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    Lately on I have been playing Mendelssohn at the entrance and Pomp & Circumstance at the final (Brides feel themselves like Princess Diana...some of them comment)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leisesturm View Post
    Wow... people still get married in churches? I haven't played for a wedding since... ... 2005?? ...
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    They certainly do. I played for one last Thursday. It was snowing. Again. It is supposed to be April. (Yes I know that most of Canada is buried under about fifty feet of snow, and that most people have been unable to find their 4X4 Land Rovers since last September - but this is England....)

    They had fairly boring music, unfortunately. Still, at least the bride was on time and she requested Widor's Toccata for the recessional. This is, it must be said, more interesting than the Wedding March. Although it was cold outside, I played it in a speed close to that of Widor's own recording. many people play this piece (or attempt to play it) much too quickly. In order to cure this, such organists should try to gain access to one of Cavaillé-Coll's larger instruments - S. Sulpice would be ideal - and attempt to play it at that speed, with Barker lever assisted action and ventils as the only aids to registration. I suspect that, if they were to be allowed to do so, they would realise that playing it rather quickly was neither intended by Widor, nor physically possible on these instruments.


    For the record, a few other good pieces for the recessional at a wedding (providing of course that the organ is up to it) are:

    Final - either from the Second or the Sixth Symphony for Organ, by Charles-Marie Widor.
    (Both are good.)
    Final, from the First Symphony for Organ, by Louis Vierne.

    I have also played Carillon-Sortie, by Mulet and the Prelude and Fugue, in B major, by Dupré.

    Whilst I do play the Final, from the Sixth Symphony for Organ, by Louis Vierne, I have yet to be asked to play it at a wedding.
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    Kriegsmarsch der Priester* is another option for a recessional. I stumbled upon an organ arrangement by Steggall and used this piece as a Prelude this morning.


    *War March of the Priests (from Athalia)

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    A little bit left field on this one, but I'd recommend Fade into Darkness by Avicii.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pcnd5584 View Post
    I have also played Carillon-Sortie, by Mulet and the Prelude and Fugue, in B major, by Dupré.
    Whoa... talk about insane tempi. I have yet to hear a recording of this that allows a listener, even a seasoned organist listener, to actually hear the genius of this piece. I am learning it right now and my technique will NEVER allow me to play it fast enough to destroy it. IMO that is a good thing. That's just the Prelude. You actually play the Fugue?? I bow and scrape in your general direction... ...

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    Composition under discussion!

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    I know that performance. Very nice but, very, very fast. Don't get me wrong. If I could play it that fast I would. Once. But can you honestly say that a listener can make any sense of that? Only the pedal line makes any impression and, lets face it, this is not the Widor Tocatta, the pedal line in the Widor is a very accessible melody, ditto the Boellmann, the pedal line of the Dupre doesn't make lots of musical sense (but I like it) it just kind of holds the piece together. Played at the same kind of hyper-fast tempo that is popular for the Widor and the Boellmann and the Dupre just becomes an exercise in structured noise. You know the performer is doing something amazing, but what exactly, you don't have any earthly idea. In fact, I honestly thought I had gotten the wrong piece from the library when I tried to listen to this performance with the score in front of me!! I cannot use any performance online as any kind of guide or inspiration, I have simply been plodding through it every week or so. That's how I learned the Widor.

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    Nikam...and to play with assistance of the master.. is fast but enjoyed the performance..
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