PipeChat Digest #122 - Monday, November 3, 1997
RE: 3 part Hymn Tunes
  by <Ronnymn@aol.com>
Wichita Weekend Day 2
  by <MightyYKW@aol.com>
(no subject)
  by Bob and Sally Evans <orgnloft@Ma.ultranet.com>
  by <MUSCUR@aol.com>
Friday Night at Old South Church
  by Bob and Sally Evans <orgnloft@Ma.ultranet.com>
Re: Noel Goemanne
  by vjmoore <moorehse@midwest.net>

(back) Subject: RE: 3 part Hymn Tunes From: Ronnymn@aol.com Date: Sun, 2 Nov 1997 06:05:11 -0500 (EST)   A little late, hopefully not redundant. Someone earlier asked about this subject. I just ran across this in my music chest. Have never really used it, but it looks as it might be useful for the original poster: Hymn Tunes for the reluctant organist. arr. by Janette Cooper, Oxford U. Press. Only names of tunes are used her. Index lists 165. Now that I have it out, I might just "piddle" around with it. Many of those tunes in the index are unknown to me.  
(back) Subject: Wichita Weekend Day 2 From: MightyYKW@aol.com Date: Sun, 2 Nov 1997 13:19:53 -0500 (EST)   Day 2:   On a nice, warm, pleasant day here in Wichita, the Paramount Wurlitzer was presented twice, with a "lagniappe" (Cajun for "an extra little treat") concert on the Kilgen in St. Mary's Cathedral.   Clark Wilson did the honors in the morning-afternoon program "Lunch and Listen". During intermission, we feasted on a sumptuous buffet and enjoyed the second half on full tummies. Clark's program was designed to highlight the musical history of the instrument, and was coordinated with Lyn Larsen so as not to duplicate any selections. The Eric Coates Television March got things going and was followed by a find David Rose tune, Nostalgia. A Crawford medley included Moonlight on the Ganges, By the Waters of the P-ky E--- (had a hard time hearing that one) and the Dance of the Blue Danube. All were delivered with appropriate flair and a good sense of the Crawford style and feel. A beautifully phrased Love is For the Very Young from the Bad and the Beautiful by David Raksin certainly moved this correspondent; to me, this proves that this theatre organ can convey deep emotion and expression like few others I have ever heard. Cherokee (a Don Baker signature during his 14 years (!) at the Paramount), Almost Like Being in Love according to Ashley Miller (an uncanny reproduction of the 1964 and last recording of the organ in the theatre - and the sounds are still all there!) and a transcription of Finlandia (evocative of Reginald Foort, who had a short but significant tenure on Times Square) rounded out the first half.   A quick medley of You and Who led into a Billy Nalle original, Tom Tom the Piper's Son. The spirits of Jesse and Helen Crawford returned for Lover Come Back to Me. Clark admires the music of Burton Lane, and offered I like New York in June, How Are Things in Glocca Mora? (Finian's Rainbow) and Applause, Applause. A fine rendition of Jesse's original signature, Forgotten Melody led into the concluding piece, a transcription of Delibes' Entrance and Procession of from Sylvia.   The langiappe was served up on a 4m/41rk Kilgen by 16-year old Brett Valliant, who played with much gusto. This organ contains pipework thought to date back to around 1890, and possesses some nice flute sounds and a thunderous 16' Open Wood (or what sounds like one any way). Your reporter left at intermission to walk off the earlier pig-out and to enjoy the nice weather and a neat railroad museum in Wichita's Old Town.   The centerpiece of the weekend was Lyn Larsen's program: The Paramount Remembered. Lyn approached this concept with a bit of history via various figures associated with the Paramount: the Crawfords, George Wright, and various music of the 20's that he often plays. A few highlights included a forthright Desert Song medley, some Crawford things such as Valencia, What Are You Waiting For, Mary?, a gorgeous Russian Lullaby and a romp through I'm Confessin'. Several selections that Helen Crawford played were included, as well as 3 George Wright arrangements, done quite accurately. The Wichita organ has most of the "wright" sounds to do this rather well, except for the lack of a Murray Harris redwood tibia, but one can live without that...A very well done Showboat medley brought the evening to a close, with as an encore a rather brisk I Love to Hear You Singing.   Overall, Lyn sounded much like Lyn, putting his personal stamp on everything, with some brief historical commentary included. He was very professional and polished, as always. For me, I found that Clark Wilson brought out more of the emotional and expressive potential of this very special instrument, but I throughly enjoyed both programs.   WTO wisely included an open console opportunity after Lyn's program, hosted by a gracious Patti Simon. Yours truly had the trancendental experience of playing a couple, and many others had a good time also. Greg Owens starting things off with an outstanding set, and Patti played a few at the end before putting the very busy Wurli to bed. I personally enjoy the thrill that these sessions afford, and hope that they will be offered in future events.   -Cory Edelman    
(back) Subject: From: orgnloft@Ma.ultranet.com (Bob and Sally Evans) Date: Sun, 2 Nov 1997 15:31:12 -0500 (EST)     Greetings Fellow Listers,   On December 13, 1997 Scott Foppiano will be presented at the Mighty EMCATOS Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ. This is a FestivalOrgan presentation and is free to the public. Scott is a fantastic musician and will surely do the organ justice. The FestivalOrgan folks are billing is as an introduction to the "world's first synthesizer.   Come on down.   Scott Foppiano Knight Auditorium Babson College Wellesley, MA   8:00 P.M.   You'll be glad you attended.   Bob's Wurlitzer Organ Loft Swansea, MA Home of "Rochelle" the RJ-12 Wurlitzer Pipe Organ      
(back) Subject: FREE ELECTRONIC ORGAN From: MUSCUR@aol.com Date: Sun, 2 Nov 1997 16:13:51 -0500 (EST)   Sad to say the time has come . . . the electronic organ at my parent's home that I played during my high school years is in need of some tender, loving care and a graceful retirement. My parents are offering it free of charge to the first interested party:   Gulbransen RIALTO- 2 manual, full pedalboard (albeit non-concave) with original bench and Leslie speaker Purchased new circa 1967, original owner Cosmetics- beautiful Plays but needs work: some dead notes, various other adjustments Easy removal   CONTACT: Joe & Lorna James, Cherry Hill, New Jersey 609-667-2094   By the way, both of them still play music and will be looking for a nice used, minimum-maintenance piano to take its place against the vacated living room wall.   Dennis James muscur@aol.com      
(back) Subject: Friday Night at Old South Church From: orgnloft@Ma.ultranet.com (Bob and Sally Evans) Date: Sun, 2 Nov 1997 17:51:10 -0500 (EST)       Dear Listers,   As many of you know, FESTIVALORGAN, the interactive exhibit sponsored by the AGO and Westfield Center is residing at the Boston Public Library until December 31, 1997. As part of the festivities, many concerts, presentations, lectures, and other activities are available for those interested. Friday evening, at Old South Church in Boston, Peter Krasinski worked magic on the E.M.Skinner organ. His program, masterfully and (somewhat theatrically) executed, brought a SINCERE standing ovation at its conclusion. Peter made the organ come alive. His playing was thoughtful, emotional, well registered and exhibited an incredible amount of feeling and passion for the pieces offered. Several of us local ATOS'ers were recruited (willingly) to serve as ushers. WE saw many AGO'ers and ATOS'ers there. The majority of the audience, however, was made up of "civilians". One highlight was Peter inviting the audience (young and "older" children) to come up close to the console and watch as he played "Funeral March of a Marrionette". About fifty people surrounded the impressive four manual console (which is on a lift, by the way). They were impressed. THINK ABOUT IT FOLKS, MAYBE ONE OF THESE PEOPLE WERE "HOOKED" AND MAY ATTEND ANOTHER CONCERT SOMEWHERE.   Peter's program was:   March and Procession of Bacchus Delibes Dance Macabre (Transcribed by Lemare) Saint Saens TV Tunes Cavalcade! Funeral March of a Marrionette Gounod From Five Dances for Organ Hampton   Tocatta and Fugue in D Minor Bach Night on Bald Mountain (Transcribed by the organist) Mussorgsky Suite Gothique Boellmann   Summertime (Encore) Gershwin   Peter remarked that this organ typified what Ernest Skinner had in mind in his original conception. (The three thirty-two foot stops didn't hurt, either). -R.E.   I wrtie the above not as a review; (There are many more qualified to do so) but as an expression of thanks and admiration for the artist, his program, the organ, and the rapport which he created with the audience.   Well done, Peter   Bob Evans   Bob's Wurlitzer Organ Loft Swansea, MA Home of "Rochelle" the RJ-12 Wurlitzer Pipe Organ      
(back) Subject: Re: Noel Goemanne From: vjmoore <moorehse@midwest.net> Date: Sun, 02 Nov 1997 19:36:37 -0600   At 01:25 PM 11/1/97 -0600, rnickel@itol.com wrote: > No doubt someone will eventually get around to this. Goemann wrote "Suite >Gothique" and also "Partita on Simple Gifts." The "Suite" contains one of >those "famous toccatas." The "Partita" can be performed on piano (dull) or >organ ("funner"). >   His Church Windows Suite still delights after twenty years. The Child's Prayer is as sweet as they come without being sacharine and his Christmas Carol on Luke 2 is always fun to play, as is the Tocatta.   Good serviceable stuff.   JC Moore First Baptist Church An American Baptist Church Carbondale, IL