Vox Humana Posted May 26, 2008 Share Posted May 26, 2008 I have to play this in a concert next month. This will be the first time I have played it (it wasn't repertoire stuff in the bygone days when I used to play in church regularly). Only one organ, so I am having to conflate the two organ parts. I can't quite make up my mind about how best to treat a couple of passages in the Gloria. In a sense I am batting on a losing wicket in that the choir will be in the chancel, the audience will be in the nave and the large four-decker organ is situated between the two parties, divided between the two transepts. There is the added disadvantage that the organ sounds louder in the nave than it does in the chancel, so any sustained chords on anything louder than Great Open II plus Full Swell (perhaps with Gt Principal for can belto passages) is going to drown the choir - though this is quite normal for organs of this size. However, I figure I can get away with momentary interjections on louder combinations - the drowning of the choir for the odd brief instant is not going to matter too much. So, to the specific problems. 1. Just after Quoniam tu solus sanctus, where I anticipate I will be playing the Grand Orgue part on the said Open + Full Swell. At Tu solus altissimus is it better to play the Orgue de Choeur part and interject the off-beat pedal from the GO or forget about accompanying the choir and just play the off beat chords of the latter? I'm inclining towards the latter. I suppose another possibility is to play the left hand from the OdC and the right hand and pedal from the GO - is that too fussy? 2. Just after this at cum sancto Spiritu (and similarly at the beginning at Laudamus te) I shall be playing the OdC part on Full Swell. I reckon I can get away with playing the two-chord interjections from the Grand Orgue on Full Organ, or at least something approaching it, but how best to handle them? Is it better to keep sustaining the left hand of the OdC part and just do the interjections with right hand and pedal, or is it better to break the sostenuto and play the GO chords with both hands? All tips gratefully received! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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