PipeChat Digest #3695 - Saturday, May 24, 2003
 
Re: Bach for church
  by <Cremona502@cs.com>
Bach in church
  by "Ross & Lynda Wards" <TheShieling@xtra.co.nz>
Re: Bach in church
  by <Cremona502@cs.com>
 

(back) Subject: Re: Bach for church From: <Cremona502@cs.com> Date: Sat, 24 May 2003 00:43:01 EDT     --part1_193.1ab3e43f.2c005255_boundary Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   In a message dated 5/23/03 12:10:04 PM Eastern Daylight Time, = Markhedm@cs.com writes:     > What are your favorite Bach pieces suitable for a church service? > > I would like to learn a larger Bach work that I could learn over the >   The Prelude and Fugue in E-flat (St. Anne) is excellent for church use. = The prelude can be easiy shortened to accommodate prelude length and the the fugue, as well, can be judiciously edited, by playing the opening = statement.   My books are at the church, but there is a very lovely prelude in C (one page) just opposite the Prelude in D-major (with ascending pedal scale = beginning). It is short and can be lengthened by taking an ad lib'd repeat before the =   ending. It is a very elegant little piece.   I also consider the Prelue in D-major to be an excellent beginning to a worship service. It does not have to be played at full-tilt to be = effective. I think it is a very festive, but not frivolous, way to begin worship. The =   fugue is loads of fun and a crowd pleaser for the end of the service.   I think the most elegant of all Bach's Ps and Fs is the b-minor. It can = be split with the prelude and fugue before and after, in either order (if playing a Prelude for a Postlude doesn't cause you to giggle). The fugue = played on a nice, smooth principal with colorful flutes for the secondary sounds is absolutely exquisite. The endings of the prelude and fugue are two of = the most beautiful bits of Bach's writing IMHO, and always give me great joy and = neat tinglings up the back!   Also, the Prelude and Fugue in a-minor (Great) is a fun piece with a = prelude that is solemn and engaging. It draws attention from the listeners by = the intricate tension of the music. The fugue is great fun and very = exciting.   There is another (duh!), which uses a bell-like motif in the fugue. I = seem to recall the prelude as being on the elegant side and also easily = "edited". I'll look it up tomorrow and get back atcha!   I really enjoy playing literature and have had many very favorable = comments from the congregation I now serve. Some have even said that they didn't realize classical music was that enjoyable! The only time I play = hymn-based music now is when we do piano and organ duo's. (and those are = sight-readable!!)   Bruce, with Miles, Molly and Degui in the Muttastery at Howling Acres http://members.tripod.com/Brucon502   FEED AN ANIMAL FOR FREE <A = HREF=3D"http://tinyurl.com/2j5i">http://tinyurl.com/2j5i</A> (please it'll = only take a minute!)     --part1_193.1ab3e43f.2c005255_boundary Content-Type: text/html; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable   <HTML><FONT FACE=3D3Darial,helvetica><FONT SIZE=3D3D2>In a message dated = 5/23/0=3D 3 12:10:04 PM Eastern Daylight Time, Markhedm@cs.com writes: <BR> <BR> <BR><BLOCKQUOTE TYPE=3D3DCITE style=3D3D"BORDER-LEFT: #0000ff 2px solid; = MARGIN-=3D LEFT: 5px; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px">What are your favorite = Bach=3D pieces suitable for a church service?=3D20 <BR> <BR>I would like to learn a larger Bach work that I could learn over the <BR>summer, </BLOCKQUOTE> <BR> <BR>The Prelude and Fugue in E-flat (St. Anne) is excellent for church = use.=3D20=3D &nbsp;&nbsp;The prelude can be easiy shortened to accommodate prelude = length=3D and the the fugue, as well, can be judiciously edited, by playing the = openi=3D ng statement. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <BR> <BR>My books are at the church, but there is a very lovely prelude in C = (one=3D page) just opposite the Prelude in D-major (with ascending pedal scale = begi=3D nning). &nbsp;It is short and can be lengthened by taking an ad lib'd = repeat=3D before the ending. &nbsp;&nbsp;It is a very elegant little piece. <BR> <BR>I also consider the Prelue in D-major to be an excellent beginning to = a=3D20=3D worship service. &nbsp;It does not have to be played at full-tilt to be = effe=3D ctive. &nbsp;&nbsp;I think it is a very festive, but not frivolous, way to b=3D egin worship. &nbsp;&nbsp;The fugue is loads of fun and a crowd pleaser = for=3D20=3D the end of the service. <BR> <BR>I think the most elegant of all Bach's Ps and Fs is the b-minor. = &nbsp;&=3D nbsp;&nbsp;It can be split with the prelude and fugue before and after, in = e=3D ither order (if playing a Prelude for a Postlude doesn't cause you to = giggle=3D ). &nbsp;&nbsp;The fugue played on a nice, smooth principal with colorful = fl=3D utes for the secondary sounds is absolutely exquisite. &nbsp;&nbsp;The = endin=3D gs of the prelude and fugue are two of the most beautiful bits of Bach's = wri=3D ting IMHO, and always give me great joy and neat tinglings up the back! <BR> <BR>Also, the Prelude and Fugue in a-minor (Great) is a fun piece with a = pre=3D lude that is solemn and engaging. &nbsp;&nbsp;It draws attention from the = li=3D steners by the intricate tension of the music. &nbsp;&nbsp;The fugue is = grea=3D t fun and very exciting. <BR> <BR>There is another (duh!), which uses a bell-like motif in the fugue. = &nbs=3D p;&nbsp;I seem to recall the prelude as being on the elegant side and also = e=3D asily "edited". &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;I'll look it up tomorrow and get back = atch=3D a! <BR> <BR>I really enjoy playing literature and have had many very favorable = comme=3D nts from the congregation I now serve. &nbsp;&nbsp;Some have even said = that=3D20=3D they didn't realize classical music was that enjoyable! = &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Th=3D e only time I play hymn-based music now is when we do piano and organ = duo's.=3D &nbsp;&nbsp;(and those are sight-readable!!) <BR> <BR>Bruce, with Miles, Molly and Degui &nbsp;in the Muttastery at Howling = Ac=3D res http://members.tripod.com/Brucon502 = &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <BR> <BR>FEED AN ANIMAL FOR FREE <A = HREF=3D3D"http://tinyurl.com/2j5i">http://tinyu=3D rl.com/2j5i</A> (please it'll only take a minute!) <BR></FONT></HTML>   --part1_193.1ab3e43f.2c005255_boundary--  
(back) Subject: Bach in church From: "Ross & Lynda Wards" <TheShieling@xtra.co.nz> Date: Sat, 24 May 2003 17:47:04 +1200   I think the message is coming through loud and clear that many of us find Bach to be wonderful - and that it's impossible to single out pieces as being extra-special as we always then think of another one we love.   And, as Cremona implied, there are various ways of playing the pieces. I = can think of some of P&Fs that sound great on organo pleno, but also sound = quite fabulous played more slowly on an 8ft stopt flute.   And again, people do get used to Bach and learn to love him. I play a lot = of Bach here, and there has never been any in the parish before. An old = fellow came up to me after the service last week and told me the piece I played = as an opening voluntary made him weep, for the first time in his life, at = organ music. (And this on a 2m electroid). I'd played the Pastorale in F.   Get to know enough of Bach, and play it often, both for yourself and for = the parish. What seems appropriate for a particular service will gradually = begin just to pop into your mind. It does with me.   Still in awe of Bach.   Ross    
(back) Subject: Re: Bach in church From: <Cremona502@cs.com> Date: Sat, 24 May 2003 01:17:49 EDT     --part1_16.306b2842.2c005a7d_boundary Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   In a message dated 5/24/03 1:13:51 AM Eastern Daylight Time, TheShieling@xtra.co.nz writes:     > Get to know enough of Bach, and play it often, both for yourself and for = the > parish. What seems appropriate for a particular service will gradually = begin > just to pop into your mind. It does with me. >   This is so true. And it applies to "real" literature as well. I use excerpts from the Franck chorales frequently, and the congregation always = remarks on the beauty of the pieces. By keeping literature under my fingers, my practice time is more well-spent, not to mention more interesting. As I = read through the lessons for the up-coming weeks, I'm amazed at how easily appropriately symbolic pieces come to mind.   Bruce, with Miles, Molly and Degui in the Muttastery at Howling Acres http://members.tripod.com/Brucon502   FEED AN ANIMAL FOR FREE <A = HREF=3D"http://tinyurl.com/2j5i">http://tinyurl.com/2j5i</A> (please it'll = only take a minute!)     --part1_16.306b2842.2c005a7d_boundary Content-Type: text/html; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable   <HTML><FONT FACE=3D3Darial,helvetica><FONT SIZE=3D3D2>In a message dated = 5/24/0=3D 3 1:13:51 AM Eastern Daylight Time, TheShieling@xtra.co.nz writes: <BR> <BR> <BR><BLOCKQUOTE TYPE=3D3DCITE style=3D3D"BORDER-LEFT: #0000ff 2px solid; = MARGIN-=3D LEFT: 5px; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px">Get to know enough of = Bach,=3D and play it often, both for yourself and for the <BR>parish. What seems appropriate for a particular service will gradually = b=3D egin <BR>just to pop into your mind. It does with me. <BR></FONT><FONT COLOR=3D3D"#000000" SIZE=3D3D3 FAMILY=3D3D"SANSSERIF" = FACE=3D3D"Ar=3D ial" LANG=3D3D"0"></BLOCKQUOTE> <BR></FONT><FONT COLOR=3D3D"#000000" SIZE=3D3D2 FAMILY=3D3D"SANSSERIF" = FACE=3D3D"Ar=3D ial" LANG=3D3D"0"> <BR>This is so true. &nbsp;&nbsp;And it applies to "real" literature as = well=3D .. &nbsp;&nbsp;I use excerpts from the Franck chorales frequently, and the = co=3D ngregation always remarks on the beauty of the pieces. &nbsp;&nbsp;By = keepin=3D g literature under my fingers, my practice time is more well-spent, not to = m=3D ention more interesting. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;As I read through the lessons = for=3D the up-coming weeks, I'm amazed at how easily appropriately symbolic = pieces=3D come to mind. <BR> <BR>Bruce, with Miles, Molly and Degui &nbsp;in the Muttastery at Howling = Ac=3D res http://members.tripod.com/Brucon502 = &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <BR> <BR>FEED AN ANIMAL FOR FREE <A = HREF=3D3D"http://tinyurl.com/2j5i">http://tinyu=3D rl.com/2j5i</A> (please it'll only take a minute!) <BR></FONT></HTML>   --part1_16.306b2842.2c005a7d_boundary--