By Ausra Motuzaite-Pinkeviciene (get free updates of new posts here)
Can you play organ in a way that your listeners wouldn't want you to stop?
Can you transfer them temporarily to another dimension, to another world of sorts from which they wouldn't want to come back so easily?
Last Sunday Vidas and I went to visit my uncle's family here in town. They are wonderful people and frequently have very interesting guests. This time was no different.
When we came in, our common acquaintance, painter Antanas Beinaravicius with his wife and my uncle with aunt were having an exciting discussion.
When we joined them, Antanas shifted the discussion to organ related things, such as which instrument can be considered the best, is there the best and how he felt during Vidas recent improvisation recital.
He said, "You know how sometimes you are at a concert and you wish it would end sooner. Or when you listen to some really boring music, you don't want it to last. But Vidas played in a way that I wanted the music to keep going. With depth and meaning."
I think this is one of the highest compliments one can receive as an artist.
How can you help your listeners feel this emotion?
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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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