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May 26, 2004
Vol. IV, No. 16


"A Time to Remember"
I've been finding it hard to focus on writing about music when we're still at war. Thanks to the Internet, it's not only possible, it's easy to forsake all else in the effort to stay abreast of current events. It's not just the mainstream media at your fingertips but the alternative media and international press as well. Long gone are my days of settling into a chair after dinner to watch the evening news.

With the country headed for such a critical fork in the road this November, I feel even more compelled to stay informed. Regardless of your political persuasion, you have to admit that there's a lot at stake in the coming election and we have front row seats. That being said, there's a time to discuss politics and a time to put politics aside. One such time to put aside our differences is Memorial Day.

Last year I composed a simple prelude for Memorial Day and I will be using it for a prelude this Sunday. The FREE sheet music download is here:
http://www.BACHorgan.com/Comps/Memorial.pdf
If you'd like to read about the compositional process involved with the creation of this piece, here is a link to the related Rampage:
http://www.BACHorgan.com/RampageBack66.html

For the collection piece, I will be playing another one of my compositions, "Elegy for Freedom," inspired by the events of September 11, 2001. The FREE sheet music download is here:
http://www.BACHorgan.com/Comps/ElegyforFreedom.pdf
If you'd like more information about this piece, here is a link to the related Rampage:
http://www.BACHorgan.com/Rampage/Rampage-010914.html

Finally, I will be using my Prelude #2 as a postlude. There's no big story here other than it sounds good with a full registration and it's the right length. The FREE sheet music download is here:
http://www.BACHorgan.com/Comps/PreludeNo2.pdf

Have a safe Memorial Day and take some time to remember.

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Updated Pages
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Organ Links:
Added is the Paul Fritts organ in St. Mark's Cathedral's Thomsen Chapel, Seattle, Washington, and the Létourneau organ in the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, Columbus, Georgia.
http://www.BACHorgan.com/Organs/Organs.asp

Musician Jokes:
Added is a link to a cartoon by David Farley entitled "A Bach Family Road Trip."
http://www.BACHorgan.com/Jokes/Jokes.asp

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WHAT I'M READING..." Silence: Lectures and Writings" by John Cage. Some of this can be hard to get through but it helps that Cage punctuates the book with funny and/or profound stories. It helps me to remember that the essays and lectures aren't simply reports but actual pieces that he performed, using words instead of notes. Click the link below for more information on this book:
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0819560286/bachorgancom-20
Click this link to see all selections in Dan's Book Club:
http://www.BACHorgan.com/DansBookClub.html

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WHAT I'M LISTENING TO..."Bach: Trio Sonatas, BWV 525-527; Prelude & Fugue, BWV 543" performed by Wolfgang Rubsam. This CD contains the first three of Bach's six Trio Sonatas for Organ. It's nice hearing them again after many years of focusing pretty much exclusively on the preludes and fugues. I've played some of them and really enjoyed doing so on the little Flentrop studio organs (trackers) back when I attended Oberlin; they were just the right size (eight stops) and sounded beautiful. Click the links below for more information on this CD:
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0000013VQ/bachorgancom-20
Here's a link to the CD containing the other three Trio Sonatas:
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0000013VS/bachorgancom-20
Click this link to see all selections in Dan's CD Club:
http://www.BACHorgan.com/DansCDClub.html

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Have a safe holiday weekend!

Dan Long
Editor, BACHorgan.com


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