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    Lent...

    Just curious as to what changes you make with your playing in observance of Lent. Do you still do preludes and postludes? Do you switch to all minor key ones? Do you back off on registration?

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    Generally no festive style pieces; more minor tonality then major; play all sections of the service except for Gloria, alleluias, basically a sober conceptual feeling.I do not change registrations as such as this happens when you change compositions.
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    Thanks. I knew about the Gloria being omitted and the Alleluia being replaced with a different acclamation. My Protestant shacks aren't as concerned with what I do prelude and postlude-wise, however my Catholic one may be. I inquired with them about their changes, as I'm out of practice with the Catholic Mass, but their answer was a bit vague. I've just been doing preludes and postludes for them as it's become part of my, uh, general schtick when playing for worship, regardless of denomination. A lot of Catholic churches in my area are NOT accustomed to preludes and postludes as normal.

    Your response solidifies my plans for this Lent. Thank you!

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    Since I only have a II/9 to begin with, there isn't much, registration wise, that I can dispense with using during Lent. The church where I have been the organist since 1982 is ELCA Lutheran, and we do not use the Gloria/Alleluias during the Lenten season.

    I do have some 'standard' pieces that I play every year like for Ash Wednesday when the postlude is always a piece entitled Jerusalem (Charles Perry/arr by Homer Whitford) and for Easter, the Widor Toccata.

    Each year I do a series of music for my preludes at this time of the year. In 2014 I'm playing only pieces entitled "Elegy" by various composers during the Lenten season.

    The church where I have been the organist since 1982 is ELCA Lutheran, and we also eliminate the Gloria and Alleluias during the Lenten season.

    As to playing everything in a minor key, no, I won't go there - there are a justly number of equally meditative pieces in major keys that will have the same effect on the listeners, providing they are listening at all during the preludes instead of chatting with Aunt Martha loudly in the next pew.

    Kh ♫

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    No "joyful" music, but more in the direction of "beautiful" music.
    Marko Hakanpää, organist of St. Michael's Church, Turku, Finland.
    www.hakanpaa.net

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    That... is probably the most useful answer for my question.

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