DIYAPASON-L Digest #411 - Tuesday, October 16, 2001
 
Looking for...
  by "David Scribner" <david@blackiris.com>
Re: AIO Convention 2001
  by <MWORGLBAU@aol.com>
Re: [Residence Organs]  Re: AIO Convention 2001
  by "Tim Bovard" <tmbovard@arkansas.net>
 

(back) Subject: Looking for... From: "David Scribner" <david@blackiris.com> Date: Tue, 16 Oct 2001 12:20:49 -0500   Hi Folks   I'm looking for a 25 note Deagan Chime Keyboard, the kind that attaches to an organ console. If i am not mistaken Deagan also made those keyboards for the electronic carillon units but I don't think that style will work. This is for connecting directly to a set of Deagan chimes. This is for a friend who has the chimes in his house but not playable from his organ.   If you have one of these or know of where I might find one please respond privately. I have already checked the usual places like the church Organ Trader web site, the Theatreorgan Classified Ad and even Ebay.   Thanks   David  
(back) Subject: Re: AIO Convention 2001 From: <MWORGLBAU@aol.com> Date: Tue, 16 Oct 2001 18:18:51 EDT   Dear David, Larry and lists,   "Hopefully one of the people that attended the optional days events wil= l=20 give a report about those visits. I didn't go on those either"   Well since no one has jumped on this one, I guess I will make the repor= t=20 on these 2 days.=20   Thursday began with a visit the Fisk organ at Old West church is Boston= ..=20 The demonstration of the organ was accomplished by the church's organist Yuk= o=20 Hayashi, who has recently retired as the professor of organ at the New=20 England Conservatory of Music in Boston. Compositions include Muffat, B=F6hm= ,=20 Couperin, De Grigny, and Bach.=20   Next instrument we visited was the E&GG Hook at Jamaica Plain Unitarian= =20 Church. This was the church where the Hook brothers were members. Peter Syke= s=20 played a programme of Thayer, Stanford, Gade and Mendelssohn. The church=20 resides in a socially depressed neighbourhood, and with the obviously limite= d=20 resources that the church that the church has, was evident in the overall=20 condition of the organ. It was never-the-less a worthwhile instrument to hea= r.   We then went to the Newton Centre Baptist Church, which possesses an=20 instrument that was built by the Andover Organ Company from parts of 4=20 different Hook organs. The edifice was extremely interesting looking more=20 like a fancy, sacred camp meeting hall rather a usual church building. Works= =20 included were from Frescobaldi, Dandrieu, Faulkes, Stoughton, Rawsthorne and= =20 the hymn "A mighty Fortress is our God".   Next we then went to Chestnut Hill Church of the Redeemer to again hear= =20 Peter Sykes demonstrate the Noack organ. Works to include Buxtehude, Bach an= d=20 Durufl=E9. I was quite pleasantly surprised how well the Durufl=E9 (Prelude=20= and=20 Fugue sur le nom Alain) worked on the instrument, considering the classical=20 specification that the instrument had.   We next had a wonderful dinner (with drinks) at the Wellesley Club at=20 Wellesley College, where I shared some spirited conversations regarding=20 conventions past and future.=20   The last event on Thursday was a concert on the Fisk organ at Wellesley= =20 College. It was an instrument designed to perform the pre-Bach music, to=20 include hand-pumped wind (the instrument contains no blower), meantone=20 temperament, and 14 note octaves, which was voiced very bright and=20 aggressive. The concert was played by Sean Redrow, as a performance for his=20 doctoral degree in organ performance. The works to include Titelouze,=20 Anonymous, Sweelinck, Scheidt, Reincken and Buxtehude.=20   For our first event on Friday, we were to see the organs at M.I.T., bot= h=20 their chapel and Kreske Auditorium. The travel time planned between our firs= t=20 event and M.I.T. was an hour, but like any large city, traffic can be=20 unpredictable. The drive actually took nearly 2 hours to get to the school.=20 Because of time constraints, we were only allowed a short demonstration of=20 about 5 minutes of the organ at M.I.T. Chapel. Since I don't have a programm= e=20 available, I cannot report what was played. It is a small instrument built b= y=20 Holtkamp, which is placed on the rear wall of the chapel in a sort of balcon= y=20 arrangement. I found it interesting that the instrument is accessed by a dro= p=20 down ladder/staircase like the one to get into my attic.=20   Next we visited the large 235 rank =C6oline-Skinner organ at the First=20 Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston. We were given a demonstration by the=20 church's assistant organist, who's name I did not copy down. This was the=20 first time I was in the building, and was quite impressed not only with the=20 organ, but the building as well.   This was followed we a formal organ concert at Trinity Church, Copley=20 Square. The organ was another important =C6oline-Skinner instrument, that=20 recently had its console rebuilt with an advanced solid state control system= ..=20 The performance was given by Bruce Adami, an organist from New Hampshire, wh= o=20 played works by Brewer, Durufl=E9, Vierne, Manz, and Widor. After the concer= t,=20 many people came up to the console, and Brian Jones, the church's organist,=20 introduced a special guest that had attended the concert, Michael Harrison,=20 the son of G. Donald Harrison.   After the Trinity Church concert, we were taken to the Cathedral of the= =20 Holy Cross, which possesses a sizable instrument by E.&G.G. Hook and=20 Hastings. Our demonstration was given by the Cathedral organist, Leo Abbott.= =20 Not having a printed programme to refer to, I cannot remember the selections= =20 that were performed. Holy Cross is a sizable edifice, but with less than=20 stellar acoustics for a building its size. I was disappointed how dull and=20 distant the instrument sounded sitting in the nave, but was barreled over=20 when I went into the balcony and herd the instrument up close; it about blew= =20 me over the balcony rail!   As events occur that sometimes go way beyond our control, the final 2=20 instruments that were scheduled for our tour were changed shortly before the= =20 event. We were original scheduled to visit Harvard Memorial Church and the=20 Busch Museum, with their Fisk and Flentrop organs. Harvard was installing=20 their new president in Harvard Church and then having a celebration dinner i= n=20 the Busch Museum, therefore it was not possible to see or hear either of=20 these instruments. This was a disappointment to me for I had so been looking= =20 forward to seeing the Flentrop organ, as it was my first organ record that I= =20 got about 35 years ago, and have never heard the organ live, or been in the=20 building for that matter. We were instead treated to the organ at the=20 Basilica of our Lady of Perpetual Help-Mission Church, an instrument built b= y=20 Hutchings. We were given a performance by Glenn Goda, which included work by= =20 Cook, Martinson and Sowerby. This was an instrument that I personally enjoye= d=20 a lot.=20   I left the tour at this point, to go to the airport and leave for home,= =20 and missed the final organ, the Frobenius organ at First Church, Cambridge.   I had fully expected the same sort of zoo at Logan airport that I faced= =20 in Los Angeles when I left for the convention. They had been talking about=20 the lapses in security at Logan on the local news, and had recommended that=20 people arrive at least 3 hours before their flight, due to the new security=20 measures. When I showed up (3 hours early), I was greeted by no one in line=20 and 6 ticket agents all wanting to help me. There was an earlier flight=20 leaving in 30 minutes that they put me on, so I was actually able to get hom= e=20 a couple of hours early!   My musical week was finished off with a concert at home. One of my=20 clients hosts the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra twice a year for=20 community concerts. With my girlfriend and 6 other friends we were treated t= o=20 the Symphonic Dances from West Side Story by Bernstein and Symphony No. 5 by= =20 Beethoven. What made this a special event was our seats. I was front row on=20 the isle. I could reach out, while seated, and shake the hand of the=20 principal cellist, and was within 4 feet of the conductor, no-less than=20 Esa-Pekka Salonen. I could hear everything the conductor said, and could see= =20 every subtle expression in face, body and hands. It was truly a thrill!     Michael R. Williamson Williamson-Warne & Associates Hollywood Ca.  
(back) Subject: Re: [Residence Organs] Re: AIO Convention 2001 From: "Tim Bovard" <tmbovard@arkansas.net> Date: Tue, 16 Oct 2001 17:57:46 -0500   Hi, Michael and List!   One miniscule correction to your comprehensive report: I think the Wellsley Fisk *does* indeed have a blower somewhere -- they just don't use it much when the instrument is played in performance.   And as to the Frobenius: This organ was played for us by (again!) Peter Sykes, as this is his "home" church where he plays each Sunday. He = started by admitting that we weren't getting so much of a demonstration as a = 'dress rehearsal' for a program he was presenting the following day to the Bach Society -- therefore we got the 6 Schubler Chorales, and the Wedge P&F. After those, he also demonstrated a few other colors not yet heard. The organ is designed in an interesing contemporary style, with its divisions grouped as a series of shallow 'shadow-boxes' of sorts. Functional front pipes in each box are laid out to mimic the internal arrangement of the chests behind them, as are the two chamade reeds, in 3 (tri-tone) groups. The organ was quite pleasant, and also seemed to work well in the room (which is an interesing mix of old and new architectural elements).   I was looking forward to seeing the Busch instrument as well, (even as I = am unsure whether I would have actually *liked* it...<g>) but the last-minute substitutions were perfectly satisfactory instead!!   Cheers,   Tim Bovard Little Rock, AR