Today's improvisation is based on the Gregorian chant Introit for Easter Sunday, "Resurrexi". It's written in the 4th church mode which has E as the final tone. In my improvisation the chant played in octaves, alternates with major and minor chords. The registration is full Hauptwerk division with mixtures and Trompet 8'. To reinforce the pedals, I use Posaune 16' and Trompet 8'. Sonus Paradisi Velesovo Hauptwerk sample set sounds very powerful here.
In the entire Clavierubung III by Johann Ludwig Krebs I haven't come across a piece that I had to record so many times in order to get it right, like this one, the first movement from Sonatina Sesta by Krebs. In fact, I even lost count of takes. When I looked the sound file from Hauptwerk, I counted 28, yes TWENTY EIGHT takes (including small fragments which I needed to repeat). I left the camera to film for the entire time I was on the organ bench so the whole process took me over 21 minutes. Ausra had made some delicious tea and said quietly that it's ready when I am. And I knew that with every mistake I made I got closer to the goal. And the end result was worth it. What do you think?
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Drs. Vidas Pinkevicius and Ausra Motuzaite-Pinkeviciene
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