Last Updated on 2024-02-17 | Originally Posted on 2020-12-22
Playing Guilmant is something any serious organist will have to and want to do at some point. Félix-Alexandre Guilmant (1837-1911) was an iconic composer in the romantic style for the organ. As a composer, he almost exclusively wrote for organ solo or for choir and organ. Continue reading “Playing Guilmant”
Last Updated on 2024-02-17 | Originally Posted on 2020-07-27
Playing Dupré is quite difficult. He had the proverbial silver spoon in his mouth from birth, at least in a musical sense. His father Albert was an organist in Rouen and good friends with iconic organ builder Aristide Cavaillé-Coll. The latter built a house organ for the Dupré family when Marcel was 14. Continue reading “Playing Dupré”
Last Updated on 2022-11-13 | Originally Posted on 2019-12-22
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Last Updated on 2022-11-27 | Originally Posted on 2019-05-05
Great success and utter disappointment might be a slight exaggeration. However, it shows the range of emotions I felt after giving what I consider to be my best organ recital to date on Sunday, April 28, 2019, at First Methodist in Bella Vista. My playing was really pretty decent, really good at times. More, it was about the best I could have expected. Continue reading “Great Success and Utter Disappointment”
Last Updated on 2022-11-27 | Originally Posted on 2018-11-25
I was really nervous but excited about my upcoming organ recital, when I was in full swing of practice at the beginning of December 2018. I had 29 guests for my last short organ recital. I was really pleased to have a mix of people attend from all three morning services, as well as guests who heard about the program via a listing in the local newspaper. Continue reading “Christmas 2018 Organ Recital”
Last Updated on 2024-02-17 | Originally Posted on 2018-04-10
It was a typical Sunday morning for me. At around 7:45 a.m., I rushed out of the choir room, having concluded playing for a short choral warm up. Before I got a chance to go into the sanctuary, climb the stairs to the chancel, and approach the organ bench, where I would put on my organ shoes, choir robe, and organize my music, I got stopped in the hallway. Continue reading “Real Job”
Last Updated on 2024-02-17 | Originally Posted on 2018-03-26
As you might imagine, there is an abundance of wonderful organ music for Lent and Easter. It would be pretty easy for me not to learn any new music for the season, and just recycle what I already have. Continue reading “Organ Music for Lent and Easter”