Welcome to The LDS Organist Blog

The purpose of this blog is to help pianists learn to become true organists. Many individuals believe that if you play the piano you can play the organ, but the instruments differ greatly. While this blog is specifically geared towards members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, much of the information shared can be utilized by all. I hope that the information I share here will help you become an effective organist in your ward, stake, or other congregation.

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Sunday, December 25, 2011

Sunday Song: Toccata on Joy to the World

Merry Christmas!

Concert organist Martin Setchell plays the Toccata on Joy to the World from his 3-Piece Suite, on the Rieger organ in the Christchurch Town Hall, New Zealand. The score is available from www.fagus-music.com



Looking for more Christmas organ videos? Check out my posts from December 2010.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Sunday Song: Come, O Come Emmanuel

Recorded 5th of December 2009 at the Nathanael church in Berlin-Schöneberg. Organ improvisation by Maria Scharwieß over the hymn: Come, o come Emmanuel.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Sunday Song: Adeste Fideles Improvisation

Pierre Cochereau, Notre Dame's organist for 29 years until his death in 1984, improvised this series of variations on the old hymn tune for the cathedral's Christmas Eve Mass in 1970.

It was recorded at its single performance. Jeremy Filsell, Washington National Cathedral's Artist in Residence, transcribed it, & performs it here in a recording made in Liverpool in March 2000.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Sunday Song: Deck Them Halls

Richard Elliott performs his arrangement of "Deck the Halls" on the LDS Conference Center Organ. Elliott performed and wrote the music for the annual Christmas concert in 2010 that featured singing sensation David Archuleta.