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Conversations about all things organ playing. Vidas Pinkevicius' talks with internationally renown experts from the organ world - concert and church organists, improvisers, educators, composers, organ builders, musicologists and other people who help shape the future of our profession.

Conversations about all things organ playing. Vidas Pinkevicius' talks with internationally renown experts from the organ world - concert and church organists, improvisers, educators, composers, organ builders, musicologists and other people who help shape the future of our profession.
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Vilnius, Lithuania

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Conversations about all things organ playing. Vidas Pinkevicius' talks with internationally renown experts from the organ world - concert and church organists, improvisers, educators, composers, organ builders, musicologists and other people who help shape the future of our profession.

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English


Episodes

SOPP307: Do you recommend total legato for hymn playing in any situation?

10/15/2018
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Let’s start episode number 307, of Secrets of Organ Playing Podcast. This question was sent by Tamara. And she writes: Hello Vidas– I have been following your Secrets of Organ Playing emails—very helpful, thank you! Do you recommend total legato for hymn playing in any situation? I did learn and follow the 4 ways to render a hymn in the Ritchie book (Chapter 7). It seems that the best, most efficient hymn playing is balance of legato and articulation, distributed among the SATB parts. Thank...

Duration:00:15:17

SOPP305: I enjoyed the Bach organ tour but the big surprise was how sharp most of the organs were

10/15/2018
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Let’s start episode 305 of Secrets of Organ Playing Podcast. This question was sent by Alan, and he writes: ​ Vidas, we are back from our travels. I enjoyed the Bach organ tour but the big surprise was how sharp most of the organs were. It wreaked havoc with my absolute pitch and made it very difficult to play. It didn't get easier, but I didn't push it too much as there were others waiting for a chance to play the organs. For something else to do I took measurements of the temperament...

Duration:00:17:18

SOPP304: During the postlude at this mornings service in BWV 555 bad things just started happening

10/13/2018
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Let’s start episode number 304, of Secrets of Organ Playing Podcast. This question was sent by Jeremy. In response to my weekly questions in our Total Organist Basecamp communication channel. When I ask ‘What’s the most frustrating thing for you this week, that you’ve been struggling with’? And Jeremy wrote: Focusing. During the postlude at this mornings service, about half way through the fugue of BWV 555 bad things just started happening. I tried to bring myself back into the moment, but...

Duration:00:15:32

SOPP303: I would like to apply for, and be admitted into, a doctoral program in Organ Performance

10/11/2018
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Let’s start episode 303 of Secrets of Organ Playing Podcast. This question was sent by Michael and he writes: “Hi Vidas and Ausra, Thank you for your recent email, to which I am now responding late (I apologize). My dream for my organ playing is that I would like to apply for, and be admitted into, a doctoral program in Organ Performance. I am currently pursuing a master’s degree in Organ Performance. At this time, I cannot think of three hindrances to my dream, but I can think of one in...

Duration:00:19:49

SOPP302: When and how do i start learning congregational opening hymns?

10/9/2018
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This question was sent by Henry, and he writes: I would like to start accompanying the congregation using an electronic keyboard. My question is, when and how do i start learning congregational opening hymns? Please i need your piece of advise on this issue.

Duration:00:16:17

Music for Pope Francis

10/9/2018
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On September 23, 2018 when Pope Francis visited Lithuania, I had an opportunity to make music on the organ, together with choral polyphony and Gregorian chant while he was visiting Museum of Genocide Victims in Vilnius. The performers were chamber choir "Aidija" and Schola Cantorum Vilnensis", led by Romualdas Grazinis and myself at 3 manual digital Johannus organ which stood inside a special tent in front of a huge crowd in Lukiskiu Square. My role was to improvise versets and accompany...

Duration:00:47:43

SOPP301: Do organ builders have online database with specs on every instrument they’ve built?

10/8/2018
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This question was sent by Dan, and he writes: Hi Vidas, back in June, i’d tried out a small casavant organ, in a place which is used for people to stay at, they do corporate events there, and other stuff, and the owner of the place, doesn’t really play the organ. She wants me to play it on a couple dates in november. It’s a 1929 Casavant organ, and it’s their opus 1375. ​When I’d tried the instrument, I was mainly using the crescendo pedal to control it. Those can give you sometimes less...

Duration:00:16:11

SOPP300: Additional Advice for Adding Improvisation Hymn Harmonizations

10/8/2018
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This question was sent by John. And it doesn't start like a question, but rather like feedback or response to another question that we discussed earlier about improvising alternate hymn harmonizations. So John writes: There are a number of books of varied accompaniment [published by companies such as Kevin Mayhew and Novello], but these are for hymns sung by English-speaking congregations. Eric Thiman composed two books of excellent accompaniments [published by Novello and OUP, still...

Duration:00:15:42

SOPP299: How to improve finger accuracy, especially with fast passages?

10/5/2018
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This question was sent by John and he writes: “Hi Vidas and Ausra, Thank you for your amazing blogs lately, there's been some great discussions and I value the different perspectives you both bring. I'm wondering if you could please talk about how to improve finger accuracy, especially with fast passages. Specifically I'm trying to play In Dulci Jubilo BWV 729 by Bach, your training videos were great and I surprised myself how fast I was able to learn it (for me), it still took 2 months. Now...

Duration:00:13:28

SOPP298: Registration of Bach's Trio sonata in Eb Major, BWV 525

10/3/2018
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This question was sent by Anne, and she writes: Dear Vidas, Could you help me out a little with registration? I am quite confused about how one should register for many compositions by Bach, in particular his Trio Sonata in E flat (BWV 525). I understand that it was not common practice in his time to list out particular stops one should pull for each piece, and that it depended rather on the organist himself and the place he was in. But I don’t know where to start. If it doesn’t trouble you...

Duration:00:17:04

Trying out the Bruno Goebel organ at the Cathedral of Panevezys

10/3/2018
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I hope you'll enjoy this improvisation on the Bruno Goebel organ at the Cathedral in Panevezys which I played before my organ demonstration there on September 21, 2018. The organ was built in 1931 and has 3 manuals, 25 stops and pneumatic action. It came to Panevezys from the chapel in Konigsberg. There is room for 13 more stops which could be added in the future. Goebel made a new organ console with 38 stops which would fill the Cathedral space.

Duration:00:08:20

SOPP297: It's much pleasure to practice the pedal course

10/3/2018
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This question was sent by Dineke. She writes: Much pleasure with my pedal course. The first week I was some ill and the printer was new....I am studying with pleasure and it s just have been good I had basic knowledge of Theory..... we continue....beside my usual lessons. Nice you had a good Saturday with books meeting. Many greetings from Dineke. Secrets of Organ Playing: https://www.organduo.lt

Duration:00:15:16

Organ Improvisation Recital "David and Goliath" at the Cathedral of Liepaja, Latvia

9/28/2018
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I couple of days ago I shared with you my rehearsal on the largest mechanical organ in the world before improvising for an hour "David and Goliath". I hope that today you will enjoy the actual recital recording. NOTE: When there were about 5 minutes before the end of the recital, the power of the blower disappeared. Make sure you listen the very end of the recording to see what happened... Luckily it wasn't the middle or the beginning, isn't it? Organizer later explained to me that the organ...

Duration:00:50:38

SOPP296: One day I hope to be able to play hymns for a small church

9/28/2018
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This question was sent by Victoria and she writes: “Hi Vidas. I try my best on the church electric Organ as much as I can, but 30 hrs a week no way... Most I work on are hymns since we are a small church. It seems a long way to go for me, even the two part. But your advice is helpful! But I enjoy playing hymns on the Organ at church for practice, can’t do service yet. Hope one day I will be ready...Thanks again for your great work! You and Ausra are blessings! Victoria” Secrets of Organ...

Duration:00:16:31

Liepaja Organ Improvisation Recital David And Goliath (Rehearsal) (2018)

9/28/2018
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Would you enjoy listening to my rehearsal of improvisation recital "David and Goliath" which I played a couple of weeks ago during organ music festival at the Cathedral in Liepaja, Latvia. This is the largest mechanical organ in the world from 1885 with 4 manuals and 131 stops. Let me know what you think.

Duration:00:56:20

SOPP295: Played the opening pedal passage for a short person in BWV 532

9/28/2018
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This question was sent by Anne, and she writes: I started working on Bach Prelude and Fugue in D Major, BWV 532. The opening pedal run is not hard except that I am a short person. The benches I sit and practice on are not adjustable so I have to sit close to the edge of the seat to be able to use the pedal board. ​ In order to do this pedal run using only toes - I have to adjust myself as I go up the scale because my legs are not long enough. Somehow I will have to figure out how to do the...

Duration:00:14:19

SOPP294: I create my own organ accompaniment for the mass setting

9/27/2018
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This question was sent by Andrew and he writes: “Mass for Fathers Day this morning went well. Parts of the Mass were sung to the Glendalough Mass by Liam Lawton. The school's REC (Religious Education Co-Ordinator) is a guitarist. I've rigged up a mixer to feed through the organ's amplifier and speakers. He puts his amplified acoustic guitar through it, plus a couple of microphones for the singers. He leads with rhythmic strumming, and he has a small choir consisting of students from his...

Duration:00:15:40

Organ Duet Recital At St Paul's Cathedral In London

9/25/2018
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Organ Duet Recital At St Paul's Cathedral In London Vidas Pinkevicius and Ausra Motuzaite-Pinkeviciene, organ Concert Program: 1. Sonata in D Major for organ duet, K. 381/123a by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (12') Allegro-Andante-Allegro molto This is a sonata, originally intended be played on the piano for 4 hands but as many pieces from this period, sounds wonderfully on other keyboard instruments, such as the organ. As is the case with most classical sonatas, the middle gentle and slow...

Duration:00:30:18

SOPP293: I'm struggling with finding practice time

9/21/2018
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This question was sent by Jeremy, and he writes that he struggles with finding practice time.

Duration:00:18:08

SOPP292: My organ has completely broken down and cannot be repaired

9/21/2018
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This question was sent by Ruth. She’s our Total Organist student. And she writes: Ruth: My organ has completely broken down and cannot be repaired. So, I have spent quite a bit of time in looking for another. Through my teacher, I found another which is several hundred miles from here. The owner of it is willing to give it to me, but I need to pay for its transportation here. She had several persons come to examine hers. They have confirmed that it is in excellent condition. So, I feel...

Duration:00:16:50