Peter Clark Posted July 17, 2007 Share Posted July 17, 2007 While this board was down, I came accross another discussion list for organists (Viva Organ) in which I lurked. One thread was that of recital programmes and the inclusion of a "big" piece. My view is that where possible one should tailor one's programme to your anticipated audience, maybe including one surprise item (Barry Jordan on this forum says he does this and by coincidence he is including Glass's Mad Rush in a recital, which is what I did recently.) When I gave a recital a few weeks back, I knew that the audience would be made up not so much of organ "buffs" but supporters of the parish and also of the charities for which the retiring collection would be taken. (This was one in a series of such recitals in which the recitalist names his/her charity.) It was also at lunchtime. I thus construced a recital of mailny shorter, lighter pieces, but included a Bach chorale prelude, a Brahms ditto and a Peeters ditto. I also introduced the already mentioned Glass, and included one of my own modest offerings. This mix seemed to work quite well. A programme devised for an audience where there were likely to be a number of organists would probably contain some more esoteric, and, dare I use the term "heavier" items. Any thoughts? P Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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