1.02.2011

Didòmhnaich Adhradh: 01/02/11



It's always miraculous to find that you can still play the piano and organ after vacation.
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St. Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen
Prelude: The First Noel/ Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring - Tedd Smith (pf)
Offertory: "Christmas Pieces" Op. 72 No. 2 - F. Mendelssohn (pf)
Communion: My Jesus, I Love Thee - Gloria Roe (pf)
Postlude: Short Prelude and Fugue in F Major - J.S. Bach (o)
Quodlibets sure are fun. Tedd melded these two songs together in a very fantasia-like manner. The second piece is from Bach's Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben Cantata, which really explores the response of the worshipers in a fully holistic manner.
I think these are nicknamed Christmas Pieces, because Felix wrote them for some specific children and presented it to them at Christmas. That may be a lie. Not sure. Right now I'm trying to figure out a sly way of saying the phrase "Felix Navedad". That would be hilarious.
I found some more music at Granddad's house in Oxnard this Christmas break including one of Gloria Roe's compilations. Pretty standard, RCA 1959 fun. I really like that hymn too.
This prelude and fugue were ready to go two weeks ago. I worked out some pretty awesome register changes and even used the shutter pedal. This was my first pedal piece when I was just learning to play the organ in college. Lots of fun and the fugue foot part is actually more challenging than others in the set.

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