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  • Does It Take More Skill to Play a 2-Manual Organ?



    I was practicing just last night on the symphony's used (but new to us) 3-manual organ. It struck me how much easier it was to play a 3+ manual instrument vs. a 2-manual instrument because:</P>
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    <LI>Some literature requires a 3-manual instrument (i.e. the Fantasie from Saint-Saƫns' Fantasie &amp; Fugue in E-Flat Major).</LI>
    <LI>Registration changes are required less on a 3-manual instrument because of the extra manual. More tonal variation is available.</LI>
    <LI>Sometimes a solo stop you need is on the wrong manual for the sound you want in a 2-manual.</LI>[/list]


    Here's my question: Does it take more talent/skill to play a 2-manual instrument vs. a 3-manual instrument? I think so. What's your take?</P>


    Michael</P>
    Way too many organs to list, but I do have 5 Allens:
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    Re: Does It Take More Skill to Play a 2-Manual Organ?

    No, it doesn't. It does require more knowledge of organs, organworks and interpretation.

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      Re: Does It Take More Skill to Play a 2-Manual Organ?



      I play a 3-manual at church and a 2-manual at home and find the 3-manual easier to play because as Michael pointed out:</P>
      <LI>Registration changes are required less on a 3-manual instrument because of the extra manual. More tonal variation is available.
      <LI>Sometimes a solo stop you need is on the wrong manual for the sound you want in a 2-manual.</LI>


      Cheers!</P>


      [D]</P>

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        Re: Does It Take More Skill to Play a 2-Manual Organ?



        It is entirely dependent on the repertoire!</P>


        I've accompanied oratorios and done solo concerts on two-manual organs.</P>


        Solo recitals are easy - you just pick repertoire that doesn't require three manuals.</P>


        Accompanying and having to play orchestral transcriptions - that's where things can get a bit complicated.</P>


        On the other hand, the organ is 'helping' you to decide what stops you can and cannot use; if yousimplify your expectations as far as stop and manual changes, then it actually becomes easier.</P>

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