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HOW TO PRACTICE THE ORGAN

Posted on September 9, 2015 with 0 comments
HOW TO PRACTICE THE ORGAN
by Dorothy Young Riess, M.D.
     Here's how it goes. Get to the BIG organ through the traffic and detours. TURN IPHONE OFF! NO ONE HAS THE RIGHT TO INTERRUPT PRACTICE TIME! Set up music light and fan, extra pencils (always plan to drop at least one into the pedals), music, organ shoes. (Never put water or coffee on the organ.) Sit at the organ, straighten the back and take at least five deep breaths, deleting all aggravations up to that moment.
     DO NOT TURN ORGAN ON! Sense of touch critical here. Finger exercises to strengthen and limber up. Feet exercises for correct position, knees together and workout of anterior tibialis leg muscles. I make up my own exercises but one can use solo passages from classic works as warm ups.
     TURN ORGAN ON. Start with Bach. Even though it may not be on your next program. The discipline of Bach is the foundation for playing other rep IMHO. A Bach fugue or trio [...]
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QUOTES THAT CHANGED MY LIFE #1

Posted on February 29, 2012 with 0 comments



1961 - "You'll never make it, Sweetie!" - Pre-med advisor at Columbia University when I requested information about preparing for medical school to become a Doctor. My music transcripts, my current status as legal steno for Wall Street Law Firm, my age (all of 28!), and, Oh yes, I was Di-vorced!!!! - all worked against me. However, his response made me so angry, it gave me energy for the next 12 years of my life! 1961-63 Pre-Med at Columbia Night School; 64-69 Medical School at OU; 1970-73 Post Grad Residency training. It's a good thing I don't even remember his name! [Perhaps it was Mr. Twit.]
Columbia University at Night.



QUOTES THAT CHANGED MY LIFE #2

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1952 - "I have something that will change your life." - Searle Wright, San Francisco, upon presenting me with a check facsimile (later deposited in my bank) for $1500 from Jean Tennyson Foundation to study with Dupre in France.
Searle Wright
Check facsimile for $1500



QUOTES THAT CHANGED MY LIFE #3

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QUOTES THAT CHANGED MY LIFE #3



1948 - "A new radio station downtown is looking for programming. Why don't you go ask them if you can do an organ show?" - Ms. Elaine Tucker, Classen HS, Oklahoma City, teacher of radio, speech, presentation, acting, diction, writing for radio, and stage presence. I did what she said and got a show on KTOW, organ music and high school news. Later, a local shoe store sponsored me, payment in shoes and $5 a show!




QUOTES THAT CHANGED MY LIFE #4

Posted on February 29, 2012 with 0 comments
1953 - "I need a substitute organist for a few weeks." - Organist at The American Cathedral, Paris, visiting at Fontainebleau, was asking Dupre's students. I volunteered. Not only did I play the beautiful Cavaille-Col Organ, but also met Canon Charles Shreve, substitute preacher, who would later play a pivotal role in my life.



The American Cathedral, Ave George V, Paris.


 


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