I have spent this weekend recording a piece that I first came to know here, when Chris posted it earlier. It is a really beautiful piece for organ, "Erbarm' dich, o Herre Gott," a chorale prelude. This may come as a shock as most of you know me here as a pianist. Not sure that this recording makes me an organist
, but, whatever the case, I decided to use my keyboard (that has an organ voice) to record it in three parts.
This piece is written in three staffs. From what I understand the original text is written in the c clef. I found a newer edition, which I used called "les editions outremontaises." It preserves the piece but varies from the original by converting the c clef to bass clef. This made it a lot easier for me to read
The way I performed this piece in three parts is this:
I started by practicing the middle staff. It moves the most, averages mostly three note chords and it was the hardest for me to learn. It took me about 30 takes to get it how I wanted it, and there still are mistakes
I record the part to my pianos hard drive ( in the beginning of the video you will see me arming the piano recorder) I used a metronome for this project to have the parts line up. The timing is 94 bpm, a fast andante. After the part is done, I play back the part to my audio recorder (it's only recording the audio not the ambient sound-this is why you don't hear the metronome-), and send the file to my computer. I then added the same reverb setting to all the parts. I then edited the videos to the soundtracks. The result I hope you can enjoy
I know there was a debate not too long ago about tampering playing by digital means. I can assure you these recordings were not tampered with (in terms of notes) by a computer. They are live recordings (though digital). I admit this recording sounds a little stilted. Playing and recording with a metronome, I have found, is quite a challenging exercise! It helps me appreciate the pianists who submit recordings that were made by the unchanging pulse of a metronome more! Any criticism is welcome and appreciated.
Here is the video on youtube (see video description for info):http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAkhYyScMLg
Here is the audio (which is the exact audio from the video, with either more or less silence at the end and beginning: