PipeChat Digest #243 - Sunday, February 8, 1998
RE: PipeChat Digest #237 - 02/06/98
  by Duncan Charig <charigd@illawarra.starway.net.au>
Re: Virgil Fox
  by Jim H <BALD1@prodigy.net>
Reginald Foort's book .. and organ?
  by Ron Yost <musik@tcsn.net>
Re: Reginald Foort's book .. and organ?
  by Stanley Lowkis <nstarfil@mediaone.net>
  by Dave Pitzer <dpitzer@sonic.net>
Re: Concert Announcement
  by <MWORGLBAU@aol.com>

(back) Subject: RE: PipeChat Digest #237 - 02/06/98 From: Duncan Charig <charigd@illawarra.starway.net.au> Date: Sun, 8 Feb 1998 16:07:38 +1100       -----Original Message----- From: PipeChat [SMTP:pipechat@pipechat.org] Sent: Friday, February 06, 1998 9:00 PM To: PipeChat Subject: PipeChat Digest #237 - 02/06/98   >=20 > A little story about Reginald Foort. He used to give organ recitals on = the BBC during the early years of World War II. He was eventually = arrested and put in the Tower of London on a charge of spying. It was = said that he transmitted code in his organ playing. I don't think this = was ever proved, however he died not long after. >=20 > Duncan Charig   Reggie Foort, DEAD SPY?! Gee! I wonder who the Reginald Foort impostor was who made some landmark = recordings at the Richmond Mosque in the 50's and later recorded through = the 1970's. Last album I saw was at Organ Power Pizza in San Diego in = 1977. This Reginald Foort also wrote a book titled "The Cinema Organ", = which is one of the best ever written on the subject. Was "The Tower of London" a Cinema with a resident captive organist? Enquiring minds want to know. :-)   Perhaps there are two Reggie Foorts. The one I was referring to was an = English theatre organist, with his own portable organ (carried in a = removal van I believe), who used to broadcast regularly on the BBC = during the late 30s and early 40s. I am not sure of when he died, but I = believe it was during World War II. His arrest was certainly reported in = the press at the time., Also I was old enough during most of World War = II to be able to read the newspapers and read about it   Duncan Charig.=20    
(back) Subject: Re: Virgil Fox From: Jim H <BALD1@prodigy.net> Date: Tue, 26 Aug 1997 09:00:33 -0500   RMaryman@aol.com wrote: > > In a message dated 98-02-06 20:30:21 EST, you write: > > << > Does anyone know how many recordings Fox did at Riverside? I have three > recordings (I think) of that. I can't remember if "encores" was recorded > there or not. > > >> > Jill - > > Virgil Fox recorded at Riverside for at least 3 record labels > > Veil of Dreams and French Organ Music were recorded on the Capitol label > Virgil Fox Encores was recorded on the RCA label (and IMHO is the WORST > sounding organ record -the recording techniques, etc...NOT the playing or > choice of repertoir) > There were at least two records on the COMMAND label, Virgil Fox In Recital > and VF Plays Johann Sebastian Bach > > The Capitol Recordings have been re-released recently on CD and in my opinion > are Virgal at his BEST on the Riverside organ ESPECAILLY the Durufle' Suite > Op 5. > the CD's area available thru OHS. > > Rick Maryman > Virgil Fox also record "A Virgil Fox Christmas" at Riverside.   Jim H. > "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: Reginald Foort's book .. and organ? From: Ron Yost <musik@tcsn.net> Date: Sat, 07 Feb 1998 23:28:05 -0800   Hi all!   Do you know the title of Mr. Foort's book, perchance?   Somewhere in this mess I call home ;) I have a couple pictures of his 'rig' .. not originals, but printed from the original negatives. It looked very interesting. I'll try to find them and scan them. They're 'long shots' tho .. of the men loading the trucks. No close-ups. :(   Also, would anyone happen to know the issue dates of the magazines detailing his setup? I know it was loooong ago, but maybe they're on microfilm somewhere?? I'm interested in how, exactly, they lashed-down the pipes, etc., to make it all "portable". (I'm thinking of something similar .. only on a MUCH smaller scale.)   I'll bet none of the pipes were spotted-metal?? Not the big ones, anyhow.   Oh .. did his organ wind up in the San Diego pizza parlor owned by the late Sandy Fleet?? Was THAT the organ you're speaking of??   Thanks! from saturated Central California (Watch out, Midwest and East Coast ... next week is not going to be nice, weather wise!)   Ron  
(back) Subject: Re: Reginald Foort's book .. and organ? From: Stanley Lowkis <nstarfil@mediaone.net> Date: Sun, 08 Feb 1998 02:57:31 -0500   Ron Yost wrote: > > Hi all! > > Do you know the title of Mr. Foort's book, perchance?   "The Cinema Organ"   > Oh .. did his organ wind up in the San Diego pizza parlor > owned by the late Sandy Fleet?? Was THAT the organ you're > speaking of??   YES, see previous post.  
(back) Subject: Choir&Organ From: Dave Pitzer <dpitzer@sonic.net> Date: Sat, 07 Feb 1998 20:17:02 -0800     All,   I recently received a subscription off to a European magazine "Choir & Organ". Does anyone has any experience with this publication? Good? Bad? Indifferent?   David Pizer    
(back) Subject: Re: Concert Announcement From: MWORGLBAU@aol.com Date: Sun, 8 Feb 1998 04:23:57 EST   Dear List Members,   On Friday, February 13th, from 11:30 P.M. until dawn at the First United Methodist Church of Hollywood California, the Cortical Foundation is presenting an organ concert as part of their performance arts festival "Beyond the Pink", featurning organist Charlemagne Palestine with dancer Simone Forti. The major featured work of this performance will be Mr. Palestine's "Schlingen Blangen".   To understand the scope of this performance, please allow me to offer some brief quotes from Mr. Palestine's performance notes: "A continuously vibrating herd of organ pipes in a big resonant cathedral was the basic premise for the meditative sound environments that was to become spectral continuum that was to become search for the golden sound that was to become 'Schlingen Blangen'." "Monster band-pass filters aided me, no taught me, how to discover and recognize all that Hemholz promised about the nature of tones, but he used organ pipes, and one day I felt I had to do the same and visited a Universalist Church that would let a young, questionable, up-and-coming, avant-garde psychopath play their enormous pipe organ without freeking out. Soon I began an investiation pipe-by-pipe creating sonorities putting small folded paper nuggets between the keys; a continuous sound object starting with a fundamental, then a perfect fifth, then the octave above, and gradually building enormous sonorities over several hours." "This work remains a sonic, social engima; pipe organs usually live in loaded kingdoms full of regulations and propaganda, and minotaurs guarding their hollowed claviers. This is a work that traditionally organists prefer to discourage being done in their domain as it is anti-virtuosic and demans that listeners participate their own ears play they dazzle themselves a sort of masturbation, but in sound world still controversial and experienced skeptically ok then my minimalism, a word I only heard much later through music critics."   As you can tell, THIS ISN'T YOUR ADVERAGE ORGAN CONCERT!!! It should certainly be interesting, hope some of you can make it, and I see you there. This festivial has made pick of the week in both the Los Angeles Times and the L.A. Weekly, and is featuring this concert as their highlight. Tickets are $10.00 either at the door, or can be reserved through Showtixx at (818)789-8499.     Michael R. Williamson Williamson-Warne & Associates Hollywood Ca.