Virgil Fox Video -- Bach Fugue in D Major

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  • Here's a cool video. (About a 5-minute playtime. Permission to use direct-link and scan pending). It's Virgil Fox in Tokyo in 1977 playing a piece I thought I didn't like. He knew how to bring music to life.

  • Here is Felix Hell doing some commentary on the same piece. This one has some better closeups of keyboard and pedal work. Clever guy, Bach, to have come up with this stuff way back in the 1700's. This is the first time I've heard Felix speak... its hard to tell he's German.

  • Some further study on Bach Preludes and Fugues.

    I found the Virgil Fox video and picture in the Virgil Fox Legacy website, under chronology.
  • 7 Comments:

    Anonymous Kimberly said...

    This is SO GREAT!! He is so into it and makes the organ beautiful and electric at the same time. I have such a different appreciation now for the organ... thanks!

    August 26, 2005 8:25 AM  
    Blogger AndyOfVermont said...

    Awesome! Therein lies the point of this column. I hope others will give it a look/listen. I love how he stands up up on the pedal keys on the final note. It does nothing good or bad for the sound, of course, but the audience loved it. He used to get criticized by other organists for such unnecessary body movements, but Fox had the audience in mind, and understood that music is not only about the sound.

    August 26, 2005 4:19 PM  
    Anonymous Quinton said...

    Mr. Fox is one of the best organists I have ever heard or seen perform. His technique is flashy, fluid, rhythmic, whole…utterly amazing! Because of Fox I try to sell the pipe organ to everyone in whatever way I can. Peace to Virgil Fox and his apprentices.

    May 31, 2007 9:59 AM  
    Blogger AndyOfVermont said...

    Quite! He does seem to frequent this page somehow.

    June 03, 2007 3:10 AM  
    Anonymous Cindy said...

    While I love the dramatic way that Virgil Fox played, he almost plays this piece too fast, and I frankly really enjoy the tempo at which Felix Hell plays. Not to mention that Felix is playing on a better organ.

    August 02, 2008 8:07 PM  
    Blogger AndyOfVermont said...

    Those are some good thoughts! Thanks for checking it out!

    August 02, 2008 8:16 PM  
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