He entered into a conversation with Joseph Whiteford about having his father Richard Watson Dirksen build a portative organ for his use at the Cathedral and elsewhere, and after some delays the instrument arrived in 1955.
Wayne’s own account of the instrument’s provenance, specifications & capabilities shows his pride in his father’s craftsmanship, and is a charming example of his own prose as well.
When the organ arrived Wayne gave a full recital of manualiter pieces on it, including this performance of Handel’s Suite No. 5. It closes with the famous ‘Harmonious Blacksmith’ Variations, and his virtuosity is on full display: He quietly lays in a continuous trill in the top voice of Variation #2 [@ 1′ 41″] in the style of late Beethoven!