This is a piece that I never deemed ready for prime time, so now that there is this "Works in Progress" forum, I thought that I would publish it here. Unfortunately, it will probably never be ready for prime time since I have really gotten over the organ over the past few years. Part of it is physical. I can only sit on the bench and play for about 10 minutes before my right hip starts "killing" me (not just hurting, but so painful that I can barely walk for a while afterwards). Other issues are that I am primarily self taught on organ. The few lessons that I did have were the "one footed, take off your shoes, on a spinet organ" kind. I taught myself how to use both feet with shoes on.) Another problem for me is the resources that I have available on the instruments that I have, and have had, available. Most have started out as theatre organs that Moller pawned off to small churches as silent movies waned. My current organ at my Methodist church has been rebuilt and is actually one of the best that I have had to deal with, but it has no mixture, no solo stop, and only 2 types of pedal stops. The great foundation stop, an 8' diapason wounds tubby, fat, and is a bit slow to respond. To do any pedal work that needs brightness, I have to couple from another manual. It also only has 3 capture pre-sets for each of the swell and great (which also capture the pedals, so you have to be careful and put the pedals into each one if you don't want it to change), as well as 4 generals. Organ music form the Romantic period require a lot of changes, so trying to get the general impression out with all of the limitations was difficult. The organ is designed for little blue haired ladies to play slow, soft, dirgey, music, which is something that I can not bear as a general principle. I think music in church should be generally bright and uplifting. That does not always mean that it has to be fast and loud, but that it should be more than "Muzak".
The final reason that I quit playing organ at church -- I've only played piano, which is generally enjoyed except by a few old folks, is that after I had played the organ for a while, this was before I became the official "Music Director" (fancy title for an underpaid keyboard player and choir director). She complained that I was playing the hymns on the organ too slow. After about the third time she said this I said, "When I play the piano, am I known for playing slow? I sometimes get complaints that I am going to fast. If my hymn playing on the organ is too slow, does it occur that there are other reasons involved, like the fact that the large scale pedal and great keyboard pipes are slow to speak?" That was the last of that discussion and I have barely played the organ since.
I know that it sounds like I'm ranting, and I think that I am, but it is good to get it off of my chest.
Anyway, this is one of the last organ pieces that I worked on. I actually worked on it to give Chris some competition. I never posted it because of the glitch that happens towards the end that required TOO MUCH multi-tasking to play the music, push the correct preset, keep my feet going..... But, I present it hear just to keep things going.
ScottBoellmann - Suite Gothique Op.25 - 3: Priere a Notre Dame (5:07)