Regarding the question "What is demanded of a good organist?" in essence, I believe it comes down to the following four points. He must
- play chorales superbly, and consequently have a comprehensive knowledge of thoroughbass;
- play a good suitable prelude;
- be adept at accompanying a musical work and be able to play in the less commonly used keys;
- have knowledge of organ building, and try to maintain his instrument in good condition.
Daniel Gottlob Türk on the Role of the Organist in Worship (1787), trans. Margot Ann Greenlimb Woolard
So, not much has changed. I might update it slightly:
Perhaps this would be the most opportune time for the organist to demonstrate his proficiency . . . Should he stray to far afield in this, the nuisance he causes as a result will not be of great consequence because the majority of the congregation will no longer hear him.
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