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Any Suggestions for Italian Baroque organ Repetorire?

PostSat Jun 04, 2022 9:09 pm

Now that I have got a regular church organ job, I would like to diversify out of my North German Baroque repetoire every once in a while for preludes and postludes. My small congregation is very tolerant of what music is used in services

I have Frescobaldi's Fiori Musicali, and occasionally play pieces from it for a change of pace. Harmonies can be a little strange to modern ears.

Wondered if anyone could recommend any slightly more modern Italian Baroque organ music, and where to purchase editions. I realize organ was not really that important and instrument in the Italian liturgy, except as a continuo for brass and/or strings.
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Re: Any Suggestions for Italian Baroque organ Repetorire?

PostTue Jun 07, 2022 10:36 pm

Here are the pieces I used often in church:

Floriano Arresti Elevazione for prelude, Ricercar for postlude
IMSLP28277-PMLP58193-Arresti_Ricercare_Organo
IMSLP28278-PMLP62146-Arresti_Elevazione_Organo

Pastorales for Christmastime:
Zipoli
Pasquini
Frescobaldi
Scarlatti (Domenico)
and many others

Domenico Zipoli Offertorio, Elevazione and others
Sonatas by Scarlatti for organ or harpsichord. A few are specified for organ

Vivaldi/Bach 16 Concertos not all by Vivaldi, others by Marcello

Any other concertos from the high baroque by Torelli, Corelli, Geminiani, etc. arranged for organ

Vivaldi: 4 Seasons, especially Spring. Use piano arrangement or organ arrangement found on IMSLP:
https://s9.imslp.org/files/imglnks/usim ... llegro.pdf
https://imslp.org/wiki/Violin_Concerto_ ... i,_Antonio)

I also played the Toccatas of Michelangelo Rossi especially no. 7. Like Frescobaldi but slightly more modern.

You can also play transcriptions of vocal works. The sky is the limit!

Enjoy!

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Re: Any Suggestions for Italian Baroque organ Repetorire?

PostWed Jun 08, 2022 7:58 am

Thanks.

I have all of Zipoli's pieces for organ and harpsichord, but found them to be rather dull music from a 2nd tier composer.

Walther's transcriptions of the Italian composers are interesting, though like Scarlatti, totally secular in nature. More than one movement is too long for a prelude or postlude.

Never heard of Arresti. I will investigate!

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