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    Looking for an audition-worthy romantic piece.

    Hello all,

    I'm looking to audition for several schools for a master's degree in organ performance next Febuary/March. I'm currently searching for a slow/lyrical romantic period piece to complement/contrast a major Bach work and likely the Duruflé Toccata from his Suite. Any suggestions?

    1. Major Bach Prelude and Fugue
    2. _________
    3. Duruflé Toccata from Suite, Op. 5.

    Some auditions require more repertoire, but all of them will feature these 3 selections. Thanks!

    Stoda

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stoda View Post
    Hello all,

    I'm looking to audition for several schools for a master's degree in organ performance next Febuary/March. I'm currently searching for a slow/lyrical romantic period piece to complement/contrast a major Bach work and likely the Duruflé Toccata from his Suite. Any suggestions?

    1. Major Bach Prelude and Fugue
    2. _________
    3. Duruflé Toccata from Suite, Op. 5.

    Some auditions require more repertoire, but all of them will feature these 3 selections. Thanks!

    Stoda

    Hi Stoda and welcome !
    My suggestion, try Saint-Saens Berceuse 0p105 in E major. I believe it will do what you want to show.
    Alternative, Saint-Saens Adagio from the 3rd Symphony transcribed for the organ by Emile Bernard.

    I hope I helped
    Panos

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    Hello Stoda

    Welcome to the site. There are plenty of knowedgle people on this forum who can help you.

    regards

    teddy

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    Try Rachmaninoff's Prelude in Bb Major - A real crowd pleaser.
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    I think you'd be better off playing a work written for organ, not arranged. How about Naiades by Vierne, it's extremely challenging technically and you'll find the score of it here: http://imslp.info/files/imglnks/usim...e_No4_op55.pdf. You'll find it on page 17. And you'll find a reasonable rendition here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CAaQie1_P4.
    Last edited by Contratrombone64; Jun-12-2010 at 05:01.
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    Cesar Franck's Fantaisie in C will, when sensitively performed, capture the ears of those with discriminating tastes.
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    Hi Stoda again.

    Excellent choices by CD and CT here....Worth investigating and tryin' all of them and then decide.
    The second link CT gave you is better for sure.

    Cheers
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    Hi Stoda,

    My suggestion would be Prelude, Fuge et Variation of Cesar Franck. It's a wonderful and intriguing piece that is not performed all that often ... or for that matter, not performed enough, imho.

    I learned that piece, memorized it, and played it for an organ competition (from memory) years ago and won first place - still love the work as much today as I did then.
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    Lars, what a gorgeous looking piece. I must snuffle out my recording and listen.
    I'm not an atheist and I don't think I can call myself a pantheist. We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many different languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangement of the books but doesn't know what it is. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God.
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    Hi to all !

    I believe this thread's gonna be kinda long one and most interesting.
    Despite Stoda's final decision, the works gathering here by proposals can be some great all time Romantic repertoire reference for organ...

    What about some Guillmant Sonata's ?

    Cheers
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    Sonata's ??? no apostrophe needed! Only possessive case.

    The Guilmant Sonatas are wonderful and all available on imslp for free to download.
    I'm not an atheist and I don't think I can call myself a pantheist. We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many different languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangement of the books but doesn't know what it is. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God.
    —Albert Einstein.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Contratrombone64 View Post
    Sonata's ??? no apostrophe needed! Only possessive case.

    The Guilmant Sonatas are wonderful and all available on imslp for free to download.
    Sorry about that David....I was posting from Athens Olympic velodrome watchin' my sons team training...
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    Franck Prel, Fuge, Var is a lovely choice for sure, but I'm also very partial to his Pastorale which was the first slow(ish) Franck that I learned (I did the PFV a few years later to equal enjoyment).

    Also, if you're after some tastily lush Romanticism, one should not overlook the Brahms 11 Choral Preludes as there are some absolute gems in there. My personal favourites are No. 7 (O Gott du frommer Gott), No. 4 (Herzlich thut mich erfreuen), No. 8 (Es ist ein Ros entsprungen) and No. 10 (2nd setting of Herzlich thut mich verlangen). A couple of those certainly fit in to the "slow/lyrical" category for me.

    Hope that's more food for thought.

    Matt
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    Matt - (finally I learn your name!): the Brahms' choral preludes are amazing, only recently found the music for them on the net.
    I'm not an atheist and I don't think I can call myself a pantheist. We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many different languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangement of the books but doesn't know what it is. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God.
    —Albert Einstein.

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    consider some of the Rheinberger Sonatas for organ. Also, as others have suggested the guilmant sonatas, particularly number one, Mvmt 3 or Number 4 mvmt 3.

    Also...since you are thinking of doing the toccata from the Durufle' Suite, why not do the Sicillienne from the suite as well...it is lyrical, and presents some interesting rhythmic variants...3-against-2 type things.
    Any of the Pieces de Fantaisie by Vierne...perhaps "Clair de Lune" fromt he 2nd set or the slow movement from the Vierne 4th symphony, or perhaps Vierne's "Allegretto" op.1.
    just some thoughts.
    Rick in VA

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