Hopefully it’s no secret that I really enjoy classical music. I studied piano for more than ten years and took various classes in composition, counterpoint, conducting and choral singing during high school. I’ve been slacking on the active playing of music recently but I’m hoping to remedy that sooner or later. Some of my favorite music is classified as baroque but I also like early American choral music. Composers such as J.S. Bach, Vivaldi, Handel, and William Billings would be included in my list of favorites.
A few days ago I finished the most recent audio book/podiobook I’d started. Since I haven’t decided whether to begin another or just wait till my next trip home to Indiana, I’ve been listening to music. Very occasionally, I’ll switch from my iPod to listen to the radio. For some reason yesterday, I turned on the radio which I typically keep tuned to WQED, a (the?) local NPR/classical radio station here in Pittsburgh. The Saturday afternoon program is opera, and while not an opera connoisseur, I’m always up to listening to something different occasionally.
The morning program on Sunday is all baroque so I definitely left it on for my drive to church. And since I remembered that the 10pm to midnight program is titled Pipedreams which focuses on pipe organs, I just left it on all day for my ride back and forth. Tonight after Bible study I missed the first portion of the Pipedreams program but was able to listen to a good portion of it as I drove a friend to CMU in Oakland and then headed home to Millvale.
I’ve always found pipe organs interesting. I think it has to do with the power of the instrument as well as the variety of sounds it can produce. There can also be a bit of intimidating factor with organs having at least two keyboards, foot pedals and many knobs to select which pipes are used. One time I had a chance to attend a program offered by one the Organists Guild (I think that’s right) where interested students would spend a day at one of the local churches, examine and get the opportunity to try playing the two organs. It was a fun experience, even though not being anywhere near an expert pianist I got nervous and fumbled a bit through the piece I’d brought with me.
The church I attend only has a capella singing, so no instruments at all during services. But because of my affinity and like of pipe organs, my mother has teased me that I will probably end up getting married in some other church building so that I can have a real pipe organ for the music. We’ll see what happens when/if I get to that point.