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Secrets of Organ Playing Podcast

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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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@vidpinkus

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English


Episodes

SOP Podcast #121: Mark Konewko on La Nativite by Messiaen and Playing Carillon

11/16/2017
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Welcome to Secrets of Organ Playing Podcast #121! http://www.organduo.lt/podcast Today's guest is an American organist, carillonneur and choir conductor Dr. Mark Konewko. Mark has been carillonneur at Marquette University since 1999 where he began as Interim Chorus Director in fall 2010. He holds an MBA from Cardinal Stritch University as well as a Masters of Music Degree in Organ Performance from the American Conservatory of Music. He studied carillon at the University of Utrecht in...

Duration: 00:31:07


#AskVidasAndAusra 111: I Find It Hard To Get It Fast And Smooth

11/15/2017
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Today’s question was sent by Robert. He writes: Hi Vidas. Robert here from Vancouver, Canada. I was wondering if it is possible to find the booklet from August Reinhard Op. 74. Heft I (so first half). I have the second half. In German it's "50 Übungs und Vortragsstücke für Harmonium”. As I mentioned I have the second half but it would be nice to get the first half too, to complete the set. It's great stuff! Keep up the wonderful work you both do, and so now and then I keep purchasing a piece...

Duration: 00:08:43


SOP Podcast #120: Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra On J.S. Bach And The Art Of Improvisation

11/12/2017
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Welcome to Secrets of Organ Playing Podcast #120! http://www.organduo.lt/podcast Today's guest is Dr. Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra who is an American organist, international performer, composer, liturgical musician, scholar, and pedagogue. She returns to our show to introduce our listeners to the newly published Vol. 2 of her treatise "Bach and the Art of Improvisation". Here's our previous conversation about Vol. 1. Simultaneously revolutionary and realistic, Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra resuscitates...

Duration: 01:11:20


SOP Podcast 119: Nicholas Papadimitriou on Translating the Message of the Composer to the Listener

11/4/2017
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Welcome to Secrets of Organ Playing Podcast #119! http://www.organduo.lt Today's guest is Nicholas Papadimitriou, an organist, pianist and composer originally from Greece but currently studying and working in the Netherlands. Born in June of the year 1993, he started studying the piano at the age of six with his first teacher Domenica Mikaits. Two years later he joined an orchestra for young children, in which he participated for six years. At the age of thirteen, he joined the Philippos...

Duration: 00:57:08


#AskVidasAndAusra 106 - Collins - I Need Fingering For Halleluia Chorus By Handel

11/3/2017
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This question was sent by Collins, and he writes that he needs the Hallelujah Chorus by Handel, with sheet music and fingering... for piano. http://www.organduo.lt

Duration: 00:10:43


#AskVidasAndAusra 105: Music For Opening And Ending Of Every SOP Podcast

11/3/2017
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Today’s question was sent by Dan. He writes: “Hi Vidas, I’m curious as to what the piece is that you have at the opening and ending of every SOP podcast? It sounds quite interesting. Is it something which you’d improvised? If so, that’s very cool. Take care. Dan.” http://www.organduo.lt

Duration: 00:13:17


#AskVidasAndAusra 104: How To Learn To Read And Count Music Well

11/1/2017
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Today’s question was sent by David, and he writes: “To answer your question, the most important thing for me, in playing organ, is to learn how to read music well. I handle up to 4 flats, and up to 3 sharps with little effort. Beyond that I have never learned to read music well at all. The second most important thing for me is to learn how to count well and consistently. I know what you will say: when you practice, miracles happen. And here is what I say: You are right! I want to take this...

Duration: 00:09:36


#AskVidasAndAusra 102 - Playing for repeat listeners

11/1/2017
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Today’s question was sent by Paul, and he writes: “Dear Vidas Pinkevicius, thank you first for your good and precise advice. I spend 2 weeks in Italy, so it was not possible for me to answer immediately to your question. My dream: playing in such a manner, that people, who listen to it, will like to hear this kind of music in the future.” http://www.organduo.lt

Duration: 00:14:11


SOP Podcast 118 Angela Kraft Cross

10/29/2017
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Welcome to Secrets of Organ Playing Podcast #118! http://www.organduo.lt/podcast Today's guest is Angela Kraft Cross, San Francisco Bay Area organist, pianist and composer. She graduated from Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music in 1980 with bachelor's degrees in Physics and Organ Performance. She then earned her Doctor of Medicine degree at Loma Linda University, where she subsequently completed her residency in ophthalmology. In 1993, she completed her Master of Music degree in...

Duration: 00:40:53


#AskVidasAndAusra 99: I don’t always have the patience for a highly systematic practice

10/25/2017
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This question was sent by Paul, and he writes that he doesn’t always have the patience for a highly systematic and laborious practice. http://www.organduo.lt

Duration: 00:07:04


#AskVidasAndAusra 98: I Would Like To Play Reasonably Difficult Scores At First Glance

10/25/2017
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Today's question was sent by Rivadavia and she writes: "I would like to play reasonably difficult scores at first glance with the least error." http://www.organduo.lt

Duration: 00:08:57


#AskVidasAndAusra 97: Learn to say "No"

10/22/2017
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Today’s question was sent by Rivadavia, from Brazil. And she has a problem that she doesn’t have enough time to practice. http://www.organduo.lt

Duration: 00:12:34


SOP Podcast #117: Nigel Williams On Twelve Tone Technique, Modal Music And Polyphony

10/22/2017
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SOP Podcast #117: Nigel Williams On Twelve Tone Technique, Modal Music And Polyphony by Vidas Pinkevicius

Duration: 00:38:22


#AskVidasAndAusra 94: Giving presents to your organist friend

10/19/2017
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This question was sent by Ken. He writes: “Hi Vidas, I purchased the Chord Workshop course. I have been a church organist for many years, and have an online friend now, from the sale of a Roland C190 keyboard to him. I'm in Ontario Canada, he's in Nova Scotia Canada. He wishes to learn to play, and as he is retired and to encourage him to be able to play and enjoy doing it quickly, the use of chording, I believe is the way to go for him. As you know there are "fake books" of every genre of...

Duration: 00:07:00


#AskVidasAndAusra 93: What are some tips for building up speed?

10/16/2017
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Today’s question was sent by Simon, and he writes: “Hello Ausra and Vidas, what are some tips for building up speed, and expectations for how long this should take – weeks, months? Learning a faster piece e.g Gigout Toccata, I can play the last section accurately at about 2/3 speed, but much faster and it starts to unravel. Playing same section over and over again I lose concentration, and probably just re-inforce mistakes. Greetings from Germany, and thanks to you both for your...

Duration: 00:10:19


#AskVidasAndAusra 92: How to create alternate harmonizations and descants

10/16/2017
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Today’s question was sent by John; and he asks how to create alternate harmonizations and descants for the last verse of the hymn. Basically, this is the question: how to reharmonize any type of melody. http://www.organduo.lt

Duration: 00:15:57


#AskVidasAndAusra 91: How to read basso continuo

10/14/2017
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nd today’s question was sent by Max, and he writes: “Hi Vidas, just letting you know I love your channel and have found a lot of useful hints in your theory videos, particularly. You have a clear and unaffected teaching style which is rare on YouTube. Suggestion for topics I would submit (if you were looking) would be organ playing in terms of continuo and supporting vocalists (I really like the use of it in Monteverdi's Orfeo, for example).” http://www.organduo.lt

Duration: 00:12:05


#AskVidasAndAusra 90: What type of shoes you should wear while playing organ pedals?

10/14/2017
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Today’s question was sent by Sunny. And she writes: “It would be good to mention the type of shoes you should wear while playing and NOT barefoot like I've gotten in bad habit. My teacher taught me to wear same shoes, with 1/2' heels, carry in bag with my music or keep at the organ. AND one rule we have in our house: NEVER touch ANY of the 4 keyboards in my home without washing your hands. That’s a big time no no. My grand daughter scolded one of our guests who sat down at our grand piano...

Duration: 00:09:35


SOP Podcast #116 - Kalle Toivio On Organ Improvisation And The Great McNeil Robinson Tradition

10/14/2017
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Welcome to Secrets of Organ Playing Podcast #116! http://www.organduo.lt/podcast Today's guest is a Finnish classical virtuoso concert pianist and organist Kalle Toivio. Born in Lahti, Finland, Kalle has performed as soloist and chamber musician in his native country Finland and around the globe. With his sister, cellist Seeli Toivio, he has worked for years. They performed on a long concert tour in Japan in 2003, and in 2007 they performed at a televised concert at the international...

Duration: 01:00:58


SOP Podcast 115 Katelyn Emerson On Dealing With Wrist Pain And Panic Attacks

10/8/2017
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Welcome to Secrets of Organ Playing Podcast #115! Today's guest is a young a talented American organist Katelyn Emerson. She performs throughout North America and Europe, showcasing repertoire from the 14th-21st centuries with “impressive technical facility and musicianship” in performances that are “thrilling from beginning to end” (Cleveland Classical). Upcoming and past recital venues include such illustrious locations as Walt Disney Hall (Los Angeles, California), Hallgrímskirkja...

Duration: 00:48:58

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