The summer daily demonstration pipe organ recital at the Community of Christ Headquarters in Independence, Missouri was enhanced Thursday with a trumpet obbligato. Organist Barbara Adler played music by Bach, Mendelssohn, Haydn Lindberg and Franck on the 103 rank Casavant organ in the Temple. David Bolton, played his own trumpet obbligato in duet with Ms Adler as she played the hymn, "Lord Jesus, of You I Will Sing."
J. S. Bach's Fantasia in G Major worked well as a program starter. It begins with a moderately loud organ in full motion. Several ascending scale patterns follow, ending with a suddenly loud section of full organ, which would serve to get anyone's face out of a newspaper or casual conversation (none of that was happening, but, if it were, it would have ended). The loud section ensues with little melodic figures passing from voice to voice, switching from melody to counter melody. Ms Adler skillfully separated the voices; the listeners found it easy to follow the various parts.
The Adagio movement from Felix Mendelssohn's (1809-1847) from Sonata No.1, featured a sweet flute stop that had a bell-like initial sound that enhanced the relaxed melody.
Many composers of the time of Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) composed music for robotic musical clocks. These were all written in the eight foot and up stops, as there were no low tones available in the musical timepieces. Ms Adler played five pieces by Haydn: Minuet (Quail Song) "March," Andantino, Minuet (Allegretto) and Minuet (Presto). Barbara actually pulled a convincing trumpet sound out of flute stops for the march, as the clocks only had flute pipes.
David Bolton's hymn artful obbligato rang through the beautiful acoustics of the Temple chamber. He had a clear and legato line that beautifully enhanced the organ as Ms Adler played.
Continuing with the exploitation of the flute stops, Barbara played - Gammal Fäbodpsalm, by Swedish composer, Oskar Lindberg (1887-1955). To match the mood of the rustic pastoral folk song style of the piece, she simulated a shepherd's flute by adding a krumhorn to the flutes.
Sortie by Cesar Franck (1822-1890) was a rousing, dance-like tune, perfect for completing the short program. Although from the Romantic period,, it calls for sections of specific volume, changing dynamic level at each cadence, typical of the Baroque period.
For the remainder of the summer, the public is invited to free, professional, organ recitals every day. Consult the schedule for times, artists, and venue.