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    Whilst I don't mind the sound of organs in small doses (And I also love Saint-Saens' Organ Symphony) the sound of a barrel organ makes me want to punch the owner's lights out. The sound of those cheesy organs used for awful songs like 'Oh I do like to be beside the seaside' also grind my gears.

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    I have a love/hate relationship with the organ.

    I love organ in the context of the various subgenres of prog and jazz, but do not like it at all in classical music.

    The Hammond played by prog keyboardists like, Emerson, Wakeman, Flavio Premoli, Vittorio Nocenzi, Dave Stewart, etc, or by jazz players, like Jimmy Smith, Carla Bley, Sun Ra, etc, is one of my favorite instruments.

    But I have yet to hear it in classical where I am not annoyed by it.
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    My wife detests Organ Music because it reminds her of her Church going childhood. My Jewish upbringing wasn’t so encumbered and I can only play Organ Music when she isn’t home. I do however, have an aversion to music played from a Rams Horn

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    Quote Originally Posted by Triplets View Post
    My wife detests Organ Music because it reminds her of her Church going childhood. My Jewish upbringing wasn’t so encumbered and I can only play Organ Music when she isn’t home. I do however, have an aversion to music played from a Rams Horn
    Oh, I'm sure the encumberment will arise one of these days, if it hasn't already. BTW, the 'shofar' is an ancient musical horn typically made of a ram's horn, used for Jewish religious purposes.

    The sight of certain groups of men makes some people want to start playing the ram's horn.

    How do you feel about dogs?
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    I love organ music, but I love it more if accompanying an orchestra, like in:

    Barber's Toccata Festiva
    Novak's Slovak Suite
    Glazunov's Carnival Overture
    Bax's Christmas Eve
    Tchaikovsky's Manfred and Maid of Orleans
    Massenet's Esclarmonde

    And so forth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by millionrainbows View Post
    Oh, I'm sure the encumberment will arise one of these days, if it hasn't already. BTW, the 'shofar' is an ancient musical horn typically made of a ram's horn, used for Jewish religious purposes.

    The sight of certain groups of men makes some people want to start playing the ram's horn.

    How do you feel about dogs?
    I was alluding to the Shofar, but I am missing the point about dogs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by millionrainbows View Post
    How do you feel about dogs?
    I loathe the creatures.

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    A reason I prefer contemporary composers... the evolution of orchestra simply sounds better. Do I want to spend my time analyzing organ pieces, or listening to great-sounding music? for the sheer creativity of thematic possibilities it inspires us to expand upon?

    I think this is largely what this topic comes down to. There is a palette of sound, a whole inspiration of which, the organ has never offered the most creative minds.

    I do think orchestral music has been more creative and evolutionary as a whole, even if the individual composers each may not be. This was true of the Romantic period as well (see here.) As for the organ, is it more of a back-to-basics inspiration. There's no need to settle down favoring a certain composer, such as Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, when there's a such a breadth and variety of great music which contemporary composers have written, where I don't need to settle on one genius within any focused instrument.
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    I read once, a long time ago, that classical pipe organ music tended to have certain overtones that set some people's teeth on edge. Don't know if this is the case or not.


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    I am most amused by the news that some people only get out their organ when their wife isn't in. The childish part of me sniggered at that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KenOC View Post
    I read once, a long time ago, that classical pipe organ music tended to have certain overtones that set some people's teeth on edge. Don't know if this is the case or not.
    There is an instrument where these feelings are even stronger. Saxophone. Can't stand them, unless no louder than mezzo-piano, slowly, and not for long.

    Do they have some weird overtones as well?
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    I've never had any actual (negative) physical reactions to organ music, but I certainly struggled with the instrument and its timbre a lot during my early listening years. I think it was only upon discovering 20th century organ music - Ligeti and Messiaen, most prominently - that I realised what a stunning instrument it is. These days I tend to seek out composers' organ output immediately when working through their works.

    I mentioned this on another thread, but I recently delved into Bach's six organ sonatas and loved every second of it. How can it be that I was unaware of such incredible music?

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    I like to hear a human element in music so electronic and organ music often fails to impress me as much as wind, string or percussion music ... or singing. Its a prejudice on my part but it does limit the enjoyment I can get from the organ or electronics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enthusiast View Post
    I like to hear a human element in music so electronic and organ music often fails to impress me as much as wind, string or percussion music ... or singing. Its a prejudice on my part but it does limit the enjoyment I can get from the organ or electronics.
    You accuse yourself of prejudice? Point the finger at yourself, as if it was your fault that electronic music (or the organ) doesn't sound as natural to your human, organic ears, as do wind, strings, or percussion instruments? Why? Who told you that you are guilty of anything?

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