By Ausra Motuzaite-Pinkeviciene (get free updates of new posts here)
Today I'd like to share with you the video of Sweelinck's Echo Fantasia in a (Aeolian).
I played it as part of our "Laudate Dominum" recital (18th part of the cycle "7 Centuries of Organ Music").
Although the echo's were tricky to manage between the 1st manual and the 2nd manual, I felt much more secure than many years ago on Van Covellens 1511 organ at Sint Laurenskerk in Alkmaar, the Netherlands (I was given only 5 minutes to rehearse there).
In Vilnius, at least all the keys are here (short octave in the bass and missing accidentals in the top octave in Alkmaar organ make it a bizarre yet totally enchanting experience to play it for the first time).
While we're at it, listen to an amazing conversation Vidas had with Pieter van Dijk on the SOP Podcast about the organs in this church.
Do you find hard to jump from manual to manual in fast passages to create an echo effect?
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