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I love Liszt's marvellous arrangement of the Introduction and Fugue from Bach's Cantata "Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis". In this live recording from the Basilica in St. Louis, I recreated Bach's orchestration with manual and stop changes.
The audience is getting ready to sing the national anthem at the end of the "Variations on the Star-Spangled Banner" by Dudley Buck during my July 4th concert...even though I used the full organ (and Julia played the melody on the chamades!), I could still hear the audience singing enthusiastically!
I am delighted to announce that Todd Sisley, the editor of The American Organist, has accepted two more of my articles for publication.
The first one (“One Tradition – Many Interpretations: A Comparison of the Editorial Policies and Practices of the Bach-Editions by Dupré, Vierne and Widor/Schweitzer.”) is a comparative study of the fascinating Bach editions by French/Alsatian organists Dupré, Vierne and Widor/Schweitzer, all three of them published in the first part of the twentieth century. In addition to providing valuable information about the Bach reception in the French (organ-) world, the prefaces and/or annotated scores are also first-rate examples of French performance practice rules which can be applied to other (contemporary) music as well.
The second one (“'How should I play it?' - Franz Liszt's Multifaceted Approach towards the Art of Arranging for the Piano and the Organ.”) discusses and compares F. Liszt's evolving concepts of arrangements for keyboard instruments:
1) Academic 'exercises' in the faithful translation of the original text to another instrument;
2) Arrangements which explore the full range of possibilities offered by contemporary instruments;
3) Virtuosic show-pieces designated for the grand public.
Alain's 'Litanies': an incredibly powerful masterwork of a genius! Live performance in the Dreifaltigkeitskirche in Erlangen (Germany) on August 11, 2010
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