato Violet George Bowers Lucius Weathersby, organ
Summerland from Three Visions William Grant Still (arr. Weathersby) Lucius Weathersby, organ; Wendy Hymes flute
Organ Suite Kevin George Lucius Weathersby, organ
Improvisation on the Helston Floral Dance Traditional (arr. Weathersby) Lucius Weathersby, organ
Were You There? Traditional (arr. Uzee Brown Jr.) Lucius Weathersby, organ
The Martyrs of Torrington Lucius Weathersby Lucius Weathersby, organ


  • "It was on [harmoniums]... a tradition of organ music in African-American churches developed separately from the mainstream... I recommend this recording for those interested in this musical tradition and for those who didn't know it existed."

    – American Record Guide

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