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Bach and the Organ: Why the King of Instruments is Still King

February 23rd, 2008
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  1. February 23rd, 2008 at 22:33 | #1

    If you watch closely, you’ll see that Mr. Hell is playing the pedals with his toes only – like Bach would have done. But Bach would’ve played a flat pedalboard, not a curved, American Guild of Organists approved one. :)
    (Sorry, my hubby is an organ technician and his geekiness is starting to rub off on me.)
    Thanks for sharing the video. Very cool. Our daughter calls those wood-on-wood keyboards “chocolate organs.” Cute.

  2. February 24th, 2008 at 19:26 | #2

    Insane. Too many musicians settle at just learning the piano.

  3. Matthew J. Surburg
    February 27th, 2008 at 06:58 | #3

    What magnificent playing of a magnificent piece on a magnificent instrument. His observation that Bach did not separate “sacred” from “secular” was spot-on; I wonder, though, whether Bach would have defined “spiritual” as he does.
    Being a trumpet player myself, and therefore capable of only one note at a time, I can only imagine the electricity felt by someone such as this; to have music flow from all your extremities like water from a hose or so many beams of light, what a feeling!
    Edward Elgar did a wonderful arrangement for orchestra of this Fugue and the accompanying Prelude. They (and some equally delightful transcriptions by Respighi) are in a fine recording with Gerard Schwarz and the Seattle Symphony which I highly recommending buying if you can find it.

  4. February 28th, 2008 at 22:23 | #4

    In the words of Radar….
    Ah…. Bach

  5. June 12th, 2009 at 12:06 | #5

    Original post by Dmitri Gromov

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