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    Your favourite, accessible Postludes

    Hi,
    Long time no post in my case - but I've been busy playing nearly every week.
    I need to expand my postlude repertoire, maybe add another 5 or 6 to keep things moving along.

    I wondered what your favourite, go to postludes are? - I'm not looking for huge learning projects here, but something that will round off a service nicely, but is also not too difficult.

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    Hi Jonesey,

    You are not alone in your quest. I usually don't spend a whole lot of time selecting/preparing postludes (except for Festival/Feast services) as it's just 'muzak' to most as they file out in noisy conversation at the end of the service. I could play Yankee Doodle Dandy and few would notice.

    The IMSLP site continues to be a great source for organ music. Check this list which lists 30 composers for postlude styles of music. I've downloaded a ton of music from IMSLP and keep it stored on my PC's drive - even transferred my entire 'virtual' collection of sheet music onto a laptop for when I travel.

    Lars A.


    I did a quick search and came up with this Google listing. Alexandre Guilmant has a plethora of music suitable for postludes as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krummhorn View Post

    ..... I usually don't spend a whole lot of time selecting/preparing postludes (except for Festival/Feast services) as it's just 'muzak' to most as they file out in noisy conversation at the end of the service. I could play Yankee Doodle Dandy and few would notice.
    Not just peculiar to UK then!
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    I get the same ... except when I play one particular piece which makes them sit up and listen.
    Mind you, I did get some nice feedback for my voluntary last Sunday.

    Lars - thanks for that list, I've got a couple of them and will start on them.
    What's your number 1 favourite postlude then? - send me a link to it on youtube, or wherever ... would like to hear what my peers like playing.
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    Doesn't exactly come under the umbrella of 'accessible', but with eight months to go .....

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    Found an excerpt from the Hollins, "Maytime Gavotte" Martin Schellenberg on the Wimborne Minster organ.

    hollinsex57999.mp3
    Cheers MIKE.

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    My principle is to never play the same postlude twice. I have such a huge amount of pieces to play that one lifetime is not enough to play them all. The style is usually about what I have recorded to Youtube.

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    Way, way back in the day when my technique was a lot greener, I used the "Liturgical Organist" series (Carlo Rossini?) to good effect most Sunday's. I believe they are still in print but worth looking for if they are not. Volume 6, in particular, seems to stick out in my memory

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    Quote Originally Posted by FinnViking View Post
    My principle is to never play the same postlude twice. I have such a huge amount of pieces to play that one lifetime is not enough to play them all. The style is usually about what I have recorded to Youtube.
    I do that too, but there are some Sundays where I do repeat the same every year ... Easter, Pentecost, Reformation, Ash Wednesday to name a couple. My parishioners frequently ask for me to repeat some of their favourites throughout the year ... I am their [paid] servant, so I oblige to most requests.

    But you are right, there is a plethora of available music out there that none of us could ever perform in a lifetime.

    Quote Originally Posted by Leisesturm View Post
    Way, way back in the day when my technique was a lot greener, I used the "Liturgical Organist" series (Carlo Rossini?) to good effect most Sunday's. I believe they are still in print but worth looking for if they are not. Volume 6, in particular, seems to stick out in my memory
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    I have that same book series as well ... lately only use it for those rare occasions when I don't - or won't - have time to practice at church one week or another. I enjoy playing something new and by some not so famous composers. I have a couple retired organists in our choir and they enjoy hearing different composers.

    Lars

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leisesturm View Post
    Way, way back in the day when my technique was a lot greener, I used the "Liturgical Organist" series (Carlo Rossini?) to good effect most Sunday's. I believe they are still in print but worth looking for if they are not. Volume 6, in particular, seems to stick out in my memory

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    Thanks for the tip - found one of the books on line for £4!!
    Took a look quickly and it has some good pieces in it, so looking forward to receiving it.
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