Monday, June 6, 2011

A New Instrument?

Yesterday I had the opportunity to fill in for the church organist that normally plays. She called me on Saturday night and told me that she wasn't feeling well. I have played the piano for quite a few years, so I happily obliged.

Recently I have become more interested in the organ as an instrument. I have heard it called the king of instruments, and I can understand why. It has so many different stops that it could sound like a lot of different things—bells, woodwinds, trumpets, strings, and voices. There are a lot of possibilities that it has, and I think I want to start exploring them.

As with a lot of organ players, I'll probably start out with some religious works. The music coordinator in church asked me a couple of weeks ago if I would try learning an organ solo. She told me that she had heard many different types of musical numbers at church, but that she had never really heard an organ solo. I think I'll take her up on that offer.

I'll probably go pick up an organ book or two when I get a chance. I want to find one that would be hard enough to keep my interest, but easy enough with the pedals to keep my interested without overwhelming me. Maybe the library will have some music. I know the libraries in Finland did, so hopefully the ones in Idaho will follow suit...


Lana said...

I took three semesters of organ lessons at BSU. It was an incredible experience cranking up the sound on that big pipe organ on campus. I think my favorites were the Bach preludes and fugues for the organ. You know how complicated Bach is on the piano? Well add two feet dancing all over the pedals in all directions. That was an amazing experience.

Johnny said...

Maybe I should see if I can't find a Dover edition of the Bach preludes and fugues... Thanks for the tip!