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    Organ Music that isn't Staid.

    Hello.

    It's taken me decades to appreciate organ music, probably because, growing up in the 1960s, I associated it with church services and old people.

    Ironically enough, I'm an old church-goer myself now, but I still don't really go for organ music that is too slow or sedate or staid - though I'll make an exception for works which are magnificently powerful or grand.

    Is it possible to have organ music that sparkles, or must it always be 'august'?

    I would love it if you organ music aces could post some organ music that is the reverse of staid - lively, powerful, magnificent, awesome or whatever. Just not staid.

    Thank you.

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    Hi Ella, how about this, maybe opening bars for a ring tone

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    ^^^^ - Yes, this is fantastic - like Dr Johnson of dictionary fame in a particularly clubbable mood, or a Queen Elephant with a twinkle in her eye.
    Absolutely the reverse of staid.
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    This is very joyful. If I were young again, I'd think about learning the organ after watching this video.

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    Organ music where there's another instrument - especially a brass instrument - is the very reverse of staid.
    I love this modern piece, that I learned about from a game on another music forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ella Beck View Post
    Organ music where there's another instrument - especially a brass instrument - is the very reverse of staid.
    I love this modern piece, that I learned about from a game on another music forum.

    An interesting piece of music, the organ acting as accompaniment to the trumpet, rather than as a solo instrument.

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    You're right - it doesn't totally count as 'organ music'. I just couldn't resist its gorgeousness.

    However, on reflection, I think 'accompaniment' doesn't quite cover the important part the organ plays in this modern composition. It is more like a duet, with the trumpet the senior partner.

    Please, though, do post a non-staid solo organ piece of your own choosing - it would be much appreciated!
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    In the mean time, here's one that I found for myself. Ravishing!

    (Buxtehude - Toccata in D minor, BuxWV 155 - B. Foccroulle)

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    Of course, Handel on the organ is never staid -

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    There wil be those who say this is sacrilege, but you could never call it staid, maybe not quite the organ Bach had in mind!

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    Listening to this now, I had audacity to request this played at my wedding, instead of the traditional Mendelssohn's Wedding March, I felt quite cheeky with this request really, and the poor, church organist wasn't used to playing such fast Handel pieces, I think she was quite worried it would go well, and she did amazingly well! She must have practiced hard! Other pieces I chose was Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring which was beautiful!
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    Another improvisation on pipe organ by Frederik Magle - it has a fresh beauty that certainly isn't staid.

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    Definitely not staid!
    Excerpt from Maurice Duruflé, Toccata from 'Suite', Op.5 (Virtuoso! Music for Organ)

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    Vivaldi, Bach & a sprightly pipe organ - what could be less staid?

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    J. S. Bach : Organ concerto in a minor BWV 593, after A. Vivaldi (RV 522, Op. 3 no. 8)

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