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    April 1st

    I'm curious ... any organists planning anything "special" for April Fools Day?
    There was a spark of curiousity late last year on Piporg-L, and I thought it would be an interesting fun topic here, also.

    I'll go first ... Planning to do Marche Grotesque from Four Dubious Conceits by Richard Purvis as part of my service prelude. Tongue in cheek, however.

    Years ago I actually did "I'm a Yankee Doodle Dandee" in very strict and slow liturgical form and it was only caught by one parishioner .
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    I don't have any plans yet, but I'll tell you something I did years ago to my choir when April 1 fell on Sunday.

    Before the choir Mass of the day, we'd get together to warm up and rehearse. We were planning to sing something like "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" or something like that. Well, we had just started rehearsing a piece which was very difficult for them, could have been Palestrina, I forget. Anyhow, they knew it would take months to learn. So that morning when we were beginning to warm up, I very seriously told them I had thought it over and the new piece fit so well with the liturgy of the day that we were going to sing it. HAHA, the stunned looks of horror on their faces. . .kind of like a deer caught in headlights. . .HAHA, I watched them for a couple beats, and then said "APRIL FOOL'S!" Hehe, they were going to kill me! LOL

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    That's a great one, Thomas ... I can picture the scenario ...

    After weeks of debate on this myself, I'm going to do an arrangment of The Toy Parade for a postlude on April 1st - my congregation has assumed that I'm going to do something off the wall that day, so I have to oblige them ... LOL! BTW, The Toy Parade for those in the US anyway, was the theme song for an old TV series "Leave It To Beaver" broadcast 1957-1963.

    Any other organists up to the challenge?

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    How about playing Twinkle Twinkle for a postlude - I'm sure the congregation will think that I had too much wine before the service.

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    1) I would like to play organ with these stops: Noli me tangere, Nihil, Pro Forma, Ductus Inutilis.
    2) I would like to play organ with only reed stops
    3) I would like to play organ with only the mixture
    4) I would like to play organ using all the stops
    5) I would like to play Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor when the priest is doing the sermon
    6) I would like to play song that people isn't singing

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    To sneak in a rendition of "The Entertainer" by Scott Joplin during communion.
    *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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    Aren't we a little late for April 1st? This month has already came and
    went. This is the middle of May. Right now I'm thinking about what
    to do this summer which is just around the corner. I plan to play the
    organ again for my birthday if things are allright.
    judy tooley

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    Well, the thread did begin in January ... ...

    Hey, great that you want to get back to playing the organ again. Like I've been saying all along, you need to keep up the fingering work which can be done on any organ keyboard.
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    The organ in the Terry Pratchett books has a stop called Vox Dei. That's one I want installed on my organ for April Fool's day!

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    If I had it, I would activate the effet d'orage (a thunder effect.)

    Perhaps while playing during the communion (I have to do that). Man, the vicar would

    kill me.

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    I sorta did something like that just today - not by choice though ... my church instrument has rocker tabs on the stoprail, and the 16' Reed stop (what else, eh?) switch contact needs adjusting and it likes to engage with the slightest effort.

    There I was, playing (with the shades open of course) and added a flute stop during communion, and that 16' reed stop decided to engage suddenly without any warning. Blaaaaaatttt!! Of course, I was also playing in the lower registers.

    It's on my list of things to fix for the technicians next tuning/maintenance visit.
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    Krummhorn, since you started the thread in January, I just got it
    a week ago.
    judy tooley

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krummhorn View Post
    There I was, playing (with the shades open of course) and added a flute stop during communion, and that 16' reed stop decided to engage suddenly without any warning. Blaaaaaatttt!! Of course, I was also playing in the lower registers.
    Did you scare the knickers off the old ladies?

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    I suppose it did, CT64 ... although being in an upstairs side gallery (the altar is central in my church) my view of the pews is limited ... ... the choir giggled, though.
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    LOL - that's sooooo like a choir. I remember a chorister falling backwards off the pew once, we were sitting on wooden benches that were backless, she leant back to gossip with a fellow chorister behinder her and over balanced, tits and fee a kimbo. We all fell about laughing ... thank goodness it was during rehearsal.

    I also remember when I was singing with a choir at St. Paul's Anglican, Burwood (Sydney). A truck thundered up Burwood Rd (next to the church) and sounded its horn, which just happened to sound like one of the heavy reed stops (16') on the pedal. The music director, who was standing with his back to the organist (in front of his bench) turned around to see the organist with his hands in the air ... as if to say "mea culpa non, mea culpa non!!" ... the choir (myself included) then giggled silently so much that the wooden flooring wobbled and some of our music scores fluttered about ... most amusing on both counts

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