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  • #16
    Reminds me of the Silbermann Positiv Organ at the crypt church of St Petri Dom in Bremen.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCKiOSSU_6A&t=61s
    Organs I play regularly:
    -Estey Opus 3103, II/8 (1938)
    -Schantz Opus 2145/2224, IV/86 (1998-2002)

    For a list of other organs I've played, see my bio.

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    • #17
      I think each organ has quite a distinctive sound. The Silbermann positiv is certainly an interesting instrument, too, but I don't see (or rather hear) how it might be similar to our Keller organ except in size

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      • #18
        Hello!
        I wanted to share another video with you. Recorded from above to give you an idea of the challenges one might face playing historical organs.
        We now have a new organ bench which is height adjustable, but the space behind the bench is limited by the handrails of the stairs and the console doors won't open any farther than they do because of a stair tread that gets in the way.
        I'm playing a piece originally for harpsichord by Maria Teresia Agnesi and using a combination of Gedackt and Flute.
        https://twitter.com/andijah/status/1279303409707999232

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        • myorgan
          myorgan commented
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          Your pedal technique on that organ needs improvement! Thanks for sharing the video. Often we forget how easily some harpsichord music can translate to organ manuals.

          Michael

        • voet
          voet commented
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          I appreciate that you embrace your instrument and look for interesting literature to play on it. Thanks for sharing this.

        • andijah
          andijah commented
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          Thanks voet and myorgan
          I will make sure to post another video where I actually use the organ's full possibilities :-D

      • #19
        Upon special request.. two pieces where the pedalboard is in use.

        Emma Louise Ashford, Fanfare: https://twitter.com/andijah/status/1266990825545912320

        Victor Klauss: Allegro maestoso: https://vimeo.com/434737179

        (Use headphones to actually hear the subbass. I find that most PC speakers don't have enough bandwidth for it.)

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        • andijah
          andijah commented
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          voet Many years of deep-digging into various sources and collecting all kinds of literature both in print and in digital form . Klauss is on IMSLP, that's right. I have Ashford's fanfare in a collection of "organ fanfares" by various composers (and I played it in February during a recital on an organ that does have a trumpet plus a bassoon in the pedals and so I made sure to use those stops). John Speller's collection of organ music has a lot of Ashford's pieces: https://spellerweb.net/poindex/Ashford/Ashford.html (not the fanfare, though)

        • myorgan
          myorgan commented
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          Andrea,

          I've noticed a lot of your repertoire is of female composers. Is that a category in IMSLP, or do you have another source for finding them? I noticed during the 4th of July performance in Washington DC last night (the little bit I watched), many of the musicians were of color. Is there a resource for find classical organ works composed by people of color, ethnicities, religions? Just yesterday, I was reading about the first Allen organ installed in a Synagogue, and wondered how one would find organ works for Synagogue use.

          Michael

        • andijah
          andijah commented
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          Thanks for your questions, Michael. I might actually start a new discussion on repertoire because here the information can easily be overlooked.
          But, yes, IMSLP is one source, though it requires quite a bit of additional work. There is a list "women composers" or "female composers", can't remember what it is called, but you can't sort this list by looking for organ or piano works. So one has to go through it and click on each name to see what they've written.
          Anyway, I have put together several names and source on my blog, but some of the posts are in German. So I will take the time to write something in English for this forum.
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