Grade 6H Music

Posted: May 6, 2020

Good afternoon. I hope you enjoyed the video of musical mishaps. Let's get back to the keyboard family. I will refer you once again to the following website to look at the next instrument; the organ. Click on keyboards and scroll to the organ. The organ looks really complex because it can have up to 4 keyboards-numerous stops (which change the sound) and foot pedals which provide the base note of the chord. An organist really has to be able to multi task! Playing the organ is kind of like driving a stick shift while having your right arm in a sling; tricky to shift the gears!!

Take a look at this video which shows the organist using the 4 keyboards. He is playing a well known piece of music by the great composer J.S Bach, "Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring" The next piece of music, "Pachabel's Canon", shows the organist playing the foot pedals. Again. a very well known piece of music we often hear on tv weddings.

Finally, everyone will recognize the Toccato and Fugue in D minor by J.S. Bach. We associate this piece of music with Halloween and horror films. It was not written by someone in Hollywood though; it was composed by J.S Bach in the 1700's. Not many artists can boast having their songs played for over 300 years! This is just a video of the opening section. This particular organ is not as powerful as some of the full pipe organs. You can look up another video on youtube to see the entire piece. It runs about 10 minutes. Enjoy.