Ever wonder what it is like to actually play the Wanamaker Organ? Where do you begin? What do all the stops sound like and how do you combine them? Peter Richard Conte and Thomas Murray take a tonal tour of the 28,750 pipes of Rodman Wanamaker's gigantic Orchestral Color Machine.
In this companion piece to our Curator's Tour DVD (sold separately) share musical insights from two of today's top symphonic organists! The comprehensive, three-hour DVD, filmed in the hushed Grand Court after Store hours, includes...
 A division-by-division tonal tour of the stops
 Demonstrations of the art of transcription playing
 Themes by Grieg, Lemare, Schumann, Widor, Mouret, Tchaikovsky, Bach
 Insight into the Console's design and special controls
 An exploration of unusual stop combinations and sounds
 A tour through all the Percussions
 A visit to Yale's Woolsey Hall and Harkness Tower Carillon
 A tour of the Rodman Wanamaker Flag Collection
 Examples of of how stops sound inside and outside the chamber
 Explorations of the Crescendo Pedal and its Division Cut Outs
 Demonstrations of the fascinating technique of Thumbing extra melodies
 Tutorials on the Organ's coupling system and unusual controls.
 A ride in Professor Murray's vintage Rolls-Royce
 Scenes of a demonstration of the mighty Woolsey Hall organ at Yale
 Moonlight Music from the Opera Capriccio (Richard Strauss)
 Imperial March (Edward Elgar)
 Scherzo from Sonata VIII (Guilmant)
The companion booklet includes a detailed essay on how to play the Wanamaker Organ, with insights from Peter Richard Conte, Keith Chapman, John Binsfeld, Virgil Fox and others, and a division-by-division overview of the Wanamaker Organ's evolution and tonal resources.
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