Laurenskerk in Alkmaar (Holland) and the the organ of Saint-Pierre-le-Jeune in Strasburg (he held fundraisers for the authentic restoration of these and other Baroque organs). His brilliant registrations (the careful pipe rank selections, he never allowed their publication) enable multiple voice lines to be clearly legible. His supple pedal technique and keyboard skill give balanced and complete musical images which remain in the mind long after listening. His musical Inner Vision: As a result of a smallpox vaccination, Walcha had poor eyesight since childhood, and was fully blind by sixteen. He learned new pieces by having musicians (including his mother in his childhood and his wife in later years), play for him four times (each hand separately, the pedal part separately, and the complete piece). Having perfect pitch, he would memorize the piece while listening. The inner vision capacities of the blind have been well documented but perhaps never so compellingly as with Walchas recordings. They are an extraordinary example not only of the human and his music but of the human spirit. Walcha could envision Bach's multiple lines simultaneously and share each of them with the listener, not crowding them with unecessary ranks for the sake of volume, enabling the sheer drama of the music, a view of its architectural genius, and allowing attention to any line at any time. Walcha also composed for the organ.
He published several sets of original chorale preludes, (publsihed by C.F Peters) as well as arrangements for organ of orchestral works written by others. He would lecture on organ music and composition (illustrated by his own playing) at the Frankfurt College of Music and Performing Arts. One other contribution to music scholarship is his attempted completion of the final (unfinished) fugue of The Art of Fugue (also included above). Walcha taught many significant American organists of the twentieth century who travelled to Germany as Fulbright scholars: these include Robert Anderson, Margaret Leupold Dickinson, Melvin Dickinson and David Mulbury, all of whom went on to become major pedagogues and performers in the USA after their studies abroad. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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