What is Organ Symphony Assistant?
Organ Symphony Assistant was created for organists who are interested in practicing the rarely-performed repertoire for organ and orchestra - along with the orchestra!
Here, you'll find a collection of audio files in the WAV format that recreate the experience of music composed for organ and orchestra. Each file is an orchestra-only part (with a click track). You add the organ part!
Why Organ Symphony Assistant?
Music for organ and orchestra is not often found on concert programs today. Although there has been some effort at installing new and repairing existing symphony hall organs, good symphonic hall organs are still scarce, especially at the local level. The greatest number of decent organs are located in churches but logistics often complicate staging a full orchestra in a space not necessarily designed for performance. Organ consoles are often positioned in a rigid location where sight lines for organist and conductor become complicated.
Much of the time, only major recitalists get the chance to play the great music written for organ and orchestra. Sadly, all other organists don't and tend to neglect this repertoire.
Organ Symphony Assistant presents an exciting opportunity for organists at all levels to explore this repertoire for the purpose of study, or simply personal enjoyment. The hope is that Organ Symphony Assistant will generate an effort to create more interest in performances of these pieces, heard so infrequently.
How Does Organ Symphony Assistant Work?
Organ Symphony Assistant is a collections of orchestral-only WAV files that can be purchased and then easily downloaded to your computer. From here, go to the Organ Symphony Assistant (OSA) Information Page, where you will find detailed instructions on how OSA works along with a list of select music from the 18th through the 20th centuries. If you first wish to become more familiar with a particular composition, there are a number of video recordings available online. Once you have selected a piece and moved to the corresponding page, you will find short audio samples of that piece, performance notes and a download button. Once you have made a decision and downloaded your files, choose which option works best for you (explained on the OSA information page).
What do I need to make Organ Symphony assistant work for me?
A "classic" pipe or pipe-imitative organ
2. SHEET MUSIC
Depending on the piece you choose, you will need the corresponding organ score or full score. Many of the pieces are available from online music publishers or can be downloaded from the IMSLP website (links provided for each piece). Please be sure to observe all copyright protection laws when downloading from IMSLP. Donations to this site are encouraged!
3. PLAYBACK SYSTEM
Your playback system can be as simple or elaborate as you like. After the download to your computer has taken place, you can connect to a set of headphones or an entire audio system for playback. (IMPORTANT: If you plan on using an iphone or ipad for playback, you must first download your files to a computer and then send them via itunes to your Apple device.)