PipeChat Digest #620 - Friday, December 4, 1998
Re: Advent Organ music
  by <Myosotis51@aol.com>
Re: Roxy
  by "Jon C. Habermaas" <opus1100@ameritech.net>
Re: eggs at the organist
  by "Scottish Theatre Organ Preservation Society" <mail@stops.org>
Convention mailing
  by "Judy A. Ollikkala" <71431.2534@compuserve.com>
RE: eggs at the organist
  by "Dennis Goward" <dgoward@uswest.net>
Re: Roxy organs
  by <RSiegel920@aol.com>
Re: Roxy
  by <RSiegel920@aol.com>
aid to fallen choir member
  by <KriderSM@aol.com>
Roxy- cross listed
  by <KriderSM@aol.com>
GW Philharmonic Organ Specs
  by "Kevin Cartwright" <kevin1@alaweb.com>
Re: The enemy of pipe organs.
  by "Kevin Cartwright" <kevin1@alaweb.com>
GW Philharmonic Organ
  by "VEAGUE" <dutchorgan@svs.net>
Help!  I've lost my Lost Chord!
  by "bruce cornely" <cremona84000@webtv.net>

(back) Subject: Re: Advent Organ music From: Myosotis51@aol.com Date: Thu, 3 Dec 1998 07:31:34 EST   In a message dated 12/2/98 5:44:17 PM Eastern Standard Time, DRAWKNOB@aol.com writes:   << 1) This last Sunday, during the processional hymn one of the elderly choir members fell flat on her face (right beside the organ) while entering the choir stalls. It was quite a distraction and it took a bit for the others to get her up. My question is: Should I have stopped playing to render aid? >>   John,   No!!! As you said, she had assistance.... and I'm sure she was embarassed that she fell, without the added attention that your stopping playing would create.   Vicki Ceruti  
(back) Subject: Re: Roxy From: "Jon C. Habermaas" <opus1100@ameritech.net> Date: Thu, 03 Dec 1998 09:42:51 -0600   FYI.."The Best Remaining Seats" was reprinted in soft cover in 1987 by the De Capo Press, Inc. subsidiary of Pierson Publishing Corp. 233 Spring Street, New York, NY 10013.   jch   VEAGUE wrote: > > Thanks Mr. Coale... No wonder I couldn't think of that last name--my > goodness, what a mouthful!..I had Best Remaining Seats. I loaned it to > someone years ago. The rest is history. Rick > > "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: eggs at the organist From: "Scottish Theatre Organ Preservation Society" <mail@stops.org> Date: Thu, 3 Dec 1998 22:09:36 -0000   Hi list   sorry for the late reply to Dennis' comment about my posting re the = McEwen Hall RHJ console suffering due to 'students throwing eggs at the = organist'. The McEwen Hall is the main hall of Edinburgh University.   The original console was situated on a gallery at the back of, and above = the concert platform. The organ has always been played throughout the = University graduation ceremonies, and for some years, (as a sign of = affection for the organist would you believe??) he was pelted with eggs = upon the completion of the event. The hall holds 3000 or more, so there = must have been quite a few eggs each year!!!!   The pistons gave up the ghost first, usually emitting some spectacular = blue sparks, without actually doing anything else, then the manual = contacts started dying, not surprising really <g>.   No I wasn't one the students, I used to tune the beast when I worked for = Willis.   Larry      
(back) Subject: Convention mailing From: "Judy A. Ollikkala" <71431.2534@compuserve.com> Date: Thu, 3 Dec 1998 17:13:25 -0500   From Judy Ollikkala, Publicity Committee: e-mail address 71431.2534@compuserve.com   If you would like to have the Worcester MA Region I AGO Convention packet mailed to you, please send me your snailmail address. They are going out the day after Christmas (along with your income tax forms)! crawl the day after. Dates are Sunday through Wednesday, June 27-30, 1999, with a Post-Convention Organ Crawl to be held within Worcester County on Thursday, July 1, 1999 conducted by myself. The Young Artist Regional Organ Competition will be held on Saturday, June 26. Why not combine this with a New England vacation trip, we have everything you need for a grand time! You don't want to miss recitals and workshops with Marie-Claire Alain, Joyce Jones, Tom Murray, Martin Jean, Alice Parker, James David Christie, The Boston Church of the Advent Choir - Edith Ho, Director, Mark Dwyer, Katharine Pardee, Horace Boyer, Catherine Rodland, BSO instruments, Paramount Brass, Youth Pro Musica, new compositions by Daniel Pinkham, Marjorie Merryman, Gwyneth Walker and others, Richard Coffey, James Woodman, Peter Sykes, Harold Stover, Kenneth Grinnell, Daniel Moore, Malcolm Halliday, Hymn Competition, AND MORE!! Not to mention Worcester's many and varied pipe organs! Earlybird registration ends Feb. 1, 1999.  
(back) Subject: RE: eggs at the organist From: "Dennis Goward" <dgoward@uswest.net> Date: Thu, 3 Dec 1998 15:48:32 -0700   > for some years, (as a sign of affection for the organist would you believe??) he was pelted >with eggs upon the completion of the event. The hall holds 3000 or more, so there must have >been quite a few eggs each year!!!!     Boy, I'll take a small paycheck anyday over flying eggs -- don't like eggs that much anyway.   D    
(back) Subject: Re: Roxy organs From: RSiegel920@aol.com Date: Thu, 3 Dec 1998 18:18:49 EST   thanks for the info- By the way, two of the other organists were Dezso Von D'Antalffy and Emil Velazco. Regards R. J. Siegel  
(back) Subject: Re: Roxy From: RSiegel920@aol.com Date: Thu, 3 Dec 1998 18:21:21 EST   Re: "the Best Remaining Seats" this was reissued in paperback as "The Golden Age of the Movie Palace" ISBN 0-517-524503 Regards R. J. Siegel  
(back) Subject: aid to fallen choir member From: KriderSM@aol.com Date: Thu, 3 Dec 1998 21:36:52 EST     John A. Gambill, Jr. asks us: <snip> My question is: Should I have stopped playing to render aid?<snip>   Wouldn't a quick, impromptu chorus of "Go Tell It On the Mountain" be appropriate in such situations? If she were seriously hurt, the most appropriate thing would be to press the button on the keyboard cheek labeled "Siren". Ooops, excuse me!! This is NOT the theatre organ chat line...   WurliStan  
(back) Subject: Roxy- cross listed From: KriderSM@aol.com Date: Thu, 3 Dec 1998 21:37:02 EST   R. J. Siegel asks:   <snip> Is anyone out there in T.O. cyber-land aware what became of the three organs and five consoles originally located in the Roxy in NYC?<snip>   The largest (5 manual) console was installed for a while in the amada Classic Hotel Ballroom in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Thought I heard news that it was being moved to the pacific Northwest area.   WurliStan  
(back) Subject: GW Philharmonic Organ Specs From: Kevin Cartwright <kevin1@alaweb.com> Date: Thu, 03 Dec 1998 21:42:04 -0600   Several people have been asking about Philharmonic specs, so I inquired about Philharmonic specs, and this is what I got.   Kevin C. kevin1@alaweb.com   <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><>   Wright Residence Theater Pipe Organ known as the Hollywood Philharmonic Organ --------------------------------------------------   This extraordinary 4-manual, 29-rank Wurlitzer theater pipe organ was the residence and recording organ of renowned theater organist George Wright until his death in May, 1998.   Everything in this extraordinary instrument is in accordance with George's exacting requirements. Across the years, George personally accumulated and meticulously selected the pipe ranks, percussion’s, and accessories that comprise the instrument. The organ is located in George's recording studio; it was built and installed by Bob Trousdale and tuning and maintenance was done weekly by Ken Kukuk and Timothy Kopaceski.   Most of the pipework, as well as all chests and regulators, are Wurlitzer. The instrument, as it exists today,contains a few non-Wurlitzer ranks and percussion’s, as well as well as a few electronic pedal extensions.   The console is a contemporary 4-manual horseshoe design with 256 stop tabs, designed specifically for this instrument and outfitted by Mr. Trousdale. The organ is equipped with a digital relay and digital reproducer built especially for this organ.   This organ is fully playable and in excellent condition; it was used for all of George's recent recordings, as well as more that are yet to be issued under the BANDA label.   The George Wright pipe organ is so highly regarded that the Allen Organ Company has very recently begun producing a digitally-sampled electronic copy of this instrument, created under George's stringent tonal supervision. The result is called the "George Wright Signature Organ."   Until the organ is removed from it’s current location, BANDA will retain certain rights and easements to use the organ to play back, record, and produce existing but yet-unpublished George Wright digitized performances that are the property of BANDA; these rights and easements will be binding on the new owner until the instrument is removed from the Banda / George Wright Studio.   ANALYSIS   Solo:   16'-8' Tuba Wurlitzer 73 pipes 16'-8' Oboe Horn Moller / Wurlitzer 73 pipes (first 24 on offset are Moller) 8' "D" Trumpet Wurlitzer 61 pipes 8' Orchestral Oboe Wurlitzer 61 pipes 8' Tibia 10" Morton/Wurlitzer 85 pipes 8' Vox Humana Wurlitzer 61 pipes 8' Clarinet ? 49 pipes (No top octave) 8' Stopped Flute (redwood) Morton 61 pipes (From Geroge's previous Pasadena Recording Organ) 8' English Post Horn 10" Wurlitzer 61 pipes 8' Stopped Flute Nazard Wurlitzer 61 pipes   Foundation:   8' Tibia 10" Morton / Wurlitzer 73 pipes 8' Violin (II ranks) T.C. Wurlitzer 137 pipes 8' Musette Wurlitzer 61 pipes (New resonators installed by Abbott and Secor)   Main:   8' Brass Saxophone Blocks Trivo / Resonators Brass 61 pipes 8' Krumet Wurlitzer 61 pipes 8' Salicional (II ranks) Wurlitzer 146 pipes 8' Concert Flute Wurlitzer 73 pipes 8' Vox Humana Wurlitzer 61 pipes 8' Tibia Morton / Wurlitzer 73 pipes 8' Brass Trumpet Trivo (brass-less) 49 pipes TC 8' String Diapason Killon 61 pipes 8’ String diapason Killgon 61 pipes 8' Serpent Ken Kukuk 49 pipes T.C. Remainder in Storage 8' Quintadena Wurlitzer 61 pipes   Unenclosed:   16' String 31 pipes 8' Tibia Wurlitzer 24 (Some in Storage) 8' Kinura Wurlitzer 61 pipes 8' Doppelflute 24 pipes Harmonic Flute For Special Effect Diapason For Special Effect 30" subwoofer speaker for electronic pedal ranks Percussion’s / Traps:   Cymbal Bongo with Brush Tom Drum Tamborine I and II Castanets Splash Cymbal Large Harp Small harp Glockenspiel Vibra Harp [2] Bass Drum (electronic) 16’ Wood String E. M. Skinner     CONSOLE:   Four-manual contemporary-design horseshoe console with 256 stop tabs. Second touch on Accompaniment, Great. Combination piston memory with cassette storage. Robert Trousdale digital relay. Robert Trousdale Model 1053 digital reproducer system.      
(back) Subject: Re: The enemy of pipe organs. From: Kevin Cartwright <kevin1@alaweb.com> Date: Thu, 03 Dec 1998 21:45:54 -0600   Paul Opel wrote:   > the console). Where are you? Can't you convince the powers-that-be that > drawing in outside air is bad for the heating budget, at least?   We're having it redone in spring of '99. The air duct for the heat/ac system passes directly under the blower platform, by about 4 feet. So, an input line to the air system intake duct will be no big problem. It'll draw filtered air then... No more wasps going into the reeds from the chest end! That's worth cheering about... I don't know how they navigate in there anyway...   krc      
(back) Subject: GW Philharmonic Organ From: "VEAGUE" <dutchorgan@svs.net> Date: Thu, 3 Dec 1998 23:49:05 -0500   Kevin C... Thank you for the info. on Mr. Wrights' residence instrument. I have three CD's on it, and they are good. Just curious, but is Mr. Wright's house for sale too? I have the LP..." At Home With George Wright " played on a Conn 651. The pics front and back intrigue me. I wonder if that was his house, and what looks like a Rolles in the driveway. The album came out in the mid-70's. Thanks again. Rick dutchorgan@svs.net    
(back) Subject: Help! I've lost my Lost Chord! From: cremona84000@webtv.net (bruce cornely) Date: Fri, 4 Dec 1998 00:51:10 -0500 (EST)   Does anyone have a copy of Sullivan's "The Lost Chord" that they could FAX to me in the morning. I need it for an 11am funeral and mine is miiiiiiiissssssiiiiiiiiinnnnnnng!   This is for the funeral Mass of Gordon Frederick, who for a long time has played for the 7am Sunday Mass and 7am Masses on Holy Days at Holy Faith Church in Gainesville. He died on 1 December, following a valiant fight with cancer. He was, I believe, a member of the Organ Historical Society and the Theatre Organ Society. In addition to his interest in the organ, he was (surprise surprise) a collector of model trains and a steam locomotive fan. What is it about hot air and loud noises that attracts organists??? ;-) As a special memorial to Gordon, I have been asked to play an organ piece which would be special to him. I think that "The Lost Chord" would be a fitting bridge between his love for the theatre organ and church organs/music.   So, if anyone can speed me this "Lost Chord" please contact me and I'll give you my FAX number.   Thanks much.   ........................bruce cornely........................ o o o o ______________ o o o o d o g s ______________ o o h o o a o o ______________ o o p s   ............. cremona84000@webtv.net ............     No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as a dog does. -- Christopher Morley