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False Messiah

If you have a strong stomach and haven't eaten anything in the past 2 hours, listen to this. Evidently, in some performance of Handel's Messiah, the organist accidentally hit some kind of transpose button on the organ, sending the organ down scale a bit, while the choir stayed on pitch. But on the last chord of the piece, he redeemed himself.

Notice the pause between the end of the piece and the applause. A stunning performance to say the least.


Wow. It was bad enough to begin with, but the gaffe itself was great. Am I wrong in saying that the organ was a bit off in the rest of the performance too?

On the subject of tone deaf musicians, I've started to learn the mandolin and ukulele. Both are completely different instruments, despite their apparent similarities. I'm becoming quite a virtuoso with "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star," "Clementine," and "Suzannah." The cat runs for cover when I try to play (and sing) "Ukulele Lady." It's a tough song to sing in tune.

The magic ukulele.

Penny is starting Violin lessons tomorrow. This means that I'll soon have a parter in "Little Star" crime. It's probably for the best that we live in a house, and not an apartment.

Posted by: Chris2 at January 12, 2005 12:48 PM

Wow. That organ sure was something.....

Posted by: James at January 12, 2005 7:43 PM

I think it was off earlier than that last part. The speculation is some transpose button got hit, but it didn't affect the choir, just the organ.

Posted by: rkc at January 13, 2005 4:05 PM