November 15, 2004

A Musical Offering

About 15 years ago, when I was still a music student and not yet a corporate lawyer, I performed a full-faculty recital on the big Piet Visser organ at UT-Austin. The works I performed were Cesar Franck's Piece Heroique, Jean Langlais' Epilogue (Pedal Solo) from Hommage a Frescobaldi, and Dietrich Buxtehude's Praeludium et Fuga in g moll (BuxWV 149).

The Buxtehude piece was my favorite, perhaps because it was the most difficult to learn (and therefore the most rewarding to play). My professor had done a great deal of research on baroque ornamentation and performance practice, and we ended up playing the piece much more highly ornamented and quickly than most mainstream performers.

Although to my eternal regret I have no recordings of my live organ performances in my prime, I did create a contemporaneous "Switched on Buxtehude" version of the piece on my synthesizers which I transferred to mp3 a couple of years ago (to protect against damage or loss to the old audio cassette).

Download my recording here, and please let me know what you think. (The music is public domain, but the performance and recording are mine; please give me performance and arrangement credit if you reproduce it. Thanks!)

P.S. (Here are a couple of decent "traditional" - limited ornamentation - virtual performances using samples from real organs for contrast's sake).

Posted by JohnL at November 15, 2004 08:55 PM

*Way* cool, John! I think it would go perfectly with an aircraft cheesecake slideshow (or, er, "mon-tage"). Cheers.

Posted by: Chan S. at November 16, 2004 06:53 PM

Glad you liked it. I've got a few other original recordings floating around, but I don't want to flood the market with them (ha).

("Even Rocky had a montage (montage).")

Posted by: JohnL at November 16, 2004 09:29 PM


Who knew? I sure didn't know you were at UT-Austin at the same time I was. Only I was in the CS department and living off campus over by Riverside.



Posted by: JP at November 17, 2004 07:18 PM

I attended from 1986 to 1991. After living two years in Prather Hall, I lived off campus at Riverside/Oltorf (the Olde English apartments), Far West, and Hyde Park.
Small world.

Posted by: JohnL at November 17, 2004 09:28 PM

You don't know how how small.
I attended from 1986-1991. I lived in Moore Hill for 1 year, Jester East for 1, then in the Oak Hill (?) apartments, located between Oltorf and Riverside, at the bottom of the big hill on Oltorf. Really small. I believe a friend of mine lived in the Olde English apartments too. Amazing.


Posted by: JP at November 18, 2004 01:38 PM

I came to read the comments on being a generalist, equipped to adapt (right on), then rediscovered Buxtehude, and then realized that you probably know all about Lazarus Long's fertile mules.
Son of a gun! Is this small world or many possible worlds or just parallel worlds?

Posted by: Magna Ravenswater at November 19, 2004 08:07 AM
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