The Best Feet Forward #1427
…putting the pedal to the metal, these compositions make extraordinary use of the organists feet, which often play the music all by themselves.
The history of the organ’s pedals and their use is adroitly explored in David Yearsley’s recent book, Bach’s Feet. Many organists wear special shoes, and some of the fine-points of pedal technique are discussed in an online forum from the Latter Day Saints church. You can watch Hector Olivera ‘sing’ with his feet, playing the Bach-Gounod setting of the Ave Maria with the melody in the pedals, watch Ken Cowan brilliantly play Sowerby’s Pageant, and delight in Cameron Carpenter's full-court-press rendition of Sousa's Stars and Strips Forever (an arrangement that might make Arnold Schlick smile!).