Yesterday I met @laputis for a lunch date at the university. She had soup, fish and tea and I had soup, chicken and tea. Afterwards we went to the souvenir shop nearby where I've been selling our organ CD's to tourists. In 2 months since July 7 we sold 21 CD's and made 147 EUR. This was nice.
Then we went to the church to practice for our upcoming organ duet recital which will be held September 21 (we are repeating our Svendborg program with Lithuanian music). The security guard was walking around and so we had to take the key from the organ balcony ourselves. @laputis incidentally turned the lock on the key box the wrong way and it locked. So we had to wait for for the security guard to come in, unlock it and give us the key.
When we climbed the organ balcony, our aim for this practice was to write down organ registrations for our program. But since we will be practicing later today, we only did for half of the pieces - symphonic poem "In the Forest" by Mikalojus Konstantinas Ciurlionis, "Reverie" by Juozas Naujalis, "Sounds of the Forest" by Kristina Vasiliauskaite and arrangements of 4 Lithuanian Folk Songs by Vasiliauskaite. After this we decided to stop and do the rest of the program the next day.
After we played the last piece by Vasiliauskaite, I asked @laputis to go back and record it. She agreed and this is what happened. Let us know what you think.
By the way, in the symphonic poem by Ciurlionis "In the Forest" we are using a system with 6 dynamic levels (pianissimo, piano, mezzo piano, mezzo forte, forte and fortissimo). Since this is purely mechanical organ, we wrote down the registration for each level instead of setting it up in the memory bank. Our 2 assistants will have a nice work to do remembering what each level mean because in the scores we only mark numbers 1-6.
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