headcase Posted January 14, 2007 Share Posted January 14, 2007 Last night I watched a DVD of Jos Van Der Kooy playing the fine 1738 Muller organ in St Bavokerk, Haarlem. Repertoire included Mozart K608, Reger T & F in Dmoll Op59 and concluded with Daan Manneke's Pneoo Each of these pieces required two registrants who were occupied almost continually with stop and coupler changes. At one point the RH registrant was sat on the bench in order to operate two coupler hitch-down pedals. In the final piece the LH registrant switches the wind off briefly, whilst large chord clusters struck with the fist and forearm exhausted the wind supply. The wind is switched on again and the piece concludes thunderously. During this vicious attack the tripod-mounted camera vibrates considerably, indicating that the whole gallery structure has moved (! hmmmmm) which I would personally find alarming, given the status of this instrument. HOWEVER my question is : when does a solo organ piece become a duet/trio/team effort ? Should repertoire that cannot be played unassisted be regarded as suitable for that particular instrument. Page-turning excepted, of course... H Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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