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    An improvisation in Paris



    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrKqklxpzdM

    I was in Paris two weeks ago. Taking a walk in the late afternoon, relaxing and enjoying the city after a meeting, I passed by L'èglise Saint-Antoine-des-Quinze-Vingts. They have a magnificent Cavaillé-Coll organ, and so I decided to walk in and ask if I could play it, and I could! The church was very kind to allow me to do so. A random stroll down the streets of Paris turned in to an encounter with this beautiful pipe organ from 1894.

    I played a few free improvisations, and decided to record it with my iPhone placed on the organ console. So this is a real "home video", recorded just for myself and not meant to be released, but then today I thought... why not? And so you'll hear me sing along (out of tune! ;-) and you'll see me struggle to find the right registrations and couplers by trial and error (I had only been at the organ for about 10 minutes when I recorded this). It's just me, trying out and enjoying the wonderful Cavaillé-Coll without a care in the world.

    The music is of course 100% improvised (inspired by the French school), and the free improvisation can probably best be described as a slowly evolving "meditative" toccata. Don't expect anything complex in any way, it's just a walk in Paris...

    PS: the tracker keyboard action and the registration changes are very audible, especially the registers closest to the phone (some of them just a couple of cm away).

    -Frederik

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    Enjoyed hearing the organ and your performance.. left comments on your youtube channel. Thanks again.
    ....To play only what is written is the domain of science. To realize what is not written is the domain of art."
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    I wish you the Best for each day, now and always.

    Bill

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    Quote Originally Posted by wljmrbill View Post
    Enjoyed hearing the organ and your performance.. left comments on your youtube channel. Thanks again.
    Thanks, Bill. I'm glad you enjoyed it - and thanks for the YouTube comment as well!


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    Such an energetic improvisation ... I am filled with awe at your continued talent, Frederik.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krummhorn View Post
    Such an energetic improvisation ... I am filled with awe at your continued talent, Frederik.
    Thank you, Lars! Indeed, when I finished the improvisation, physically I felt the same as if I had been though an intense workout

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