i have an old pump organ and want to learn playing it a bit. I hope that is the correct english word for it, it looks like the one on the WIki picture here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pump_organ

I am not completely new to playing keyboard instruments as i learned to play an electronic keyboard in my childhood, but that was some time ago. Now i plan to get a bit practice and wonder what what to play. I suspect most of the religious pieces made for a church organ would work, but i would rather like to play some classical stuff. I am just not sure where to start, or what would make a piece of music suitable. So i need some recommendations of where to start - what would be suitable especially for a beginner? Does it play similar enough to a church organ that i could ask any organist for advice?

  • You can take almost anything written for keyboard instruments up until late '700 - while some things are not really ideal for organ, most of them are. There are collections of easy classical pieces for beginners (sometimes transcriptions, others they use the actual original score), including the series "My first ...": you can start from "My First Bach". – musicamante May 18 at 17:38
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    @musicamante - did you mean 700 or 1700? – Tim May 18 at 17:41
  • @Tim Uhm, the apostrophe is used for omitted century or millennium, it's pretty common in Italian, but I know it's also used in English (but I'm not sure if it's more used in British or American). So, yes, 1700 – musicamante May 18 at 17:49
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    @musicamante - that's a completely new one for me. Obviously it couldn't be much else than a missing '1', but the effort saved is..? – Tim May 18 at 18:13
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    @musicamante this style is definitely not used in German, or, English, or Norwegian. It didn't even occur to me that you could have meant 1700, and I wondered how pre-700 music could possibly be a good suggestion! – leftaroundabout May 18 at 19:13

Something bold and powerful would go nice with such an instrument, which can create a powerful sound.

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