PipeChat Digest #138 - Wednesday, November 19, 1997
Re: Beauty and the Beast
  by John L. Speller <jlspeller@stlnet.com>
Music Humor
  by Shirley <pnst@itw.com>
Dykes Bower at St. Paul's Cathedral, London.
  by Bob Conway <conwayb@post.queensu.ca>
Looking for Conn Pipes also!
  by Jason D Comet <krummhorn8@juno.com>
Re: Looking for Conn Pipe
  by Jason D Comet <krummhorn8@juno.com>
The Organ of the Ursulinenklosters of Vienna
  by Bob Conway <conwayb@post.queensu.ca>
Fall Spectacular at Babson College
  by Bob and Sally Evans <orgnloft@Ma.ultranet.com>
Price Needed - ASAP
  by David Scribner <david@blackiris.com>
David Peckham TO Concert in Elmira, NY this Sunday
  by Kenneth W. Evans <worthles@frontiernet.net>
  by Brian Pearson <bpearson@adelaide.on.net>
13 Pedals
  by Duncan Charig <charigd@illawarra.starway.net.au>

(back) Subject: Re: Beauty and the Beast From: "John L. Speller" <jlspeller@stlnet.com> Date: Tue, 18 Nov 1997 08:30:45 -0600 (CST)   At 08:06 PM 11/17/97 -0500, Bruce Cornelly wrote:   >I haven't seen the "Beauty and the Beast" sequel yet, but I wouldn't >worry about the pipe organ being a villan. It might be to our >advantage. Children seem to love villans. It just shows how versatile >a pipe organ can be!!   Who knows? If it caught on it could even lead to Disney making a film entirely about organs, a kind of sequel to "Fantasia" -- and I guess as the sequel to "Fantasia" it would be called "Fugue" :-)   I am going to England for three weeks tomorrow, so shall be setting my subscription to "nomail" later today. Meanwhile have fun.   Cheers,   John.    
(back) Subject: Music Humor From: Shirley <pnst@itw.com> Date: Tue, 18 Nov 1997 12:58:59   Found this on the web. Enjoy! (Reminder: Shirley's general humor list is up and running... for info, send mailto:pnst@itw.com .)   _____________________   Musical Definitions   Accent: An unusual manner of pronunciation, eg: "Y'all sang that real good!"   Accidentals: Wrong notes.   Ad Libitum: A premiere.   Agitato: A string player's state of mind when a peg slips in the middle of a piece.   Agnus Dei: A woman composer famous for her church music.   Altered Chord: A sonority that has been spayed.   Attaca: "Fire at will!"   Augmented Fifth: A 36-ounce bottle.   Bar Line: A gathering of people, usually among which may be found a musician or two.   Beat: What music students to do each other with their musical instruments. The down beat is performed on the top of the head, while the up beat is struck under the chin.   Bravo: Literally, How bold! or What nerve! This is a spontaneous expression of appreciation on the part of the concert-goer after a particularly trying performance.   Breve: The way a sustained note sounds when a violinist runs out of bow.   Cadence: 1) The short nickname of a rock group whose full name is Cadence Clearwater Revival. 2) When everybody hopes you're going to stop, but you don't. (Final Cadence: when they FORCE you to stop.)   Cantus Firmus: The part you get when you can only play four notes.   Chord: Usually spelled with an "s" on the end, means a particular type of pants, e.g.: "He wears chords."   Clef: 1) If a student cannot sing, he may have an affliction of the palate, called a clef. 2) Something to jump from if you can't sing and you have to teach elementary school.   Coloratura Soprano: A singer who has great trouble finding the proper note, but who has a wild time hunting for it.   Compound Meter: A place to park your car that requires two dimes.   Duple Meter: May take any even number of coins.   Triple Meter: Only rich people should park by these.   Meter Signature: The name of the maid who writes you a ticket when you put an odd number of coins in a duple meter.   Conduct: The type of air vents in a prison, especially designed to prevent escape. Could also be installed for effective use in a practice room.   Conductor: A musician who is adept at following many people at the same time.   Counterpoint: A favorite device of many Baroque composers, all of whom are dead, though no direct connection between these two facts has been established. Still taught in many schools, as a form of punishment.   Countertenor: A singing waiter.   Crescendo: A reminder to the performer that he has been playing too loudly.   Cut Time: When you're going twice as fast as everyone else in the orchestra.   Detache: An indication that the trombones are to play with the slides removed.   Discord: Not to be confused with Datcord.   Dominant: An adjective used to describe the voice of a child who sings off key.   Duration: Can be used to describe how long a music teacher can exercise self-control.   English Horn: Neither English nor a horn, not to be confused with the French Horn, which is German.   Espressivo: Close eyes and play with a wide vibrato.   Fermata: A brand of girdle made especially for opera singers.   Flat: This is what happens to a tonic if it sits too long in the open air.   Flute: A sophisticated pea shooter with a range of up to 500 yards, blown transversely to confuse the enemy.   Form: 1) The shape of a composition. 2) The shape of the musician playing the composition. 3) The piece of paper to be filled out in triplicate in order to get enough money from the Arts Council to play the composition.   Glissando: 1) The musical equivalent of slipping on a banana peel. 2) A technique adopted by string players for difficult runs.   Half Step: The pace used by a cellist when carrying his instrument.   Harmonic Minor: A good music student.   Harmony: A corn-like food eaten by people with accents (see above for definition of accent).   Hemiola: A hereditary blood disease caused by chromatics.   Heroic Tenor: A singer who gets by on sheer nerve and tight clothing.   Lamentoso: With handkerchiefs.   Major Triad: The name of the head of the Music Department. (Minor Triad: the name of the wife of the head of the Music Department.)   Mean-Tone Temperament: One's state of mind when everybody's trying to tune at the same time.   Modulation: "Nothing is bad in modulation."   Music: A complex organization of sounds, akin to noise and cacophony, which is set down by the composer, incorrectly interpreted by the conductor, who is ignored by the musicians, the result of which is ignored by the audience.   Notes: Small, folded pieces of paper passed by students during music class.   Parallel Minor: A music student who is as tall as his instructor.   Phrase: What teaching music does to your nerves.   Piano Subito: Indicates an opportunity for some obscure orchestra player to become a soloist.   Pitch: A tossing motion frequently used by orchestral players to hand in music.   Piu: A descriptive slang term.   Pizzicato: A small Italian pie garnished with cheese, anchovies, etc.   Prepatory Beat: A threat made to singers, e.g.: "Sing or else!"   Prima Donna: The soprano who generally dies in the last act of an opera of consumption (or frequently, of over-consumption).   Quaver: Beginning violinists. (Semi-Quaver: Intermediate violinists.)   Refrain: Don't do it. A refrain is the part of music you'd better not sing.   Resolution: An oath frequently made by music teachers, e.g.: "I'll never use that song again!"   Rhythm: A term found frequently in religious songs, e.g.: "He is rhythm from the dead!"   Risoluto: Indicates to orchestra that they are to stubbornly maintain the correct tempo no matter what the conductor tries to do.   Rubato: German measles.   Sensible: This term is occasionally seen in Italian opera scores, but it obviously is a misnomer.   Senza Sordino: A term used to remind the string player that he forgot to put his mute on a few measures back.   Sequence: Small, faceted ornaments sewn to a performer's costume which sparkle in the lights.   Sharp: An adjective used to describe another musician whose opinions are in harmony with your own.   Slur: As opposed to madam.   Supertonic: Schweppes. (Diatonic: Low-calorie Schweppes.)   Subdominant: Chief officer aboard a submarine.   Suspension: The state one may find his contract in if he opposes the Major Triad (see above for definition.)   Syncopation: A condition incurred from lack of roughage in one's diet.   Tempo: This is where a headache begins.   Tone Cluster: A chordal orgy first discovered by a well-endowed woman pianist leaning forward for a page turn.   Tonic: Medicinal liquid to be consumed before, during, or after a performance. (Diatonic: This is what happens to some musicians.)   Transposition: The act of moving the relative pitch of a piece of music that is too low for the basses to a point where it is too high for the sopranos.   Trill: The musical equivalent of an epileptic seizure.   Triplet: One of three children, born to one mother very closely in time. If a composer uses a lot of triplets he has probably been taking a fertility drug.   Vibrato: Used by singers to hide the fact that they are on the wrong pitch.   Virtuoso: A musician with very high morals.  
(back) Subject: Dykes Bower at St. Paul's Cathedral, London. From: Bob Conway <conwayb@post.queensu.ca> Date: Tue, 18 Nov 1997 15:10:32 -0500   Can anyone tell me the birth date, and death date of Dykes Bower who was at St. Paul's Cathedral, London.   Does anyone have any idea of when Dykes Bower became Organist there and when did he leave St. Paul's Cathedral?   I found an old LP without a sleeve or anything in a bin of junk, but it plays well enough for me to include it in a radio programme.   Many thanks,   Bob Conway <conwayb@post.queensu.ca> Classics Director and Organic DeeJay CFRC-FM 101.9 MHz Radio Queen's University Kingston, Ontario, K7L 3N6 CANADA    
(back) Subject: Looking for Conn Pipes also! From: krummhorn8@juno.com (Jason D Comet) Date: Tue, 18 Nov 1997 16:23:26 -0500     On Sat, 15 Nov 1997 22:56:46 -0500 (EST) Theo08610@aol.com writes: > > >In the market for a center and middle set of Conn Electro-Pipes! >Need >center,if others are not available. > >Thanks, >TED > ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ DITTO!!!!!!   I've been looking for them also. I've just never thought that these people knew what a Conn was.   Sorry.  
(back) Subject: Re: Looking for Conn Pipe From: krummhorn8@juno.com (Jason D Comet) Date: Tue, 18 Nov 1997 16:30:16 -0500     On Sat, 15 Nov 1997 22:56:46 -0500 (EST) Theo08610@aol.com writes: > > >In the market for a center and middle set of Conn Electro-Pipes! >Need >center,if others are not available. > >Thanks, >TED > ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I'm sorry if you already have this in your boxes, I can't seem to get them strait.   DITTO!!!!!   I've been looking for them also, I jjust never thought that the people here would be looking or know what a Conn is.   Thanks also. And Ted, I'm sorry for using your message to ask them also, I just saw it and had to ask, so if people know what to do, they can reply to both of us at the same time.     Jason Comet Krummhorn8@juno.com |\ | \ O  
(back) Subject: The Organ of the Ursulinenklosters of Vienna From: Bob Conway <conwayb@post.queensu.ca> Date: Tue, 18 Nov 1997 17:18:13 -0500   Two in the same day!   I have come across an LP of Brahms' Complete works for Organ on a "Turnabout" LP TV-S 34422. This one is very obscure, at least to me, from the early to mid 1960's I would guess. The LP plays extremely well and I would like to use it in a radio programme.   The organist is Kurt Rapf, and he is playing the "Grand Organ of the Ursulinenklosters of Vienna".   As so often is the case on these old LPs there is nothing about the organist or the organ, any information would be very much appreciated by yours truly.     Bob Conway <conwayb@post.queensu.ca> Classics Director and Organic DeeJay CFRC-FM 101.9 MHz Radio Queen's University Kingston, Ontario, K7L 3N6 CANADA    
(back) Subject: Fall Spectacular at Babson College From: orgnloft@Ma.ultranet.com (Bob and Sally Evans) Date: Tue, 18 Nov 1997 18:26:13 -0500 (EST)   Just a reminder that the Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of The American Theatre Organ Society will present its Fall Spectacular Variety Show at Babson College this Saturday and the next (Nov. 22 adn 28) at 8:00 P.M. The show will feature organ solos, a silent film, vocals from Ms. Jan Peters and "The Plaids" of "Forever Plaid" fame. There's something in the show for everyone.   Tickets are available at the door.     Bob's Wurlitzer Loft Swansea, MA Home of "Rochelle" the RJ-12 Wurlitzer Pipe Organ      
(back) Subject: Price Needed - ASAP From: David Scribner <david@blackiris.com> Date: Tue, 18 Nov 1997 20:30:22 -0600   I need to find out the price for the Ahlborn-Galanti Archive Modules - ASAP. I have the Dean of our AGO Chapter here this evening and he needs to get the price.   Please reply to me privately   Thanks for your help.   David   ********************************** David Scribner Black Iris Consulting 4775 Balmoral Drive Pensacola, FL 32504-9174 850-478-9635 - Voice 850-476-0711 - Fax david@blackiris.com      
(back) Subject: David Peckham TO Concert in Elmira, NY this Sunday From: "Kenneth W. Evans" <worthles@frontiernet.net> Date: Tue, 18 Nov 1997 22:09:54 -0500   A reminder that David Peckham will present a concert on Elmira's Clemens Center's (116 East Gray St.) 4/20 Marr & Colton (enhanced) theater pipe organ. Dave has been the Clemens Center resident organist for many years and has played at many other theater installations in the U.S. and Canada and at ATOS ational conventions. He is a very popular and talented performer as many of you are aware.   Those of you theater organ fans in the northeast should mark your calendars for this event on this coming Sunday, Nov. 23 at 3 p.m. The ticket price is only $10.00 for an event that also features a second theater organist, Scott Smith, resident organist of the Grand Ledge Opera House in Grand Ledge, Michigan. For ticket info call 800-724-0159.   To show the regional interest in this event, two full busloads of fans from the Rochester Theater Organ Society will be there. Hope you can join them at this stellar event. A visit to the Clemens Center homepage at http://www.theatreorgans.com/clemens.htm will give you more information about the Clemens Center restoration, the 4/20 Marr & Colton and a biog. of David.   P.S.--the RTOS website is http://www.theatreorgans.com/rochestr/. We always welcome new members.   Regards, Ken Evans, RTOS  
(back) Subject: Re: THE MELBOURNE REGENT ORGAN (PART TWO). From: bpearson@adelaide.on.net (Brian Pearson) Date: Wed, 19 Nov 1997 14:21:39 +0930   >I missed something very important here. What is gone from San Francisco that >seems to have added so much to your lives there?   As I said in the original posting, the REGENT Theatre in Melbourne, capital of the Australian state of Victoria, was modelled very closely upon the Thomas Lamb designed New York Capitol, except for a warmer stone and gold leaf colouration being substituted for the silver leaf and darkly coloured panels in its prototype.   It had a 4/21 Wurlitzer, one of only four Style 270 instruments built. They were in the STATE Theatre, Melbourne (an Eberson atmospheric), the STATE Theatre, Sydney (in French Empire style), the TROCADERO, Elephant and Castle in London, and the REGENT, Melbourne. All were, and the three Australian ones still are, large picture palaces of the finest kind.   The organ from the Melbourne STATE is now installed in the suburban Moorabbin Town Hall, and its slave console now controls the CAPRI theatre organ in Adelaide, capital of the neighbouring state of South Australia. The Sydney STATE has retained its organ, though in a derelict state. One day it is hoped that it will be restored to its former glory to match the veritable palace in which it is housed.   In 1945, the auditorium and Grand Promenade of the REGENT, but not the stage and the huge foyers, were gutted by a fire caused by a dropped cigarette butt - a legacy of the war when the absolute ban on smoking in theatres had been temporarily relaxed to accommodate the habits of American servicemen. The organ was totally destroyed.   In 1947, despite lingering war-time restrictions, the theatre was rebuilt, almost exactly as before, except for a squared proscenium. To provide it with an organ, a 3/15 Style 260 special was removed from the AMBASSADORS theatre in Perth, Western Australia, nearly 2,000 miles away, and installed with a new four manual console, together with four ranks of pipes from the Melbourne LYCEUM Theatre organ, to make a 4/19.   Twenty seven years ago the theatre closed, and the second organ was removed. The city council planned to acquire it (which they did) and to demolish it to make way for a sky-scraper. This they didn't do, because a meeting was held in my private mini REGENT theatre (with full 35mm and 16mm projection facilities) and the "Save the Regent" committee was formed. To cut a long story short, we took the council to a government inquiry, aided by the Builders' Labourers Union who slapped a black ban on demolition, and the sympathetic state Premier, Sir Rupert Hamer, and won.   The piqued city council then sat on the empty but not derelict building until a change of heart and a private entrepreneur, Mr. David Marriner, caused 25 million dollars to be spent on a superb restoration of the REGENT and the PLAZA (Spanish style) theatre underneath, which became, as had been intended in 1928, a ballroom. It is now used for formal functions of all kinds, often in conjunction with events in the REGENT upstairs.   Last year, there was a grand re-opening, followed by a season of "Sunset Boulevard" on the huge state-of-the-art stage, but no organ music was heard, though the theatre's third Wurlitzer had already been installed, needing only the completion of some wind-trunking by the building contractors to speak. Last week, in conjunction with the "My Fair Lady" screening, it did - triumphantly.   Now to your question. Whence had this organ come? San Francisco, via the Vollum residence in Portland, Oregon. It was one of the largest and finest organs that Wurlitzer built in their hey day, a four manual 36 rank large scaled organ for the GRANADA Theatre (later the PARAMOUNT) in Market Street. So San Francisco's loss was Melbourne's and Australia's gain. It sounds wonderful now. When it is tonally finished to the building, and measures are taken to enable its sound to be heard more strongly (light instead of heavy box curtaining for instance) it will join our Capri Theatre organ here in Adelaide as an instrument worthy of being included in the top twenty theatre organs (in no particular order) in the world. If you are a San Franciscan, or love that city as most of us do, be pleased that the Castro organ (which I heard last month when I was there), the NorCal and other fine instruments can still be heard in the Bay area.   I hope that this helps, Regards, Brian. (President, Australia Felix Chapter, ATOS. Member of TOSA(SA) and TOSA(VIC).      
(back) Subject: 13 Pedals From: Duncan Charig <charigd@illawarra.starway.net.au> Date: Wed, 19 Nov 1997 17:27:20 +1100       Subject: 13 pedals... From: patmai@juno.com (Patricia R. Maimone) Date: Sun, 16 Nov 1997 19:02:26 -0500     I mentioned that I was getting ready to attend a concert at the Cadet Chapel.. even invited them to attend.. They live just "over the mountain" on the low road from West Point.. =20 Somehow I did not see anyone at Scott Dettra's recital who filled the bill. Any helpful hints before I just say "No, thank you!"   Pat Maimone... wind chill 19 degrees in the Hudson Valley today.. ice flying about.. but at least there was no precipitation! =20     Sales of the type of organ you describe were very big in Australia in = the late 70s early 80s. I was a full time private music teach during = that period and taught many students, young and old on this type of = organ. Alas where I live the majority of churches still use this type of organ.   Duncan Charig Part-time organist, Mount Kembla Anglican Church.