Devon Howard, Organist
Hold On! - by Calvin Taylor
"Where words fail, music speaks" - Hans Christian Anderson Raehann Bryce-Davis, mezzo soprano http://www.raehann.com Devon Howard, organ https://www.devonhoward.org Calvin Taylor, composer http://www.calvintaylormusic.org Featuring the 1903 Notre Dame de Metz Cavillé-Coll Hauptwerk sample set #organ #music #hauptwerk #nprmusic #blackoperasingers #cnn #bbc #bbcmusic #healing #blacklivesmatter #blm
I recently discovered this new fugue by Nicholas Papadimitriou and was immediately struck not just by its relevance to current events, but especially by the quality of its composition. Papadimitriou has created a compelling romantic style fugue that explores the unique melody in creative and expert ways. I chose the 1903 Notre Dame de Metz Cavillé-Coll sample set because the power and growl of the French Romantic reeds perfectly match my perception of this Covid-19 pandemic. Enjoy!
Emma Lou Diemer’s Fiesta is an exciting and unique piece for organ which features latin rhythms and unique harmonies. This recording is done on a baroque french organ sample set and the organ’s unique colors further highlight the latin flavor and energy! #Noorlander custom #Hauptwerk console 1775 French Classical organ of the Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine in the town of Saint Maximin in Provence, France.
Perhaps the best known composer for organ is Johann Sebastian Bach, and his Toccata and Fugue in D Minor is arguably the best known work to general audiences. Of equal fame is the main theme from Phantom of the Opera. As an organist these are the two most requested pieces I get. So in order to save time, and my sanity, here’s a mashup of both!
Although not a Psalm itself, the word Shalom appears repeatedly throughout the Psalms. It is often translated as peace but carries a much deeper meaning of completeness and reconciliation. I love the way this setting by Toon Hagen creates that concept in sound. #Noorlander custom #Hauptwerk console 1903 Notre Dame de Metz Cavillé-Coll
Lady Gaga Fugue
My arrangement for organ of the Lady Gaga Fugue. This innovative mixture of a baroque style with a pop melody demonstrates the versatility of organs! Lady Gaga Fugue - Giovanni Dettori, arr. Devon Howard #Noorlander custom #Hauptwerk console 1730 Trost Organ of Waltershausen sample set
la valse d'Amélie [on organ]
An arrangement for organ of one of my favorite movie pieces. The organ has thrived for over 2000 years because of this type of versatility and variety of sounds. la valse d’Amelie - Yann Tierson, arr. Devon Howard #Noorlander custom #Hauptwerk console 1903 Notre Dame de Metz Cavaillé-Coll sample set