A couple of days ago I had an opportunity to provide organ music at the end of academic year ceremony at Vilnius University St John's church - Finis Anni Academici. In this event distinguished members of the university community were celebrated. In the middle of the ceremony former members of the university community who were oppressed during and after World War II by the Nazi and Soviet regimes were given "Memory Diplomas" either in person or through relatives of people who were too weak to come because of age and health conditions.
I agreed to perform and save the situation - originally organisers.were planning to broadcast a lot of copyrighted music from YouTube, like soundtrack from Schindler's List movie and Canopy by Charlie Siem but of course this wasn't allowed. I was glad to help them out. But the situation was very stressful - imagine the script was already done and rehearsed with actors and dancers. Anything new would be very confusing to them.
To help smoothen the situation we chose selections with the same character as original copyrighted playbacks. In this video I took out most of the speeches and left only the musical part. Often this music sounded in the background of the text which was spoken by the actors in Lithuanian. Here you will hear lots of fanfares, improvised variations on famous descending tetrachord and Folia themes as well as 4 pieces of popular classics arranged for organ solo:
1. Arioso by Johann Sebastian Bach
2. Summer by Antonio Vivaldi
3. Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring by J.S. Bach
4. Festive Trumpet Tune by David German
This event was broadcasted to Facebook by the University so you can watch it in its entirety and see what was going on on the scene:
I wish I had a second camera and filmed the action downstairs so that you could have a picture in picture view besides the organ console. Hope you will enjoy my music making nonetheless as it was the first long performance for me on a real pipe organ at the church after a long silent months because of the pandemic!
The entire event lasted almost 90 minutes and pure organ part came out to be 35 minutes - 1/3 of this - you can see how integral it was to the entire celebration.
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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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