MAB Posted March 26, 2007 Share Posted March 26, 2007 I know that this programme has been mentioned elsewhere ('Celebrity organists') but did anyone else watch this programme last night and, if so, what did they think of it ? I thought it was better as a programme about the role that playing a musical instrument can play in your life than as a programme about the organ per se. On reflection, it was more like a documentary about the role music plays in a family, rather like 'Who do you think you are' with an instrument thrown in as an afterthought. However, it may have served a useful purpose if only in showing to the layman how complicated and challenging it is to play the organ well. Whilst watching it my wife remarked that so many people who go to a wedding in church just assume there will be an organist, without having the first idea of the demands and dedication involved. The one thing the programme really lacked was significant footage showing what can be done in the hands of a master ; there was about 3 seconds at the top of the programme of Wayne Marshall playing the Dupre Allegro Deciso at Rochester, but not much else. That was disappointing for organ enthusiasts, and I feel would have given more zest to the programme. There was not a great deal to make, for example, the competent pianist sit up and think 'wow, I want to try that' I actually thought that Jo Brand's performance was hugely impressive, given her starting point just a few months earlier, but felt, putting this tactfully, that a different teacher could have produced better results. I was not convinced that HDW was the most empathetic teacher, able to put his own agenda aside, feel his way into where Jo was and lead her to a convincincing performance. To this extent I felt that Howard Goodall was actually nearer the mark in his approach, and more emphasis on dramatic articulation would have produced a better result than plodding through pedal exercises. However, perhaps that was a wiser choice to show the difference between learning one piece as a party trick, and the dedicated study of the musical instrument. What do the rest of the board think ? M Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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