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    Question Breaking the Stereotype

    So I'm sure this is something that many of us have thought of, but I'm curious as to what peoples answers or suggestions are.

    I have been thinking to myself lately: If I had to prove that organ music can be "fun" or "accessible" to someone who had a bad stereotype of organ music what piece(s) would I use to prove it?

    I feel like often times people with no real knowledge of organ music view it as depressing and loud funeral dirges (at least this is my experience).

    The two pieces I thought of were Rawsthorn's Hornpipe Humoresque and Elmore's Fantasy on Nursey Tunes.

    This to me is a good exercise in trying to bring organ music to a wider audience. So what are everyone's thoughts?

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    Hi Jim,

    A great question, and I'm sure there will be lots of suggestions listed in this thread.

    The Rawsthorn and Elmore pieces are indeed fun to play as well as hear.

    I have used, in concert, a piece titled The Musical Clocks by Haydn (arr for organ by Biggs) - always a crowd pleaser.
    Another is Noel X of D'Aquin.

    I quite agree that, in some people's minds, the organ is stereotyped as only being used for "funeral dirges" ... the organist, in their presentation is also a key element in what the listener hears ... just playing the notes is not always good enough - music is much better when played from the heart and soul.

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    Or this, Hollins Maytime Gavotte, played on Wimborne Minster Organ by Martin Schellenberg, can't find it on you tube so only a 58 second clip (shame I can't post the full 4 minutes plus). If it don't make you smile, you've got a severe case of the grumps I class it "delightful"

    hollinsex57999.mp3

    it is available on Amazon MP3's or Cds, track 9 here, (if you want a real wakeup call or ring tone try track 4)

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Ddigital-music&field-keywords=fanfares+to+fancies&x=0&y=0
    Cheers MIKE.

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    I would add Aaron Copland's Symphony For Organ and Orchestra {Symphony No.1} and Camille Saint-Saen's Symphony No.3 {"Organ"}.
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    Coronation March by Myerbeer is a dramatic piece which is dynamic and interesting. I love this piece and play it myself.

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    Lefébure-Wély's Sorties in Eb Major or Bb Major and Marche in C Major. Almost anything by Padre Davide da Bergamo. Anything by Nigel Ogden.

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    Here goes!
    'Grand Choeur' - Salome (he wrote two that I know of, both in G)
    'Fanfare' - Mathias
    'Fiat Lux' - Dubois
    'In Paradisum' - Dubois
    'Noel' - Dubois
    'Toccata in G major' (from douze pieces) - Dubois
    'Toccata' - Zwart
    'Prelude in Classic Style' - Young
    'Suite Gothique' - Boellmann
    'Danse Macabre' - Saint-Saens
    'Tuba Tune' - Lang
    'Liberty Bell March' - Sousa
    'Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy' - Tchaikovsky
    'Fanfare' (from La Peri) - Dukas
    'Postludium' (manuals only & very short) - Peeters
    'Elegy' (sorry!!) - Thalben-Ball
    Humoresque 'L'organo primitivo' - Yon
    'Tu es petra .... ' - Mulet

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    Alright we've got some really nice responses so far! Keep them coming! There are many here that I have never heard.

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    Finnviking, These pieces sound marvelous, the organ has a wonderful sound. This organ is quite an advance on the typical 70's and 80's style once popular in the US.

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    How about Sir C. H. H. Parry's Jerusalem? Or does this thread speak only to pieces originally written for organ?

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    "War March of the Priests" from Mendelssohn's "Athalie" - Ripsnortin' and swashbuckling music for sure.
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    *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."

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    I just found another great piece myself today: Woodland Flute Call by Fannie Charles Dillon. Beautiful and charming little piece.

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