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Today's guest is George Ritchie, an organist whose lifelong contribution to the organ world cannot be overestimated. He's mostly known for his famous CD recordings of all Bach organ compositions on historically informed organs in the US. More recently he collaborated with FugueStateFilms to create a stunning documentary DVD and CD recording of Bach's the Art of Fugue.
Also his organ method book which he wrote with George Stauffer "Organ Technique: Modern and Early" really became a classic for organists who want to learn both styles of playing - legato and articulate. Beside numerous graded exercises and repertoire pieces, it has lots of scholarly information about the performance practice issues of various schools of organ composition and historical periods as well as on some other aspects of organist profession, such as organ practice, organ design, hymn playing, and even avantgarde organ playing techniques.
George Ritchie is a totally inspiring man, completely generous, full of insights - this is a conversation you will want to listen to many times.
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George Ritchie's website
Method book Organ Technique: Modern and Early
All Bach Organ Works CD Recordings
The Art of Fugue DVD and CD project
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