Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Score!


Here are some pictures of the new score for my most recent composition:  "The Ignored Morality Interlude of Mssr. Freeman".

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Christmas Season and Music

For those of you who are musicians for religious groups (or even some secular groups) you know that Christmas begins sometime around September.  Aside from a few services that I will be playing for Shalom, and I believe one for my LDS ward, I have two big programs that I am working on this year.

The first is the annual AGO Choral Festival, which will be held this year at the Central United Protestant Church (CUP) in Richland on December 4th, 2011 at 4 PM.  I am co-chairing the event with another lady from our local chapter, and it has proven to the most difficult program I am putting together to date.  Basically, we get a bunch of congregational choirs together from around the Tri-Cities and sing our hearts out (and finish with the Hallelujah chorus from Handel's Messiah).  However, about five letters were lost in the mail, causing confusion and delay (I sound like Sir Topham Hat).  All is well, we have eleven choirs set up.  I will be playing prelude music and the first congregational hymn.  I think I will play "Wachet Auf" by Bach for prelude (still undecided) or "Angels We Have Heard on High", an original arrangement.  I will be accompanying the congregation on "O Come, All Ye Faithful".  We are donating all proceeds from the offertory to the local food bank.

The second is an LDS program where we wanted to bring in classical music back into the church.  For the past several years (you can read my earlier Facebook rant) more Sally DeFord has popped into our services, let alone the old standby Janice Kapp Perry, and much of the classical repertoire has been lost to the ears of the average LDS congregationalist.  We put together a program, reaching into a variety of music, along with two congregational carols and scripture reading, to bring classical music back to the ears of the listeners.  I have put this program together with three other musicians, one a cellist in a local symphony, one with a master degree in piano performance, and the other with her undergraduate degree in flute performance.  I will be playing the opening congregational carol, again "O Come, All Ye Faithful", and assisting the other organist on the final carol, "Silent Night".

For the LDS service I will be playing the first three short pieces from J.S. Bach's Das Orgelbuchlein (I don't have the titles in German in front of me):  "Now Come, Heathen Savior", "Lord Christ is Coming", and "Lord Christ, God's Only Son", I will play "Sleepers Wake, A Voice Calleth" from the Schubler Chorales by J.S. Bach, and the Bell Symphony (along with his trumpet tune in C) by Henry Purcell.

If you are interested in attending the LDS service.  It is at 7 PM on December 18th, 2011 at the Richland LDS Thayer Building.  I don't have the address, but the cross street is Thayer and Sunset.

Hope to see you all there!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Painful Practice

Practice was painful today.  I was snaking out a drain yesterday evening and sliced my hand on a pair of scissors.  The good news is that it wasn't on a finger, the better news is that the tub is now draining appropriately.  The bad news, for what it is worth, is that it is painful to stretch my hand or contract it.

But on a side note, my transposition study is going quite well.  I am going to build up a score for "Come, Come, ye Saints" where I modulate the last verse from F (so I play all three verses in F) to G (final verse in the original key).  It should be fun.  Video to follow some time in the next few weeks.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Sunday Service Line-Up

I thought I would start posting up the Sunday services that I play:

Prelude - Hymn Improvisation on "Abide with Me"
Anthem - I don't remember the title, but I only had one day to learn it and it was fast with four flats
Offertory - Little Prelude in E Minor - J.S. Bach
Postlude - Irish Benediction

I love the congregation that I work for.  They are so wonderful and sing with such enthusiasm!  They are accepting and loving of all, and are very much a Christian universalist sect.  The pastor gave a wonderful sermon on generational thinking.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Current Work

I thought I would keep this blog more as a personal journal than anything else.  Because, let's be frank, nobody reads it, but I would really like to come back to it and review what I have learned while learning the organ.

I started a few days ago to go back to the structured practice sessions:

  • 15 minutes hymn practice
  • 15 minutes from current practice piece (one of the 8 little preludes and fugues or 6 schubler chorales)
  • 15 minutes from current Das Orgelbuchlein piece
  • 30 minutes on next recital piece
Today, because I have service on Sunday, was mostly in preparation for the services.  However, I did spend some time in hymn play and some more time working on the piece I will be preparing for Christmas, "Sheppherd's Pipe Carol" by Dale Wood.

Exciting times.  I get to sleep in tomorrow, the kids are at Grandma's house!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Organ for LDS Pianists

(Not pictured:  Me)
After three weeks, we are finally done with the Organ Basics for LDS Pianists.  We had a fairly successful turnout.  I was really happy with the results and had a lot of positive feedback from those who attended the class. The skill level was varied throughout the crowd, from the "never touched an organ" to "can play basic literature".

They even heard me rant one night (after class had ended) about the word "performance" in policy.

The stake music coordinator wants to open it up now to the more advanced classes (which would be titled more appropriately "discussions") and some hymn plays.