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    The month of August at my church is when we utilize parishioner talent, so I'm mostly off the hook for special music with the exception of the Postlude.

    I have delved, in prior months (and will into the future) to feature organ works by lesser or mostly unknown composers. I have several parishioners who have enjoyed those selections, two of which are former organists and were not familiar with these composers.

    I really like the idea of this thread and hope we can continue to share this information between fellow colleagues.

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    Lars: that is one thing I like about Marko as he plays mostly unknown/unfamiliar composers and has such a great instrument to show them off. Lucky guy and congregation
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    Cheers MIKE.

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    If it is helpful to the original poster...my upcoming voluntaries for the next month, as a classical-pianist-at-the-organ, are:
    8/10
    Vaughan Williams - Prelude on "Rhosymedre" (Three Preludes Founded on Welsh Tunes)
    (choral)
    Couperin - Elevation (Messe pour les Couvents)
    8/17
    Peeters - Nostalgia, op. 59 no. 3
    Bach, J.C. - Wie schön leuchet der Morgenstern (O Morning Star, how fair and bright)
    Pellegrini - Canzone (detta la Serpentina)
    8/24
    Franck - Petit Offertoire (1885)
    Raison - Trio en Passacaille, Messe du 2eme Ton
    Campra - Rigadoun
    8/31
    Vierne - Chorale (24 Pieces in Free Style), op. 31, no. 16
    Dubois - Petite pastorale Champenoise (Deux petites pieces)
    Pachelbel - Toccata in d minor
    9/7
    Widor - III. Andante Cantabile, Organ Symphony no. 4 in f minor, op.13, no. 4
    Reger - Lobe den Herren, den mächtigen König der Ehren (Praise to the Lord, the Almighty), op. 135a, no. 15
    Bach, J.S. - Kommst du nun, Jesu, vom Himmel herunter (Come thou, Jesus, from heaven to earth), BWV 650

    The offertories in this church need to be fairly short. I plan the voluntaries about 6-8 months in advance and try to stay a few weeks ahead in my practice. I can't speak for others, but this is what I try to do. I'll look forward to following the thread.

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    A goodly list indeed! Wondering if many others plan as far ahead as you do KMB. Not sure I could be so disciplined, but then, like Bill, I deputise only rarely, so don't have a weekly commitment.

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    Nikam-- Thanks! If I don't plan ahead, I find myself scrambling. --KMB

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nikam View Post
    A goodly list indeed! Wondering if many others plan as far ahead as you do KMB. Not sure I could be so disciplined, but then, like Bill, I deputise only rarely, so don't have a weekly commitment.
    I have a salaried position, so I am on the bench every weekend. I try to stay about a month ahead with my music selections. I use the Lectionary for a given Sunday and try to base my selections as close to that as possible. I never know the topic for the Homily/Sermon until Sunday morning, so it's partly a gamble for me at times.

    I usually present at least a 10 minute prelude. Could be one piece or several. I have done multiple composers for Ein Feste Berg as one prelude for example.
    The offertory is usually a choir anthem, so my next solo opportunity is during communion and later the postlude. I have parishioners who actually stick around and listen to the entire postlude.

    Kh ♫

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    KH--

    I can get a 5 minute prelude in (10 would be fun!). The talking during the prelude continues to diminish. I can't run much longer due to the morning choir rehearsal - and this congregation needs to socialize a bit. I, too, am fortunate that more are engaged during the prelude and remain during the postlude. The Lectionary is vital - indeed, one doesn't know about a homily/sermon topic until mid-week, at best.

    --KMB

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    Thought I would post my musical choices for the Feast of the Assumption (15th Aug)

    Before:
    Improvisation: 'Salve Regina Caeli' (own comp on 2 plainsong themes)
    Priere a Notre-Dame (Boellmann)

    During:
    Something from L'Organiste

    After:
    Festal Flourish (Jacob)

    Best wishes,
    Padster

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    Here is my selection of music for September:

    7/9: (23rd in O/T)
    Before:
    Allegretto and Air (own comp.)
    During:
    Nos. 44 & 46 from Liturgical Interludes (Murray)
    After:
    Toccata in b (Gigout)

    14/9 (Exaltation of the Holy Cross)
    Before:
    Fugue in b BWV 579 (JS Bach)
    During:
    Nos. 59 & 60 from Liturgical Interludes (Murray)
    After:
    Solemn Melody (Walford-Davies)

    21/9 (25th in O/T)
    Before:
    Prelude in C, Melody (Hollins)
    During:
    Sept Pieces in C/c nos. 1,2 & 3 from L'organiste (Franck)
    After:
    Sortie in Eb (Lefebure-Wely)

    28/9 (Thanksgiving for Harvest)
    Before:
    Le Coucou (Daquin)
    Pastorale (Franck)
    During:
    Sept Pieces in Eb/eb nos. 1,2 & 3 from L'organiste (Franck)
    After:
    Toccata on 'Lobet den Herren' (Micheelsen)

    Best wishes,
    Padster

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    Wow, Padster ... I'm duly impressed with that list, and that you are that prepared ahead of time. Congratulations on that !

    I barely get titles in for the coming Sunday before the bulletin deadline ... Maybe because I'm in a bit of a slump for Preludes lately - the "din" during the prelude time is most annoying as I can't play anything soft and meditative; everything must be at least mezzo-forte or more to be barely heard.

    It's a problem we addressed before ... the people don't even get quiet when the Pastor enters with the acolyte ... the subject will again surface at our next Worship/Music Committee meeting (of which I am the chair) - other members have mentioned this to me as well, so it's not just an 'organist complaint' anymore.

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    Thanks for your support.

    I have done a bit of soul-searching over the past week concerning solo organ music in church. The evening mass is always quiet and reflective, but sadly I think its days are numbered because the Archdiocese won't provide cover for our priest when he is away. The morning mass is full of chatter in the organ loft, which I don't mind, but choir members seek to involve me and seem to think I am there just to accompany them. Both situations left me downhearted. I had decided to follow the crowd, do what most Catholic church organists do and just play the hymns, or at least ramble through a selection of them as preludes, like most do. I reasoned that if I did this, I could dispense with practice completely. After all, playing hymns is a doddle compared to the music most of the organists on this forum play. But then I realised how much I love my music, especially organ music and have decided to fight against the general malaise which has contributed to the organ's image as a 'funeral instrument' amongst the public, thanks in part to those same meandering chord-bashers. I don't care if they don't listen. I'll play for my own enjoyment, and for those of other realms who are always listening and perhaps have a greater appreciation of art than the average human.

    I published this list in advance to give people ideas. Occasionally I will try to catch the ears of the public with a familiar or unusual piece. I selected Le Coucou for Harvest because of the associations with nature. I play it on a single '8 flute which really brings the piece to life, and lifts the organ above the ordinary. I am also using it this month to wind up our priest because we have got pigeons roosting in the roof space!

    Best wishes,
    Padster

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    Following that weird outbreak of enthusiasm I am back down to earth again. I have tried to be positive, but fighting against the 'laissez-faire' attitude towards church music is impossible. I am getting too worked up over things and I realise that others aren't. It doesn't seem to be a big deal if you don't practice in our parish. Just turn up on Sunday and play. And anyway, good luck with trying to get into church to practice on the organ. The place is locked up and the organist doesn't figure at all on the key-holder's list. After TWENTY years!! DESPITE repeated requests. But then, to be fair, none of the musician's have a key. The flower arrangers and cleaners do, but I guess we're just not that important. I've got a wedding tomorrow. After that I'm chucking it in.

    Best wishes,
    Padster

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    Padster, it would seem time to look for another gig. The best time to look for a job is when you already have one.

    My September list, FWIW:

    9/7
    Widor - III. Andante Cantabile, Organ Symphony no. 4 in f minor, op.13 no. 4
    Reger - Lobe den Herren, den mächtigen König der Ehren (Praise to the Lord, the Almighty), op. 135a, no. 15
    Bach, J.S. - Kommst du nun, Jesu, vom Himmel herunter (Come thou, Jesus, from heaven to earth), BWV 650

    9/14
    Vierne - Légende (24 Pieces in Free Style), op. 31, no. 13
    Nowak - Pange Lingua (excerpt)
    Nordman - Short Festal Postlude

    9/21
    Albinoni, arr. Giazotto - Adagio in g minor
    Bach, J.C. - Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir (From deep affliction I cry out to you)
    Gabrieli, G. - Fantasia on the VIth Tone

    9/28
    Rowley - Chorale Prelude on "St. Peter"
    Walther - Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan (What God does is well done), v. 1
    Bach, J.S. - Lob sei dem allmacht’gen Gott (Praise be to God Almighty), BWV 704

    --KMB
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    Nice list.

    I took your advice. I quit. I have decided to make a clean break from church music and won't be looking elsewhere.

    Best wishes,
    Padster

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