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Thread: Hymn Preludes

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    Interesting topic. I always do a playover (first couple of lines clear and simple). Now I've often toyed with the idea of wrapping them up into something more, and also putting an improvisation in before the last verse as well but I'm not entirely sure the priest or the congregation would wear it so I just don't bother, but maybe I will somtime.

    I did put in a fanfare on the horns before the last verse of O Come all ye Faithful on christmas morning and that seemed to go down OK, so maybe I might get creative. Problem is, we don't seem to do too many 'proper hymns' more like sort of religious songs and things, so opportunity gets to be a bit scarce anyway.

    C'est la Vie!

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    To all you organists out there who improvise (in front of crowds no less), or even sightread preludes composed right before the service, nothing but props to you. I wish to reach your level of involvement in this Art and confidecne at the keyboard someday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krummhorn View Post
    Simon ... enjoyed that little tune ... not familiar with the hymn itself, but it must be wonderful to hear a congregation singing it.

    Giwro ...
    Beautiful improvs ... especially the grandioso finish of Crucifier. Can you tell us a little about the organ where this was recorded?

    My latest hymn-prelude from last weekend:
    The Crucifer was recorded at my church - Schantz II/32 with 38 digital ranks added (so it has a total of 70). The Duke Street (Jesus Shall Reign) was done using the Hauptwerk 2 software sampler - samples taken from a large organ in the Czech Republic.

    Cheers,

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    Commander, Assistant Conductor giwro's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by PraeludiumUndFuge View Post
    To all you organists out there who improvise (in front of crowds no less), or even sightread preludes composed right before the service, nothing but props to you. I wish to reach your level of involvement in this Art and confidecne at the keyboard someday.
    <chuckle>

    You must understand, some of the improvs are better than others.... here's a short one I did at the close of our Christmas concert in 2002... it has a lot of "fire", but is technically lacking, since I never modulated

    Concert Improv

    One must practice improvisation, too... it can get more accomplished if you do!

    Cheers,

    -G

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