My favourite composers for the organ have got to be Messiaen and Eben. Of course there is also Bach and Sweelink.
When people think about the organ, generally the mind goes to the Mass, the hymns, and the accompaniment of the choir. I believe that organ music is much more complex and satisfying than this.
When I studied at the Paris Conservatoire, my love for Bach's work could really be explored. My favourite works have to be the 18 Chorale Preludes from Leipzig and the Orgel Buchlein. I think these works offer great depth of musicianship, emotion and perfection in the compositions. I also enjoy playing Beethoven Piano Sonatas and...
Switching from Piano to Organ Editor's PickMost pianists, if asked about the organ, usually respond "Oh, but I couldn't possibly play the organ!". To non-organists, it can seem a rather mystifying instrument, requiring two hands and two feet to be coordinated and offering an array of complications such as different keyboards (manuals) and different stops. It is actually...
These mighty theatre pipe organs once were part of the cinema experience. Famous names such as Wurlitzer and Compton built amazing pipe organs, which thrilled thousands of movie theatregoers. These pipe organs were 'voiced' to imitate the symphony orchestra and were designed to accompany silent films. A Wurlitzer cinema organ I...
How to practiceWhether you are starting to learn an instrument for the first time or have been playing a while, these tips will ensure you make the most of your valuable practice time. Be organised Make sure you have everything you will need before you start to practice. The most frustrating thing is to have to put your instrument...
The Cambridge Companion to the Organ is an essential read for any organist wanting to to know the background to one of the greatest instruments.
Learning music is one of the most daunting aspects of instrumental practice at any level and for any student. Of course, a different method of learning music will be appropriate for any student, but there are certain techniques which must be observed in all cases, at least as a starting point, and a lively and curious organist will...
On Thursday 19th April 2007, I woke up at around about 6am, hauled myself from my bed with an excruciating amount of difficulty, and left the house around 6:30 to be driven to Heathrow. I was slightly anxious about flying, as this was the first time I had ever flown. After queuing all the way to Heathrow, Dad dropped me off and I went...
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