PipeChat Digest #344 - Sunday, April 26, 1998
 
Re: Turmoil
  by "MUSCUR" <MUSCUR@aol.com>
test message
  by "Jonathan M Orwig" <giwro@juno.com>
Re: FRITOE: Ollyn Callahan organ concert in Countryside, IL
  by "FireAlarmz" <FireAlarmz@aol.com>
Sound clips xpost
  by "Jonathan M Orwig" <giwro@juno.com>
Shabbat
  by "Shirley" <pnst@itw.com>
Re: Shabbat
  by "Shakehip" <Shakehip@aol.com>
Re: Shabbat
  by "bruce cornely" <cremona84000@webtv.net>
Re: Shabbat
  by "bruce cornely" <cremona84000@webtv.net>
CARLO CURLEY AT WILSON COLLEGE
  by "eyerr" <eyerr@cvn.net>
Church of the Advent, Westbury (x-post)
  by <mewzishn@spec.net>
 


(back) Subject: Re: Turmoil From: MUSCUR <MUSCUR@aol.com> Date: Sat, 25 Apr 1998 11:52:53 EDT   In a message dated 98-04-25 05:00:51 EDT, Shirley writes:   > Some things never change. Seems these same arguments, very strong > feelings, and power struggles were pervasive in the '60s and '70s, not > necessarily in Chicago, but I ran into the same frame of mind in other > places in the theatre organ world.   Indeed. Though these things seem endemic to all collective endeavors, they are exponentially magnified in those amateur arenas where there is no professional consequence for the egregious authoritarians. I recently had a performance destroyed by an incompetent, self-styled "leader" of an amateur group whose other members were valiantly attempting a public, ticketed, professional presentation . . . and all because of his apparent need to impose his disdainful taste, his arbitrary will, and his capricious ability to assert unqualified authority. Sounds just like the recent spate of church organist complaints, eh? ad infinitus   Dennis James    
(back) Subject: test message From: giwro@juno.com (Jonathan M Orwig) Date: Sat, 25 Apr 1998 13:40:33 -0700   test   _____________________________________________________________________ You don't need to buy Internet access to use free Internet e-mail. Get completely free e-mail from Juno at http://www.juno.com Or call Juno at (800) 654-JUNO [654-5866]    
(back) Subject: Re: FRITOE: Ollyn Callahan organ concert in Countryside, IL From: FireAlarmz <FireAlarmz@aol.com> Date: Sat, 25 Apr 1998 17:18:57 EDT   << I'd play that baby happily for the rest of my life, taking off the occasional SNOW DAY of course. >>   I daresay it's a <snif> tracker organ?!   Bill Miller  
(back) Subject: Sound clips xpost From: giwro@juno.com (Jonathan M Orwig) Date: Sat, 25 Apr 1998 11:03:03 -0700   Dear list-ers,   I've added a couple of sound clips to the Evensong website - one choral, and an excerpt from an organ work . I also did extensive re-working of the site (I got new web - page software yesterday!!), all new graphics and more organ links. I had trouble accessing the organ .wav file, but if you try to access the choral one, most browsers will take you straight to my directory structure and you can download either one from there. Still working out the bugs! Thanks to all of you who gave feedback on last week's update! (aside to Ken Sybesma - this time it's a MAJOR change!! ;-) )   http://members.aol.com/Evnsong/pgone.html   **************** Jonathan Orwig Minister of Music - Bethany Church, Redlands, CA for new Organ, Keyboard & Choral Music visit Evensong Music at: http://members.aol.com/Evnsong/pgone.html   _____________________________________________________________________ You don't need to buy Internet access to use free Internet e-mail. Get completely free e-mail from Juno at http://www.juno.com Or call Juno at (800) 654-JUNO [654-5866]    
(back) Subject: Shabbat From: Shirley <pnst@itw.com> Date: Sat, 25 Apr 1998 16:49:13   An article in today's _Philadelphia Inquirer_ was headlined, "Synagogues liven up Fridays. Experimental Shabbat services are drawing hundreds."   The article explains that there is no cantor at these services. To quote it: "What was most remarkable about this night was the size and energy of the crowd at this Conservative synagogue. Instead of the typical 40 Friday night worshipers, there were 600 men, women and children. "And some were holding hands and dancing in the aisles. "The service at [name of] Jewish Center was just one of seven experimental music services called "Friday Night Alive" that have been sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia during the last five months. "Modeled on a very popular participatory music service at New York's Congregation B'nai Jeshrun, the Philadelphia-area Friday Night Alive services here have drawn hundreds of worshipers each time since they began in December...."   My question: Is anybody familiar with this? It sounds like the "Happy Clappy" (my opinion only, folks) in the Christian churches.... *Or* it may be an alternative to "Happy Clappy".   Will be interested in reading your responses. (Would appreciate it of no one goes off on a tangent about the merits and demerits of CCM. That's not what this post is about.)   You can see the full text of the article at:   http://www.phillynews.com/inquirer/98/Apr/25/city/FRI25.htm   --Shirley    
(back) Subject: Re: Shabbat From: Shakehip <Shakehip@aol.com> Date: Sat, 25 Apr 1998 19:23:11 EDT   Well, I hope this reply won't count as a happy clappy and too much of a tangent...   This is very interesting... I'm going to have to study the article. Traditionally, many conservative synagogues have veared away from using organs in Sabbath services because of Jewish law - - in which the use of electricity and creation of new things are forbidden (god's day of rest) -- however, conservative Judaism often veers between Orthodoxy and more liberal interpretations of Halakha... In the '50s, however, when many synogogues had large congregations, organs and choirs were common, and they drew from a rich Jewish liturgy - - now, many synogogues barely have enough members to even form a choir, oldern members are dying off, and many don't even have cantors (let alone an organist) -- The approach that such Temples are using are mixed. On one hand, some would argue that members are being attracted perhaps by "christifying" the worship, on the other hand, the synogogues are being pragmatic, doing something beautiful, and adding a much needed vigor to bring people back. I have to comment however, having grown up "Orthodox" and now living a "normal" lifestyle, that what made the Orthodox services so fun (and most of the Orthodox synogogues, unlike the conservative and reform congregations are growing regularly and creating vibrant communities and clusters) is that the Orthodox service is participatory... (anyone who's ever read Piaget will appreciate the upcoming joke)... congregants engage in paralel pray. In the case of reform and conservative synagogues, the action is on the pulpit and it can often be very boring. Half the people can't read Hebrew and don't know what's going on, and to relieve the congregants of their bordom, a lot of skipping is done... and liturgy takes a backspot in many Hebrew schools. Of course,Jewish liturgy can stand up to other liturgies at times and be quite beautiful... however, there are different forms of worship... those that pacify and sanctify and those that glorify and some do both. I haven't heard the new liturgy, but I imagine and would bet my "tookus" that it is probably sephardic or Israeli sounding... summarized, written in a Spanish sounding minor key with part folk part, part "oom pa oom pa pa" bass. If this is the case, aesthetically speaking I'd have to say that the beloved organ (pipe, tab or Hammond) isn't done justice... it sounds wheezy and lags behind... like the time I tried to play "How High The Moon" on my high schools pipe organ (ahem)... That kind of music is best with piano and electrical guitar. Also, organs in participative worship services are often used not as part of the "music", but often to help pace the congregants and keep them in key and the organists are sometimes worse than the congregants. In conclusion, I'd have to say, that unless these people are doing something very different, and have a fully developed liturgy that goes beyond what one might call a... as you say... "happy clappy"... I'd have to be quite skeptical about the matter... Sadly, the Pierces and Tuckers of this world are no longer with us. But my ears are always open to new things...   Eddie "The Fantastic Happy Clappy Dude of the Hammond" Landsberg, 888000008  
(back) Subject: Re: Shabbat From: cremona84000@webtv.net (bruce cornely) Date: Sat, 25 Apr 1998 20:56:37 -0400   Geez. Kosher Karismatics!!! It's the end of the woooooooooooooooooorld!   bruce o h s __________ a g o cornely o o __________ o o ........... cremona84000@webtv.net ...........    
(back) Subject: Re: Shabbat From: cremona84000@webtv.net (bruce cornely) Date: Sat, 25 Apr 1998 21:36:21 -0400   >many conservative synagogues have gotten >away from using organs in sabbath services >because of Jewish law...   Oh, not that old cloven hoof thing again!! '-)   bruce o h s __________ a g o cornely o o __________ o o ........... cremona84000@webtv.net ...........    
(back) Subject: CARLO CURLEY AT WILSON COLLEGE From: eyerr@cvn.net (eyerr) Date: Sat, 25 Apr 1998 22:10:49 -0400   CONCERT ANNOUNCEMENT: Carlo Curley will be featured in concert at Thompson Hall, Wilson College, Chambersburg, Pa. on Sunday May 3 at 3PM. Preferred seating- $10.00. General Admission- donation. 4 manual 62 rank Moller (spec. by Virgil Fox)   For further information and/ or tickets call (717) 262-2003 or e-mail me privately.   Bob Eyer, Jr. College Organist    
(back) Subject: Church of the Advent, Westbury (x-post) From: mewzishn@spec.net Date: Sun, 26 Apr 1998 02:24:36 +0000   Music for the coming few Sunday masses Church of the Advent, Westbury, New York The Rev'd Jeffrey Hoyt Krantz, rector Kenneth L. Sybesma, choirmaster and organist     26 April 1998, Third Sunday of Easter Voluntary, "Adagio" (Symphony III) Louis Vierne Hymn at the Entrance Procession, Engelberg "All praise to thee, for thou, O King divine" Song of Praise, Festival Canticle "This Is the Feast" Psalm 33, Anglican chant (Kennedy) Hymn at the Gospel Procession, Christ lag in Todesbanden "Christ Jesus lay in death's strong bands" Anthem at the Presentation, "Alleluia" Randall Thompson Hymn at the Preparation, Munich "We sing the glorious conquest" Sursum Corda, plainsong Sanctus, Matthias Lord's Prayer, plainsong Fraction Anthem, "The disciples knew the Lord Jesus" plainsong Anthem at the Holy Communion, "Have a Little Talk with Jesus" Cleavant Derricks Voluntary at the Holy Communion, "Christ lag in Todesbanden" Johann Sebastian Bach Hymn at the Ablutions, Land of Rest "I Come with joy to meet my Lord" Hymn at the Retiring Procession, Hyfrydol "Alleluia! sing to Jesus" Voluntary, "Toccata" (Symphony V) Charles-Marie Widor   (26th April is this year's "Spring Work Day" with both 8.30 am and 11.00   am congregations gathering to worship at 10.00 am, giving us opportunity   and excuse to recycle some of the music from the past couple of weeks.)     3 May 1998, Fourth Sunday of Easter "The Good Shepherd" Improvisation on Winchester New Hymn at the Entrance Procession, Winchester New "Before the Lord's eternal throne" Song of Praise, Festival Canticle "This Is the Feast" Psalm 100, Anglican chant (Kennedy) Hymn at the Gospel Procession, Resignation "My Shepherd will supply my need" Anthem and Hymn at the Preparation and Presentation, Old Hundredth, "All people that on earth do dwell" Ralph Vaughan Williams, with improvisations between verses except the penultimate and final Sursum Corda, plainsong Sanctus, Matthias Lord's Prayer, plainsong Fraction Anthem, "The disciples knew the Lord Jesus" plainsong Anthem at the Holy Communion, "O Taste and See" Ralph Vaughan Williams Improvisation on St Columba Hymn at the Ablutions, St Agnes "Shepherd of souls, refresh and bless" Hymn at the Retiring Procession, Gelobt sei Gott "Good Christians all, rejoice and sing!" Improvisation on Gelobt sei Gott   (The first Sunday of the month is "improvisation day" at Advent. This applies solely to the organ music, of course, and unintentionally to a few stray choristers.)     10 May 1998, Fifth Sunday of Easter Voluntary, "Rhosymedre (or 'Lovely')" Ralph Vaughan Williams Hymn at the Entrance Procession, Abbot's Leigh* "Sing we of the Blessed Mother" Song of Praise, Festival Canticle "This Is the Feast" Psalm 145, Anglican chant (Kennedy) Hymn at the Gospel Procession, Ubi caritas "Where true charity and love dwell" Anthems at the Presentation, "This Little Light of Mine" and "Jesus Loves the Little Children" (Advent Family Choir) Sursum Corda, plainsong Sanctus, Matthias Lord's Prayer, plainsong Fraction Anthem, "The disciples knew the Lord Jesus" plainsong Anthem at the Holy Communion, "If Ye Love Me" Thomas Tallis (Advent Choir) Voluntary at the Holy Communion, "Le Banquet Celeste" Olivier Messiaen Hymn at the Ablutions, Hall "He is the Way" (text by W.H. Auden)** Hymn at the Retiring Procession, St Albinus "Jesus lives! thy terrors now" Voluntary, "Toccata" Georgi Mushel   * Abbot's Leigh is given as an alternative to the tune, "Rustington," and being more familiar to our people the rector and I together chose to make use of it.)   ** This extraordinarily beautiful and mystical text is paired with an equally gorgeous tune by David Hurd.