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    Thanks for your response, Bill.

    It's good to see another active accordionist here.

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    Yesterday was another service where I used the accordion. The congregation was small, maybe 16 people, and we all sat around tables. As introduction piece, I played a prelude by Joseph Lederer (1733 - 1796) in g minor, originally written for organ (manuals only). I have a collection of manuals-only organ music for beginners and I find that many of these pieces work rather nicely on the accordion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doddy.van.Straaten View Post
    No place for this in church then?
    Not any church I am acquainted with. Certainly not actually during a Worship Service. "I Left My Heart in San Francisco? Sorry, no, just no.

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    Last Saturday, I accompanied a singer at a wedding ceremony with the accordion. She had chosen "I'll know" (I think it's from the musical Guys and Dolls?) and we decided to use the accordion instead of the organ and the result was rather agreeable and the congegration (plus bride and groom) loved it. One person later asked if the accordion had been amplified since they had heard it so well - but I had actually played softly, and it's amazing what the instrument can do.
    Yesterday, we had the first "summer service" in our parish. It took place in our garden so we didn't have an organ nearby. I played the accordion for this service, too, and it was great. As prelude, I played an aria by Valentin Rathgeber, which was originally composed for organ (manuals only) and the postlude was a melody from Brasil which had been used for the opening song at a Christian festival in 1988 and obviously works wonderful on the accordion.
    A lot of people came to me afterwards, saying how much they enjoyed hearing the instrument.

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    Thanks for sharing, Andrea. I guess your Summer starts after ours. I think, perhaps, the accordion experiences much more appreciation in Germany than it does in certain areas of America. Time will tell.

    Michael
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    • 9 Pump Organs, 1 Pipe Organ & 4 Pianos

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    Well, some people say the summer's already on its way out.
    We didn't want to have the service during the school holidays and they just ended last weekend.

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