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Topic: The sublimely beautiful yet murderously complex church organ
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Anonymous
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posted: 4/11/2006 at 12:40:43 PM ET
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Though this site postulates the idea that the French horn is supposedly the most difficult instrument to play, surely it must be the church organ for the sheer complexity and number of things, which must be attended to all at once in order to produce even passable music.

I, to immense personal lamentation cannot play the church organ (as of yet).

The organ console looks like the musical equivalent of a nuclear reactor.

Does anyone have any opinions regarding this?
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suzyq
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posted: 4/11/2006 at 7:42:45 PM ET
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Hi,

Welcome to the board.

I agree with you - my father was an organist and nephew is an organist. I'm fascinated with the feet "dancing", playing three sometimes more manuals (depending of the size of the organ) and also knowing when to pull the stops (I'm sorry if I've used the wrong terminology.

I'm not an organist, I'm having enough fun learning to play the piano.

Are you learning to play the organ? Please let us know how you are progressing, that is a huge challange and more credit to you.

iloveoboes
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posted: 4/16/2006 at 2:56:05 PM ET
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i think it's awsome your going after something that difficult i myself have never tried playing the organ so i can't help at all but keep going you seem very ambitious good for you!

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posted: 4/16/2006 at 5:01:44 PM ET
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Thank you.

I have not yet started, but I do wish to play it. I got obsessed when I heard an organ recital of Tchaikovsky’s waltz of the flowers on a recording of music from Gloucester cathedral (home of a divinely good organ).

Somehow I cannot imagine myself as an ecclesiastical music great, yet as long as I can actually get to use one I will be happy.

I have only recently embarked upon music.
I can now read music and make the fundamental connection between what and when something is sounded and what is written, yet have only sat at an organ once.

Another difficulty arises when one regards the complexity in locating a church organ in some parts of the world, and having done so persuading whomever controls the church to allow you practice time. As for having my own at home, I have seen many an organ larger than my house. I endeavour onwards though.

Well done with the Piano and Oboe also (I presume from the given name that the latter of you plays the Oboe).


iloveoboes
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posted: 4/16/2006 at 5:11:11 PM ET
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yes i do play the oboe and it is very complicated. i've been doing music for seven years and play for instuments and i've just found this website today and i love it it's great to talk to people that love music as much as i do.

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yes i enjoy this website very much. the other music forum websites i came accross have few post and are never updated some even are shut down because there is no use for them.

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posted: 4/16/2006 at 9:19:29 PM ET
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Organ music is indeed awsome,and inspiring. One way to tinker with a church organ is to join a choir in a church which has a real pipe organ. If you are really interested in learning, ask the organist if he/she gives lessons, or if he/she can recommend an instructor. Don't be intimidated by the instrument or the organist, ask questions, and get involved. I occasionally do some sevvice work in our church, and whenever my 12 year old comes along, he sits down at the piano and fools around. He never asked to play the organ, but it isn't a taboo instrument. Many of the kids in our childrens' choir hop right on the bench and fool around. If you really enjoy pipe organ music, there is a program on National Public Radio called Pipe Dreams in the US every Sunday morning at 6am. Good luck with your endeavers!

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