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    Operatic arias on organ?

    Being a fan of both opera and pipe organ, I'm always looking online for transcriptions of arias for organ, so far about the only one I've found is the aria from Xerxes, which is usually arranged as a hymn, e.g. :

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtIQ8I3wUl8

    I guess I'm asking if there's an organist equivalent of John Bayless:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ffho60q7rwY

    So, if you know of any, please list them.
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    You could also try music by Padre Davide da Bergamo. Not strictly transciptions of opera, but close enough to light opera that you might like it. Think along the lines of Rossini, Donizetti etc. Most of it is for use in church!

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      #3
      Thank you for that tip about the Padre. Some interesting stuff there for sure.

      As I was link hopping, I came across Korean American John Hong who has done some creditable transcriptions of various operatic marches and overtures, but I was very impressed with his rendition of this Chopin Polonaise on the organ:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajCJO...wEsxg&index=21

      I've emailed him asking him to consider transcribing some Puccini and Verdi arias.
      Last edited by gtc; 02-17-2011, 07:04 PM. Reason: typo
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        #4
        Check out this thread:

        http://www.organforum.com/forums/sho...anthony+newman

        Anthony Newman's Wagner transcriptions.
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          I always tought that the Finale/ouverture of Rossini's "Wilhelm Tell" would go well on the organ. There is a piano transcription by Chopin of the ouverture to start from. Sadly far above my playing.

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            #6
            There is an interesting transcription of selections from Madame Butterfly at:

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWqjVSm8P8c
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              #7
              Originally posted by psrick View Post
              There is an interesting transcription of selections from Madame Butterfly at:

              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWqjVSm8P8c
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                Originally posted by Havoc View Post
                I always tought that the Finale/ouverture of Rossini's "Wilhelm Tell" would go well on the organ. There is a piano transcription by Chopin of the ouverture to start from. Sadly far above my playing.
                Yes, that would be a great galloping piece indeed!
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                  Originally posted by Admin View Post
                  Check out this thread:

                  http://www.organforum.com/forums/sho...anthony+newman

                  Anthony Newman's Wagner transcriptions.
                  Thank you very much for that link. I've downloaded the mp3 files. Newman's rendition of the overture from Die Meistersinger is particularly magnificent. I'd love to have watched that disc being recorded.

                  And the stereo is great through headphones.

                  ... and take a look at the album cover:

                  Last edited by gtc; 02-18-2011, 08:36 AM. Reason: added image
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                    #10
                    John Hong has replied to me that he will consider transcribing some arias. I hope he goes ahead with that.
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