I woke up in the middle of the night and couldn't sleep. Many thoughts were swirling in my head. One of them was about creating a cycle called Organ ABC with 26 short and easy to play pieces, each having a title from a different letter of the Latin alphabet. The idea is that a student with relatively limited organ playing skills could learn one piece per week with dedicated practice. And if such organ student would learn all 26 pieces in 26 weeks, then he or she will have advanced to the higher technical skill level, of course because the cycle will gradually become more difficult as it progresses with increasing number of accidentals.
So this morning after breakfast I created my Pinky and Spiky drawing and then when @laputis had gone to school, I took my laptop to the second floor where I keep my MIDI keyboard. I connected the device and opened Sibelius software. On this keyboard I improvised this short piece, first the hand part, then the pedal part. It will be the 1st part of the Organ ABC cycle and I call it "Aeoline". Aeoline is often described as the softest organ stop. It's from the string family of the organ stops. The piece starts and ends in C Major key but in the middle travels through F# Minor (3 sharps) and Ab Major (4 flats).
Then I cleaned up the score from unnecessary rests, ties and simplified the notation. Now it's ready to play. I sent the score and the video to @drugelis with the hope she can learn and record it on time for this week's Secrets of Organ Playing Contest. Maybe when I go to the church I will record it and have a video played on a real pipe organ instead of Sibelius generated sounds. Then maybe @drugelis can also transcribe the fingering into the score so that other students could also play it.
The 2nd part of the cycle will be called "Bellows". The 3rd - "Contrabourdon". That's right, @contrabourdon! The 4th - "Dulzian". I don't know how far I will go with the alphabet because I have a nasty habit of not finishing what I started but it seemed like a good idea in the middle of the night!
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