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My Favorite Songs to Play and Listen to

We have talked so very much about the organ; let me talk about the sounds we derive from the organ. I love organ music. I am that person that can enjoy listening to organ music for hours on end. Over the years, I have learned that organ music requires a hearty appreciation.

This week, I want to share with you some of my favorite organ pieces; you are encouraged to Google them and listen:

  • First, Ralph Vaughan Williams' “Rhosymedre” — a beautiful piece that features a relaxed pace of melodic tones
  • Secondly, Johann Sebastian Bach “No.1 Prelude and Fugue in C Major, BWV 553” — a standard repertoire piece; I can play this piece, but very slowly.
  • Thirdly, “Cortège et Litanie, Op. 19, No. 2” by Marcel Dupré

These pieces are not organ pieces, but if you love classical music, I think you would enjoy them:

  • Bach's “B-flat Minor Prelude” on the harpsichord is wonderful!
  • Samuel Barber's “Second Essay for Orchestra, Op. 17”
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams' “The Lark Ascending”
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams' “Prelude, 49th Parallel”
  • Evard Greig's “Ich Liebe Dich, Op.1”
  • Samuel Barber's “Knoxville: Summer of 1915” (performed Dawn Upshaw)
  • Lastly, Maurice Duruflé's “Requiem, Op. 9 I-VIII” (This is one of the greatest requiems I have ever heard!)

Be Blessed!
William Canady, Salem Organist

Salem’s organist has written a series of articles about the organ for Staff Trax this year. This is part 7 of 7.

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