MusingMuso Posted July 4, 2006 Share Posted July 4, 2006 Well I see that a spot of nationalism and xenophobia seems to be creeping into the discussions elsewhere on the board. I began to wonder if organists don't fall into two distinct camps; those who are pro-French and those who are not. I don't recall ever hearing a Dutchman trying improvise like a Frenchman, or a German organist who could ever play English music. English organists rarely play anything written after 1940, but in Hungary, they don't seem to have an appetite for anything much else. The Americans (bless 'em) just soak up everything on the menu, but place great emphasis on contortional virtuosity, as one might expect from a nation of showmen/entertainers. Truly a nation of "borrowers" in more ways than one, but did they ever contribute anything really worthwhile? The French seem to specialise in half-fugues.....the sort that get going, but fall apart after the third entry and degenerate into yet another toccata. When all else fails, they just draw the artillery, lean on the keys and make an awful lot of noise. At other times, they seem to spend ages wafting around on celestes; the whole thing held together by snippets of barely recognisable plainsong, ALWAYS played on a Harmonic Flute. France for the organist's world cup, say you? MM Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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