We started at University Presbyterian Church on Franklin Street. They have a beautiful 3-manual, 50-rank Sipe organ. Here is the music that was performed there:
- Organ Sonata No 4 in B-Flat Major, Op 65 (David Durkop)
- Allegro con brio
- Andante religioso
- Allegro maestoso
- Praeludium in G-Major, Op 37 (Lyn Francisco)
- Organ Sonata No 5 in D-Major, Op 65 (Mark Gorman)
- Andante con moto
We then moved across the street to University United Methodist Church for the second half of the program. A three-manual, 50-rank Möller lives there but is unique because of the split nature: 2/3 of the organ is up in the Gallery while 1/3 of the organ is up in the chancel, giving it a "surround sound" type of effect if stops from both organs are pulled at the same time. It is the organ on which I learnt how to play as my organ teacher, Tim Baker, is the Director of Music there.
Here is the rest of the program:
- Organ Sonata No 6 in d-minor, Op 65 (Tim Baker)
- Chorale and Variations: Andante sostenuto
- Allegro molto
- Finale: Andante
- Hear ye, Israel; hear what the Lord speaketh from Elijah (Summer Kinard, soprano; Lyn Francisco, organ)
- Organ Sonata No 2 in c-minor, Op 65 (Daniel Steinert)
- Allegro maestoso e vivace
- Fuga: Allegro moderato
It was fun to participate in this recital, but oh my, the nerves! I was very underconfident in accompanying my friend for the Elijah piece, but we somehow survived it. I'll keep working on it because we're going to record that piece, amongst others.
I was chuffed at the attendance. We had no idea what to expect as far as numbers were concerned, so I printed 70 programs. We ran out. I guess having it written up in the local media helps. Plus, people said they came because they loved the music of Mendelssohn. Speaking of which - 3rd February will be the 200th anniversary of Mendelssohn's birth, so I am sure we'll be hearing a lot of his music by organists in the coming year. I am working on Sonata No 2, so this should be a motivation for me to keep working on it. It's not easy, and the second movement (Adagio) has me tied up in knots. The hands cross over on the manuals, and I had found it physically challenging to play.
I had learnt the Praeludium specifically for this recital; now I am happy to be able to add it to my repertoire, and I'll be playing it as prelude music for this Sunday's service at St Joseph's. I might dig up some of Mendelssohn's piano music for prelude/postlude music for the Episcopal Centre at Duke ...