One who plays the organ. Organists have an interesting culture, which is also very diverse. An organist might play any sort of organ (pipe organ, Hammond, theatre). And, there are many types of organist-
These organists will be inclined to jump up behind the conductor at somebody else's choral recital and give cues as they see fit.
Somebody who just knows how to turn the blower switch on and pull out the right stops. The have no idea how an organ pipe works, and now much of a clue how the organ itself works.
Yeah, the old blue hair that plays the organ at the local Roman Catholic parish. She never pulls out any more than three stops and likes to take it slow.
The 50% organist-
A pianist who is passing for an organist. They usually play on one manual and don't use pedals. Enough said.
The good organist-
These organists can play both Bach and French Romantic, as well as many other types of organ music. They can register well, and play cleanly. Fortunately, such organists are usually well mannered.
The passable organist-
This organist can play hymns well, but not much else. Fugues may confuse them, and sometimes they can't register that well. They are good for regular, nothing special Sunday services.
Rev. Edwards: Who is your new organist, is he good?
Rev. Andrews: Yeah, but he is such a diva. You should see him conduct the congregation from the organ loft.
Prices shown in USD.
Type your email address below to get our free Urban Word of the Day every morning!
Emails are sent from firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll never spam you.