Virgil Fox Video -- Bach Fugue in D Major
I found the Virgil Fox video and picture in the Virgil Fox Legacy website, under chronology.
Chopin on the Pedals in Long Johns
You may be wondering, why didn't Cameron just play it on the manual keyboards on the organ? Musically, there is probably no reason. Just looks cooler on the pedals!
The Hammond Organ
Yep, the Organ can do Orchestra Too
A much, much higher quality version of this video can be downloaded for free from Organs and Organists Online in the video downloads section. You have to start an account, but its free and instant to do so.
Choir and Organ
Beautiful New Music
This is the organ symphony, in four movements, of Dan Gawthrop.
The term "organ symphony" could confuse some... there's no symphony orchestra here. Symphonic just describes the type of music, as opposed to polyphonic, etc.
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The Mighty Wurlitzer
Here's Virgil Fox again playing the Wurlitzer organ that was originally in the Paramount Theater for the accompaniment of silent films. Theater organs are pipe organs that work the same way as church organs but with different voicing and higher wind pressures, and also other sound effects like drums, cymbals, car horns, etc. They also often had a real piano playable remotely from the organ console using a pneumatic action similar to a player piano. You can hear the piano "stop" being used in both of these recordings. The bird call was done by a small organ pipe partly under water, and the car horn is just a real car horn or something like one activated by a button on the console. Wurlitzer was to theater organs as Mack is to trucks and Scotch is to tape, but there were other makes. In fact, many of the famous pipe organ builders that are better known for church and university organs made a few theater organs back in the silent movie days. (Permission pending to use the direct-links to the Virgil Fox Legacy website).
Finally a Silent Film (short) on Youtube!
Fox Plays Dupre
At left is a famous photo of Marcel Dupre at the Wanamaker Organ in Philadelphia in 1932. Dupre was one of Virgil Fox's teachers. The MP3 and the photo are from the Virgil Fox Legacy website. Permission for using direct-links pending.
This is a gorgeous piece I never heard until today. I've been waiting for a good quiet piece to come along to feature here, some of you may have noticed loud pieces are more represented on my page here. This is mainly because its hard to find a soft organ recording that sounds good. You really have to be there. But this one sounds great, as long as you have headphones or an awesome computer sound system. Its mostly quiet to mezzo-forte until the big triumphant ending. Thanks to Evensongmusic.net for sharing it.
One of the cool things about this piece is the groovy asymmetrical meter. This is the only performance of this piece where I've ever heard this pulled off well.
If you don't know French, fast forward to 1:29, that's where the interview ends and the music starts.
Olivier Latry at Notre Dame, Paris
You Deserve a Break
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