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    I did a quick search of the archives and didn't find any threads similar to this one. I'm also going to place a similar post in the "liturgical" forum for additional suggestions...</P>


    For the first time in many, many years I am at a church that has an organ with alovely zimblestern.Neither ofmy two predecessors ever used this feature and members of the congregation have asked meto occasionally use it (the zimblesternwas given as a memorial by along-time choir member). I guess it's been too long since I gave any thought to using a zimblestern, because I'm not feeling very inspired. Don't get me wrong: I love the sound and find it to be very effective when used judiciously. One of my favorite recordings of Bach's "Der Tag, der ist so freudenreich" (BWV 605)isby MichaelMurray where he uses the zimblestern throughout the piece. It's delightful!</P>


    So, I'm looking for suggestions. How have you used a zimblestern in your organ literature selections, either because the composer called for a zimblestern or from your own inspiration?</P>


    Many thanks!</P>


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    I find Zimblesternsquite usefulduring the Christmas season, using it for pieces that call for one as you have mentioned, using it during the children's ministry in the service (I find that children love Zimblesterns, Chimes, etc.), and it's fun to see if you can fit it into an improvisation in some way. </P>


    My policy is, any stop on an organ is meant to be used, otherwise it wouldn't be there. Variety is the spice of life! So find a creative and appropriate way to use all of the stops that you have! </P>


    Anyway, that's my two cents worth!</P>


    Cheerio!</P>

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      I serve a Lutheran congregation and so have those liturgical pointsin the service. I use our bells during the Sanctus on festival sundays. I've also used it in during the hymn of praise, which follows the Kyrie. I could also hear it during the Alleluia verse almost anytime. In anon-liturgical setting I'd suggest using it while the kiddos came forward for the children's sermon, while playing "Jesus loves me" on a 4' flute.</P>


      I've used it in literature in lots of ways. The transcription of Bach's "Sheep May Safely Graze" is a good example.Think pastoral setting here.I think some of the Handel transcriptions would lend themselves to its use. Of course a lot depends on how tinkly or clanky it sounds! Ours is comprised of small brass india bells, so it's sweet. I've heardone around town sound like hubcaps strung together, without much pitch!!![:S] Over all, I use it like I do herbs when I cook... a little sprinkle is lovely as long as you don't overpower the main ingrediant. [:D]</P>

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