MusingMuso Posted May 9, 2006 Share Posted May 9, 2006 Frank Fowler having performed the miracle of turning a Quint discussion into one about the Blackpool Tower, Wurlitzer, perhaps the following will turn into a discussion about the Walford-Davies "Solemn Melody". The topic is "Rhythm", which in this day and age, becomes ever more important in church-music. Organists often complain that rhythm-playing doesn't suit the organ, which I know to be wrong , having heard jazz, blues, rock and popular song-medleys played very convivingly with fingers and feet. Others, such as "pcnd" have suggested that they dislike theatre-organs, which is entirely understandable even if I can't agree with it. So instead of spouting about musical style, it may be best to illustrate the very wide range of possibilities open to us, with some very unexpected morsels with which to tickle the senses. Thank heaven for the organ-music broadcast "Pipedreams", to which the following two links will take us. The salient "moments" I have set as timing-marks, which will enable board- members to scroll along to the appropriate slot, using "Real Player" or somesuch. Here is the first link, and the item list I would commend:- http://pipedreams.publicradio.org/listings/9635/ 13m 38s Lyn Larsen "Abba Dabba Honeymoon" (This is just pure fun on the largest home-organ in the world....the St.Filippo residence organ, largely made from Wurlitzer parts with a new 5 -manual console) 51m 45s Sidney Torch "Bugle Call Rag" "Dance of the blue marionettes" (Sidney Torch demonstrating what "up-tempo" really means, with barely a tremulant heard) George Wright "Itsy Bitsy teenie weenie yellow polkadot bikini" (This is absolutely hilarious, but if your tuner does this to some of your ranks, sack him!) 1h 9m 16s "Twilight in Turkey" (Same comment as above, except that in this instance, the tuner seems to be living inside the organ!) The the second link:- http://pipedreams.publicradio.org/listings/0603/ 34m 58s Johhny Seng/ Bob Hackett (Tpt) "Stairway to the stars" Mitchell Parish (Note:- the piano is part of the organ) (How well an organ like this becomes a full orchestra with piano, accompanying a solo trumpet player.....marvellous!) 51.10 Lyn Larsen/ Jack Bethards Orchestra "Rock around the clock" 54m 18s Barbara Dennerlein "Rankett Blues" (Classical tracker organ) (Well, it can work on a neo-classical instrument too! ) 1h14m30s Jean Demessieux "Mouvemente" Bervellier (Liverpool Metro RC Cathedral, Liverpool) (Hot Club of Paris?) 1h17m15s Wayne Marshall Impovisation on "I got rhythm" (Gershwin/Marshall) (This guy has rhythm aplenty!) Shocked reactions welcome! MM Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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