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Organ Music and Repertoire / What are you playing on Easter Sunday?
« on: February 24, 2016, 09:01:24 PM »
I'm playing the first movement of Mendelssohn's 3rd Sonata.    Yes, the middle section is built on the Lutheran chorale, "Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir" (From deep affliction I cry out to you), which by then harks back to Lent.  But the outer sections are so massively triumphant that for me, they focus the mind on the wonder of the Resurrection.   (And I also love it, as a piece of music!)   
I'd love to hear what other people are playing this Easter Sunday!
Best wishes,

Organ Music and Repertoire / French organ magazine
« on: December 02, 2015, 08:51:01 AM »
In France recently, I bought a copy of the quarterly "Orgues Nouvelles".  This turned out to be more than an exercise in reading organ news in French because it came with volume 28 of "Cahier de partitions".   This is a little selection of very attractive short organ pieces by (in this edition) French and German composers across the centuries.  I'm going to subscribe to this - if I can find it - and would definitely recommend it for the music inside!

I was wondering if anyone saw Alina Ibragimova play three of the Bach solo violin sonatas on BBC 4 last night (20th Aug.).    It was like a window on Bach.  I think musicians on any instrument could learn a huge amount from hearing her stunning performance.   Looking forward to next Thursday, when she's doing the other three sonatas   

(And of course you can still see 20th Aug.concert online.)

Organ courses / Excellent organ course
« on: July 15, 2015, 12:30:08 PM »
Having just been on the 2015 London Organ Improvisation Course (an annual event), I would recommend it highly:

Organ concerts / Edinburgh Usher Hall, November
« on: June 18, 2015, 06:23:42 PM »
Great concert coming up at Edinburgh's Usher Hall, on November 20th, if you're here -
Thierry Escaich doing the Poulenc Concerto, then playing in Saint Saens' Organ Symphony.  The concert starts with Liszt "Les Préludes" - and the Orchestra is the RSNO.   Still plenty of tickets, by the looks of things - I've got ours!

Miscellaneous & Suggestions / A pain in the............foot!
« on: May 13, 2015, 11:03:13 AM »
I thought I'd post this here, as only other organists would really understand my plight!  I've broken a bone in my right foot (the 5th metatarsal, to be exact) and the frustration it's causing me is BIG.   It happened just before Easter (loose-fitting, slightly heeled shoe meets wonky bit of pavement).  However, at the time, the opinion was that it wasn't broken, so I went ahead and - through the pain - played Vierne 1 (Final) on Easter Sunday.  Fast-forward and to cut a long story short, it turns out that it is broken.  So I'm now a one-foot-wonder and although I had the last 2 Sundays off, I'm back into action this week.  It's not as mad as it seems, though, because I'm going to compromise.   I'm hunting madly for voluntaries I could play with one foot, or at least adapt for the purpose.  Hymns are okay - if I make sure I play the main harmony notes with my left foot and do some left-hand doubling-up, all will not be lost.  The swell pedal is manageable, too - I just rest my right foot on it and flex it my ankle (not affected, thank goodness!) as and when required!    As for my own practising, well, it's a great opportunity to really hone my left-foot technique!   I wondered if anyone else had been through this sort of thing, and how they overcame it......exercises, repertoire, etc........thanks!  :)

Hubby and I are thinking of going to France - not sure which part yet - in early May, partly (well really, mainly) so that I can try out organs of interest while we're there.  Can anyone recommend any organ/church, anywhere, that is known to accommodate visiting organists?   I'm not necessarily looking for organ crawls as such, but I'm open-minded. 

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