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En Chamade

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  1. Hello peeps, long time no see! I'm currently looking at this piece for the DipABRSM, and was wondering, do you generally split all the chords between two hands? There are instances where I'm taking certain bars with one hand only, but obviously don't want to use what might be considered poor technique.
  2. Hmmm, I think most people are missing the point. Like it or not, this guy is bringing the organ to the masses, and maybe even earning us organists respect from fellow musicians. For this alone, Mr. Cameron has my full admiration. As for his image - it's a little way out, but at the same time unique and refreshing.
  3. Lovely! Must try and locate a copy. I realise the following statement may very well render me unpopular on here forever, but for some reason, listening to this piece reminds me of the dance from The Snowman Hmm... EC
  4. Well it might not be Mediaeval, but a selection from Old English Organ Music should suffice. EC
  5. Oh yes, I remember this very well. It was a South Bank Show episode featuring Gillian Weir. The piece in question was Messe de la Pentecôte. EC
  6. I have two rules when it comes to funeral voluntaries - the piece should be in a Major key, and/or a well known classic. It's always safe to assume that the people attending funerals will be unchurched and out of their comfort zone, so it makes sense to give them something they know well or can easily appreciate. Pieces like this always work: Ave Verum - Mozart Panis Angelicus - Franck O rest in the Lord - Mendelssohn Largo - Handel O Welt, ich muß dich lassen (1 and 2) - Brahms Sheep may safely graze - Bach
  7. Another Sibelius user here! The software is so easy to work with, I can't recommend it enough. The only con is the price. As already mentioned, Capella is quite good. I can't speak for Sibelius, but it's worth noting the scoring applications already available for the Linux platform (free of course): Rosegarden and Lilypond EC
  8. There's a good arrangement in the "A classic top ten for organ" book, published by Kevin Mayhew. Sight-readable too. EC
  9. Lichfield Cathedral is a good example when it comes to badly positioned organs. Before the addition of the Nave organ in 2000, the main instrument failed to make any impact in the Cathedral whatsoever... EC
  10. I'll go one step further and admit that anything by Howells bores me to tears (and yes, I realise this comment may very well make me unpopular ) EC
  11. Expanding on my last post, I would also suggest any of the Orgelbuchlein Advent/Christmas Chorale Preludes BWV 599-612. Failing that, how about something by Daquin, the Noel Grande Jeu et Duo perhaps? It's quite simple, but lively and rousing nonetheless. You'll find this in the Oxford Book of Christmas Organ music. EC
  12. What about the Vierne Carillon de Westminster? or any of the Vierne Carillons for that matter. EC
  13. This might be a clue http://www.guardian.co.uk/tv-and-radio/200...avin-and-stacey The church is St Peter, in the village of Peterston-super-Ely and the director of music is James Bull EC
  14. I'm not sure what's going on with Amazon. Play.com list this title as being in stock, so you might be better off ordering with them. EC
  15. Agreed. I find the best approach to learning new pieces is to play the correct notes slowly, five or six times. It also helps if you write in the fingering and stick to it. Who else will admit to snubbing the shorter, easier works in favour of learning masterpieces? EC
  16. The title says it all really One of my favourites at the minute is "French Organ Music from the Revolution to Franck and Widor". Definitely worth a read if you're interested in the French stuff, and of course there's the "Cambridge companion to the Organ" which is essential for quick reference. Recommendations welcome EC
  17. Very funny There's a Bill Bailey atmosphere about these videos. Welcome to the forums Rohrflöte! EC
  18. Just as well that most of the congregation won't know what the words mean. Thinking about the recent case of the vicar in Tunbridge Wells, I've come to the conclusion that it's only a matter of time before some insensitive clod demands Disco Inferno (Burn Baby Burn) be played at a cremation service. I can just see the headline now EC
  19. This just sounds amateur. Too many wrong notes and inconsistencies in tempo. EC
  20. I also have problems with playing too fast and find using a metronome while practising a great help. This method isn't for everyone though. EC
  21. The worst howlers I've seen printed "Arrival of the Queen of Sheba by G.F. Handle" and "In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Sprite" It is when it works EC
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