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Monday, March 19th, 2012
7:29 am
March Bach Marathon on Organlive.com
This week, to celebrate the birthday of Johann Sebastian Bach, we're digging into the more than 170 hours of recordings of his music and turning our station into an all-Bach organ fest!  Since this morning, we've been playing nothing but the music of J.S. Bach, and will continue with this marathon broadcast through most of the week.  We expect to get to only about 40% of our library, if we're lucky.  During that time you can request your favorite tracks (as long as it's music of Bach) from our most prolific Bach interpreters like George Ritchie, Wolfgang Rübsam, Helmut Walcha, Virgil Fox, E. Power Biggs, Albert Schweitzer, Marie-Claire Alain, Karl Richter, Paul Jacobs, Jean Guillou, or Cameron Carpenter, just to name a few.  You'll hear Bach performed on historic instruments from all around the world, as well as orchestral transcriptions brought to life on the organ.

Visit http://www.organlive.com/play to tune in.  It's easy and doesn't require signing up, signing in, paying for anything, or downloading any software.  You can even listen right from our website with our pop-up player.  We're also listed on iTunes radio, so if you have iTunes, you can hear us there.  If you have a Roku, we're there, too.  Just search for "Organlive".  If you have a Logitech squeezebox or other internet radio, you can listen through that as well.  Email comments@organlive.com for more information.  There are  also Organlive mobile apps for your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or your Android phone so you don't have to miss a minute of our Bach marathon.  Visit http://www.organlive.com/mobile to find links to those apps.

Join thousands of listeners from around the world in celebrating the music of this great master and all the many organists who have recorded his works.
Friday, April 15th, 2011
4:41 pm
17/4 - Hosanna in excelsis
17 апреля 2011, в Вербное воскресенье, в соборе Petrikirche прозвучит духовная немецкая музыка XVII-XVIII вв.

В программе:

ансамбль старинной музыки Prattica Terza в составе:
Любовь ШАРОМОВА – сопрано
Надежда ЧУПИНА – меццо-сопрано
Андрей АХМЕТОВ – бас
Андрей ПЕНЮГИН – скрипка
Евгений СВИРИДОВ – скрипка
Георгий БЛАГОДАТОВ – клавесин, орган

Подробная информация о концерте находится на сайте:

Адрес: СПб, Невский пр., 22-24
Начало в 19:00
Monday, October 25th, 2010
12:02 pm
A change at Organlive
This weekend Organlive moved from it's longtime home at Live365 to a new host. Now it's even easier to tune into Organlive using whatever format you prefer. You can tune in right from this post:

In addition the stream has been upgraded to 192kbps, 50% better than before. This format is also available to your mobile device, such as an iPhone, iPad, or Android device, without the installation of any apps, and without any fees. It's all free, so tune in and check it out today!
Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010
1:16 pm
After almost a year of hard work and many technical help from others, the Early Keyboard Instrument Network is finally launched.
Please visit. I consider this as one of the most important life work that I have created. It has a section for organ in the forum, plus lots of other features.
Wednesday, January 6th, 2010
10:17 pm
fwiw, this cold and snowy winter has given me a lot of free time inside, so I've been playing lots of old organ records online, mostly theatre organ, but others too. You can tune in and listen at http://www.brentsorgan.com. You can follow http://www.twitter.com/brentsorgan to find out when music is playing.
Wednesday, August 12th, 2009
5:32 pm
Monday, May 4th, 2009
10:27 pm
Vesper Voluntaries
Can anyone help me out with a couple of sentences I could use as program notes for Elgar's Vesper Voluntaries? I'm having little luck digging anything up.
Friday, December 19th, 2008
5:38 pm
Organ Shoes Sold
Organmaster Organ Shoes, Black Mary Jane (leather), size 8.5 (narrow)
Very high quality organist shoes. I purchased them when I first started taking lessons but never wore them. I found I was much happier playing the foot pedals in sock feet.

See them on eBay.

UPDATE: I sold the organ shoes to an organist in California. Congrats to her and I know that she will enjoy them!
Monday, December 8th, 2008
8:45 pm
Cameron Carpenter.
The 27 year old is the Liberace of the organ. You can pick up a copy of The Advocate, Issue 1020 (December 2, 2008), to read all about him. He stated Rudolf Nureyev, David Bowie, Laura Nyro, Liberace, and Karl Lagerfeld as his influence..

Watch him play "Raiders of the Lost Ark" below.

You can see more of his showmanship in this John Philip Sousa - Stars and Stripes Forever video.

Monday, November 17th, 2008
2:10 am
Concert November 21 2008

St. Alban’s Episcopal Church

Monthly Friday Night Concert
Music of Rebellion and Liberation

Program includes Byrd's The Battell and the Victorie, Poglietti's Toccatina
for the Hungarian Rebellion (1671), and Techelmann's Allemande for the Joy of the Liberation of Vienna (1683).

November 21st Friday, 2008 at 8pm
St. Alban’s Episcopal Church

1501 Washington Avenue (at the corner of Curtis & Washington), Albany,
CA 94707
Phone: (510) 525-1716

Vince Ho
Harpsichord Organ Virginal

Admissions Free Donations Suggestions $10
Proceeds go to St.Alban's Organ Fund
Monday, November 10th, 2008
8:32 pm
i want to play an organ.... where would i begin and where would i find one?
Saturday, August 30th, 2008
12:57 am
How many of you started to study organ because you were Christian?
How many of you even to this day, as organist, are not Christian?
How many of you "converted", or "confirmed", after started to study organ?
How many of you feel that by playing organ you become more spiritual or more religious?
These questions are not meant to offend anyone. And by the way, it also applies to other religion such as Buddhism, as the monks also started to use the organ, at least in Japan.

One of my teachers was a church organist in a very famous church in Virginia for decades, obviously a religious person. Another teacher of mine, who was also famous, was a hired gun, jumped from church to church to whoever willing to pay more, and was never religious.

Does your religion or not having one, affect the choice of the pieces you like to play?

Personally even though I wrote my thesis on Italian Organ Music, I played a lot of Tudor and Restoration music in my church because I am an Episcopalian. I did not particular like English music, even though I had a very very strong education in it since one of my musicology professors was an authority in English Baroque music. My church organist professor also taught me Purcell as one of the very first piece of music he taught me.

But nowadays I came to appreciate English Organ music, especially early Tudor ones, as I become to understand more and more about the liturgy and background and the history of my church, so the music starts to make sense and I begin to appreciate it.

Of course, I would still prefer to play Frescobaldi and Froberger, or even Bruckner and Alain, to any English music.
Thursday, July 17th, 2008
9:27 pm
Tuesday, July 1st, 2008
10:37 am
Zuckermann #58 (1959)
1 X 8' AA-f3

This is something of an historic instrument in terms of the harpsichord revival. It was built by Wolfgang Zuckermann in his Christopher Street (New York) studio and kept on display there until this particular incarnation of the "Five-foot Straight-side" was phased out. I am only the second owner. At some point in the late 1970s, it was re-fitted with a nice new wooden keyboard and wooden jacks with delrin plectra. The soundboard is in good shape and the tuning pins hold well. It has recently been given a new stand to replace the old screw-on legs, and the stand is fitted with rollers so it can be moved around easily. There is also a new longer stick to hold the lid more open. (I still have the original if you wish to restore it's use.) There is some small cosmetic damage to the case, but nothing that can't be easily fixed. This may not be a fine concert instrument by today's standards. but it works fine for practice and small ensemble playing. It certainly would be a fine instrument for an amateur, a student, or a school or church looking for something to enrich their music program.

I'm only asking $500.00 (which is less than i paid for it in the late 1980s) but that is certainly negotiable, especially if it will go to a student or a non-profit institution. MAKE ME AN OFFER. PIctures available on request.


(cross-posted here and there)
Friday, June 13th, 2008
9:45 pm
Schedule Setup Help
I have decide to put all my energy into music as a performer for the next three months before starting to edit manuscripts for publications.

I have never done this, working as a musician. I'd like to know what would be considered a normal workload for a quarter. I am disabled, so I do have a little bit of SSDI to pay my rent.

Assuming a concert is considered a solo performance that lasts for one hour..Currently I am planning to have seven concerts in two months, or ten concerts in a quarter. I wonder if this is too much, or I am too lazy.
I base this workload on my now retired teacher, who held two concerts a week in Colonial Williamsburg: one solo, the other ensemble. I am trying to put six solo, and four projects with others during a quarter. Being an organist, I also have to substitute for the regular organist of the church if needed.
Friday, May 23rd, 2008
1:25 am
Upcoming Concert...Samples
I will be performing a fringe concert in the Berkeley Festival and Exhibition on June 4. My program is the complete keyboard works of Giamba Ferrini.


Today I recorded three pieces using my laptop so that I can analysis and critique myself. The two organ pieces are almost ready for the concert, the virginal piece still needs some work.

Organ pieces on Hook and Hastings 1912. I only use 8' 4' 2' + Flauto, Great to Pedal.
Toccata from Vatican Chigi Library Manuscript Q IV 24 folio 54

Flauto only.

Passagalli from Vatican Chigi Library Manuscript Q IV 26

Harpsichord piece on my Perticis. Tuned to a=385. A bit out of tune due to unstable weather for the past few days.

Ballo di Mantova
Thursday, May 22nd, 2008
12:47 pm
Music for Graduation Ceremonies
So I've come down to the following for two Ceremonies at University of Bradford:

Processional; Trumpet Tune D N Johnson *
Recessional: War March of the Priests, F Mendelssohn-Bartholdy

* Im planing on using the Ch Festival Trumpet coupled to Gt Reeds as the solo line against full Swell. The Festival Trumpet is load and clear but not really a tuba (I'd prefer a good solid proper Tuba not that Trumpet to be honest!) hence coupling to the loud and rather plummy sounding Gt reeds.

1st Ceremony:-

Suite Gothique: Introduction-Choral, Minuet Gothiuqe, Piere a Notre-Dame*. L E Boellmann
March "Star Wars" J Williams

*For the Priere I am going to couple Swell to Choir using both the Swell Salicional and the Ch Viole d'Orchestre, Dulciana and Unda Maris to get a French string sound. For the flutes couple the Positif Bourdon, Great Clarabella and Ch. Harmonic Fl.

2nd Ceremony:-

"Prelude on Londonderry Air" N Rawsthorne
"Elegy" G Thalben-Ball
"Ich ruff zu hir herr Jesus Christ" J S Bach
"Jurrassic Park" J Williams

Any thoughts on these?
By chosing some well known pieces of classical music and organ pieces I hope to make the organ more "accessible", especially with the two pieces by John Williams.

The Organ was built - in house - late 1980s. Direct electric action, detached console. Great and Choir in LH chamber, Sw and Pos RH, pedal divided either side. Ch. Chamade reed over arch. 61 note keyboards, 32 note pedal board. Balanced Sw and Ch expression pedal.

Bourdon 8
Prestant 4
Flute a Cheminee 4
Nazard 2 2/3
Octavin 2
Tierce 1 3/5
Larigot 1 1/3
Sifflet 1
Cymbale V
Cromorne 8

( I dont like the voicing of this dept. at all, especially the higher mutations, and its a bit loud, or appears to be at the console)

Double Diapason 16
Large Open Diapason 8
Small Open Diapason 8
Clarabella 8
Principal 4
Flute 4
Twelfth 2 2/3
Super Octave 2
Full Mixture IV
Mixture III
Posaune 8
Clarion 4

Quintaton 16
Open Diapason 8
Lieblich Gedackt 8
Salicional 8
Voix Celestse 8
Principal 4
Lieblich Flute 4
Twelfth 2 2/3
Fifteenth 2
Mixture IV
Double Trumpet 16
Trumpet 8
Clarion 4
Oboe 8

Harmonic Flute 8
Dulciana 8
Viole d'Orchestre 8
Unda Maris 8
Harmonic Flute 4
Harmonic Piccolo 2
Festival Trumpet (Chamade reed)

Double Open Wood 32
Open Wood 16
SubBass 16
Violone 16
Echo Bourdon 16
Principal 8
Bass Flute 8
Quint 5 1/3
Fifteenth 4
Nachthorn 2
Mixture III
Double Ophicliede 32 (full length tubes, this and the 16' Ophicleide are devastating)
Ophicliede 16
Posaune 8
Schalmey 4

Couplers: Swell to Great, Choir to Great, Positif to Great, Swell to Choir, Positif to Choir, Swell to Pedal, Great to Pedal, Choir to Pedal, Positif to Pedal

5 pistons per department. 5 general pistson. 3 memory levels. 2 reversible Tutti 1 and Tutti 2 pistons.
Sunday, April 6th, 2008
8:46 pm
Free Los Angeles recital 4/13/08
Musical Titans, Tricks and Transcription on the Trillium

An organ recital featuring music by Jimenez, J.S. Bach, J.P. Sweelinck, Doris Akers/Robert Tall, William Bolcom, Cesar Franck, Richard Wagner/Edwin Lemare, Eugene Gigout, and Leo Sowerby.

Performed by:
Robert Gaylord

Sunday April 13, 2008, 3:00 p.m.

First Presbyterian Church
100 North Hillcrest Blvd.
Inglewood, CA

Freewill offering will be collected.
Thursday, March 20th, 2008
6:33 am
Annual Bach Maration
It's on, our annual 48-hour all J.S. Bach marathon. For the next two days, it will be all Bach, all the time.You're welcome to make any request you want, as long as it's J.S. Bach.With the beginning of these two days of Bach we've also made a smal lchange we hope you'll appreciate. Our broadcast, which has been 64k MP3pro for as long as anyone can remember, has now been stepped up to 96k MP3pro,for even higher sound quality.

Tune into today and follow along with our 2-day All-Bach Marathon.
Thursday, March 13th, 2008
2:19 am
Abandoned Toys!

If you don't already own "The witch's garden" by Abandoned Toys, and enjoy contemporary piano music, I highly recommend picking this album up.

Abandoned Toys
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