MusingMuso Posted March 26, 2008 Share Posted March 26, 2008 Although we usually associate the organ with Christian churches and music, I think it would be fair to suggest that this was not always the case, since the instrument eventually wandered East after the fall of the Roman Empire. Furthmore, with the growth of "western" music in countries such as China, Japan, Korea and even predominantly Muslim areas of the former USSR, the organ plays a significant part. However, throughout my own lifetime as an organist, I have always been aware of the Jewish alternative, and as a fourteen year old, I knew a lady who was the long serving organist of a Jewish Synagogue. Later on, I would sometimes visit the same synagogue to play the organ. I was also aware that the late Caleb Jarvis, as Civic Organist of Liverpool, was Jewish. Go to Hungary, and the Jewish organ-tradition appears to be quite strong, and organ recitals in the main synagogue of Budapest, are not at all uncommon. However, the "head office" of Israel would not, one might think, yield anything of great significance. Thus, when I stumbled across the music of Roman Krasnovsky, I was astonished. Here is a living recitalist and composer from the Ukraine, who now resides in Israel. The following links are very interesting, and if the sample mp3's are anything to go by, this is someone who actually knows how to compose for the organ. (For some strange reason, I found myself reminded of Peter Racine Fricker, who trotted off to America). http://www.organfocus.com/members/krasnovsky/ http://www.organfocus.com/members/krasnovsky/israel.php3 http://www.musicmakers-online.com/M-00004 MM Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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