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 Post subject: Official at last
PostPosted: Sun Jan 03, 2010 4:59 pm 
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Finally today I was officially admitted as organist to the church where I've been playing for the past year. That feels good after having been on probation for so long, and feeling like doing an exam each time I had to play. There is much to learn yet but they did recognize the progress I made over the last couple of months. Boy did I underestimate that job when I went for it...

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My hearty congratulations, Chris! That church faculty sounds hard to please.

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Congrats Mr. Techneut! From my brief experience with Dutch churches, it is sad that there will be so few ears to listen to you play. Seems to me that that past life doesn't matter that much. Please tell me that I am wrong. Nevertheless, the requirements for the job must have been astronomical considering that you , of all people on this site, had a tough time.

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sarah wrote:
My hearty congratulations, Chris! That church faculty sounds hard to please.

Oh, they are quite ok, patient and helpful. But picky as well, and they wanted to make sure I was heading the right way before giving the green light. They'd previously failed to do that and are now stuck with an organist they don't really want.

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juufa72 wrote:
Congrats Mr. Techneut! From my brief experience with Dutch churches, it is sad that there will be so few ears to listen to you play. Seems to me that that past life doesn't matter that much. Please tell me that I am wrong.

You're wrong. It was pretty packed today (but that because there was no service in the twin church).
Normal attendance is not great but satisfying.

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Nevertheless, the requirements for the job must have been astronomical considering that you , of all people on this site, had a tough time.

It would take a bit of getting used to for anybody, I guess.

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Congratulations. Your relief is almost palpable. :)

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Congrats, Chris. I wish I'd gotten to hear you play when I was in your neck of the woods, but the guy at Oude Kerk wasn't half bad. :wink:

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Thanks all. It's not a world-rocking post I have, but it's a start. Had I failed this I would have to seriously reconsider my organ career. Not having an instrument myself, it's quite impossible to play organ seriously without being affiliated to a church. I guess I'm lucky that they don't even mind me being non-religious.

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techneut wrote:
Thanks all. It's not a world-rocking post I have, but it's a start. Had I failed this I would have to seriously reconsider my organ career. Not having an instrument myself, it's quite impossible to play organ seriously without being affiliated to a church. I guess I'm lucky that they don't even mind me being non-religious.


Congrats also on my part. What about the organ you play there? In Italy we frequently have historically important organs located in small parishes. In my area there are a good number of beautiful instruments (often completely restored and yet seldom played, since the priests and the singers seem to be more at ease with the ubiquitous electronic organ placed near the altar).

http://www.antichiorganidelcanavese.it/web/index.html

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This organ was newly built in 1978, but adhering to the then-current strict rules for neo-Baroque organs. That means rickety keys (wow, that authentic feel) and very sharp octave and mixture registers. It means in practice that I can never use the mixture in a service. Plans are ongoing to
address these points. Despite that, it's not at all a bad organ to learn to play on, and sounds quite nice in recordings. Though I hope eventually to get my hands on something more elaborate and imposing.

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Congrats!!!! ... of course, now you'll have to curtail your association with some of the undesirables on this site ... not naming any names, but :arrow:

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congratulations on your appointment

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Hi Chris,

Congratulations on being appointed organist! I've listened to your recordings right along and know how hard you've worked to improve, and it shows. So you earned it, and evidently the church organ-ization felt likewise. Best of luck to you in that endeavor!

David :)

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Thanks David (and other who commented).
Actually my 'career' as an organ soloist has nothing to do with my being church organist, at least not for the church. It has for me, of course. But they don't care about how well I play Bach, all they care about is that I can satisfactorily and smootly accompany a service, and that they can sing along nicely. Now that I've taken to improvising instead of trying to fill spaces with pre-chosen repertoire pieces, that works a lot better.

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Have my sincere congratulations, Chris! Now we know, for what sudatory aim you have recorded all these Bach chorale preludes, isn´t it? :wink: :lol: No, seriously, I really appreciate your organ playing and it´s great, that you have had such a good success! Kudos!

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