MusingMuso Posted March 12, 2006 Share Posted March 12, 2006 There are organ works we all share a great love or affenction for, which I think we could safely assume would include the works of J S Bach. However, as recent discussions have demonstrated, it is often the case that one man's meat may be another man's poison. For instance, I am currently working on the Petr Eben "Sunday Music," which one board member dislikes enormously. For my own part, I wouldn't even cross a chancel to play anything by Howells, when others would engage in a rugby scrum if offered the chance to play it at somewhere like Liverpool Cathedral after Evensong. Is it simply "horses for courses," personal preferences or simply that we are all wired differently? Of course, there are degrees of not liking things. There can be a sense of mild irritation, a sense of distaste or even go to the extremes, with allergic reactions, apoplexy and feelings of nausea. I would regard my feelings towards Howells' organ-music as hovering somewhere between distaste and allergic reaction.. In the event, I usually find an excuse to leave the building for a while. There are two organ works (one of which may well be a transcription) which I detest above all others; even more than I dislike Howells. The first is that ridiculous set of variations on "America" by Charles Ives, which pales into insignificance alongside "Volumina" by Ligetti. Which organ-music would board-members least like to tread in? MM Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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