PipeChat Digest #372 - Wednesday, May 13, 1998
 
Re: Registration
  by "Vernon Moeller" <vernonm@ccsi.com>
Re: Wedding Potpourri (should be "Starting Instrument")
  by "Vernon Moeller" <vernonm@ccsi.com>
Piano/Organ Poll Rules (please read)
  by "Vernon Moeller" <vernonm@ccsi.com>
Lynn Larsen in Rochester on this Saturday.
  by "Kenneth W. Evans" <worthles@frontiernet.net>
Re: Piano study vs. organ study
  by "bruce cornely" <cremona84000@webtv.net>
Re: Piano/Organ
  by "bruce cornely" <cremona84000@webtv.net>
RE: organ lessons first
  by "bruce cornely" <cremona84000@webtv.net>
George Wright Memories
  by "Kenneth W. Evans" <worthles@frontiernet.net>
Re[2]: George Wright
  by <steve.lamanna@tavsnet.com>
Georgi Mushel
  by "Torben Krebs" <torbenkrebs@heaven.dk>
The Choral Ridge Scene
  by "Oboe32" <Oboe32@aol.com>
Yacht Organ
  by "Judy A. Ollikkala" <71431.2534@compuserve.com>
Bach Organ Works
  by "Beau Surratt" <beaupiano@earthlink.net>
Re: Georgi Mushel
  by "Satbcantor" <Satbcantor@aol.com>
Re: Piano/Organ
  by "Shakehip" <Shakehip@aol.com>
One of our own honored!
  by "bruce cornely" <cremona84000@webtv.net>
Re: Bach Organ Works
  by "bruce cornely" <cremona84000@webtv.net>
Bill Bunch
  by "David McPeak" <dm726@delphi.com>
Re: Georgi Mushel
  by "John L. Speller" <jlspeller@stlnet.com>
Re: The Choral Ridge Scene
  by "Dr. Darryl Miller" <OrganDok@safari.net>
Re: Georgi Mushel
  by "John L. Speller" <jlspeller@stlnet.com>
Hammond A-100
  by "Richard Schneider" <arpncorn@davesworld.net>
Re: Hammond A-100
  by "CHERCAPA" <CHERCAPA@aol.com>
flexible tubing
  by "KZimme7737" <KZimme7737@aol.com>
Poot
  by "KZimme7737" <KZimme7737@aol.com>
Re: Bill Bunch
  by "Schwebung" <Schwebung@aol.com>
Re: George Wright
  by "Ian B. McLean" <solotibia@enternet.com.au>
Re: Poot
  by <mewzishn@spec.net>
Re: organ lessons first
  by "ComposerTX" <ComposerTX@aol.com>
Re: organist's tricks
  by "ComposerTX" <ComposerTX@aol.com>
Re: Georgi Mushel
  by "HDKarras" <HDKarras@aol.com>
 


(back) Subject: Re: Registration From: Vernon Moeller <vernonm@ccsi.com> Date: Tue, 12 May 1998 11:49:02 -0500   On some hymns, I rather like to play the tenor and alto line in the right hand, with the soprano line in the left on an 8' Tuba. This works real well on "O Come, All Ye Faithful," as well as others that do not move too quickly.   \/\/\    
(back) Subject: Re: Wedding Potpourri (should be "Starting Instrument") From: Vernon Moeller <vernonm@ccsi.com> Date: Tue, 12 May 1998 11:49:57 -0500   >At the risk of being told to "Pipe Down" ;-(   I'm sorry, Bruce, I didn't mean any harm in it. I wouldn't hurt your feelings on purpose, y'know! I just thought I'd caught you jumping to confusions on the Wedding Song, that's all.   >I've had no problem going back and forth (heh heh since pianos are mechanical action!!).   And so we shouldn't. In this day and age, when organists are wondering who out in the congregation would like to see them replaced by a CD player, if not a praise band, I think it is up to us to show our versatility by playing good music on both piano and organ, not just one instrument or the other. And while this is a discussion list devoted to matters organic, I think we should share ideas and practices that we have found successful so that we can learn from each other and further ensure the longevity of our positions.   Regards, \/\/\      
(back) Subject: Piano/Organ Poll Rules (please read) From: Vernon Moeller <vernonm@ccsi.com> Date: Tue, 12 May 1998 11:56:11 -0500   Greetings:   Me and my big mouth! OK, OK, I'll be the pollster. In the interest of fair play (pun intended), let's abide by the following simple rules:   1. One vote per person, even if you have a dual membership on the list. I suppose Vox Celeste, whoever (s)he is, might slip in two votes using one vote per name, real and unreal, but everybody else is asked to vote only once.   2. Please send all votes to my personal address, *not* PipeChat. I don't want to get thrown off the list for doing something the list rules might frown upon. Please note that my personal address is <vernonm@ccsi.com> . Please include the word "piano" or the word "organ" in your subject line so my filters will channel it into the right mailbox.   3. Please keep your voting messages brief and direct; something like "Put me down for organ first." is quite sufficient. If you include a short but wise, pithy statement or two afterwards, I might include it in the wrapup message, so be sure to say something like "You can quote me to the list" so I don't have to track you down later. If you don't say anything, I won't quote you, no matter how eloquently you may have waxed for a moment.   4. I will keep a running list as to who voted how, in case there is any question afterwards. I will also file all votes in a special mailbox in my emailer.   5. Please don't try to get me to change my vote - my mind's made up: don't confuse me with the facts.   6. Several messages on this topic have gone on to explain what you did, or what your parents did, or what you think somebody else should have done, but nowhere is there a distinct vote. See #3, above.   7. If you voted via the list, please vote again at my address. Only those votes reaching my emailbox get counted. If this is a real hardship for you, please forgive me - mea culpa, mea culpa. A dozen lashes with a pair of Stepmaster shoelaces.   8. Finally, let's put this baby to sleep next Monday, OK? I'll post the results next Monday morning (11 May).   Thanks for reading this.   \/\/\    
(back) Subject: Lynn Larsen in Rochester on this Saturday. From: "Kenneth W. Evans" <worthles@frontiernet.net> Date: Tue, 12 May 1998 12:52:48 -0400   A reminder to all theater organ and Lyn Larsen fans.   The Rochester Theater Organ Society is happy to celebrate the return of our Wurlitzer 4-manual console, superbly restored by Carlton Smith. It is back on the lift at the Auditorium Center, 875 East Main Street in Rochester, NY.   World-renowned theater organist Lyn Larsen will help us rededicate our console as he presides over our Wurlitzer 4/22 on Saturday, May 16th starting at 8:00 p.m. (the theater doors will open at 7:15 p.m.). Public admission tickets are only $10 each, RTOS member's (member and spouse plus minor children living at home OR a single member plus adult guest) admission is free.   Tickets will go on sale about 7 p.m. at the Auditorium Center box office. There is no advance ticket sale, but with 2574 seats there should be plenty to go around.   Following the concert, an on-stage reception with Lyn Larsen will be held with free refreshments and a free souvenir to help us celebrate this first concert at the "Aud" in 2 years.   This concert will be world-class entertainment from a famed Wurlitzer in an ideal acoustic environment played by a superb organist. Details of this concert (including a map to the theater) can be found on our home page at http://theatreorgans.com/rochestr/. Please join with us in our excitement.   (BTW, Rochester's famed Lilac Festival Week starts the day before the concert.)   Feel free to e-mail me with individual questions, etc.   Ken Evans, RTOS Director and webmaster   Ken Evans, RTOS Director and webmaster  
(back) Subject: Re: Piano study vs. organ study From: cremona84000@webtv.net (bruce cornely) Date: Tue, 12 May 1998 13:25:46 -0400   Well Mac, It's never to late to start again. Some of my most fun students have been beginners in their 70's!!   bruce o h s __________ a g o cornely o o __________ o o ........... cremona84000@webtv.net ...........    
(back) Subject: Re: Piano/Organ From: cremona84000@webtv.net (bruce cornely) Date: Tue, 12 May 1998 13:42:47 -0400   Children can reach the lowest manual; I did it and grew into the rest of the instrument. I have only seen a couple of child-size pianos. Little ones have to work without the pedals until they can reach them. I say start 'em on the organ as soon as they are interested. That's the best time to start!   bruce o h s __________ a g o cornely o o __________ o o ........... cremona84000@webtv.net ...........    
(back) Subject: RE: organ lessons first From: cremona84000@webtv.net (bruce cornely) Date: Tue, 12 May 1998 13:47:54 -0400   SM Fitzgerald has challenged me to write my organ method book for children. OK! I'll do it! This is now my summer project. Any suggestions (and advanced issue checks) are welcomed!! ;-)   bruce o h s __________ a g o cornely o o __________ o o ........... cremona84000@webtv.net ...........    
(back) Subject: George Wright Memories From: "Kenneth W. Evans" <worthles@frontiernet.net> Date: Tue, 12 May 1998 13:23:39 -0400   Our first LP record was "George Wright Encores" given to us by my sister when we purchased a new Webcor Hi-Fi. What wonderful selections. Since then we have obtained many more George Wright albums and CDs--all of them treasures in listening happiness. What a loss to the TO world but luckily his music has been saved for us to enjoy.   My wife and I have also enjoyed his six performances at our Rochester Theater Organ Society 4/22 Wurlitzer and his Conn demo appearances in the Rochester area. In 1972, George was elected to an Honorary Membership in the Rochester Theater Organ Society in recognition of his tremendous contributions to our theater organ preservation efforts thru his appearances here and of course his contributions to the TO world in general. We'll miss you George Wright but your memory will never fade.   Ken Evans  
(back) Subject: Re[2]: George Wright From: steve.lamanna@tavsnet.com Date: Tue, 12 May 98 13:05:47 -0500     I had the opportunity to meet George Wright thrice during his lifetime, when he was doing concerts in the Northeast and Midwest.   What struck me was the absolute expanse of his musical knowledge, for he was first a musician, who just happened to play the theatre organ. His playing showed the years of saturation of musical styling from some of the greatest artist and orchestras of the last 60 years.   His sense of humor, particularly during live concerts, was engaging and outrageous. Audiences ate it up.   But,more than his musical knowledge, was his concern for the business of music.     He voiced concern over dinner about the recording that takes place during live concerts, for which I can only speculate is a contributing reason to the fact that his concerts were too few.   And the obvious success from his recording history is something that can only cause marvel and envy to any who publish these days.   His musical stint on ABC with General Hospital was terrific. (I would LOVE to hear any stories members have to relate from that period!)   A special memory is the Chicago ATOS convention in the late 70's. George was going to be playing the Chicago Theatre Wurlitzer.   No one was allowed in the theatre during his rehearsal, NO ONE!!! ......however, with a friend managing the place....3 or 4 of us found ourselves crawling in military formation up the stairs and across the balcony carpet...we then listened to him while still scrunched in prone position for an hour during that rehearsal.....we all feared that if he knew we were there, missiles would launch from the Diaphones, destroying us....but what we heard made the crawl back down the stairs well worth it...   (Apologies to Peter Miller for finally blowing this cover after all these years!)   I had just received his most recent releases from Terry Cutshall 2 days prior to this tragic news and was shocked and saddened.   My condolences to all who called him a friend...I wish I could say the same....   Steve LaManna      
(back) Subject: Georgi Mushel From: Torben Krebs <torbenkrebs@heaven.dk> Date: Tue, 12 May 1998 19:54:20 +0200   Hi, everybody! Greetings from Denmark, the country of Marcussen and Frobenius! After "lurking around" for a while, I have now joined the wonderful species called "Chatters"...   I have a question: Does anyone know the composer, Georgi Mushel. He has written a very good Toccata, which seems to be quite impossible to obtain in Denmark.   It would be wonderful, if anyone could help!   Best wishes   Torben Krebs Director of Music Ansgar Church Odense, Denmark        
(back) Subject: The Choral Ridge Scene From: Oboe32 <Oboe32@aol.com> Date: Tue, 12 May 1998 15:21:24 EDT   Darryl, I was just curious how everything was with John Wilson, he was a wonderful musician, and still is. He used to conduct at the choir festival up here in Ocean Grove. He always did a nice job and was very polite. Also a question, do you guys let and local people practice on the organ, or is it off limits?   -Pete Isherwood  
(back) Subject: Yacht Organ From: "Judy A. Ollikkala" <71431.2534@compuserve.com> Date: Tue, 12 May 1998 16:03:00 -0400   I am inputting an Open House listing invitation for Stefan Maier, Organbuilder, in north-central Massachusetts to view his newly-built "Yacht Organ" 0n Sunday, May 31st from 2pm until 5pm. Address is 2894 Chestnut Hill Ave., Athol MA 01331 Tel. 978-249-8461 Please view the website for directions and particulars. Opus 36 was designed and built to be installed in the main saloon on the 124 foot sailing vessel "Antonisa", which will be launched in 1999. It is built to marine specifications using only noncorrosive materials. The wind-driven instrument has 6 stops/5 ranks housed in an elaborate cabinet of solid cherry. Stop description: Quinte 1 1/3' Octave 2' Salicional 8' Flute 4' Gamba 8' Gedeckt 8'   Website: http://www.tiac.net/users/hepton/  
(back) Subject: Bach Organ Works From: Beau Surratt <beaupiano@earthlink.net> Date: Tue, 12 May 1998 14:39:58 -0500   Hi! What would be the best edition to purchase if I were to purchase Bach's entire organ works?     Beau Beau Surratt beaupiano@earthlink.net Organist, Bemis United Methodist Church Student, South Side High School    
(back) Subject: Re: Georgi Mushel From: Satbcantor <Satbcantor@aol.com> Date: Tue, 12 May 1998 16:44:27 EDT   Hi Torben, There's a Frobenius organ in Kingston Parish Church(UK), nothing wrong with that per se, BUT they threw away a Willis organ to make room for it. Someone has to die for that, ......................did you have anything to do with it? ....................... Only kidding :-))))))) Don't know your composer, but Nathan Costa (ncosta@pantheon.yale.edu) of Yale University Choir programmed him a couple of years ago and may have some info for you.   Regards, Chris Baker-Willis  
(back) Subject: Re: Piano/Organ From: Shakehip <Shakehip@aol.com> Date: Tue, 12 May 1998 17:05:23 EDT   In a message dated 5/12/1998 10:44:32 AM Pacific Daylight Time, cremona84000@webtv.net writes:   << Children can reach the lowest manual; I did it and grew into the rest of the instrument. I have only seen a couple of child-size pianos. Little ones have to work without the pedals until they can reach them. >>   How bout we market some organ stilts for the kiddies ?   - - Ed  
(back) Subject: One of our own honored! From: cremona84000@webtv.net (bruce cornely) Date: Tue, 12 May 1998 14:02:46 -0400   I have just received from a "reliable source" that Pieter Visser (Visser-Rowland) has had conferred upon him an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Concordia University (Austin TX) for his extraordinary impact on organ building worldwide, based upon his many writings on organbuilding, technical and artistic knowledge. I am proud to know Pieter and to have locked horns over celestes, nicking and windpressure, and (yes) mechanical action in my early days as an upstart organists. Fortunately, Pieter left his positive impact on me as well. A 21-Trompetregal (horizontal, of course) salute to Pieter and thanks for his work.   bruce o h s __________ a g o cornely o o __________ o o ........... cremona84000@webtv.net ...........    
(back) Subject: Re: Bach Organ Works From: cremona84000@webtv.net (bruce cornely) Date: Tue, 12 May 1998 17:44:01 -0400   I would look around to see what new editions have benefitted from recent accurate scholarship. I was intrigued by the new edition edited by John Rutter, I believe. I would be interested to hear what people feel about the newer editions.   bruce o h s __________ a g o cornely o o __________ o o ........... cremona84000@webtv.net ...........    
(back) Subject: Bill Bunch From: David McPeak <dm726@delphi.com> Date: Tue, 12 May 1998 19:01:26 +0400     I want to add my sincere sympathies to Bill's family and friends. I too, had the honor of knowing him when I was a teenage employee (summers) at Aeolian-Skinner.   Bill always has a smile and a hello for everyone he saw and he would frequently come over to my bench, in the console dept. to say hi or give me tips about how to do some operation I was working on, and also advice on gathering materials when I was building my residence organ.   He will be greatly missed by all.   Dave McPeak     Net-Tamer V 1.11 - Test Drive  
(back) Subject: Re: Georgi Mushel From: "John L. Speller" <jlspeller@stlnet.com> Date: Tue, 12 May 1998 18:26:38 -0500 (CDT)   At 07:54 PM 5/12/98 +0200, Torben Krebs wrote:   >I have a question: >Does anyone know the composer, Georgi Mushel. He has written a very good >Toccata, which seems to be quite impossible to obtain in Denmark.   Welcome to the list. Georgi Mushel was born in 1909; I don't know if he is still alive. He was Professor of Composition at the University of Tashkent in Uzbekistan (former U.S.S.R.) The delightful "Toccata" comes from his *Suite for Organ*, which comprises "Aria", "Fugue" and "Toccata." He also wrote a separate *Elegy for Organ*. The "Toccata" was published in England by the Oxford University Press, but as far as I know none of the rest is available in the west. The Oxford University Press has a webpage at <www.oup.co.uk>, according to which their agent for the Netherlands, Belgium and Denmark is Joyce Rodenhuis, Nieuwe Gracht 5a, 2011 NB Haarlem, The Netherlands. Tel (31 235) 421240. Fax (31 235) 311291. e-mail <oupjoyce@pi.net>   John Speller St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A.    
(back) Subject: Re: The Choral Ridge Scene From: "Dr. Darryl Miller" <OrganDok@safari.net> Date: Tue, 12 May 1998 19:56:03 -0400   Hey, Peter!   John is a wonderful person. He's kind and gracious in everything he does and to everyone he works with.   Regular practicing on the Coral Ridge organ by non-staff people is not permitted, but no one that has ever asked to play the organ has ever been denied. Gonna come down and play?   Yours,   Darryl  
(back) Subject: Re: Georgi Mushel From: "John L. Speller" <jlspeller@stlnet.com> Date: Tue, 12 May 1998 19:07:15 -0500 (CDT)   At 04:44 PM 5/12/98 EDT, Chris Baker-Willis wrote: > There's a Frobenius organ in Kingston Parish Church(UK), >nothing wrong with that per se, BUT they threw away a Willis organ to make >room for it. Someone has to die for that,   I don't know how many people are familiar with this resource, but I have received considerable enlightenment by looking at the British Institute of Organ Studies' National Pipe Organ Register on the internet. The website is at <www.bios.org.uk/npor_hello.html> where there are histories and specifications of vast numbers of English organs. Looking up All Saints, Kingston, I found that indeed there was a rather fine Henry Willis I instrument built in this church in the nineteenth century. Extensive changes were, however, carried out by Norman & Beard, Rushworth & Dreaper and John Compton at various times during the present century. So I don't imagine there was much of the Willis left by the time Frobenius got there and it probably wasn't a great loss.   John.    
(back) Subject: Hammond A-100 From: Richard Schneider <arpncorn@davesworld.net> Date: Tue, 12 May 1998 19:54:46 -0700   I see postings about A-100 on the list.   A reminder to whoever may be interested:   I have one available for sale, along with a Leslie Speaker.   Both in Walnut cabinets.   Both in excellent condition.   EMAIL me privately regarding this!   Faithfully,   Richard Schneider, President SCHNEIDER PIPE ORGANS, Inc. Organbuilders 41-43 Johnston Street Post Office Box 137 Kenney, IL 61749-0137 (217) 944-2454 VOX (217) 944-2527 FAX mailto:arpncorn@davesworld.net EMAIL (Note change in ISP's Domain-Name!)      
(back) Subject: Re: Hammond A-100 From: CHERCAPA <CHERCAPA@aol.com> Date: Tue, 12 May 1998 22:39:43 EDT   Richard, What do you want for the A-100. Sincerely Paul P. Valtos  
(back) Subject: flexible tubing From: KZimme7737 <KZimme7737@aol.com> Date: Tue, 12 May 1998 22:41:19 EDT   I'm ignorant, but regarding these 32' pipes with flexible tubing, are you saying that a good part of the speaking length of the pipe is "flexible" and wound around to fit the space?   What about having a single 32'pipe with an octave-worth of holes and valves (like the finger holes on a songflute). One could have 12 notes with one pipe. Of course, one could only play one note at a time within this octave. It's kinda like the pipe organ that one of the 7 dwarfs is playing on my childrens' Snow White video. I think I read about that being done in a book many years ago.   Keith  
(back) Subject: Poot From: KZimme7737 <KZimme7737@aol.com> Date: Tue, 12 May 1998 22:46:09 EDT   I played a 3 manual pipe organ at a hoity toity wedding last year. When I was practicing, I tested the 32'reed (I think it was 32' instead of 16'). I did not use it during the wedding, though. I noticed that if I tapped the lowest C quickly, it made a disgusting sound - like wind being broken.   I had the evil idea of quickly tapping the pedal once as the bride and groom knelt for prayer during the ceremony. I just couldn't bring myself to do it. Maybe some day.   Later, Keith   Tonight is my 14th wedding anniversary, so I'd better get off the internet.  
(back) Subject: Re: Bill Bunch From: Schwebung <Schwebung@aol.com> Date: Tue, 12 May 1998 22:51:44 EDT   I, too, am saddened at the news of Bill's pasing. I first met him in 1967 when our church was purchasing a new Balcom and Vaughan pipe organ. Upon signing the contract, they B & V electronic store (they had at that time a retail outlet selling electronic instruments) loaned the church an o-l-d Wurlitzer amplified reed/electronic organ. Several months later, that was replaced by a loaner 2m/4-rank pipe organ. Imagine that, a loaner pipe organ!   In December of 1967, installation began on the B & V organ (this church was the First Covenant Church of Tacoma, Washington). As my mother was the church office secretary, I was permitted to take a week off from high school to "assist" in any way that I could in the installation of the instrument. I sometimes wonder if I really assisted or just plain got in the way!   As a way of saying thanks, Bill (unknown to me) wrapped up 5 representative organ pipes from the shop "grab bag", gave them to my mother and instructed her to put them under the tree for me at Christmas. I really have no recollection whatsoever of any other gift that Christmas - just that small package, wrapped in white butcher paper, containing the 5 pipes. Somewhere in my archives, I still have the note which accompanied them.   I later went to work for Bill at Balcom and Vaughan. I will always regard him in the highest esteem as a true teacher and master of the organ building art. It was an honor and a privilege to work for him and beside him. He was always a kind and compassionate man, I think back to a point where I had just moved out on my own, he realized my strapped financial condition and offered me many "after hours" projects at the B & V shop, allowing me to earn some extra dollars.   Until I suffered a burn injury in 1995, I still maintained my organ shop and built miscellaneous organ parts and components - utilizing so many of the skills and patience that Bill Bunch instilled in me.   May the Angels welcome you into Heaven, dear friend. My life is richer for having had the opportunity to count you as a friend and mentor.  
(back) Subject: Re: George Wright From: "Ian B. McLean" <solotibia@enternet.com.au> Date: Wed, 13 May 1998 12:57:23 +1000   Owen Jones wrote: > > I rec'd the news of George's passing with a feeling of deep sadness. > I bought my first GW lp in 1958 "Have Organ will Travel".   And, it was Owen 33 years ago, that first introduced me to George Wright. This is why my first TPO LP purchased was "George Wright PLays George Gerwshin". Thanks Owen. This LP charged my imagination with what I continue to believe to be the consummate keyboard art form.   George Wright's legacy is one of unarallelled creativity, professionalism, critical acclaim, and commercial success. I continue to believe that such achievements remain the future of TPO. One without the others is not.   The sense of personal loss remains with me, even though I only met George once. His music changed my life. I hope that his incredible legacy is not lost in any sea of mediocrity.   Ian McLean  
(back) Subject: Re: Poot From: mewzishn@spec.net Date: Wed, 13 May 1998 00:03:44 -0400   KZimme7737 wrote:   > I noticed that if I tapped the lowest > C quickly, it made a disgusting sound - like wind being broken.   Makes a wonderful tension-buster in the middle of a choir rehearsal right before high holy days. If you play this joke only once or twice a year, usually most choirs will fall for it. More often, and they catch on.   > Tonight is my 14th wedding anniversary, so I'd better get off the internet.   Especially if you expect to observe a 15th. (as opposed to a Super Octave)   Ken Sybesma        
(back) Subject: Re: organ lessons first From: ComposerTX <ComposerTX@aol.com> Date: Wed, 13 May 1998 00:36:04 EDT   my suggestions would include: introduce many keys VERY EARLY ON, not just F, C, and G keep BOTH hands and the Pedal parts interesting, not just melody with the right hand and accompaniment with the left, EQUAL treatment, if possible include very early in the method a discussion of tone families, registrations, then give broad suggestions for registrations, making the child come up with combinations that work best of luck, and put me down for one perusal copy Danny Ray ComposerTX@AOL.com  
(back) Subject: Re: organist's tricks From: ComposerTX <ComposerTX@aol.com> Date: Wed, 13 May 1998 01:08:08 EDT   Tommy Brinkley was organist at 1st Baptist/Dallas a number of years ago. When Dr. Criswell would give an "invitation," but when NO ONE would come, Tommy would play the "Come to Jesus" hymn only on the manual celestes; but he would close down the choir division, where the 32' Contra Bourdon was housed, and play the bottom 5 notes of the 32. He said that sinners would invariably hit the altar, the low notes not really sounding pitches, but causing some kind of havoc in their subconcious minds, and convincing them of their need to "pray through." Danny Ray ComposerTX@AOL.com  
(back) Subject: Re: Georgi Mushel From: HDKarras <HDKarras@aol.com> Date: Wed, 13 May 1998 02:38:08 EDT   Dear Torben, i'm often play concerts with russian organ music, this is a special interest of mine. Georgi Muschel is born 1909 in Tambov. Graduated from the Moscow Conservatory in 1936, from the composition class under Mikhail Gnessin and Anatoli Alexandrov. Since 1944 he has been in charge of a composition class at the Tashkent University. He wrote an opera, several music dramas, a ballett, a cantata, three symphonies, six piano concertos, piano pieces, songs and chamber music. For the organ he wrote preludes and a suite on Uzbek themes, from which is the Toccata, published by Edition Peters Frankfurt Number 5750 in "Orgelwerke sowjetischer Komponisten". If you interested on more informations, please contact me directly. Greetings from Brunswick (near Hanover), Hans-Dieter Karras Concert-Organist, Music Director at St.Ulrici