Pavel has a goal of playing organ professionally and he always dreamed of playing this instrument. But for him the greatest challenges are finding time for practice, developing hand and feet coordination, and finding a good organ method.
When you have such a dream like Pavel’s, you know that you have been called. You go about your normal life and your everyday business but somehow you hear this voice inside you gently telling that you should do it. The love for the organ can arise gradually day by day when you can’t actually remember how it all started but it also be like a sudden revelation.
It can happen after a concert and a meeting a great organist or perhaps after “incidental” visit to an interesting organ itself when you can see, hear, and touch this old instrument, even smell it. And the love for this organ, even despite its poor state, horrid tuning, and misshaped pipes will follow you wherever you go.
If you’ve heard this call, you have only two choices – to accept it and to venture to the previously unknown and risky world dreaming to learn to play it (but in reality never knowing what will come out of this dream) or to ignore it, to go on with your normal life.
For some of us, there’s another call here, too. Even if you always loved your organ and played it for a long time, maybe today, maybe right this minute as you’re reading these very lines you can hear this gentle voice deep inside you. It’s such a quiet voice, barely audible (and you’ve ignored it many times before). Maybe it’s not even a voice, it’s more of a feeling.
It invites you to become a pro, in your mind, at least.
Especially in your mind.
Will you answer this call?
Part II: Adagio (p. 7) from Organ Sonata No. 1, in F minor, Op. 65 by Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) who was a German composer, pianist, organist, and conductor of the early Romantic Period.
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