After I came to the church this morning I saw it was filled with smoke from last night's event. I was a little upset because it was our cultural center's cooperation with the Academy of Art where they created some kind of multimedia event. We don't normally allow smoke during events at the church because it's also a museum and this makes it dangerous for historical artifacts and artwork.
So anyway, the first thing I did at the church was to practice my Christmas chorale preludes a few times. While I was playing I thought about what will I improvise once there is less noise from downstairs. I found the book with myths and fairy tales from Iceland in the organ and the first story I read was about the dragon of Kvamsfjord.
The story starts when a girl named Una the Deepthought is combing her hair with golden brush on the sea shore. She Doesn't notice it but when she puts away the brush on the ground, a worm sneaks on it and begins to grow into a dragon. That's what dragons do - they keep growing if it gets into contact with gold. Una freaks out while she sees this monster and throws the golden brush as far into the sea as she can. The dragon follows the brush into the water and keeps getting bigger and bigger and becomes this enormous creature. And so even now, if one goes near the shore at Kvamsfjord will sometimes see three white spots above the water. It is said they are from the back of the dragon.
So I set up my camera and the microphone and began to play this story. It started not very loud but with ominous deep sound of 16' in the manual. Phrase after phrase I kept adding more stops until I reached the mixtures.
Another episode was on foundation stops of the 3rd manual after which I moved to the 1st manual again. At some point I explored deep 16' and 8' reed stops of the 2nd manual which reminded me of how the dragon moves.
To demonstrate how the girl looks I chose 4' flute of the second manual. But naturally the piece ends with all the might because the dragon keeps growing and growing.
Maybe I can use some of this story tomorrow when @laputis and I will play for children's program of Lithuanian radio. I know, we're supposed to tell stories about Bach, Christmas music and the organ and maybe about piglets and hedgehogs but I'm sure I can think of something scary too.
Let me know what you think.
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