Didòmhnaich Adhradh: 09/19/2010

On this rainy Sunday I played the following:

Prelude: Chorale Prelude "Ach Gott vom Himmel, sieh darein" - J. Pachelbel (o)
Offertory: Nearer, Still Nearer - C.H. Morris, arr. Tedd Smith (pf)
Postlude: Short Prelude and Fugue in C Major BWV 553 - J.S. Bach (o)

Ramsey Psalter, Harley 2904, f.4
I was very pleased with the Pachelbel. I found some very contemplative Baroque stops involving 8" and 2" flutes which allowed for interesting articulation. I also forced myself to use the pedals for the bass voice although it was not written with that necessity. I like how the word "Himmel" is an aural cliff, an ascending perfect 5th. It reminds me that it is God who sees down and indeed came down.

I only played the first page of Nearer, Still Nearer. That may tell you how small the congregation is.

Bach was actually a day-before change. Pastor Andy and I were discussing the nature of the postlude and how the previous organist demanded that everyone stay and listen until he was done, responding with thunderous applause. I explained to her how I'd rather have people feel free to get up, talk, listen, run home to watch football, etc. I had originally decided to play the first Visions Fugatives by Prokofiev in an attempt at the antithesis of flashy organ piece. Yesterday I decided that we should just announce our functional and aesthetic intentions to the congregation and, with visions of Mike Eglin playing the Finale to Firebird or even Paxson's ear-bleeding guiter, I set on the first of Bach's Short Preludes and Fugues for Organ which I'd been working on. It didn't work the way we expected. No one moved from their seat. Someone even took a picture (awkward). My stops were nice and forte, no changes in the middle, but a variation from prelude to fugue.

Today was also the first day of church choir, which I think I'd like to add to this post's tradition:

Choir: Draw Us in the Spirit's Tether - Harold Friedel (pf)
The choir did quite well for only practicing the piece twice. I felt like there were more opportunities for emphasizing the phrases and text through dynamic swells and control. I didn't play it as written on the organ because I had only seen it twice. :)

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