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Old 05-21-2010, 08:12 PM
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Best pipe organ music?

I've always found that pipe organ music is a great way to show off a nice stereo/set of speakers, especially the low bass notes, with a quality set of speakers, you won't only just *hear* the low bass and resonance, you'll *feel* it as well

What are your favorite "shake the walls" pipe organ songs?

One of my favorites is, I think, the epitome of Pipe Organ music, Bach's "Tocatta and Fugue in D-Minor", a piece of music much beloved of classic horror films, and a great way to test the limits of your speaker's low-frequency response, when the crescendo builds from the thundering bass to the bright high treble, it can be a tactile as well as auditory experience

So, what are some other good examples of pipe organ music (no religious songs, please, I'm looking more along the lines of classical music)
Old 05-21-2010, 10:42 PM
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Any number of Bach's pieces for organ, such as these popular ones: the "Jig" fugue, Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, Fantasia and Fugue in G minor ("Great") BWV 542.

Another well-known piece is the last movement (toccata) of Symphony #5 for organ by Charles-Marie Widor.

There's also Symphony #3 by Saint-SaŽns ("Organ"); Concerto for Organ, Strings, and Timpani by Poulenc.
Old 05-21-2010, 11:17 PM
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A few more of the most popular pieces.

Louis Vierne:
Finale from Symphony #1 for organ
Carillon de Westminster

Jehan Alain: Litanies

Boellman: Suite Gothique

Marcel Duprť:
Variations sur un noŽl
Prelude & Fugue in G minor (you can sing the subject of the fugue to the composer's name! )
Old 05-22-2010, 01:04 AM
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Look for something by Peter Hurford.
Old 05-22-2010, 01:16 AM
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Originally Posted by MacTech View Post
One of my favorites is, I think, the epitome of Pipe Organ music, Bach's "Tocatta and Fugue in D-Minor",...
Yeah, that is the classic, but I also heard it once on a street in downtown Stuttgart played on two accordians, and those guys kicked ass.
Old 05-22-2010, 01:51 AM
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I second rowrrbazzle's choice of Vidor's fifth symphony. Most of the symphony is pleasing but not overly aggressive, but when the toccata kicks in it's all hands to the lifeboats and to hell with your neighbors.
Old 05-22-2010, 02:01 AM
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My favorite pipe organ music is Virgil Fox Live At the Fillmore East. It's out there somewhere on vinyl, 8-track, and MP3 downloads. There is a push for the CD and rumors of a boxed set.

Come weep for one of Nashville's greatest losses in the flood three weeks ago: a two and a half million dollar pipe organ at one of our concert halls.
Old 05-22-2010, 06:44 PM
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Thirding the Widor. I couldn't find any recording on YouTube that does the it justice.
Old 05-22-2010, 07:16 PM
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Found it.

1. Bach: Toccata and Fugue in D minor
2. Bach: Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
3. Albioni/Giazotto: Adagio in G minor
4. Purcell: Trumpet Tune in D major
5. Mendelssohn: Wedding March
6. Franck: Chorale No. 2 in B minor
7. Murrill: Carillon
8. Davies: Solemn Melody
9. Widor: Toccata from Organ Symphony No. 5

Awesome collection, meant to be played at volume level 11.
Old 05-23-2010, 01:56 AM
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Add in:
Karg-Elert: Nun Danket
Guilmant: March on a theme of Handel (Starts slow, builds up)
Mendelssohn: War March of the Priests

But the OP asked about wall shaking...

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