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Secrets of Organ Playing Podcast

Secrets of Organ Playing Podcast

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Conversations about all things organ playing. Vidas Pinkevicius and Ausra Motuzaite-Pinkeviciene talk with 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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SOPP649: I thought that if there is a pickup measure in a song that the last measure of the song and the first measure should add up to one measure

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SOPP650: I’ve seen that you use ForScore on an iPad for reading music. I was wondering what size iPad do you use?
This question was sent by Jay, and he writes: “Vidas: I think I’ve seen that you use ForScore on an iPad for reading music.  I was wondering what size iPad do you use?  Have you had experience with more than the one size you use regularly?  I’d really like to do that but I’m not sure which size would work best for me.  I think the iPad 12.9” is likely optimal but so expensive.  Perhaps the 11” model would be adequate, being a bit less expensive. Any thoughts you would care to share here or on your podcasts would be helpful. Thank you! Jay”
13:53
June 16, 2021
SOPP659: Keyboard Prelude Improvisation Mini Course
This question was sent by Eduardo, and he writes, Greetings, Recently I found about historical improvisation and I stumbled upon your dissertation "Improvisation of keyboard preludes in the style of JS Bach: A practical method comprising techniques derived from selected keyboard works" And it looks exactly what i'm looking for at the moment, but I can't find a complete version of it, I just found the index. Is there a way I can get the complete one? Also , In your webpage you mention a Keyboard Prelude Improvisation Mini Course but the link is dead. Can I still join the Course? Looking forward to hearing from you, Eduardo Villalobos
21:08
June 9, 2021
SOPP657: I hear from respected organists that these trio sonatas are some of the most difficult music to play, and you executed it perfectly!
This question was sent by John, and he writes, Dear Vidas, wow this is so beautiful! I hear from respected organists that these trio sonatas are some of the most difficult music to play, and you executed it perfectly!  Thank you for such an enjoyable experience, and also for setting such a great example for me, your student! Take care, John
14:07
June 1, 2021
SOPP648: On registration of Widor's Toccata
This question was sent by Joe, and he writes: “Vidas, Hope all is well with you. I am making much headway on Widor's Toccata, even though I have had limited time to practice. The score that I purchased from you certainly has helped expedite the learning process - MUCH THANKS! Since the score did not include registration suggestions, I was curious if you know of scores that do include registration. My organ has the following Stops:” Pedal Organ Diapason 16' Bourdon 16' Quintaten (Sw) 16' Octave 8' Gedackt 8' Choralbass 4' Mixture iii Posaune 16' Trompette (SW) 8' Swell Organ Quintaten 16' Gedackt 8' Violas II 8' Spitzprinzipal 4' Koppelflote 4' Nasat 2-2/3' Blockflote 2' Terz 1-3/5' Mixture III Basson 16' Trompette 8' Clairon 4' Great Organ Quintaten (Sw) 16' Principal 8' Rohrflote 8' Violas II (Sw) 8' Octave 4' Spitzflote 4' super Octave 2' Waldflote 2' Mixture IV Krummhorn 8' Vidas: He has three divisions: Pedal, Swell, and Great, and each has around 10 stops, maybe more. He writes further: “I also have a Floating Division that can be applied to Pedal, Swell, and Great. This includes over 100 stops but cannot be mixed (i.e. only one per Pedal, one for Swell, one for Great). Please let me know if you have any suggestions for registration based on my Stops List.  If you believe something is missing that is critical, I may have it in my Floating Division. Your expertise would be greatly appreciated. Much Thanks, Joe Mark” Vidas: Here’s what I wrote to him: “Thanks Joe! Unfortunately all Widor marks on the score is FFF, FF, F etc. As I haven't made a video of this piece I can't really demonstrate it for you right now. Since you have only 2 manual instrument, try to experiment with adding or omitting the reeds on both divisions one by one. FFF would be Tutti. FF would be without Clairon, F - without Basson, MF - without Trompette, PP - without Krummhorn. Manuals coupled. Pedals need to be reduced accordingly too. Hope this helps for now (until I prepare a proper video course). Vidas”
09:26
May 12, 2021