Keith Reid and Gary Brooker: "A Whiter Shade of Pale"

This page plays the popular music classic "A Whiter Shade of Pale" written in 1967 by two of the members of Procul Harem, Keith Reid and Gary Brooker.

The organ is a virtual organ and is that of l'eglise St. Madeleine, which is in Paris, France. This Cavaille-Coll symphonic organ is massive, and although the entire organ (53 stops in 4 manual divisions and 9 stops in the pedal division) has been modelled, in the virtual organ the stops are not directly controllable, but are instead selected by just three combination pistons on each of two manuals and two on the pedals. Two couplers allow the pedal to be coupled with each manual. The sound is heavily reverberant, as St Madeleine's has a reverberation time of about 8 second!
Parts of the piece features the organ in tutti which requires a good sound system on your PC!
The arrangement is by the performer, and is quite heavily improvised.
Click on the Player controls to play the performance.

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"A Whiter Shade of Pale"
Keith Reid and Gary Brooker