When I went to church in the morning the first thing I did was to improvise a piece based on today's Gospel reading "Love Your Enemies". Then I improvised on Genevan Psalms 62 and 63 for two voices. Each improvisation had 2 verses. In the first, the tune was in the soprano and in the second, the parts switched. Then I sight-read 2 chorale preludes by Dieterich Buxtehude based on "Komm, heiliger Geist", BuxWV 199 and 200. And finally, I practiced Bach's C major Toccata, BWV 566a.
I also wanted at last to fix Bb pedal note in the tenor octave which has been non-responsive for the last week or so. It took lots of crawling in the organ to find out that the problem wasn't reachable from there. I had to regulate 3 trackers and Great/Pedal coupler.
The final result is that now this Bb pedal is again responsive but not when 32' Subbass is drawn with the stops on the right hand side. Oh well, we don't need 32' stop that often and I have exhausted all my organ maintenance skills.
I think while we celebrate 20th year since the reconstruction of this instrument back in 2000, the time for major repairs on this organ is approaching and I will ask the university for funding for next year. This year I'm still waiting for them to give money for blower replacement of the chapel organ.
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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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