Rowdy music afoot in Tallman concert

Jessica White | Staff Writer

The pedalboard, or the third keyboard, sets the organ apart from every other instrument, and Chautauqua organist Jared Jacobsen will show it off in a brief concert of tunes played mainly by the feet.

He will perform “The Third Keyboard” Tallman Tracker Organ Mini-Concert at 12:15 p.m. today in the Hall of Christ.

Famous organist Bach believed that anything someone can play with their hands, they should also be able to play with their feet — something he learned from organist Dietrich Buxtehude. Jacobsen will play pieces by both composers.

“Bach’s is a fugue that’s based on a sort of rowdy dance tune called the jig, which is a sailors’ dance that involves a lot of hopping,” Jacobsen said. “So this piece involves a lot of hopping with the feet.”

He will also play “Carillon de Longpont” by Louis Vierne and a reworked version of “In Paradisum,” the closing movement of Gabriel Fauré’s “Requiem,” which gives the high-pitched melody — usually sung by sopranos — to the feet.