Virgil Fox at the console of Riverside Church's grand Aeolian-Skinner organ
While most of the selections would be sneered into oblivion by today's musical intelligentsia, I had a feeling it would be both more fun and more musical than the music being generated contemporarily in what word has it is a new golden age for the organ, with incomparable genius organists composing new horizons for this grand old instrument. The only thing that would be more exciting is if any of the music was the tiniest fraction as interesting as these little baubles.
So I thought today we'd just arrange a series of musical snapshots from the album, like these organ arrangements of three thrice-familiar little pieces.
BACH: Jesu, joy of man's desiring (arr. from final chorale of Cantata No. 147, Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben)
PURCELL or more likely JEREMIAH CLARKE: Trumpet Voluntary
BACH: Air on the G String (arr. Fox, from Orchestra Suite No. 3, S. 1068)
Yes, that's quite a clatter the way the gossamer Air on the G string begins, but later our man Virgil scales it down to a haunting wisp.
FINALLY HERE'S AN EBULLIENT NUMBER
ACTUALLY WRITTEN FOR THE ORGAN!
Though not a behemoth like Riverside Church's Aeolian-Skinner. But doesn't this little piece, in this format, sound effervescently grand? (Can you imagine what would happen if an organist today essayed a grand ritard like the one Fox does before the final statement of the jaunty theme?)
BACH: Trio Sonata for Organ No. 6 in G, S. 530: i. Vivace