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    Practicing more... and enjoying it!

    Hello, friends...

    I've been gone from these parts for quite some time, as I was in the process of interviewing for a new position. I'm happy to report that I've finished that process, and that we're safely moved across the country to Madison, WI, where I'm now working at Asbury United Methodist Church.

    With this position, I've gained a lot more time to practice, and so have been trying to learn more music and play things I've never tried before. My 2 latest to learn have been René Blin's Rosace and Randy Runyon's Aria - both lovely, lush pieces (albeit the Rosace is quite a bit more of a finger-twister!)

    I hope to post more frequently now that I'm getting settled in my new post.

    Best to all,

    - G

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    Hi Giwro,

    It's indeed nice to see you back again. Happy to hear about your new position and hope all goes well for you there.

    Randy Runyon's Aria is indeed one of my favorites - whenever I use it in the church service, it always gets such wonderful comments. I haven't yet looked at Rosace - I'll have to investigate that one.
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    Salutations Giwro,

    Hurray for Giwro - Lets hear it for the man of the moment - Hip Hip, Hurray - Hip Hip Hurray, Hip Hip, Hurray!!!

    Congrats dear sir for achieving your new office. So, you're up on Madtown, eh? Just in time for the winter too - Brrrrrrrrr!!!

    I hope you have a decent organ where you now play. Is it a three or four manual? Skinner, Moller, Austin, Beckerath, Wicks, or something in the digital vein? 50 stops or more?

    Just curious,

    Corno Dolce

    Btw - I really liked the *Rosace* and the *Aria* - They're way cool
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    *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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    Quote Originally Posted by Krummhorn View Post
    Hi Giwro,

    It's indeed nice to see you back again. Happy to hear about your new position and hope all goes well for you there.

    Randy Runyon's Aria is indeed one of my favorites - whenever I use it in the church service, it always gets such wonderful comments. I haven't yet looked at Rosace - I'll have to investigate that one.

    Thanks for the kind words!

    I'm enjoying things here so far...

    Glad you like the Runyon Aria - you should indeed have a look at Rosace (although best of luck finding a copy - it's long out of print... PM me if you have any trouble and I can probably direct you )

    Cheers,

    - G

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corno Dolce View Post
    Salutations Giwro,

    Hurray for Giwro - Lets hear it for the man of the moment - Hip Hip, Hurray - Hip Hip Hurray, Hip Hip, Hurray!!!

    Congrats dear sir for achieving your new office. So, you're up on Madtown, eh? Just in time for the winter too - Brrrrrrrrr!!!

    I hope you have a decent organ where you now play. Is it a three or four manual? Skinner, Moller, Austin, Beckerath, Wicks, or something in the digital vein? 50 stops or more?

    Just curious,

    Corno Dolce

    Btw - I really liked the *Rosace* and the *Aria* - They're way cool
    <chuckle>

    Thanks for the effusive welcome....

    Madtown is quite the neat place - I am surely not anticipating winter with any joy, but we'll survive, I expect.

    I gave up a nice 2m 32rk Schantz (married to a 2000 Rodgers digital console for about 70 equivalent total ranks) I gained a 3m Alien... errmm ALLEN digital, about 70 or so stops. The organ is certainly not as nice sound-quality-wise, but the nicer acoustic makes up for it, as does the 3rd manual... it is so much easier to do the French stuff with 3m instead of 2 (!).

    Glad you liked the clips - I can always post more if there is interest.

    Cheers,

    - G

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    Hi Giwro,

    After hearing the Rosace and Aria I had a gut feeling that you will post really cool clips. They give me some ideas for increasing repertoire. Hey, if you have others you deem noteworthy, please feel free to share. Ohhh, an Allen digital is what you've gained. Well, it could have been worse - you could have been stuck with an Eminee. Seriously, an Allen is, imo, a pragmatists instrument. It'll passably render the French stuff and Reger without really spellbinding one.

    Cheers,

    Corno Dolce
    *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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    Quote Originally Posted by Corno Dolce View Post
    Hi Giwro,

    After hearing the Rosace and Aria I had a gut feeling that you will post really cool clips. They give me some ideas for increasing repertoire. Hey, if you have others you deem noteworthy, please feel free to share. Ohhh, an Allen digital is what you've gained. Well, it could have been worse - you could have been stuck with an Eminent. Seriously, an Allen is, imo, a pragmatists instrument. It'll passably render the French stuff and Reger without really spellbinding one.

    Cheers,

    Corno Dolce
    Yes, the Allen really is not so bad - I'm learning to accept it on its own terms and play to the strengths instead of whining about the shortcomings LOL

    I'll gladly share more clips if y'all really want to hear them... perhaps in another thread so they don't get lost. <chuckle>

    - G

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    Hi Giwro,

    Y'all? That sounds like a contraction from the great State of Texas

    Ever get the feeling that when you're away from the console for too long you begin to feel bad? I know I do. Its a labor of love to practice but its also alot of fun to bring out certain passages by using a different stop or combination of stops.

    I like playing the Lemare organ transcriptions of Wagner's music. Depending on ones imagination, one can really *color* those works in different hues. If one has access to the orchestral scores, it can be fun to discover what orchestral instruments Wagner used for a specific passage, at what dynamic and tempo, among others.

    Cheers,

    Corno Dolce
    *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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    Since this is the first time we met, I'm glad to meet you. I enjoy
    practing on the church organ. I have a picture of it on my avatar.
    judy tooley

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    Nice to meet you too, Judy!

    - G

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    Congratulations for your new position, hope you are enjoying it Giwro.
    best regards
    nachoBA

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    The two towns that we live in have something in common.
    Madison Wi. & Madisonville,Ky.
    Figure that one out!
    judy tooley

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    Quote Originally Posted by nachoba View Post
    Congratulations for your new position, hope you are enjoying it Giwro.
    best regards
    nachoBA
    Thanks nachoBA...

    I remember you from IMSLP and lots of nice uploads... pity that site is down.

    - G

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    [quote=giwro;27736]Thanks nachoBA...

    I remember you from IMSLP and lots of nice uploads... pity that site is down.


    Giwro,
    You are right, we can say that we are almost friends. I remember you from IMSLP, Pianophilia, and also bought from you the Schanz organ , so we tend to share the same interests haha.
    take care
    nachoBA

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    heh....

    oh NOW i remember... yes I did ship a package to Argentina

    Cheers,

    - G

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