Monthly Archives October 2017

Sabbatical Study with Dame Gillian Weir

Ray Cornils 12 Highlights from his work in Maine Sabbatical Study with Dame Gillian Weir Dame Gillian Constance Weir is heralded as one of the most exceptional organists in the world. She has performed in countless international tours, is given credit for popularizing the music of Messiaen, and has been awarded numerous honors throughout her distinguished career. Between 1980 and 1990, Ray Cornils – Portland’s longest-running Municipal Organist – had attended several master classes taught by Ms. Weir. He marveled each time as she was able to transform her student’s playing and hoped to one day study with her. In
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Ray Cornils and the Portland Symphony Orchestra

Ray Cornils 12 Highlights from his work in Maine Ray Cornils and the Portland Symphony Orchestra Outside of its sacred origins, the pipe organ has come to serve many functions for secular music. One in particular was born out of economics. Before audio recordings existed, the only way one could hear the great Classical and Romantic orchestral works was to attend a concert – a not-so-cheap concert. To offer a more affordable option in early 20th century America, municipalities placed organs in public auditoriums, instruments which incorporated pipes that would emulate the sounds of orchestral instruments. This gave venues the
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