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Virgil Fox † Come sweet death † Wanamaker Organ.

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Published on Feb 10, 2009

Komm' Susser Tod (Come sweet death) by J. S. Bach. The definitive version by Virgil Fox playing the Wanamaker organ (Audio) Virgil Fox did this arrangement specially for the Wanamaker organ. Bach's image of death was softened by a transcending faith. Therefore Virgil Fox arranged the second verse of of this piece to say: On entering the kingdom of God, death is like the most brilliant sunset one can imagine. Fierce colours fill the sky; but through all these colours, an even brighter light shines from the place which is after death.
I understand there was originally only one verse but Virgil added the second verse. Google say that Virgil Fox worked in collaboration with Robert Hebble arranging this piece for organ.
It certainly demonstrates the power of the magnificent Wanamaker organ.
THIS MUSIC SHOULD REALLY BE HEARD ON A GOOD SOUND SYSTEM.
My lifelong school mate Michael had cancer and diabetes and he was extremely ill towards the end of his life. He insisted on staying at home but the silly night nurse didn't check his blood sugar level. He was taken to hospital in a diabetic coma but insulin brought him back. Michael was very frail and weak but he was anxious to tell me something. While in the coma he said he was floating in a dark void, pain free and very peaceful. He said he was slowly moving into a beautiful white light. A voice said, MICHAEL, GO BACK but he wanted to keep moving into the light. The voice said again, MICHAEL, GO BACK and he said he had come back to suffering. I told him he would go into the light eventually, which he did shortly after when he passed away. The words of a dying man.
While this piece is playing the image on the screen shrinks back. Something to do with the graphics. Sheet music for this piece. AT THE ORGAN WITH VIRGIL FOX. Published by Alfred Publishing Co. ISBN O-7692-4192-1

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