A useful exercise in hymn modulation
Imagine that you have to play two hyms one after another without break during a church service. The hymns are written in major keys which are one half step apart (such as C major and D flat major). This task would require 2 skills: 1) to successful modulate to another key and 2) to connect musical material logically.
Although there are many way to modulate and connect the two hymns, here is what you can do (modulation from C major to D flat major, done on the secondary manual):
1. After your 1st hymn, play its last line in F minor (perfect 4th upward).
2. Then play the same line in D flat major (major 3rd downward).
3. Play the 1st line of the 2nd hymn in D flat major.
4. Play the last line of the new hymn in D flat major.
Try this exercise with any two hymns of your choice today and post your time to comments (feel free to transpose the hymns in order to adjust the key relationships).
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Drs. Vidas Pinkevicius and Ausra Motuzaite-Pinkeviciene
Organists of Vilnius University , creators of Secrets of Organ Playing.
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