By Vidas Pinkevicius (get free updates of new posts here)
Today we remember Saint Cecilia, the Patron saint of all church musicians. For this occasion a year ago, I played an improvisation recital based on the poem of 17th century English poet John Dryden which starts like this "From harmony, from Heav'nly harmony this universal frame began".
Thank you all who wrote such nice comments about it. It means a lot to me:
"Love the mixture and nazard/sesquialtera/tirce/larigot like mutations. You are extremely gifted, love your improvisations!" (MaximumHarp)
"What a nice tribute to St.Cecelia, and inspiration to such as I!! Thank you." (Gordon)
"So beautiful. Wow." (John)
"Vidas, though I partially heard you, you did a good job!" (Daniel)
"Just Great. I wish I were there. I am sure Saint Cecilia was very pleased hearing this 😊 Thank you for the recording. Warm greetings from Cracow" (Mariusz)
"Wonderful video, Vidas! You are such an inspiration to me! I dream of being a great organist like you!!!" (Chris)
Watch this video (the text of the poem)
Most importantly, I hope you will do something with this video. Experiment with these modes yourself and the instrument will teach you the rest.
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