|12. I appreciate being able to explore the history of tracks in the order they were uploaded.
11. Your virtual output has been incredibly useful and educational for me—thanks again for all the great music.
10. I am in need of Compact Disks for some of my old hardware.
9. I enjoy reading the original chorale texts and their translations without leaving the VB website.
8. PayPal is handy if you have an account but are there other ways to help?
7. For an organist who only dabbles at registration, Mr. Pressler's MIDI files are an educational experience.
6. The daily or weekly track is a great way to start each day or week.
5. Virtually Baroque helps me plan weddings, funerals, services and concerts for my church job.
4. I enjoy the informative and lively descriptions of the pieces.
3. When I have time I listen to the radio stations because I can hear entire collections, and streaming concerts on individual instruments.
2. I'm learning some Bach pieces by using a disk from Mr. Pressler's Bach By Immersion system.
1. I was looking at some of the testimonials below.
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I really enjoy the mini concerts! This website is a testament to the fact that the brain is the most important tool for making wonderful music.
It is a true inspiration!
—R. Mark Bennett
I have been using your site for about 8 years, and learned a great deal. I think it is a great site for organists.
—ID, New York
Many thanks for your fantastic work. My donation is very small. Here in my mission there is no organ, so your Virtually Baroque helps me
to enjoy this kind of music. God bless you.
I am enjoying immensely your renderings of
Karg-Elert's Choral Improvisatons. Most refreshing to
hear these works clearly without the frequently
blurring effect of a too-ample acoustic.
—RH, Wales. United Kingdom
I played organ as a teenager, then went on to
singing and piano. Now I've rediscovered my love for
organ 30 years later. So I'm enjoying the sequences,
usually as background music while working, but often
I take out my book and follow. Hoping to get my own
organ back soon.
—CK of Chicago
I really enjoy your sequences. I cannot tell that
they are not
recordings of live performances. Thanks for creating
—Thomas, in Texas
Your website is a great resource that I have used
several times the last couple of years to help
understand how a particular piece is supposed to
sound—tempo, registration-—and to hear new
pieces for possible additions to my own repertoire.
I enjoy the surprise of each week's emailed track and thank you for the time
and effort you put into creating such a vast quantity of organ music.
—B.B., Adelaide, Australia
I thought I knew Bach, but thanks to you I've learned
the true beauty and depth of Bach's music. Some works are so chaotic and disturbing in their use of dissonance that they are almost modern. I
believe that is Bachs signature; he creates an enormous and beautiful chaos and from that point always comes to a
breathtaking order and harmony.
—N.H., The Netherlands
I want to thank you for your excellent site and for the efforts you
put in it! This is an amazing resource, I have downloaded dozens of
pieces and listen to them over and over again—nowhere on the
Internet could I find anything like this. I am a Baptist Deacon and
enjoy old organ music, though I cannot carry a tune myself.
—I. K., Moscow, Russia
Your site has been the best teaching resource for anyone trying to study J.S.Bach, and using it these past two years has been a helpful joy to me!
—AG in Boston
I stumbled upon Virtually Baroque today and was absolutely astounded at the breadth and depth and variety of your web site. I never believed that anything like this existed. My wife and I are both amateur pianists and organists. I canít wait to tell her about this tonight. I am so grateful to you for putting this all together. Thank you; thank you; thank you.
—Frank W., Columbia, MD
Thank you for this beautiful site and wonderful pieces of music.
Can't help it—since the day I found your site, I have to start every day with 1,5 hours of practising (though I am not a professional organist)....:-) Please continue the excellent work.
—V.R., Piaseczno, Poland
Your thrilling virtual organ recordings are what sold me on getting into the whole virtual organ realm (strictly a non-professional hobby for
me)--and buying the HW2 software many months ago. Your sample tracks also helped me decide which sample sets to buy.
—S.B., Pacific Palisades, CA
Personally I benefit much more from your "button-pushing to make artificial music" than from anything you would do to save the planet, so please continue status quo.
—C. J. Q., Brooklyn, Earth
I want to dearly thank you for sharing your
inspiration, spirit, and beloved music with us all. I especially like the way you played Bach's fuge in g. (Too many
versions, I feel, are of the version, "look at me,
look how fast I can play this thing".) Your version
is special because it expresses the music/spirit of
the piece itself. I
believe will certainly keep me on track during one of
the most challenging times in my entire life. Some time ago I was able to hear some organ music at the very church
in Leipzig where Bach played. You touched my soul the
same way. I felt I was hearing the piece again for
the very first time!!!!!
—God Bless, Dennis
I am so thankful for Virtually Baroque! I have never tackled Bach even though I have a couple of books of his music. Listening to a couple of tracks inspired me tackle them and I LOVE THEM! . . . Thanks for your effort!
I was healed by the organ which you played.
It is very splendid.
Bach reappeared by your hand.
For nearly eleven years I have been residing in rather culturally deprived
areas of remote Philippines, through circumstances of the heart. But I was raised in a culturally robust household--my Mother was a
F.A.G.O.--and I was absolutely delighted to discover genuine Baroque organ
works on your site; performed impeccably as well. Thankyou from my heart and soul. Please continue—Soli Deo Gloria !!
For me, your site is excellent. You have enabled me to explore
and listen to pieces by such a variety of composers, some of
whom were competely unknown to me previously. You have
also enabled me to listen to different voicings of the same
piece on various organs, which is a delight. I would not have
been able to do these things to the same extent by simply
buying CDs . . .
—Harry Barrow, Cambridge, UK
I AM ON DISABILITY AND AM A PASTOR. THE PIECE "TRUMPET VOLUNTARY" GAVE ME NEW LIFE AND THE REASON TO RESURRECT
MY MINISTRY. I WANTED YOU TO KNOW THAT YOUR MUSIC HERE GAVE ME BACK MY LIFE AND MINISTRY AND I HAVE DESIRED TO
PLAY THIS SONG ALL MY LIFE. I WILL TELL ALL THAT THAT SONG INSPIRED ME SINCE I WAS YOUNG AND I WILL SEND A FEW
DOLLARS TO YOU ANY TIME I CAN TO BLESS YOU BACK. UNTIL I CAN-PLEASE KEEP THIS UP. ANOTHER GOOD FRIEND OF MINE AND
MAN OF GOD WAS INSPIRED BY THIS SITE.
I admire your work, James. You have an uncanny ability to exploit the tonal
palette of an organ, bringing out the full glory and individuality of a
particular instrument. It's a rare and wonderful gift which I envy you —and
the mark of a true artist. When I listen to your interpretations I often
think: Of course! Why didn't I think of that?
—Gunnar Stenberg, Denmark
I thank you from my heart. I live in Alaska confined to bed much of the time. I love organ music! I think it lowers the stress level, thus helping
me overcome my disease. This your work, your generosity, is a treasure to the
planet and to me. I cannot go to a live performance. I cannot afford to
But, I have Virtually Baroque! . . . May your kindness and
be multiplied back to you in kind, and may your work endure. Thanks.
Your website in itself is a very appreciated service, all additional considerations can only be rose petals floating on a wine goblet, already full to the brim.
I've downloaded about 6 pieces to listen to over & over as a model for learning the pieces myself. Thank you for your great efforts.