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Mailbag: “38 rank Möller”

May 17, 2006

Dear Michael,
I am 15 years old and have recently begun taking lessons with my church organist on our two manual, 38 rank Möller organ. I have many recordings of organ works by many preformers; although my favorite thus far is Peter Hurford. However, when playing, i have never been able to come up with the sounds that he or any other organists use. I was wondering if you know of any way to get information on the registrations used by certain organists.

I would also like to say that I love your program. You play literature which is often hard to find played on an organ, but I would love to have your programs on CD so that I can play them on surround sound and feel the music run through me.

Finally, why haven’t you featured recordings of the organ at West Point here in New York? It is (arguably) the world’s largest church organ. I have the privlege of hearing it every month at recitals which my father and I attend.

Thank you,
Michael Trapasso
Cortlandt Manor, NY

Dear Michael,
Congratulations on your organ interest. I started getting ‘into’ organ music around age 13 and, like you, began lessons at 15 (I had been studying piano since age 5). Concerning the sounds of your 38 rank Möller and the registrations on Peter Hurford’s recordings…not knowing the age of your Möller, I cannot make direct comment. Perhaps your teacher should be listening with you and helping you obtain equivalent registrations?

At present we do not provide PIPEDREAMS as a download, but you can listen at any time online to more than 200 programs in the audio archive. That should give you plenty of music to ‘run through you’.

I’ve used recordings from West Point occasionally, and perhaps it is time to do a feature program. We’ll see. I have so much material awaiting in backlog that should be attended to first.

Happy listening!



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