Thursday, July 17, 2008

Organological Excitement

So after several months in this medium, I think I'm starting to figure out the secrets of being a good blogger. My guess is that it has something to do with actually writing blog entries! Let's try that.

My excuse this time is that I spent most of this week in Kitchener-Waterloo, attending this year's RCCO conference. In case you didn't attend, here's the convention in the form of a series of disconnected comments and images:
  • Four (!) Brunzema portative organs on a stage at one time! Accompanied by a rather flat orchestra (which is unusual - string players usually go sharp).
  • David Briggs is a better stand-up comedian than a Bach player. Luckily, he is a better improviser than any of these other things.
  • More Barrie Cabena works than you've ever heard in your life. Thankfully, he's a really good composer.
  • On the other hand, there was only one work by Denis Bedard and one by Eric Whitacre performed in the entire festival. That was enough.
  • I am endlessly impressed by carilloneurs.
  • And, with apologies to David Sinden: Three of Kitchener's downtown churches are located on Duke Street. Therefore, it seems likely that Duke Street is regularly performed on Duke Street.
  • And speaking of "peculiar honours", I was far more entertained by the RCCO convocation than is probably healthy. Academic robes! Speeches! Quasi-liturgical formulae of pretended great antiquity!
  • I really should be practicing. Nothing gets in the way of your improvement as an organist like spending a week talking to other organists.

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