PipeChat Digest #425 - Thursday, June 25, 1998
what's your opinion
  by "j stuart" <jstuart1@pdq.net>
(no subject)
  by "Jenny Moon" <bfus7@central.susx.ac.uk>
  by <paul.austin@usa.net>
x-post: web page and concert database change
  by "Adam and Christine Levin" <levins@westnet.com>
Re: x-post: web page and concert database change (add'l info)
  by "Adam and Christine Levin" <levins@westnet.com>
Re: what's your opinion
  by "Shirley" <pnst@itw.com>
Going to Denver X Post
  by <Cpmnhartus@aol.com>
Denver OHS - Day 4, The Heights - X Post
  by <ManderUSA@aol.com>

(back) Subject: what's your opinion From: j stuart <jstuart1@pdq.net> Date: Wed, 24 Jun 1998 04:49:49 -0500   i would like to ask your opinions about why wurlitzer electronic home organs are so hard to find. even service and user manuals for them are difficult to find. are they that unpopular? my dad used to service organs and wurlitzer was his favorite. i have only played 2 organs in my lifetime a wurlitzer 4300 and the wurlitzer 4373 that i still have. what are your preffered home organs?    
(back) Subject: From: Jenny Moon <bfus7@central.susx.ac.uk> Date: Wed, 24 Jun 1998 13:07:40 BST     Hi   I only use the Novello editions of the Bach organ works, and have been very happy with them, but I have been told that there are much better editions. I would be grateful for any advice.   Thanks   Jen <bfus7@central.sussex.ac.uk>      
(back) Subject: novello From: <paul.austin@usa.net> Date: Wed, 24 Jun 1998 14:11:42   Hello List.   Jenny said she had heard of better editions of the Bach organ works than Novello.   I have tried several editions and have found Novello to be one of the best (in my opinion). It provides very clear notation and good explanations of ornamentation.   Keep with Novello Jenny   Paul Austin.     ____________________________________________________________________ Get free e-mail and a permanent address at http://www.amexmail.com/?A=1  
(back) Subject: x-post: web page and concert database change From: Adam and Christine Levin <levins@westnet.com> Date: Wed, 24 Jun 1998 13:50:31 -0400 (EDT)     Folks, just a brief announcement that I've changed the location of my web pages from http://zen.advance.net/~alevin/ to http://westnet.com/~levins/. The important bit of this for you all is that the organ concert database has changed. I can't install the scripts to allow additions and searching over the web anymore. I have re-written a few things to allow email access to the list. So far you can only search, but the add feature will be turned on Real Soon Now. Please let me know of any problems you encounter.   Thanks, -Adam      
(back) Subject: Re: x-post: web page and concert database change (add'l info) From: Adam and Christine Levin <levins@westnet.com> Date: Wed, 24 Jun 1998 13:54:52 -0400 (EDT)     <sigh> And, for those of you who don't remember or never had it, the organ concert database is at:   http://westnet.com/~levins/organ/concert-info.html   -Adam   Rutherford, NJ USA Free speech online! _/ "They just weren't important for http://westnet.com/~levins/ ________/ me to bother at 2 in the morning." <*> ___________________________/ "I'm not sure that's your call to make." -O / "Every choice in my life is my call to make." "Ah."    
(back) Subject: Re: what's your opinion From: Shirley <pnst@itw.com> Date: Wed, 24 Jun 1998 15:45:27 -0400   At 04:49 AM 6/24/98 -0500, you wrote: >i would like to ask your opinions about why wurlitzer electronic home >organs are so hard to find. even service and user manuals for them are >difficult to find. are they that unpopular? my dad used to service >organs and wurlitzer was his favorite. i have only played 2 organs in my >lifetime a wurlitzer 4300 and the wurlitzer 4373 that i still have. what >are your preffered home organs?     I was never a fan of the Wurli electronics.... too thin a sound. I don't think they were made very well, either.... I recall people I knew that owned them were having them fixed all the time.   I think the preferred home organ is one that will suit the needs of the player. For example, the Conn 651 we have in this house works for one of us, not the other, since one of us has grown away from theatre organ (see previous posts). I would much prefer a Rodgers church model in my living room, but oh well.... I have the Moller at church I can always work on if I want to practice the church music.   As far as brand names, go with whatever sound satisfies you. If the Wurlitzer works for you, then go for it.   --Shirley   ***********************************************************   A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and sings it back to you when you have forgotten how it goes.   ************************************************************  
(back) Subject: Going to Denver X Post From: <Cpmnhartus@aol.com> Date: Wed, 24 Jun 1998 21:04:59 EDT   Greetings from Copeman Hart - America 25 June   Dear Listers and Others:   I am off to Denver on Saturday to attend the AGO national convention where we will have a Copeman Hart exhibit booth in the Gold Coin Room. You are invited to come see and play the Copeman Hart chamber organ. It has seven organ stops and two harpsichord stops. The tabletop mahogany console, incorporating drawstops and a 51 note keyboard which has rosewood naturals and maple sharps, and a simulated tracker touch, makes a most attractive addition to any music room, concert stage or church. Two separate loudspeaker systems complete the installation.   The chamber organ will be available for hire after 15th August. Write for more information   You may listen to our CDs on our multi headphone station. Our CDs will be available for purchase at a special convention price. Do come by for a visit. We would love to meet you.   On Tuesday, our Australian consultant, Peter Hamilton, will be with us. Do come to meet this fine gentleman.   With all best wishes, I am,   Sincerely yours,   George W. Bayley   Senior U. S. Consultant Copeman Hart - America 107 East Pasadena Road Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37830-5112 Tel. 423.482.8600 Fax. 423.482.8600   COPEMAN HART & COMPANY, LTD. Church Organ Builders IRTHLINGBOROUGH Northamptonshire ENGLAND NN9 5TZ Tel. +44.1933.652600 http://www.copemanhart.co.uk   AUSTRALIAN CONSULTANCY Copeman Hart - Australia 60 Memorial Avenue ST. IVES NSW 2075 Tel. 02.9983.9775 Email: hamilton.stives@bigpond.com        
(back) Subject: Denver OHS - Day 4, The Heights - X Post From: <ManderUSA@aol.com> Date: Thu, 25 Jun 1998 01:44:52 EDT   Wednesday, June 24th   This was the day we reached maximum altitude, peaking at 11,300 feet at one point. Leadville, where we began our day, is, we were told, just 12 miles less than two miles above sea level, and I for one, really felt this, as did many others. It became most noticeable during the hymn singing. There clearly was not as much air to go around as one is used to.One of the local people told me that it can take six months to fully adjust. Around us, and slightly above us, was quite a bit of snow.   Lois Regestein, another regular at OHS conventions, played at St. George's Episcopal Church, on a gentle but lovely little George Ryder (1882) organ of 11-stops. Besides the fact that her program showed off the little organ very well (carefully chosen RegEstrations!), she made thoughtful and interesting connections with the organ and the town. Her program:   Mendelssohn - Prelude in G, opus 37, No. 2 James Woodman (b. 1957) - Variations (selected) from Greensleeves Mendelssohn - Fugue in G, Opus 37, No. 2 (I did not get to ask Lois why she chose to break the Mendelssohn up in the manner of the Bach St. Anne in the Clavier Ubung, part III. Did Mendelssohn somehow conceive of a split performance like that?)   Having discovered the quality of the Oboe on this organ when she arrived in Leadville for the first time, Lois added at this point a little trumpet tune sort of piece of Telemann - does it really matter which one?   Thomas Philander Ryder (1836-1877) - Moderato (Thomas Ryder was the brother of George Ryder, the organbuilder, and often dedicated his brother's instruments.)   Douglas Moore (1893-1969) - The Willow Song (from The Ballad of Baby Doe) (This was sung by Patti Smith, a wonderful Soprano living in Leadville, but with a career well beyond her community. We had an interesting discussion about practicing daily in Leadville, with its very thin air, and then appearing in places closer to sea level. Apparently, in terms of breathing, this puts her at a decided advantage. Anyway, this was an ingenious bit of programming, as Baby Doe herself lived in Leadville! - well done, Lois!)   Ralph Vaughan Williams - Prelude on Rhosymedre HYMN: My song is love unkown (Rhosymedre)   I first met and heard Grant Edwards last year at OHS in Portland, and thought his a very special musical personality, full of control, confidence, and good cheer, with clearly very careful preparation in every detail. Today's concert continued in that mold. It having been announced that the organ for today's performance might well be at least the second highest pipe organ in America, if not the first, Grant explained that he was convinced he was given this assignment because of his complaints last year in Portland about the bench not being high enough!! We are now in First Presbyterian Church, Leadville, and the organ is a 13 stop instrument by William Schuelke, Opus 67 (1889). The program:   Bohm - Partita on "Ach wie fluchtig, ach wie nichtig" HYMN: "What does the Lord require" to the lovely Erik Routley tune, Sharpthorne Zoltan Kodaly - Six Epigrams, charming pieces which Grant graciously substituted for the Vaughan Williams Rhosymedre, when he realized that Lois Regestein was going to play it, and had chosen the hymntune to go with it. Widor - Pastorale from Symphony No. 2 Emma Lou Diemer (b. 1927) - Farewell, Good Friends (Shalom Chaverim - 1996)   Before leaving Leadville, we picked up box lunches at the Presbyterian Church, and ate them on the way to Georgetown, with its very small Grace Episcopal Church. The group was broken into three parts, and Marilyn Stulken, another old hand at OHS conventions, had to play her program three times. Groups not hearing a given performance had time to wander this interesting town, but as someone remarked, it is a town we have all seen before - in New Hope . . . well, I can't think of specific other ones, but I mean the sort of boutique- ish little towns with lots of kitchen shops, etc. I went to the group 3 recital, at the beginning of which, the church was given an OHS Plaque honoring its organ of "historical interest, and worthy of preservation." Quite a number of members of the congregation showed up for this - I think they are justly quite proud of the single manual, seven stop instrument. It is a rare, intact survivor by Denver organbuilder Charles Anderson, built in 1876, and may well be the oldest organ in the state. Our convention book says "in recent years, it has undergone some tonal work, with one or two ranks being revoiced." I suspect only in part does what we hear today resemble the original sound of this instrument. A sign outside the church announces that this is "Now Colorado's oldest church." One wonders what happened to the oldest church before "now!" Marilyn gave a good demonstration of the organ, beginning with the Bach Partita on "O Gott, du frommer Gott." This was followed by two interludes from "Melodia Sacra," c. 1850, by George Frederick Bristow, after which we attempted to sing an old hymn written out with the melody in the tenor, "Jesus, the Conqueror reigns" to a tune called Germania. We were not a success. This was followed by two more of the Bristow interludes, after which we sang another hymn, "Awake, and sing the song," to Festal Song. We did much better this time around. The program finished with a Festival Postlude in D by W. Eugene Thayer.   At this point, music was done for the day. We were treated to a delightful narrow guage steam train ride on the Georgetown Loop Railroad. The old steam engine was a marvel, making all the wonderful noises steam engines make, and with a very complex chord for a whistle! The scenery was spectacular. We then partook of a barbecue in the city park, with entertainment by the Queen City Jazz Band, playing in the old band stand. Back at the hotel, it was time to visit the last night of the exhibits and sales desks, and to spend, spend, spend on all the wonderful books, music, and CDs.   I should say a quick word about the exhibit hall, now that it is gone. Those who know the OHS Catalogue will not be surprised that the many tables were littered with probably more organ and church music CDs than I might have ever been seen under one roof. Joseph Vitacco was there representing his company, JAV Recordings, with a supply of two CDs by Peter Stoltzfus, a new one by Michael Kleinschmidt, and several other offerings. Ray Biswanger had a display and materials representing the Friends of the Wanamaker Organ, a truly worthy endeavor. Several members of the Richard Bond organbuilding team (Portland, Oregon) were on hand with large pictures of this excellent builder's work, and with a brand new, fine, and very attractive, three-stop continuo organ. I think it is great that all of these people mentioned above are willing to go to the immense amount of trouble it takes to pack, carry, set up, tear down, and pack up materials for display.   And so endeth day four. Tomorrow is a very long day, all of which I will try to share with you.   Malcolm Wechsler