Vox Humana Posted January 27, 2010 Share Posted January 27, 2010 On another thread, Henry Willis posted this: And we wonder WHY the general public is turned off by the organ? DW I am sorry to say that such playing is very far from unusual in churches in my neck of the woods, where there is virtually no concept of music as a serious art form. I would even go so far as to suggest that it is quite common. How far is this true on other areas? How far do you find similar playing in countries such as America, Norway and Germany that take church music seriously? I am not so unrealistic as to suggest that organists must either play to FRCO standard or not bother at all, and one can argue about where to draw the line with regard to what is acceptable (personally I am quite pragmatic about this), but surely there are many cases like the above example when silence would be more seemly? That churches should nevertheless consider such playing an appropriate and acceptable public witness speaks volumes. Does the church get the organists it deserves? What does such playing do for the public image of the church at large? Has the church allowed music to become a bullet with which it has shot itself in the foot? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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