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    Christmas Voluntary

    Hi,
    Is it too early in the year for me to ask for your suggestions for a good voluntary to play after a midnight mass service?.

    I'm already booked up for two services this year - one at 9.45pm and the other at 11.30pm ... it's shaping up to be a busy Christmas for me!!!!

    Suggestions of music that could be learned quickly would be gratefully received.

    Thanks!

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    Hi Jonesey. I discovered this gem this evening. It probably doesn't satisfy your "could be learned quickly" criterion (it would take me ten years at least) but I'm posting it anyway because I really like it and it's appropriate to the season.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ar2qLbEwVA4

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    Boy there are a number of good pieces outthere: Here is a one that comes to mind: Noel Polonais ( variation on a Polish Christmas Carol ) By Alexander Guilmant alittle different.Many times I use the Hallelujah Chorus after the masses on Christmas Eve or an arrangement of one of the christmas hymns i.e. O Come all Ye Faithful, Joy To The World etc as there some very grand arrangements of them out there. I usually play full organ at the close of masses myself. even the Toccata from Gothic Suite or Widor's famous Toccata are good too.

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    There's a book collection of pieces by Diane Bish that I use each year in my church. I pretty much play the entire book for a prelude, saving one of the selections for the postlude.
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    Hi all,

    Thanks for your replies.

    jhnbrbr - WOW, what a piece. I don't think the Organ I'm playing on at Christmas has a big enough sound on the pedal to do that, but it's certainly one to try and learn.
    As you said, probably not for this year, but there's always next!!!!!

    wljmrbill and Krummhorn - do you have the ISBN numbers for any of these books / pieces so I can try and buy them?.

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    Krummhorn - are these original pieces by Bish? I'm aware that she has done some arrangements of hymns, etc., but didn't know she had written original stuff too.

    Given the current hoopla at Coral Ridge church, maybe they need her back. Perfect example of what happens when the individual a church is wrapped around is out of the picture. Crystal Cathedral also seems to be having its problems.

    I've long held that most of these televangelists are essentially dictators whom no one involved in the place dares to question. (Nor do they make a move without permission from "on high".) And of course, money-grubbing is their favorite activity.

    But back to Bish -- she is no longer a kid, so maybe over time she has written some things that might be worth looking into.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JONESEY View Post
    . . . wljmrbill and Krummhorn - do you have the ISBN numbers for any of these books / pieces so I can try and buy them?.
    I'll get that for you this weekend, as I store my entire music at the church where I play.
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    Jonesey: I grew up with Diane Bish in Kansas and had some of the same teachers. Try her " Joy Of Music " web site.. she has a number of books(18) and music available. Good Luck I know Unity Music Press and Gentry Publications have some of her books also. http://thejoyofmusic.org/index.aspx
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    A couple of suggestions:

    God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen - Noel Rawsthorne

    http://www.contrebombarde.com/concerthall/music/1691

    Good Christians, awake - Noel Rawsthorne

    http://www.contrebombarde.com/concerthall/music/1692

    (Press the green play button on the page)

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    Xmas

    hi
    Would you like to try THAT ?
    It has been performed a little too fast but you can play it slower. There are 5 variations of this music. I can give you the sheets music, just send me a private message.
    Friendly yours. Jean-Paul

    Music is my placebo

    Please visit my channel and web site to hear the music I compose
    http://fr.youtube.com/organcomposer
    http://organ.monespace.net

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    Ride of the Valkyries ...
    I'm not an atheist and I don't think I can call myself a pantheist. We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many different languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangement of the books but doesn't know what it is. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God.
    —Albert Einstein.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hauptwerkIII View Post
    A couple of suggestions:

    God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen - Noel Rawsthorne

    http://www.contrebombarde.com/concerthall/music/1691

    Good Christians, awake - Noel Rawsthorne

    http://www.contrebombarde.com/concerthall/music/1692

    (Press the green play button on the page)
    HauptwerkIII - was that you playing those pieces?, they sound great.
    However, the link to buy the book isn't working ... do you have the book, and can you give me the ISBN number so I can order it?

    Thanks!


    UPDATE: I've found the book on the Kevin Mayhew site and ordered a copy - thanks again for the suggestions.
    Last edited by JONESEY; Nov-10-2009 at 18:15.

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    [here is another source for seasonal music]

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...STRK:MESELX:IT
    Last edited by Krummhorn; Nov-12-2009 at 02:02.

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    xmass

    Hi Jonesey

    Have you got my reply to your private message ?
    The score is waiting for you.
    I have made a new version, a little slower and more nice. Many passages have been rewritten and the recording is made with Hauptwerk III.

    Here, you can listen to the MP3
    Friendly yours. Jean-Paul

    Music is my placebo

    Please visit my channel and web site to hear the music I compose
    http://fr.youtube.com/organcomposer
    http://organ.monespace.net

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    Hi,

    I've been away sick for a few days, so have just replied to you!.
    Look forward to receiving it.

    HauptwerkIII - thanks for the other link - I've got the book on order and paid £5 more, so not so bad. Hopefully it will be waiting for me tonight so I can do some practising this weekend.

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