Ronald Shillingford Posted March 8, 2006 Share Posted March 8, 2006 Imagine this scenario. I want u to imagine u are attending a Organ Recital which I do quite a lot. The Bach great B Minor Prelude & Fugue is been played BWV 544 . The player quite rightly commences on the Great for the prelude but then to my horror does something it seems very common amongst Organist 's ! He changes direction in the rapid demi-semi quaver passages Why ? No where in any score I have purchased does it say that this has to happen. Dosen't neccesarily make it historically correct. So the only reason why I think certain players do this is only other then for contrast. If you begin something on a typical Bach Registration then why change direction half way through the performance ? This alters the listeners perception of what you are trying to communicate to them in the performance. The same argument could be apply to the Fugue which I have heard played on some really riddiculous registrations ! Another vexed question I have is the use of the Swell Pedal in Mendelssohn. No where in any of his scores does he indicate something to be swelled at. Yet I have heard Orgainst's using it in the slow movement of Sonata no. 5 Why ? Where did this style of Organ playing come from or is this something new ? So please fellow Organist's any thoughts on this topic ? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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