PipeChat Digest #259 - Friday, February 20, 1998
Re: Reluctant audiences (Was Re: Listening to the organ)
  by Sheridan Mascall <sheridan.mascall@visionet.com.au>
Re: HELP!  Composer dates needed NOW
  by <RSiegel920@aol.com>
Benoit dates
  by Mark Quarmby <markq@mail.flex.com.au>
Re: The organ on the WWW.
  by Gordon Lucas & Larry McGuire <stops@globalnet.co.uk>
Re: The organ on the WWW.
  by Bob Loesch <rrloesch@jps.net>
Lenten Music
  by karencl@worldnet.att.net <karencl@worldnet.att.net>
  by Ruth  Bird <theraven@istar.ca>

(back) Subject: Re: Reluctant audiences (Was Re: Listening to the organ) From: sheridan.mascall@visionet.com.au (Sheridan Mascall) Date: Thu, 19 Feb 1998 22:21:17 +1100       >Mac Hayes commented: > >> I meant to add to a previous thread, that >>relatives can be among the worst offenders. I used to be asked to play >>when relatives came over, but as soon as I started playing, they started >>gossiping. I forget whether my "concerts" terminated after the second >>time I stopped and asked if they really wanted to hear me or not, or if >>they got the idea and stopped talking-- too many years ago. > > >Oh wow, is THIS familiar. I took piano lessons from the time I was 7 till >I was about 13 (and then organ). My mother was notorious for asking me to >sit down and play for company. Once I was on to her, I'd practice >something beforehand so I'd have something to play. I tried up-tempo >things, loud things, quiet ballads. Nothing worked. They talked through >it all anyway. Once I saw the pattern, I brought it to my Mom's >attention.... she saw it happen, and she never asked me again to play for >company, specifically not for relatives. Phew! > >Wondering if any of the teenagers on this list have run into anything like >this, performing for the relatives who really couldn't care less if you do >or don't. >>production! The meetings of the day attracted about 500 people, mo >Seems to me the same dynamic is at work when congregations won't listen to >a Prelude. >   Funny. I had the same thing happen to me two weeks ago - had a bunch of folks around for dinner and they clamoured for me to sing for them ... so I did ... but about halfway through even the first song most of 'em gravitated downstairs to the pool table... and NO, I don't sing badly!!!   I think that it is Very much the case nowadays that no matter where you are there's music, and it's so often used as background sound that people are conditioned not to pay attention. Same would therefore apply even to the voluntaries before/after a church service.   ~Sheridan~    
(back) Subject: Re: HELP! Composer dates needed NOW From: RSiegel920@aol.com Date: Thu, 19 Feb 1998 06:39:28 EST   1893- 1979  
(back) Subject: Benoit dates From: markq@mail.flex.com.au (Mark Quarmby) Date: Fri, 20 Feb 1998 08:24:35 +1000   The French organist/composer Dom Paul Benoit was born in 1893 and died in 1979. He became a Benedictine monk in 1933 and was organist at the Abbey Clervaux in Luxembourg.        
(back) Subject: Re: The organ on the WWW. From: Gordon Lucas & Larry McGuire <stops@globalnet.co.uk> Date: Thu, 19 Feb 1998 23:11:24 GMT   At 07:01 PM 2/19/98 +1100, Sheridan Mascall wrote: > >Is that because when it stops people say 'Thank God that racket has gone'   Did you say 'racket'?? or 'Rankett'??   <g>      
(back) Subject: Re: The organ on the WWW. From: Bob Loesch <rrloesch@jps.net> Date: Thu, 19 Feb 1998 17:40:45 -0800   At 23:11 2/19/98 GMT, you wrote: >At 07:01 PM 2/19/98 +1100, Sheridan Mascall wrote: >> >>Is that because when it stops people say 'Thank God that racket has gone' > >Did you say 'racket'?? or 'Rankett'??     Rankett---Racket---what's the difference???     Regards,   Bob        
(back) Subject: Lenten Music From: "karencl@worldnet.att.net" <karencl@worldnet.att.net> Date: Thu, 19 Feb 1998 20:38:25 -0800   Glenda: I had intended to post my message to the list instead of directly to you, as I felt others might be interested. Now, I must make a correction to what I sent you. The piece I mentioned is not by Charles Callahan but C. H. H. Parry. His "Elegy", which I feel is so very appropriate for Maundy Thursday or Good Friday, is clearly contemporary. As I told Glenda, I was stunned to see this work recommended as suitable for a wedding on an AGO program. As lovely as it is, it does not convey the joy one would normally look for in wedding music. It is sombre and slow, yet harmonically mesmerizing, suitable for a small organ and not at all difficult. For myself, I never waste time preparing a postlude. I just jump in using the key of the choral amen immediately preceding it and improvise. I am often reminded of a most appropriate quote which appeared at the top of each Sunday's bulletin in the church where I grew up. It said: "Be silent, be thoughtful, be reverent, for this is the house of the Lord. Before the service speak to God. During the service, let God speak to you. After the service, speak to one another." It's bad enough when the congregation sounds like the floor of the New York Stock Exchange BEFORE the service. I personally feel that AFTER the service is the time for people to talk to each other, so to me it is pointless to prepare a postlude. Never, in all of my life, have I attended a church where people sat respectfully and listened to the postlude. Possibly some of you have this in your churches. If you do, you're a lucky camper indeed! I well remember working for weeks preparing the Andante Sostenuto from Widor's Gothic Symphony. THAT was the Sunday the NYSE was in evidence. Someone on the list recently wrote, remember that God hears what you play. Man, have I ever taken THAT ONE to my heart and hugged it. Many of you may count yourselves very lucky. This past Sunday was the Great Day of Methodist Singing at our church. We have three morning services. Each one had seven hymns and 5 anthems. Sports fans, that's 21 hymns and 15 anthems between 8:30 and 12:00. What a marathon! No sermon (time to rest my back). A great day indeed, but I must say I'm thankful it only comes once a year!! Karen  
(back) Subject: organmaster From: Ruth Bird <theraven@istar.ca> Date: Thu, 19 Feb 1998 22:34:36 -0500   I received my organmaster shoes today. I went right away to church to = try them out. They fit perfect, and felt great. Unfortunately I still = had to work really hard at this double pedaling thing. However, the = shoes really do feel neat. The only problem I had was that the heel got = stuck on the bottom of my swell pedal, and of course my swell would do = just that instantly. I guess I just have to get used to lifting my heel = when "swelling".   I was very pleased with the fit and the feel. Thank you all for your = help and advice.   Ruth