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PUlling out all the stops
The phrase pull out all the stops refers to the organ, where the organist draws most of the stop knobs (it really means to play on full organ, not literally every single stop on the organ, because some of them aren’t intended to be used in full organ) in order to achieve the grandest, loudest sound that particular organ can achieve. The phrase has made its way into non organ-related use, and probably dates from 1865, with Matthew Arnold’s Essays in Criticism.
Here I use the phrase literally, to give you information on how to register the organ, meaning, how to pull out the stops in pleasing and beautiful ways, appropriate to the music you will be playing and taking into consideration the many different organs that you will encounter.
Now that we have been through the basics of organ registration, we can talk about the more unusual stops on the organ, including the solo stops, the stops that imitate orchestral instruments, the chimes, the harp, the celesta, and the stops that are there for sound...read more
How exciting! If you are reading this blog post, that means you are either an organist who already plays the pedals, a newcomer who is interested in playing the pedals, or perhaps you are just interested in the organ! Thank you for reading, and for following this...read more
Using Couplers (Sw to Gt and Sw to Ped etc.) and when to do itUsing Couplers and when not to do it What is a coupler, anyway? The simple definition is that a coupler allows the player to link keyboards to each other, and to the pedal, so that all the stops...read more
The Principal Chorus (If you can register one of these, you can get by!)Principals, Strings, Flutes, how/when to use each (and stay away from the reeds for now) The easy part about this post is that there's so much good information out there, and I can just point you...read more
This is one of the questions most of us have, whether or not we studied the organ in college, privately, or are just interested in how it all works. I happen to be married to someone who sees all those knobs and buttons as a delightful opportunity to experiment. (Kind...read more
The Organ's Tonal Design and its Building Blocks The following article was written by John-Paul Buzard, President of Buzard Pipe Organ Builders. John-Paul is a colleague I have known since our student days at Northwestern University, and he is always willing to jump...read more
Here are some links on organ registration. As you may know, searching for a subject on YouTube leads to other videos on the same subject, so here are a few to get you started:
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