I just wanted to share a couple of cool recordings with you. The first is probably the most entertaining organ solo you'll ever encounter, performed by Richard Elliott at the LDS Conference Center for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's 2014 Christmas Concert. He plays "The Twelve Days of Christmas," using a different piece mixed with the main melody of the song to theme each "day" in the song. He is accompanied by Count Von Count of the Sesame Street Muppets, who helps Elliott count the days and offers his own comedic twist on the piece. This one is fun no matter who you are!
The other is just a recording, not a video, but this is a piece I'm newly obsessed with. I've been working on it for a couple weeks, and it's pretty difficult, but, surprisingly, not as difficult to learn as I thought it would be. The piece is Paul Manz's setting of "God of Grace and God of Glory" to the tune CWM RHONDDA, which we know in the LDS church as "Guide Us, O Thou Great Jehovah." The piece mixes the hymn tune played on a Tuba or Trompette En Chamade with Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus" from "Messiah" played on a principal chorus, ending at full organ. Here's a recording of Richard Elliott playing it. (By the way, this came off of a CD which I got for Christmas, and I highly recommend it! Someone else posted the video though.) Enjoy!
Enjoy guys! Have a wonderful holiday weekend and stay joyful!