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    David Briggs Improvisations

    Hi everyone

    I just wanted to share with you some quite remarkable improvisations by the living legend that is David Briggs. I have since tried to improvise so brilliantly and failed quite spectacularly...
    I think these two videos show how great an organist David Briggs is. Even the great Daniel Roth, observing on one side, seems impressed.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOQvxK813J0
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IaKVu...eature=related
    Hope you enjoy - please do say what you think!

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    Hi Arthur, welcome to the forum !

    Improvising like this needed deep knowledge of harmony, fugue, contrapunctus, modern stuff, high technique on both hands and feet, coming to master after many many years of practice and of course great talent.

    David is a great musician and Daniel (another great) indeed must pay respects !
    Also the organ at Ste Soulpice is the catalyst to be possible such an event to shine .

    Thanks for sharing those, I found more on the right.

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    Yep, Briggs can do superb improvs - So can Naji Hakim........
    *If a man wants God to hear his prayer quickly, then before he prays for anything else, even his own soul, when he stands and stretches out his hands towards God, he must pray with all his heart for his enemies. Through this action God will hear everything that he asks* -Abba Zeno-

    *Protagoras: "Truth is subjective. What is true for you, and what is true for me, is true for me. Your opinion is true by virtue of its being your opinion."

    *Socrates: "My opinion is: Truth is absolute, not opinion, and that you are in absolute error. Since this is my opinion, then according to your philosophy you must grant that it is true."

    "Improvisational Art": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSxVO3EoCRM

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    Briggs is also quite the gentleman, I had the great pleasure of being page turner and registrant for him some years back. He's one of those "just watching him play is inspiring" sorts of performers. He has an amazing set of ears too (which of course is a big help when improvising), as I talked with him at length about his transcriptions of Cochereau's improvisations - what an undertaking, not just transcribing them, but recording them afterwards - Superb! Little wonder he (Briggs) is so great at improvising.
    Last edited by Soubasse; Oct-31-2011 at 01:38.
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    Soubasse,

    Hear, hear.........Briggs did a great service with Cochereau's improvs, no doubt about it.
    *If a man wants God to hear his prayer quickly, then before he prays for anything else, even his own soul, when he stands and stretches out his hands towards God, he must pray with all his heart for his enemies. Through this action God will hear everything that he asks* -Abba Zeno-

    *Protagoras: "Truth is subjective. What is true for you, and what is true for me, is true for me. Your opinion is true by virtue of its being your opinion."

    *Socrates: "My opinion is: Truth is absolute, not opinion, and that you are in absolute error. Since this is my opinion, then according to your philosophy you must grant that it is true."

    "Improvisational Art": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSxVO3EoCRM

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