PipeChat Digest #32 - Thursday, August 14, 1997
 
 


(back) Subject: Re: Duke Chapel Organs! From: Stephen F P Karr <karrlist@scescape.net> Date: Wed, 13 Aug 1997 06:50:03 -0400 (EDT)   Speaking of Duke, my grandmother found an article in the Greenville (SC) News telling about a Brombaugh that is being installed somewhere at Duke. Does anyone have any info on that one?   _____ | |_____ | || |_____ |Stephen || |_____ ______|F.P. Karr| || |_____ ______ |o o || || || || || |_____ | o o| | o o||Student Organist || || |_____ |o o | |o o || || || || || || || | | o o| | o o||Director of Music and Organist, | |o o | |o o || Bethlehem Lutheran Church|| | | o o| | o o|| || || || || || || | |o o | |o o || Aiken, SC || || || || | | o o| | o o| \ / \ / \U/ \S/ \A/ \ / \ / |o o | |o o | V V V V V V V | o o| | o o|_____________________________________|o o | |o o || E E | E E E | E E | E E E | E E | || o o| | o o||_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_||o o |    
(back) Subject: Re: Wedding Nightmares From: "K. M. Horvath" <kmhorvat@wcnet.org> Date: Wed, 13 Aug 1997 08:02:29 -0700   Nelson and Tracy Denton wrote: > i HAVE ABOUT 128 OF THEM DO YOU WANT THEM ALL? > Nelson Denton > R. A. Denton And Son > Pipe Organ Builders > 140 Mount Albion Road > Hamilton Ontario > L8K 5S8 >   There was one in particular about the ushers crawling down the aisle because they refused direction on how to unroll the white runner.   I realize this could be time consuming to you, so if you don't want to look for that one, I completely understand. Most of the posts are from the organist's point of view, naturally, and wouldn't be too interesting to Betsy.     Thanks Kathi               > 905 561 1331 voice and fax > e-mail > > ndenton434@bigwave.ca > radenton@bigwave.ca > > "Pipe Up and Be Heard!" > PipeChat: A discussion List for pipe/digital organs & related topics > HOMEPAGE : http://www.pipechat.org > List: mailto:pipechat@pipechat.org > Administration: mailto:admin@pipechat.org > Subscribe/Unsubscribe: mailto:requests@pipechat.org  
(back) Subject: Re: Duke Chapel Organs! From: SCoonrod@aol.com Date: Wed, 13 Aug 1997 08:22:26 -0400 (EDT)   There is good information on the Aeolian somewhere on the net.....pictures, etc....I know the stoplist is in Osiris. The Flentrop is well documented in the Diapason. I'll try to find out more exact information and post it later. Somewhere in my files I have a local newspaper article documenting the fight when the powers that be tried to replace the Aeolian with a new french-style tracker. At the time of the Flentrop's installation I think the rule was that the Aeolian could only be used to accompany the choir....but I think that rule has been amended somewhat. It's interesting....   RandyT  
(back) Subject: Re: Duke Chapel Organs! From: ManderUSA@aol.com Date: Wed, 13 Aug 1997 09:00:21 -0400 (EDT)   Well, actually, Peter, you will have lots of answers, so this may well be redundant - but there is, of course, the famous and splendid 5-manual Flentrop in the back, organized by Fenner Douglass, the wonderful, full, rich Aeolian in the front, which the university had been persuaded to junk by a particular group of partisans, led by another well-known scholar on the faculty (but was persuaded by a major campaign by cooler heads to keep and restore), and there is also a Holtkamp around the corner to the left, in a large chapel. And there is to be a 4th organ soon, I think by John Brombaugh, but am no longer sure, because I think this plan has gone through some changes. The room, which used to be terribly dead acoustically, was resuscitated by David Klepper a few years ago, and now sounds like it looks. My wonderful experience with both these organs came with a tour I set up for Durham Cathedral Choir. They were invited to sing at Duke (the Durhams being "Sister Cities"). Keith Wright, Sub-Organist, played two pieces on the Flentrop within the program, and accompanied the choir up front on the Aeolian. He also played (on the Aeolian) the big Maestoso movement from the Harwood C# Minor Sonata, which brought down the house, almost literally. The whole evening, in that now-glorious acoustic, was magical.   Cheers,   Malcolm Wechsler N. P. Mander, Ltd. - U. S. A.  
(back) Subject: Re: Duke Chapel Organs! From: wmcree@InfoAve.Net Date: Wed, 13 Aug 1997 09:36:49 -0500 (EST)       There is a wealth of information about all three Duke University organs, the Aeolian (my favorite), the Flentrop, and the new Brombaugh at the Duke University web site:   http://www.chapel.duke.edu/organs/default.htm   Included is a virtual organ crawl of the Aeolian!   Bill McRee Greenville, SC    
(back) Subject: Wedding Nightmares From: George.Greene@rossnutrition.com Date: Wed, 13 Aug 1997 09:39:37 -0400   Kathi,   This might not be exactly what you're looking for, but I have a story that I'm sure hasn't happened to very many organists. When my wife and I got married sixteen years ago, we asked my former college roommate, who was an organ major, to play. About a month before the wedding, my buddy learned that he would not be available on the big day, so, to make a long story somewhat shorter, I wound up playing the organ for my own wedding. My wife and I were married at the church where I was serving as organist at the time, so I was at least familiar with the setup; however, I'm sure that some people thought I was "bailing out" of the wedding when I left my lovely bride at the altar and walked over to the console to accompany some solos during the ceremony! The minister's wife, who was an occasional organist, agreed to play the processional and recessional for us, but she did not want to do the whole service. I played the prelude up to the processional, then she took over.   The other disaster was the fact that we realized, at the rehearsal, that the tux store had made a MAJOR error. I was supposed to be in tails, but the best man and ushers were supposed to have regular coats. When we opened everything up, they had also given one of the ushers tails! We made a FRANTIC visit to the tux store the first thing Saturday morning (the day of the wedding) and they managed to find an identical coat (but without tails and about two sizes too small for my brother) that had come back from a Friday night rental. After a quick trip to the drycleaners, the tux was a little tight, but it worked.   At another wedding that I attended, the bride wasn't ready to come down the aisle exactly at the appointed time, so the organist just stopped playing! Ever since then, I have always made sure that I have some back-up music just in case it's needed; I know this is confusing if the music is listed in the program, but I still think it would be preferable to five minutes of silence.   Having been a church organist for almost thirty years, I have seen a lot of things go wrong, but most of the time the average person in the congregation doesn't realize it, and things work out all right. I hope your friend has a BEAUTIFUL wedding with no miscues.     George W. Greene, Senior Chemist Analytical Research and Development Abbott Laboratories, Ross Products Division 625 Cleveland Avenue D104115-RP4-2 Columbus, Ohio 43215 Voice 614-624-3362, FAX 614-624-7270 George.Greene@RossNutrition.Com  
(back) Subject: Duke Chapel AEolian organ From: Richard Schneider <arpncorn@dave-world.net> Date: Wed, 13 Aug 1997 11:22:44 -0700   On Tue, 12 Aug 1997 22:34:06 -0500 (CDT) John L. Speller <jlspeller@stlnet.com> writes:   Quoting Ben Baldus:   > >Actually there are four organs in the Duke Chapel. There is the Aeolian in > >the chancel (which was installed about the time EM Skinner did the Princeton > >CHapel Organ), there is the Flentrop in the gallery, a Holtkamp in the side > >chapel (along side the chancel) and a portable Flentrop continuo organ.   > > The Aeolian is being gradually restored in spite of the firm opposition of > > University organist Bob Parkins.   > This is probably the finest surviving Aeolian organ. It is a massive > instrument and dates, I think, from around 1931. Unlike many Aeolian > organs which have ventil chests which are difficult to restore, this > has the later form of Aeolian electro-pneumatic pitman action, which is > arguably better than the Skinner pitman organ. A combination of > luscious strings, exciting reeds and surprisingly clear choruses > ensures that this is one of the great symphonic organs of the period, > comparable with instruments of the same date like Skinner's Woolsey > Hall organ and the Philadelphia Civic Auditorium Moller. When Arthur > Hudson Marks took over Aeolian and added it to his Skinner company he > was not, contrary to popular opinion, dealing with an inferior firm. > Mr. Parkins' problem is probably that he is unaware that any music was > written after 1750. Twenty years ago many eminent musicians would > have agreed with him, but today, when the French Romantic style is in > the ascendant, this sort of attitude is rather unfashionable, and is > indeed increasingly considered ignorant.   > In fact the Flentrop and Aeolian organs are both superb instruments and > complement each other extremely well. It is to be hoped that both will > be meticulously preserved.   "Arp" adds his two cents'-worth:   Sometimes, fateful things happen. As a matter of fact, I am one of those who is guilty of taping PIPEDREAMS Programs, and the first program in July, GOING ON RECORD, featured a CD of just those two aforementioned instruments at Duke. I know that CD's can be deceiving, but if the sound of the AEolian is anything even approximate to what I heard over the air, then I would have to cast a vote of utter contempt in the direction of Mr. Parkins, or anyone else, for that matter, who would wish for the demise of this instrument!   The CD in Question dates this AEolian instrument from 1932, and is issued by GOTHIC RECORDS. CD-49087, played by David Arcus, whoever he is. But by all accounts, certainly seems to be willing to give equal credence to both instruments in the recording.   The CD can be ordered by calling (800) 735-4720.   Let's hope that if a form of "voting" in favor of the mighty AEolian is garnered by the sale of these CD's, that they sell the socks off of them!   Faithfully,   / ^ ^ \ { (O) (O) } --------oOOOo--------U-------oOOOo------------   "Arp, sorta on the mend, in the Corn Patch"   EMAIL: mailto:arpncorn@dave-world.net  
(back) Subject: Re: I'm back! From: Vincent lefèvre <vlefevere@unicall.be> Date: Wed, 13 Aug 1997 19:02:06 +0200   TM LAMMERS wrote: > > Hi phokes, > > I'm back from vacation and had to resubscribe (new mailingprogram?). > Also a test to see if my message comes through! > Did I miss something important (like tiny little but forbidden > flames) ? :)) > > greetings, > > Tom > -= Tom Lammers =- > T.Lammers@fontys.nl > > "Pipe Up and Be Heard!" > PipeChat: A discussion List for pipe/digital organs & related topics > HOMEPAGE : http://www.pipechat.org > List: mailto:pipechat@pipechat.org > Administration: mailto:admin@pipechat.org > Subscribe/Unsubscribe: mailto:requests@pipechat.org Welcome back Tom! This is Vincent Lefèvre of Bruges. Don't think you missed important things.  
(back) Subject: Re: Duke Chapel Organs! From: Stanley E Yoder <syoder+@andrew.cmu.edu> Date: Wed, 13 Aug 1997 13:27:27 -0400 (EDT)   How much did Aeolian-Skinner have to do with the front Aeolian? I haven't got my Kinzey-Lawn opus list handy, but wasn't there a rebuild in the 50s? I was told a story by an A-S staffer about Mildred Hendrix not being able to get GDH to come across with the bottom 12 of a pedal 32 Bombarde that the contract called for. Finally, she appeared unannounced at his office in Boston one day, plunked a very large bottle of spirits on his desk with, "Now, about that bombarde!" (at least that was the GIST of what she said). She allegedly got it. Or is this partly/entirely apocryphal?     Stan Yoder Pittsburgh  
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(back) Subject: Re: Duke Chapel Organs! From: Stephen F P Karr <karrlist@scescape.net> Date: Wed, 13 Aug 1997 15:56:31 -0400 (EDT)   >And there is to be a 4th organ soon, I think by John Brombaugh, but am no longer >sure, because I think this plan has gone through some changes.   It was still to be by Brombaugh (at least as of a few weeks ago). He's already built it and voiced it in his facotry, and all that's left is installation.   If anyone has any info on this organ, I'd be appreciative.   Thanks,   _____ | |_____ | || |_____ |Stephen || |_____ ______|F.P. Karr| || |_____ ______ |o o || || || || || |_____ | o o| | o o||Student Organist || || |_____ |o o | |o o || || || || || || || | | o o| | o o||Director of Music and Organist, | |o o | |o o || Bethlehem Lutheran Church|| | | o o| | o o|| || || || || || || | |o o | |o o || Aiken, SC || || || || | | o o| | o o| \ / \ / \U/ \S/ \A/ \ / \ / |o o | |o o | V V V V V V V | o o| | o o|_____________________________________|o o | |o o || E E | E E E | E E | E E E | E E | || o o| | o o||_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_||o o |    
(back) Subject: RCPT: Re: I'm back! From: "Andrew Wallace" <awallace@CSU.edu.au> Date: Thu, 14 Aug 1997 8:17:33 GMT+10   Confirmation of reading: your message -   Date: 13 Aug 97 9:25 To: pipechat@pipechat.org Subject: Re: I'm back!   Was read at 8:17, 14 Aug 1997.       * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Andrew R. Wallace * * Senior Lecturer in Education, * * Charles Sturt University, * * PO Box 588, Wagga Wagga. NSW. 2678. * * AUSTRALIA. * * * * Phone: 069 33 2375 * * Fax: 069 33 2888 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *  
(back) Subject: More on the Duke Chapel AEolian organ From: "Benjamin M. Baldus" <bbaldus@voyager.net> Date: Wed, 13 Aug 1997 22:45:44 -0400 (EDT)   Dear List:   Our friend "Arp in the Corn Patch" raised a question about David Arcus.   The Duke Chapel and its organs and organists seems to be of great interest. Robert Parkins is the Duke University Organist. David Arcus, on the other hand, is the Duke Chapel Organist and has been a faithful advocate on behalf of the stunning Aeolian organ housed therein. He is quite a fine player and apparently believes [unlike some of his faculty colleagues] that music and organs after 1750 have merit..   All the best,   Ben Baldus, Parish Musician Westminster Presbyterian Church Lansing, MI USofA