Tadziu (biailisha) wrote in organists,


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.
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