A mini-recital on the organ at the Thomaskirche

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A mini-recital on the organ at the Thomaskirche

Post by jbuck919 » Sat May 06, 2017 4:46 pm

I have occasionally mentioned the friend who joins me for the conventions of the Organ Historical Society. He is not a systematically trained organist but has worked his way in through the cracks so that he can do this, that, and the other thing. Like this:

Hi John,
I hope this post finds you well. I'm like a kid with a new toy. I've got to tell some one about it and I thought of you. My hands have stopped shaking enough to type this out. Today I played a half hour mini recital on the new Bach 4 manual pipe organ at St. Thomas Kirche, Leipzig, Germany! What a thrill. Fortunately the organist was with me to manage registrations. The organ is on a side balcony and I couldn't see down to the nave. But Christine was below in the aisle on her scooter [Bob's wife suffers from MS--JB] . She told me when I started, the people began to take seats to listen. When they found out she was my wife, some gave her money for the organ fund ( or maybe so I could take some lessons).
We gave the church several hundred euros. All in all, it was an experience of a lifetime for me. And I learned that flat, straight pedalboards are nasty to adapt to. But what a wonderful time it was. There. The kid told someone. Tomorrow we're on to Wittenberg [Bob is a Lutheran pastor--JB]


You will understand why I chose green as the font color. I thought I was lucky when I was in Leipzig just to have the church all to myself as a tourist in the morning and then be able to return in the evening for a cantata (unfortunately one of Bach's very few weak ones).

There's nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself.
-- Johann Sebastian Bach

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