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Recitals

A Bach recital by Organ Society member Christopher Wrench, from Brisbane Australia

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Introduction

Prelude and Fugue in G BWV 541

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Sonata IV in E BWV 528

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Chorale Preludes BWV 632-644

Passacaglia in C  BWV 582

A Buxtehude recital by Organ Society member Ross Windsor, from Brisbane Australia

Part 1

Click here to read Ross Windsor's background to this project

 

Some Historical Organ Music

Videos & Concerts

Weekly Service Preludes and Postludes

The following group of videos have been prepared by Dr Steven Nisbet OAM for his weekly musical contributions for services at his church in Brisbane.

Sunday September 26th

Nun danket alle Gott

- Chorale Prelude by Max Reger

Nun danket alle Gott

- Chorale Improvisation by Paul Manz

Nun danket alle Gott

- Chorale Prelude by G F Kauffmann

Trumpet Voluntary

by Jeremiah Clarke

Sunday August 22nd

The music is all by Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847). He was partly responsible for a resurgence in interest in the music of JS Bach (1685-1750). Thanks, Felix.

This is what Wikipedia says about him:

Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy[n 1] (3 February 1809 – 4 November 1847), born and widely known as Felix Mendelssohn,[n 2] was a German composer, pianist, organist and conductor of the early Romantic period. Mendelssohn's compositions include symphoniesconcertospiano music, organ music and chamber music. His best-known works include the overture and incidental music for A Midsummer Night's Dream, the Italian Symphony, the Scottish Symphony, the oratorio St. Paul, the oratorio Elijah, the overture The Hebrides, the mature Violin Concerto and the String Octet. The melody for the Christmas carol "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" is also his. Mendelssohn's Songs Without Words are his most famous solo piano compositions.

Cavatina by Mendelssohn

Andante from Sonata VI by Mendelssohn

Fugue from Sonata VI by Mendelssohn

Sunday August 15th

August 14th 2021 marks the 211th anniversary of the birth of Samuel Sebastian Wesley’s in 1810. So this week I am presenting my own composition, Wesley Suite, a tribute to the inspirational Wesley family – John Wesley (preacher), his brother Charles Wesley (hymn writer), Charles’ son Samuel Wesley (composer), and Samuel’s son Samuel Sebastian Wesley (composer).

Wondering Soul from Wesley Suite

The title “Wondering Soul” is a reference to the first line of the Wesleys’ Conversion Hymn, “Where shall my wondering soul begin?” which was written after John Wesley’s Aldersgate Street experience in which he felt his heart was “strangely warmed”

Chapel Prayer from Wesley Suite

“Chapel Prayer” is a reflective piece referring to Wesley’s Chapel in City Road, London, a Methodist Church built under the direction of John Wesley.

Wesley’s Gallop from Wesley Suite

“Wesley’s Gallop” paints a musical picture of John Wesley riding on horseback around the towns and villages of England, preaching the Gospel in churches, halls, fields, cottages and chapels.

Liberty Fanfare from Wesley Suite

by Steven Nisbet

The word “Liberty” in the title of “Liberty Fanfare” refers to John Wesley’s advocacy for the abolition of slavery. He wrote, “Liberty is the right of every human creature”. The piece contains musical references to two well-known hymns –
(i) “Amazing Grace”, the words of which were written by his fellow abolitionist, friend and mentor, John Newton, as well as

(ii) “And can it be”, the words of which were written by Charles Wesley.

Sunday July 5th

The music is all by J.S. Bach because 28th July is the anniversary of his death in 1750

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Jesu, joy of man's desiring

- from Cantata 147 by JS Bach

Sheep may safely graze

- from Cantata 208 by JS Bach

Air from Orchestral Suite No 3 in D

by JS Bach

Fantasia in C minor BWV 562

by JS Bach

Never Too Young

Young organists at the Hunter District

Organ Society Concert at

Christ Church Cathedral Newcastle

(48 mins)

This is a video from the CW Leggo organ at All Saints Murwillumbah, played by OSQ Member Barry Firth.

Music

While I have been staying at home during the period of social restrictions associated with the COVID-19 crisis, I have been writing music for the on-line presentations by St Andrew’s Uniting Church, Brisbane. As the crisis was in full swing before, during and after Easter, I wrote music on the themes of Passiontide and Easter. 

There are six pieces of music altogether and they were originally written for voices and organ. Since then I have adapted them as stand-alone Hymn Preludes for Organ. 
Excerpts from the Hymn Preludes are attached. The list of hymns I arranged is as follows:

  • Ride on, ride on in majesty 

  • When I survey the wondrous cross

  • Christ the Lord is risen today

  • The day of resurrection

  • Love is come again

  • Crown him with many crowns

Please let me know if you are interested in purchasing a copy of the album.

The cost is $35 posted in Australia.
Best wishes, 
Steven Nisbet

Hymn Preludes - Book 1 - samples - Ride
Hymn Preludes - Book 1 - samples -  When
Hymn Preludes - Book 1 - samples -  The
Hymn Preludes - Book 1 - samples -  Lov
Hymn Preludes - Book 1 - samples -  Crow
Hymn Preludes - Book 1 - samples -  Chri