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PIF for Grand Organ


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I offer a warning that this number is not for the feint of heart. It is for classical pipe organ, is in three movements, and runs just a few seconds short of 11 minutes. But if you can hang in for the duration, I think you will find something pretty cool. The real title of this piece is "Prelude, Intermezzo, and Finale." That about sums it up. ... If you are interested in seeing the written score (yes, I DO write them out now and again), you can find it at my website (http://www.paulpage.org/Paul_Page_Music/Organ_Music.html). ... The "organ" — actually several of them — lives inside my computer, a concoction of samples from the Garritan Library. The recording itself is a one-pass shot with no edits or corrections. Very stressful recording this! (And, yes, I DID practice!)
Hope a few of you will enjoy it.

(The picture is of the great organ at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Melbourne.)
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Uploaded: Mar 26, 2011 - 08:40:26 PM
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alackbass said 2340 days ago (March 26th, 2011)
PIF for Grand Organ
Wow! Now there's something you don't hear everyday! Bach would be proud! There's too much here to enjoy in one listen so.......downloaded!
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magnatone said 2340 days ago (March 26th, 2011)
11 minutes and no edits? holy cow! you really must've practiced - oh wait - it's YOU - you must've practiced it ONCE - lol! this is incredible, death-defying and deeply beautiful paul - what a gift - thank you!
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papag said 2340 days ago (March 26th, 2011)
this is simply amazing. holy moly. Excellent

thanks for the download :)
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egobandit said 2340 days ago (March 26th, 2011)
I enjoyed it!
I loved the intermezzo part brings it back to another time . Lots of emotion in this I could see you playing this like a mad musician, well you dont have to be mad Love every minute of the 11 greatness! I could only wish to play this good

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kassia said 2340 days ago (March 26th, 2011)
holy camoly
gotta have another couple of listens before I can organize any coherent comments. you're incredible.
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kristyjo said 2340 days ago (March 26th, 2011)
That was GRAND
in every sense of the word. Great organ sounds played with finesse by the composer. Who could ask for more. I especially liked the intermezzo. Great traditional form and sounds. Bravo!
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RAVENS said 2339 days ago (March 26th, 2011)
Paul, you keep amazing the hec out of me. This is just wonderful, what a hauntingly beautiful composition. I didn't get bored at all, not possible! One of my favorites from you, for sure!

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J.A.Stewart said 2339 days ago (March 27th, 2011)
I Must Confess...
NO! Wait... church organs always do that to me. ;)

My immediate impression is that *P* and *F* are so powerful that the Intermezzo becomes the *I* of the storm. On a grander plane, this could be heard as a condensed musical interpretation of The Bible, beginning with Genesis and concluding with Revelation.

Perhaps it is just that pipe organ that evokes that thought in me. In any event, it is a very powerful piece, Paul and you have delivered a very strong performance of it here. ;)

--- Joe
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Symphony101 said 2339 days ago (March 27th, 2011)
Beautiful work
This is so impressive !
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davajonah said 2339 days ago (March 27th, 2011)
Cor blimey
Some sounds make my neck hairs stand on end. The swell of a church pipe organ is one. I can't listen loud enough to do this justice! [neighbour problems] Amazing that this sound is actually computer generated. Monumental sir.
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Narad said 2339 days ago (March 27th, 2011)
PIF for Grand Organ
Outstanding work and performance ! Take a bow ! :)
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DWL said 2339 days ago (March 27th, 2011)
Stunning work Paul
An amazing piece and an amazing sound.

I'm lost for words!


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Mosaica said 2339 days ago (March 27th, 2011)
Lovely to hear something like this on here, and fantastically real-sounding (although the cadances seem to flatten off to my ear - is this typical of organs?) This must have taken an incredible amount of work and to have recorded in one take is amazing! Congratulations.
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Moviz said 2339 days ago (March 27th, 2011)
majestic.... I wonder if they need an organist of your calibre at THE Royal wedding in April? This is really beautiful Paul as we go to the part at 1-59.... so calming and delicate. Must be wonderful to be in command of such a wonderful talent..... who would believe the organ lives in the computer (I'd thought initially it was your 'new toy') The 'stress' you mention, just doesn't show itself here Paul in anyway..... just dedication and skill, regards M
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RochaMalhada said 2339 days ago (March 27th, 2011)
Wow, this is great, Paul. What a master you are..

. - Harold
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Bowman said 2339 days ago (March 27th, 2011)
Radiant splendor.
I can easily imagine myself as I sometime did when I lived in New York City walking into cavernous St. Thomas at lunch hour and listening to the mad genius sitting somewhere above me playing for himself and God. Remarkable work Paul.

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Corporal Beef said 2339 days ago (March 27th, 2011)
Wow, Paul! A stunning piece, worthy of the grandest cathedrals. I have been fortunate enough to hear cathedral pipe organs played in churches across Europa, but honestly, this piece is more emotional and inspiring. I only wish I could hear it in one of those majestic buildings. Thanks for posting.
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Feter said 2339 days ago (March 27th, 2011)
Grand Organ
Its Grand composition and a true finger print of PFP just to know this has been played live blew
my mind ..a true honor to have you hear between us Sir ...thanks a lot for the gem !!
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tonestones said 2339 days ago (March 27th, 2011)
Tremendous accomplishment
THis is incredible. The recording sounds so real. Hard to believe this is a sampled organ. Beautiful, grand, majestic composition, performance and production. I can't tell you how impressed I am.
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Char said 2339 days ago (March 27th, 2011)
Organ Music
is powerful and this sounds like a real organ. I'm always reminded that churches use the music to impress those in the pews with that power and possibly, to wake them up, after some boring and monotone sermon. Bravo. Thanks.
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ShadowofNine said 2339 days ago (March 27th, 2011)
I have nothing to add to the comments except exceptional presentation...
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Doug Somers said 2339 days ago (March 27th, 2011)
Practice makes ...
I'm glad I have my headphones. This is quite an earful in that there is a lot going on and it demands attention. The melody at 2:00 is a lovely contrast to the boldness that precedes it. It is a beautiful setting, serene, safe and sound. I also particularly like the segment that starts at 5:54 - not because it is any better than the rest, but just because I like the contrasts between the legato notes and the activity that dances all around them. I also like the cascading from 8:21 to 8:45 that evolves into an almost triumphal entrance accompaniment.

This work is only more amazing than your piano etudes because it is longer and recorded in one go. Otherwise, the same genius is present throughout, and apart from technical wizardry that will cause many of us to visit their dentists to have their dropped jaws repaired and realigned, the sheer power of emotion you can bring forth from a single instrument is always most impressive.

I have thoroughly enjoyed the musical journey this piece sings of.

Many thanks Paul!

PS 1 - Is it my ears or are the release tails on these samples sometimes going either flat or sharp as the sound fades away? And is that how real pipe organs sound on the decay after a key is released? It's been a while since I've been in a church with one of these massive instruments.

PS 2 - I hope you are enjoying the new 'real' organ you bought. That must be tremendous fun to play.
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PeterB7858 said 2339 days ago (March 27th, 2011)
Hi Paul. I suppose church organs were supposed to inspire awe in the pundits and boy, do you achieve that. Awe in the sound quality. Awe in your technical skill. Awe in your creativity. I am awestruck! Fantastic. Warm regards, Peter.
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SmokeyVW said 2339 days ago (March 27th, 2011)
this is magnificent - over the years i've heard a few pipe organ recitals, and i must say, you certainly captured the spirit of it. wow.

thank you
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VicDiesel said 2339 days ago (March 27th, 2011)
How did you do the pedals?

This is a pretty majestic piece. Much enjoyed.

(Go easy on that reverb: the dropping reverb is a bit exaggerated, but I don't see how the same room can then go *up* at 1:58. And that effect was really a bit much.)

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sloparts said 2338 days ago (March 28th, 2011)
Amazing, Paul
Sound wise, compositions, and execution are phenomenal to say the least. You are indeed a master my friend.

Bravo Maestro

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Scott Carmichael said 2338 days ago (March 28th, 2011)
this succeeds on every level
composition... technical excellence.. the recording invokes illusions of an authentic environment... I'm more surprised to learn that these are computer patches rather than a very good recording of an actual pipe organ...

all of these elements shine and as a whole you've really created something special here...

when i was very young, my dream house was an A frame on the side of some ski slope... a big fireplace at one end... and a pipe organ would be the entire other wall... it never happened... I used to sneak into an old church and they would let me play their piano and organ... they would peak their head in and see that it was me... and they'd just let me play... but I never achieved anything like this
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Warren Smith said 2338 days ago (March 28th, 2011)
Wow - it sounds like the real deal to me. Colorful tonalities and majestic highlights. A great challenge … and accomplishment!
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drakonis said 2338 days ago (March 28th, 2011)
dropped tails...
I too had to go back and listen again to see why the reverb seemed to go flat, and unfortunately that tended to sour the recording for me. I hope you find what is dropping the pitch and fix it, as it sounded un-natural here. Other than that, the actual samples and stop-choices you used here are inspired, and of course, the composition and performance are jaw-droppingly gorgeous. My hope is that someday, I may be able to hear you play something on your upcoming "whole-wall-of-the-house" home organ... boy is Scott C. going to be jealous when he finds out what you are getting! :-)

What a sensational, complex, and thoroughly satisfying composition/performance, Bravo!

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Roxylee said 2337 days ago (March 29th, 2011)
No words
can adequately describe the way your excitement and emotions find their way into your playing. Superb and amazing ...
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Carrie71 said 2336 days ago (March 30th, 2011)
a new world wonder
Amazing! Enough said.
mvh9591 said 2335 days ago (March 31st, 2011)
This sounded like you were actually playing in a large church - Great samples for sure. I was listening while working and all sounded great.

Enjoyed - Thanks for sharing,

mvh : )
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jibes said 2335 days ago (March 31st, 2011)
One pass is astounding! I am truly impressed!
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Henke said 2335 days ago (March 31st, 2011)
Count me in
I am a sucker for cathedrals and this very much reminds me of those majestic buidlings. I actually think that you get a better sound from your computer than you can hear in most cathedrals - there can be almost too much echo and reverb in there, I guess. Anyway, this is a stunning piece masterfully played. Thanks so much for sharing. I think it will need some more playing and the download will help ;-)

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Ibstrat said 2333 days ago (April 2nd, 2011)
is absolutely first rate playing and composing.I'd love to take some harmony lessons from you,I am flabbergasted by your incredible ability to weave melody and chords together in interesting ways. 11 minutes isn't too long at all- spectacular finale!
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Ed Hannifin said 2325 days ago (April 10th, 2011)
YOU are just practicing...
...I know it...for the Big Installation...

This doesn't lack for bigness, Paul, which is one of the joys of pipe organ, but you also manage to do that thing you do, and play to intelligent contrasts, so there's delicacy and taste set agains the Big Chord Moments...

Sounds terrific, and I can't wait to hear the new instrument as soon as you build your house around it...
falcef said 2311 days ago (April 24th, 2011)
PIF for Grand Organ
Salve from Italy Organ the king execute sound similar J. S. Bach Toccata and fuga. Bye and Happy Easter falcef
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lholden said 2285 days ago (May 20th, 2011)
Paul, this is truly powerful work. Excellent job!
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michaeljayklein said 1317 days ago (January 12th, 2014)
Loved it!
I wish I'd been able to play something this thrilling when I DID play the organ back at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church (that's a plug by the way) in my Atlantic City days. A magnificent performance and composition Paul--are you SURE you're not somebody famous?! I love organ music and this really swept me away--thank you! Sorry I'm a bit dilatory in getting here; I've been plagued with the all-time worst sinus infection known to the annals of medical science, and really didn't want to take this in until I was feeling better. I'm so glad I waited. Michael
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