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Paul Morley

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    Apart from my family and very catholic tastes in music, as a listener, performer and aspiring composer: theology, fell walking, theatre, Tudor history, Indian food and malt whisky.

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  1. I believe that quite a few piano concerti have been transcribed for two pianos I would have thought that for anything up to and including Brahms, an organist with enough skill to play the piano transcription of the orchestral parts would be able to rearrange it effectively on the organ - much as they might do so when accompanying a romantic choral piece from the vocal score. The following is quite interesting
  2. St George Stockpot received a 32' reed in an extensive rebuild by Rushworth during the early 80s
  3. Presumably there are ranks on the latter that can be played in New Jersey and heard in Devon.
  4. The following may be of interest: http://orgue.free.fr/of662.html A very different tonal concept from an early 20C Harrison, of course.
  5. This link explains http://www.gewalcker.de/gewalcker.de/opusdiabolo.htm
  6. ...so a performance entirely faithful to the composer's intentions....!
  7. Superb performance and instrument, I agree. For the record, which are your best and second best?
  8. Fair enough. How about on my list substituting a Wagner transcription (preferably by a 19C German organist) for the Reger? Also, if one wished to make my list less Franco-German, a transcription of an Elgar P&S or one of Walton's coronation marches could replace the Mozart.
  9. Am I being a tad cynical, or is the Ebay lot possibly a case of someone trying to cash in on an urban myth? If they don't sell, might we see them repackaged as having come from an organ played by Handel?
  10. True. Nevertheless, the music provision in this school is first-rate.
  11. A few weeks ago, my son's class teacher asked the children if they knew any French words or phrases. My son (aged 7) volunteered 'Jeux de combinasion'.
  12. You might be surprised at what children will listen to, enjoy and understand, so long as they are not told that it's 'hard'. For a long time I used the noisiest bits of 'The Rite of Spring' as a basis for a Yr 7 (age 11) composition project. Comments after first hearing included, 'That's really scary. I like it'. 'Was that from "Jaws"?' 'That can't be right. Cavemen didn't have violins.'
  13. How about these: Buxtehude - Praeludum in G minor Bach - Passacaglia & Fugue in C minor Bach - CP 'O mensch bewein dien sunde gross' Mozart - Fantasia in F minor Mendelssohn - Sonata VI Franck - Chorale No 3 Reger - Phantasie & Fugue on 'BACH' Messiaen - L'Asenscion Ligeti - Volumina Swayne - Rif Raff Bonus tracks...BWV 565 & Widor V
  14. Are you telling us that an organ recital audience has included at least one person who should not really have been allowed out on their own?
  15. Here is a link to a picture http://www.kcoa.co.uk/Mereworth_002.jpg
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