Yesterday after our organ duet practice at the church @laputis and I went to the cafe and drank some decaf latte with cranberry cheesecake. Of course it was too sweet... Then she went to the school where she parked her car and I - to the postal office to pick up my long-awaited package from my friend @contrabourdon with his 4 organ CD's for which I paid 30.69 EUR in taxes. I was upset but maybe this is the theme for another post.
Along with this packed I also received my organ CD's from Kunaki.com. This is a self-service which let's you publish professional-looking CD's and DVD's for $1.10. Today I will take them to the gift shop next to our church where the supply of our organ CD's has been ending due to the rather high demand from tourists.
I unpacked @contrabourdon's CD's in the church. He also put two extra choir CD's and two world-famous Vegemite snacks one of which we already greedily ate at night.
Then I went to St Casimir's church to get ready for the joint organ recital "Fides ex Auditu" ("Faith from Listening") which is the opening event in the series to celebrate Jesuit's mission in Lithuania. In this recital participated organists from the Jesuits churches of Vilnius and Kaunas. Along with me there was Prof. Leopoldas Digrys from St Casimir's church who played Widor's Toccata, Dalia Jatautaite from Kaunas Jesuit's church who played the A Minor Concerto by Antonio Vivaldi which Johann Sebastian Bach arranged for the organ back in the day. The last on the program was Renata Marcinkute Lesieur who played Final from the 1st Organ Sonata by Alexander Guilmant.
Between each of the performers there was some poetry reading from the output of the 16th century Jesuit poet Motiejus Kazimieras Sarbievijus.
I chose to improvise Sarbievijus Rhapsody. Sadly, the quality of the reading was such that I couldn't distinguish any words so I didn't know what it was about. Nevertheless I had to create something. My biggest challenge was at the beginning when I mixed up the manuals. The Great manual on that organ is the 2nd and I started playing on the 1st. So instead of Full Organ sound and flashy opening there came a gentle Flute 8'! But the listeners got their doze of fiery organ sounds nonetheless... After my improvisation a colleague remarked that it should have been the end of the recital.
Before writing this post I made @laputis listen to the whole thing and afterwards asked for some negative feedback. This is what she said:
"After having listened to so many of your improvisations, there were some places which surely have been heard before. You have to learn new tricks."
To which I replied:
"My pockets are too shallow."
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