On Sunday October 16th there will be a Grand Organ Gala taking place at Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. This will include outstanding works such as Handel’s ‘Zadok the Priest’ and ‘The Hallelujah Chorus’, Strauss’s ‘Sunrise’ from ‘Also sprach Zarathustra’, Mascagni’s ‘Intermezzo’ from ‘Cavalleria rusticana’ and Saint-Saëns’ Symphony No.3 ‘Organ’.
These excellent pieces will include the Manchester Chorale and Fanfare Trumpeters of The Band of The King’s Division with Darius Battiwalla on Organ and Hilary Davan Wetton conducting.
The Bridgewater quotes ‘Celebrate the power and majesty of the King of Instruments featuring the magnificent ‘Organ Symphony’ by Saint-Saëns.’
This event will be a grand occasion for the general public of Manchester and the surrounding areas. The pieces are carefully chosen to really showcase the Organ’s true capabilities.
The Organ dates back to the times of Ctesibius of Alexandria (285–222 BC) and is still a significant instrument in the world of music. As we are all aware the Organ features heavily in Churches used in services for Weddings, Funerals, Christenings and generic Evensongs and The Eucharist accompanying the Church choir in holy responses and anthems, the congregation in hymns or to play Interludes.
The keyboard instrument is still incredibly popular among different genres of music like heavy rock for example.
A completely different genre of music would be Opera. The Organ in Mascagni’s ‘Intermezzo’ is used in the beginning to create a religious atmosphere with the chorus beginning the piece with ‘Regina coeli laetare. Alleluja! Quia quem meruisti portare’ which translates to ‘Queen of heaven, rejoice. Hallelujah! Because you deserve to bear.’
The Organ’s timbre is still highly in demand and having instruments such as digital pianos makes it so much easier for composers and musicians to get their hands on this specific timbre. A top of the range digital piano will have settings on that can enable the pianist to use this Organ voice for example the Chase Electronic Keyboard will certainly allow musicians to do this. Other brands like Yamaha, Casio, Korg and Kawai will also allow performers to do this.
So when sitting at your piano stool in front of your digital piano and you want to really indulge in pieces like the Intermezzo, you now have the beauty of doing this with Mascagni’s intended sound.