Beethoven Arrangement for Organ?

posted 3 years ago in Music
Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

It’s generally fairly easy for a good organist to remove flourishes and such and also to pick up the pace or play in a more vigourous manner.

So I would sit down with her/him and show your references.

I would be less worried about getting sheet music (and honestly, there shouldn’t be too much messing around with such a classic piece – in other words, I’m not sure the sheet music itself will have that much variance.)

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Hmmm so they are playing an adaptation…could you turn it in your favor and find an organist who could do an arrangement for you (based on what you like?)

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@Duncan:  I’m interested to hear if you actually found an organist for this.  Hopefully you did.  However your request is a little odd, because of course they play something derived from the melody, Beethoven didn’t write it for solo organ.  He wrote a symphony.  Organists will most likely take all the parts and condense it down.  It’s called a score reduction, and it often sounds simpler because all of the parts aren’t there.  However, I’m sure they make pretty good jaunty sounding score reductions that a talented organist can okay.  I’m hoping you found what you were looking for!  You’re getting married the same day as my brother 🙂

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@Duncan:  omg, that flash on was amazing.  Something truly powerful about such great music in such a casual Place.  Got me a bit chocked up when the kids looked truly joyful pretending to conduct.

 

i hope yoterribly are pleased with what should get.  As a pianist myself, it would be quite a task reducing a work with many parts and voices like your second example and make it sound a lot different than the first example you didn’t like.  Especially on organ.  As you can notice, the first example is mostly scored 4 part, (bass, tenor, alto, soprano).  And with organ, lots of finger substituting is needed to give that sustained sound.  Not easy (it’s where while the key is depressed by say the ring finger, the pinky finger holds it down so the ring finger can be released and free to play the next note.)  It’s quite tricky and playing a chorus reduction with more than those 4 voices can be very trying.

thougtheir the first example was played with more of a lilt (or more of a 6/8 or “swinging” feel), maybe with some embellishments, it may sound more close to the second or third examples.

 

i wish I could hear the outcome!

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