I'm a little worried because right now there is a deceased person in one of the chapels here in the church
This morning I came to my church and the first thing I did was to improvise 2 pieces from the Gregorian chant book "Graduale Triplex".
The first was called "Dico vobis" suited for Communion. I played it with 4' flute registration and created a canon between the right hand and the pedal parts. It's a melody in the 5th tone so I started and ended in the mode of F. In the middle I traveled to various other modalities through different manuals and rhythmical figures to create a contrast.
Then I played a piece for the Alleluia part of the Mass "Beatus vir, qui timet". It's also in the 5th tone but this time I started and ended with loud foundation stops with mixtures on the 1st manual and a Posaune in the pedals. I put my "Graduale triplex" book with the theme on the organ bench because it wouldn't stay open on the music rack. The middle of the improvisation was softer - with foundations 8' and 4' of the 3rd manual. I treated the chant phrases through different modes and eventually returned to the mode of F.
When I was working on the computer later on, a colleague from the university museum came up to the organ balcony and unlocked the door which leads to the room next to the organ balcony. It's like a storage room for old artifacts which wait for their restoration. I saw some sculptures and parts of old organ bellows and probably windchests there. I hope sometime in the future this room can be my office, haha!
Now I'm getting ready to prepare the program notes for tomorrow's recital at our church and then later will have some lunch with Ausra at the university cafeteria and later I will go sit and listen to the 1st round, 1st group of performers of the 8th M.K. Ciurlionis International Piano and Organ Competition. I will report my next post from there. These rounds should be live-streamed from their website so if you are curious, click through and stay tuned. It starts at 1 PM UTC.
I'm a little worried because right now there is a deceased person in one of the chapels here in the church waiting for the funeral service tomorrow. But the organist who is going to perform a recital tomorrow night is scheduled to come and practice with the flutist. I just hope their music making will be calm enough to not disturb the quiet too much. These things can't be planned but we have to deal with them constantly in our church.
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