Welcome to the Piano World Piano Forums
Over 2 million posts about pianos, digital pianos, and all types of keyboard instruments
Join the World's Largest Community of Piano Lovers (it's free)
It's Fun to Play the Piano ... Please Pass It On!

SEARCH
the Forums & Piano World

This custom search works much better than the built in one and allows searching older posts.
(ad) Pianoteq
Latest Pianoteq add-on instrument: U4 upright piano
(ad) Pearl River
Pearl River Pianos
(ad) P B Guide
Acoustic & Digital Piano Guide
PianoSupplies.com (150)
Piano Accessories Music Related Gifts Piano Tuning Equipment Piano Moving Equipment
We now offer Gift Certificates in our online store!
(ad) Estonia Piano
Estonia Piano
Quick Links to Useful Stuff
Our Classified Ads
Find Piano Professionals-

*Piano Dealers - Piano Stores
*Piano Tuners
*Piano Teachers
*Piano Movers
*Piano Restorations
*Piano Manufacturers
*Organs

Quick Links:
*Advertise On Piano World
*Free Piano Newsletter
*Online Piano Recitals
*Piano Recitals Index
*Piano Accessories
* Buying a Piano
*Buying A Acoustic Piano
*Buying a Digital Piano
*Pianos for Sale
*Sell Your Piano
*How Old is My Piano?
*Piano Books
*Piano Art, Pictures, & Posters
*Directory/Site Map
*Contest
*Links
*Virtual Piano
*Music Word Search
*Piano Screen Saver
*Piano Videos
*Virtual Piano Chords
Topic Options
#1943761 - 08/16/12 12:21 PM Powerful organ pieces
carlosj116 Offline
Full Member

Registered: 04/05/12
Posts: 68
I've arranged to play an organ a few weeks or months from now, and would like to know, what pieces are there which are very powerful and awe inspiring in the sense that you get lost in the music when listening to them, especially pieces which use very low pedal notes. Preferably baroque, and not too hard on the pedals as I am a complete beginner to organs.
Thanks,
Carl
_________________________
http://www.youtube.com/user/carlosj116/videos
-----------------------------------------------------
Main Pieces I'm Learning:
Alkan : Le Chemin De Fer
Alkan : Scherzo Diabolico
Mussorgsky-Chernov : Night on a Bald Mountain
Liszt : Transcendental Etude 4 "Mazeppa"

Top
#1943763 - 08/16/12 12:22 PM Re: Powerful organ pieces [Re: carlosj116]
carlosj116 Offline
Full Member

Registered: 04/05/12
Posts: 68
Forgot to mention I would like minor pieces.
Thanks,
Carl
_________________________
http://www.youtube.com/user/carlosj116/videos
-----------------------------------------------------
Main Pieces I'm Learning:
Alkan : Le Chemin De Fer
Alkan : Scherzo Diabolico
Mussorgsky-Chernov : Night on a Bald Mountain
Liszt : Transcendental Etude 4 "Mazeppa"

Top
#1946175 - 08/20/12 02:03 PM Re: Powerful organ pieces [Re: carlosj116]
TimR Offline
3000 Post Club Member

Registered: 08/17/04
Posts: 3006
Loc: Virginia, USA
Definitely this one:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphony_for_Organ_No._5_(Widor)
_________________________
gotta go practice

Top
#1950818 - 08/29/12 09:09 AM Re: Powerful organ pieces [Re: carlosj116]
RayE Offline
Full Member

Registered: 01/19/10
Posts: 163
Loc: Rochester, NY, USA
The Widor Organ Symphonie (as previously suggested) is really impressive particularly the Tocata Movement, as well as Bach's Tocatta and Fugue in G Minor would meet your stated requirements, but I think as a beginner both of these pieces would discourage a beginning organist. I would suggest possibly starting with a good organ method like the One written by the late Harold Gleason, former head of the organ department at the Eastman School of Music. The Gleason Method will give you some repertoir to work on as well as provide instruction in organ technique. Flor Peter's also has a collection of organ pieces I believe it's called "The Little Organ Book" that has some progressive literature that you can work through. The organ both the Manual's and the pedal board require diferrent technique than the piano, so don't expect to jump into literature that is at the same level as what you play on piano. You'll need a good organ method book that explains the differences, and a competant organ teacher would be a big help also.
_________________________
Retired Army reserve Bandsman who now plays for the Joy of Music!!

Top
#1951956 - 08/31/12 09:01 AM Re: Powerful organ pieces [Re: RayE]
TimR Offline
3000 Post Club Member

Registered: 08/17/04
Posts: 3006
Loc: Virginia, USA
Originally Posted By: RayE
The Widor Organ Symphonie (as previously suggested) is really impressive particularly the Tocata Movement, as well as Bach's Tocatta and Fugue in G Minor would meet your stated requirements, but I think as a beginner both of these pieces would discourage a beginning organist.


I really intended humor. The Widor is one of my favorite pieces but it takes a skilled organist to pull it off.

I wonder, though. If his organ has MIDI input, it might be possible to let the computer handle the notes while he does the registration, to get the feel of what those impressive pieces sound like from behind the console. Just a wacko thought.
_________________________
gotta go practice

Top
#1958203 - 09/13/12 09:28 AM Re: Powerful organ pieces [Re: RayE]
Steve Chandler Offline
2000 Post Club Member

Registered: 02/18/05
Posts: 2629
Loc: Urbandale, Iowa
Originally Posted By: RayE
as well as Bach's Tocatta and Fugue in G Minor

I'm not familiar with a g minor toccata and fugue by Bach. I'm familiar with 2 in d minor and the f major. What's the BWV#? The rest of your post is absolutely right, but I don't know if the Gleason method is still available.

To answer the original query, the organ is not an instrument you'll be able to just pick up. First of all you'll need the right equipment (shoes) to play the pedals. For that I would consult an organist. Many playing techniques are different, unless you're playing a tracker instrument a light touch is all that's needed and be prepared to do more finger substitution that you thought possible. There is no sustain pedal so you have to actually hold every note for its proper rhythmic value.

My suggestion would be to play some Bach WTC on the organ because they usually translate pretty well to the instrument. Play a c major or minor and you can add the bottom note of the pedals at the end to satisfy your desire for deep bass.

Top
#2207695 - 01/03/14 06:49 PM Re: Powerful organ pieces [Re: carlosj116]
Firefinch Offline
Full Member

Registered: 06/12/12
Posts: 138
Loc: London
Toccata and fugue in g minor?
I wanna here that one please.

Top
#2219563 - 01/23/14 03:57 PM Re: Powerful organ pieces [Re: Firefinch]
TimR Offline
3000 Post Club Member

Registered: 08/17/04
Posts: 3006
Loc: Virginia, USA
Originally Posted By: Firefinch
Toccata and fugue in g minor?
I wanna here that one please.


I suspect he was thinking of the "Little" Fugue in G minor, BWV 578. That's one of my favorites.
_________________________
gotta go practice

Top
#2220180 - 01/24/14 03:59 PM Re: Powerful organ pieces [Re: carlosj116]
mrenaud Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 01/29/02
Posts: 1305
Loc: Switzerland
Or maybe the Fantasy and Fugue in g minor, BWV 542? Though that one is absolutely not for beginners.
_________________________
I have an ice cream. I cannot mail it, for it will melt.

Top

What's Hot!!
HOW TO POST PICTURES on the Piano Forums
-------------------
Sharing is Caring!
About the Buttons
-------------------
Forums Rules & Help
-------------------
ADVERTISE
on Piano World

The world's most popular piano web site.
-------------------
PIANO BOOKS
Interesting books about the piano, pianists, piano history, biographies, memoirs and more!
(125ad) Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
Sheet Music
(PW is an affiliate)
Sheet Music Plus Featured Sale
Download & Print Sheet Music Instantly
sheet music search
sheet music search

sheet music search
(ad) HAILUN Pianos
Hailun Pianos - Click for More
(ad) Lindeblad Piano
Lindeblad Piano Restoration
Who's Online
72 registered (Atrys, Akshay, B.Petrovic, ando, 20 invisible), 1079 Guests and 37 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Stats
74250 Members
42 Forums
153598 Topics
2251172 Posts

Max Online: 15252 @ 03/21/10 11:39 PM
New Topics - Multiple Forums
Easter Themed Recordings - Kawai CA95
by wolferblade
12 minutes 48 seconds ago
First recordings - Some music for Easter
by wolferblade
Today at 01:01 AM
Recorded a song on my workstation tonight
by Arizona Sage
Today at 12:04 AM
How to tune a piano.....
by Grandpianoman
Yesterday at 11:46 PM
Need help with upgrading(?) Roland digital
by Pathbreaker
Yesterday at 10:23 PM
(ads by Google)

Visit our online store for gifts for music lovers

 
Our Piano Related Classified Ads
| Dealers | Tuners | Lessons | Movers | Restorations | Pianos For Sale | Sell Your Piano |

Advertise on Piano World
| Subscribe | Piano World | PianoSupplies.com | Advertise on Piano World | Donate | Link to Us | Classifieds |
| |Contact | Privacy | Legal | About Us | Site Map | Free Newsletter | Press Room |


copyright 1997 - 2014 Piano World ® all rights reserved
No part of this site may be reproduced without prior written permission