Rodgers Organ Books & Music • Catholic Music and Gregorian Chant
Book 1 gives you 10 preset pistons and organ music pieces for each of the 10 to get you familiar with a basic framework of organ registrations and the music that may be played with them.
Book 2 gives you more music and variations on the 10 pistons using the stops showing on the stop rail, but also using alternate voice palette stops behind these stops and, when they are lit, the USER stops.
USER stops are totally voiceable by the player and these stops have been voiced in these settings.
Introducing you to the wide variety of the stops in these organs, Book 2 is created to interest you in learning to use the voice palette stops and USER stops yourself.
Book 3 leads you through using the voice palette stops that you activate by holding SET and touching the stop. Each stop has three others playable from it on all the organs except Infinity organs. These include French, English and German stops, each of which may be added to the other stops that pay from each of the stop tablets.
Other systems move between set stop groups, requiring you to use the stops in the set only. These organs permit you to mix and match any of the 4 voices with any of the other voices of the other stops on the organ.
Book 3 explains this and illustrates the use of them with music.
Of course, you are still limited to only using one of the four voices at a time. And there are times that being able to use two from the same stop tablet group would buy convenient.
Book 4 opens the door to the stop library in the organ that you may open, choose and voice and save to pistons. This lets you create a stop that will work with the stops in Book 3, giving you that second stop we just talked about.
Even better, you may choose a trumpet and match it and its power to the room that you are in. Trompette En Chamades are disappointing if too soft to play over full organ - this gives you the ability to adjust the stop, as a voicer would, to work in the building with the organ stops you want underneath it.
Even Tracker Noise is available for you to truly create the sound of a historic organ.
Book 13 goes through the controls of the organ, how to find the one you want and use it.
When the Roland Classic Organ was introduced, it was obvious that this was something quite different from any classical organ built by any digital organ builder. Few people recognized that then, and some still do not understand that now.
Analog organs approximated pipe organ sounds through manipulating electrical currents. The first digital organs recorded pipe organ sounds and gradually replaced analog electronic organs in the industry.
The Roland Classic was a drastic departure from the business model found throughout the digital organ business - building organs that works just like a pipe organ and do everything that a pipe organ does.
Rodgers & Roland have always done things differently. Why not build an organ that does more than a pipe organ can do?
Why not build it to dramatically work to increase knowledge and interest in pipe organs as well as digital organs?
During the past year alone we’ve transcribed works by John Cage for performance using a vintage MOOG Synth and digital organ stops; composed 10 books of easy music for organ and carillon, chimes or handbells; converted roughly 1,000 MIDI files to play from a USB drive; built a MIDI library of hymns and organ music for churches unable to find an organist, devised a system to painlessly convert pianists into organists and consulted with churches in need of advice on how to keep and organ playing when they cannot find an organist.