PipeChat Digest #4674 - Thursday, August 5, 2004
RE: Dale Wood favorite
  by "john volbeda" <johnvolbeda@hotmail.com>
Re: denominations
  by "Alicia Zeilenga" <azeilenga@theatreorgans.com>
Re: Informal survey - most difficult Bach
  by "Colin Mitchell" <cmys13085@yahoo.co.uk>
Re: Informal survey - most difficult Bach
  by <Gfc234@aol.com>

(back) Subject: RE: Dale Wood favorite From: "john volbeda" <johnvolbeda@hotmail.com> Date: Wed, 04 Aug 2004 22:11:49 -0700   Hello Glenda,   I have several favorites, and am sure there are many more.   I recently learned about Dale Wood after his death, and purchased a 5-6 of =   his books. I really like his arrangements!   I recently used the following for an Organ recital for our "Every = Wednesday" service:   Aria on =93Jewel=94 Be Thou My Vision How Great Thou Art - Great is Our God   Three pieces that I love!   Many of his other pieces are also great for service work.   Just in case you don't know of the website, poke around at the following:   http://www.mcn.org/k/woodworks/Pages/homepage.htm   John Volbeda Corona, CA     >From: Glenda <gksjd85@direcway.com> >Reply-To: "PipeChat" <pipechat@pipechat.org> >To: 'PipeChat' <pipechat@pipechat.org> >Subject: Dale Wood favorite >Date: Wed, 04 Aug 2004 18:33:49 -0500 > >Another question: What is your favorite Dale Wood piece?   _________________________________________________________________ Is your PC infected? Get a FREE online computer virus scan from McAfee=AE Security. http://clinic.mcafee.com/clinic/ibuy/campaign.asp?cid=3D3963    
(back) Subject: Re: denominations From: "Alicia Zeilenga" <azeilenga@theatreorgans.com> Date: Thu, 05 Aug 2004 00:24:51 -0500   Why not just call it the Yoohoo song? Around here, buzzard is what you call the organ builder/tech when you need to blow off some steam. Actually, it's one of my favorites. I played it for my aunt's funeral a few months ago. Alicia Zeilenga   > > Sincerely, > Christopher J. Howerter, SPC (who is sick and tired of Shine, Jesus, > Shine, Here I am Lord, and the good ol'....On Buzzard's Wings!) ;-)      
(back) Subject: Re: Informal survey - most difficult Bach From: "Colin Mitchell" <cmys13085@yahoo.co.uk> Date: Thu, 5 Aug 2004 00:08:07 -0700 (PDT)   Hello,   ALL Bach is difficult....even the most straightforward works on paper. How many people really understand and play "O mensch bewein" correctly, I wonder? I have heard only a very few moving renditions of this apparently "simple" CP.   Of those which Glenda chose, I would have thought that the "Dorian" is really quite easy technically, and so too is the F-major Toccata except for the trio like bits, but learn one and you've learned all.   The Toccata, Adagio & Fugue has its awkward moments; especially the pedal solo, but this was one of the first big Bach works I learned.   The long "Vater Unser" is a pig, and I have to confess that I avoid playing it....it means having to practise.   Of the Trio Sonaten, the Eb is by far the easiest, followed by the C major and the D minor. The others can prove blindingly difficult to learn, and once again, without oodles of spare time, I tend to avoid them.   Back to the "big" works, I confess that I have never really been able to get my head around the "Wedge," for some strange reason. (I have a similar problem with the keyboard Chromatic Fantasy & Fugue and the "Goldberg Variations")   The big G-minor has a difficult fugue, requiring extraordinary precision between left hand and pedal, but the Fantasia is easy enough.   There are tricky moments towards the end of the B-minor Fugue, whilst one of the most demanding, is the G major Prelude & Fugue.   The "Gigue" fugue might well be called "Pig Fugue," and most people play it over-fast because it is very, very difficult to control at the rather stately pace of a baroque gigue, which didn't require an olympic medal to be held by the participants!!   The A-minor fugue is a nasty thing to learn, because the static notes of the fugue subject are "on" the pulse; thus throwing the moving melody into syncopation. That "off beat" lilt tends to confuse the grey matter, and many students try to smooth it out so that it eventually feels to work happily with the counter-subject.....but of course, that is very, very wrong! Like all things, it takes time and slow practise, but once the coin drops, it falls into place. Also, the final arpeggios on the pedal are very difficult to execute cleanly. Of all the big works, this is probably the most satifying to learn well, for it is always an achievement.   The D-major I learned almost as a first "big work;" quite undaunted by the pedal part, with its' scales and rapid movements. I think it was the first I played in public in recital, so it can't be TOO difficult. Perhaps it is mentally "easy" to understand.   The A-major, for some reason, I have never got around to learning!! (Someday JSB...I promise.)   "Weimar" C major is fairly straightforward in all respects, and incredibly effective, as is the magnificent "little" E minor.   Finally (?) the 12/8 C major......what a fine work, but what a problem, with those enormous silences.   One could almost nip out for a drink between the notes!   So continuing the "informal survey" what do list members do with those big gaps? Shorten them, knit a scarf, or perhaps do something else?     Sorry Glenda....that's more than four!!   Regards,   Colin Mitchell UK           --- Glenda <gksjd85@direcway.com> wrote:   > I would like to hear opinions on the most difficult > (no more than 4, > please) Bach organ selection(s) to play. >       __________________________________ Do you Yahoo!? New and Improved Yahoo! Mail - 100MB free storage! http://promotions.yahoo.com/new_mail  
(back) Subject: Re: Informal survey - most difficult Bach From: <Gfc234@aol.com> Date: Thu, 5 Aug 2004 03:25:53 EDT   In a message dated 8/5/2004 2:08:49 AM Central Daylight Time, cmys13085@yahoo.co.uk writes:   The D-major I learned almost as a first "big work;" quite undaunted by the pedal part, with its' scales and rapid movements. I think it was the first I played in public in recital, so it can't be TOO difficult. Perhaps it is mentally "easy" to understand.     Colin, I think the toughest part about the piece is the Alla Breve section of = the Prelude-some of those pedal runs are wicked-and force you to pivot like = crazy! Also-the end of the fugue is wicked! It's not really that hard-but if = you let your guard down (like I did in a performance once-(while reaching for = a 32' reed--((uh hum cough cough grin))-you may miss the closing note... = :) I've heard that MC Alain finds the piece to be silly-and that she intentionally drops the note as a joke....LOL oh well- gfc ___________________________________________________________________________= ___ _________ _______________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ _______________________________ ________________ Gregory Francis Ceurvorst 1921 Sherman Avenue # GS Evanston, IL 60201 847.332.2788 home/fax 708.243.2549 mobile _Home Email: gfc234@aol.com_ (mailto:gfc234@aol.com) _Mobile Email: gfc234@nextel.blackberry.net_ (mailto:gfc234@nextel.blackberry.net)