Dr. Jeannine Jordan, Concert Organist

Archive for February, 2013

What’s In A Title?

A wealth of information about a piece of music can be gleaned from examining the title of the piece, such as:

  •         The form – Do you know the difference between a fugue and toccata?
  •         Whether the piece is hymn based – Have you read the text to Amazing Grace?
    Did you know that a word in capital letters indicates the name of the tune on which the piece is based?
  •           The mood – What moods do the words Fanfare or meditation evoke?
  •          Its use as service music – Can a piece titled Prelude be used in other parts of a worship service?
  •          The tempo – How fast is allegro?  How slow is lento?
  •          Registration suggestions – How do I create a tierce en taille registration?

Where can one find the answers to these questions?

I.  A Music Dictionary  

A music dictionary should be something you carry with you in your music bag and use at every practice session.  You will be amazed at how much you will learn by looking up one word at every practice session.

Google “music dictionary” online or visit any music store and you’ll find a music dictionary to purchase to fit your needs.

For all of you iPad type device users, the Virginia Tech Multimedia Music Dictionary is quite the resource.  It is found at http://www.music.vt.edu/musicdictionary/

II.  A Hymnal

A hymnal should also be found in your music bag.  It is an invaulable resource for hymn texts and tunes.

A superb online resource for finding hymn texts and tunes is http://www.hymnary.org

III.  An Organ Registration Resource

Google search on the web still amazes me!  Want to know about tierce en taille?  Google the term and you’ll find videos, definitions, and resources galore.

Also check out http://www.organstops.org to learn more about the Tierce or Trompette stop.

For a resource book to carry with you or at least have handy in the organ bench, look for the Dictionary of Pipe Organ Stops by Stevens Irwin.

It is amazing how much information the
title of a piece imparts to the curious student of the organ.
So, don’t foget to start

“at the top”

to become a creative and informed performer. 

Dr. Jeannine Jordan, instructor and concert organist

Experience Bach and Sons in Indiana

In our first visit to Indiana with our organ and media experience, Bach and Sons, we will have the pleasure of sharing the story of Johann Sebastian Bach and his family with three different audiences: in Warsaw as part of the Rodeheaver Concert Series;  with the faculty, students and friends of Manchester University in North Manchester;  and with the community of Fort Wayne as sponsored by the Fort Wayne Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.  It has been a thrill to work with the hosts of the events to plan and work out the details for this tour.

So, Hoosiers, this is your opportunity to learn more about the amazing story of one of the most famous composers for the organ, Johann Sebastian Bach.  Yes, you will hear several of Bach’s most famous pieces including the exciting Toccata in d minor, the lively Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring and the sublime Air as well as a thrilling piece for solo pedal, and the amazing St. Anne Fugue. 

And that is not all!  You will see my hands and feet as they fly over the keyboards via live camera feeds which will be projected to a cinematic-sized screen.  For most people it is actually the first time they’ve seen an organist “at work.”

All this and a great story as told by the women in the Bach family and amazing visuals placing you in the homes, churches, and cities of the Bach family.

Please join us for this cutting-edge 21st-century experience
where music, story, and technology interact to create on of the greatest musical stories ever told!

Bach and Sons.  B&S Logo Small

Sunday, February 17, 2013 – 2:00 p.m.

A Rodeheaver Series Concert

First United Methodist Church
179 S. Indiana Street
Warsaw, IN


Tuesday, February 19, 2013 – 3:30 p.m. Convocation Series

Manchester University

Cordier Auditorium
604 East College Avenue
North Manchester, IN


Sunday, February 24, 2013 – 2:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the Fort Wayne Chapter of the
American Guild of Organists

St. John Lutheran Church
729 West Washington Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN

All concerts performed by David Jordan, media artist and Dr. Jeannine Jordan, concert organist

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