PipeChat Digest #378 - Monday, May 18, 1998
 
VI Easter, Westbury, NY (x-post)
  by <mewzishn@spec.net>
Re: L A organ dedication-Rosales
  by "Trackerbkr" <Trackerbkr@aol.com>
Re: Wedding Music-Promenade
  by "Mark Quarmby" <markq@mail.flex.com.au>
L.A. Orpheum + Kids(x-post)
  by "R. Obert" <sam14@ix.netcom.com>
Pickwick Theatre Organ Shows
  by "Jon C. Habermaas" <opus1100@theatreorgans.com>
Dreams of Pipe
  by "Trackerbkr" <Trackerbkr@aol.com>
Re: PipeChat Digest #377 - 05/17/98
  by "Robert Horton" <r-horton@nwu.edu>
Re: Dreams of Pipe
  by "Stanley Lowkis" <nstarfil@mediaone.net>
Re: Dreams of Pipe
  by "ComposerTX" <ComposerTX@aol.com>
Re: PipeChat Digest #377 - 05/17/98
  by "John L. Speller" <jlspeller@stlnet.com>
Re: Dreams of Pipe
  by "bruce cornely" <cremona84000@webtv.net>
Re: Dreams of Pipe
  by "Bob Conway" <conwayb@post.queensu.ca>
Re: Dreams of Pipe
  by <mewzishn@spec.net>
Re: Dreams of Pipe
  by "Shirley" <pnst@itw.com>
LYN LARSEN at RTOS
  by "KARL W KELLER" <kwkeller@juno.com>
"Rose Room"
  by "Bob and Sally Evans" <orgnloft@Ma.ultranet.com>
Re: Dreams of Pipe
  by "Bonnie Beth Derby" <orge@dreamscape.com>
Re: Pipe Organ Digital Controls
  by "Paul F. Stapel" <pstapel@spectra.net>
Re: Dreams of Pipe
  by "Michael Keeley" <keeley1@uiuc.edu>
 


(back) Subject: VI Easter, Westbury, NY (x-post) From: mewzishn@spec.net Date: Sun, 17 May 1998 06:44:46 -0400   Sixth Sunday of Easter Church of the Advent, Westbury, New York The Rev'd Jeffrey Hoyt Krantz, rector Kenneth L. Sybesma, choirmaster and organist     Voluntary at the Gathering, The Enchanted Garden, Maurice Ravel Hymn at the Procession, Shall We Gather at the River Song of Praise, We Have Come Into His House Psalm 67, Anglican chant (Kennedy) Hymn at the Gospel Procession, Ain'-a That Good News Anthem at the Presentation, Glory to God, David Hurd (Intercession Mass) Hymn at the Preparation, Glory to God, David Hurd (Intercession Mass) Sursum Corda, plainsong Sanctus and Benedictus, Grayson Warren Brown (A Mass for a Soulful People) Lord's Prayer, Albert Haye Malotte Fraction Anthem, Alleluia, Christ our Passover, Lena McLin (Eucharist of the Soul) Voluntary at the Holy Communion, Andante Tranquillo (Capriol Suite), Peter Warlock Hymn at the Ablutions, Amazing Grace Hymn at the Retiring Procession, Blessed Quietness Voluntary at the Dismissal, Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ (S.722), J.S. Bach     This being the 3rd Sunday of the Month, it is "LEVAS2" Sunday. Because it is also another "work day" after Mass, we're having a single 10.00 am liturgy. And because we don't want to introduce the Hurd "Gloria" bit by bit we're taking advantage of this opportunity to use it as both Anthem and Hymn as the gifts are gathered and prepared.        
(back) Subject: Re: L A organ dedication-Rosales From: Trackerbkr <Trackerbkr@aol.com> Date: Sun, 17 May 1998 08:25:31 EDT   Please be sure to provide the stoplist. Enquiring minds want to know... They also want to enjoy the instrument vicariously.   Laurie Ryan  
(back) Subject: Re: Wedding Music-Promenade From: markq@mail.flex.com.au (Mark Quarmby) Date: Sun, 17 May 1998 22:38:47 +1000   >Subject: Re: Wedding Music-Promenade   > Just do not tell the bride that the Promenade's meter begins in 5/4 >and then changes every so often! > >Why not tell the bride the march is in 5/4. At least that would make >the lock-step more interesting.   This reminds me of an occasion when one of the Cathedral choristers had broken his leg and had to process using crutches. I found a few pieces suitable for the procession; some in 5/4 and others in 7/4!   Cheers,     Mark      
(back) Subject: L.A. Orpheum + Kids(x-post) From: "R. Obert" <sam14@ix.netcom.com> Date: Sun, 17 May 1998 08:46:14   One of the results of our very successful concert on April 25th. was a request from Shel Weisbach,a teacher at Cleveland High School, to provide a short presentation of the organ to groups of honor students that would be in the downtown area on an architectural tour. The organ crew and people from "Friends of the Orpheum" agreed, and the first group (about fifty) arrived at 9:00 am. Thursday May 7th. and the second group Thursday May 14th. We presented a short concert, a talk about the theater and it's history, and a demonstration of the organ as used for silent movies. The students seemed interested, asked numerous questions, and a few even tried out the console with varying degrees of success. Also on the 17th. a crew from "American Movie Classics" filmed the theater and the organ for a forthcoming cable TV. spot. It is the plan of the "LA Conservency" to use this film to help promote their yearly summer series, "The Last Remaining Seats," Which will run five consecutive Wedensday nights starting June 3 at the Orpheum with the movie,"Top Hat".    
(back) Subject: Pickwick Theatre Organ Shows From: "Jon C. Habermaas" <opus1100@theatreorgans.com> Date: Sun, 17 May 1998 11:13:36 -0500   Silent Movie "WINGS" with the WurliTzer Theatre organ is today at 3PM at the Pickwick Theatre in Park Ridge Illinois. The Greg Owen Theatre organ program at the Pickwick later this month has been cancelled.  
(back) Subject: Dreams of Pipe From: Trackerbkr <Trackerbkr@aol.com> Date: Sun, 17 May 1998 14:05:23 EDT   From this morning=92s paper: =93Before her death...Lowe...created a charitable trust of a magnitude - $35 million...apparently unparalleled in Huntsville history.=94   Who has not dreamed of what to do with a sum of money too vast to spend in one=92s lifetime? Here are a few things I would do to promote my own agenda in organ matters:   1) Give pipe organs to churches, of course. But the first requirement for the church to qualify, known only by the trustees of the fund, would be to show a history of paying their organist at or above the AGO salary guidelines, adjusted for the cost-of-living in their city. The potential room would have to be acoustically worthy or modified to be so, with a legally binding agreement that prohibits acoustically detrimental modifications. The organ would be required to be in a case, placed to speak across the main axis of the room. The church would be required to use its own money to set up a permanent fund for the organ=92s continuing maintenance, based on the maintenance history of the type of organ selected.   2) Many organists struggle to learn their master=92s recitals while working full-time or while working at two or more jobs that add up to at least full-time. For the most worthy applicants, the fund pays all their living expenses and lost income for six weeks so that the organists= can truly focus on playing the recital. The foundation will find a substitute if necessary, paying a handsome stipend along with travel and hotel expenses if the substitute is from out of town. Unknown to the= recitalists: an additional $500.00 is awarded for each work on the program composed by someone who is still alive, or who was at the time the program was chosen.   3) Radio stations that program organ works on their own at a time other than on a program devoted to organ music and in a season other than Advent and Christmas will receive $100.00 for each work progra= mmed,=0Aup to maximum of $5,000.00   These are only a few suggestions. What would you do?   Laurie Ryan, AAGO Huntsville, Alabama      
(back) Subject: Re: PipeChat Digest #377 - 05/17/98 From: Robert Horton <r-horton@nwu.edu> Date: Sun, 17 May 1998 13:00:32 -0500   >From: pipechat@pipechat.org [mailto:pipechat@pipechat.org]On Behalf Of >Paul Swank >Subject: Pipe Organ Digital Controls .... >Has anyone has any experiences in adding a digital control system to a >church pipe organ? How about experiences combining an electronic (Allen, >for example) with a pipe organ to replace the aging and pieced-together >electro-pneumatics system controls on the pipe organ? By digital control system, do you mean upgrading the console to solid state circuitry?   >My church is now in the process of making long-range plans for our 1926? >Skinner organ (#500), and others' experiences would be appreciated. Ahh, I see the spectre of digital augmentation looming on the horizon. I'd think long and hard before putting digital voices into an instrument, especially a 1926 Skinner. Describe the instrument to us, stoplist? room acoustics? Skinner's work was, on the whole, masterfully done and I'd be willing to bet that you may have a treasure right under your nose. Don't forget that many churches tried to "upgrade" Skinner's instruments during the 50s and 60s, usually with disastrous and horrific results. Try contacting the resident organ technician at Yale University, I don't have his name off the top of my head (perhaps somebody else on the list can jog my memory). The initials of the company are AMA, and they are *THE* authority on Skinner instruments. They'll probably be able to help you figure out what exactly the instrument needs to get back into tip-top shape. Again, we don't know anything about the organ, but it's probably better than just about anything you'll find being built now. Restoring it might be a lot of work, but the end result will be a real treasure for the future generations of the church.     Robert Horton, Millar Chapel Organ Scholar 825 Foster Street, Evanston, IL 60201 tel. 847.424.9368 http://pubweb.nwu.edu/~rch507/ Q. How many harpsichordists does it take to change a light bulb? A. Five...one to change the bulb and four to complain that he's not using the appropriate baroque wattage.  
(back) Subject: Re: Dreams of Pipe From: Stanley Lowkis <nstarfil@mediaone.net> Date: Sun, 17 May 1998 14:54:00 -0400   Trackerbkr wrote: >   > 3) Radio stations that program organ works on their own at a time > other than on a program devoted to organ music and in a season > other than Advent and Christmas will receive $100.00 for each work programmed, > up to maximum of $5,000.00 > > These are only a few suggestions. What would you do? > > Laurie Ryan, AAGO > Huntsville, Alabama   The above sounds like "Organ Payola"! (But NICE payola!) Does "The Spice Girls Play Messiaen on the Hammond" count?   But seriously.. If I were presented with the opportunity to contribute to the support of pipe organs and their music, I would create an entity that would maintain instruments in need, where adequate funds were otherwise unavailable to accomplish the necessary repairs.   Stan Lowkis  
(back) Subject: Re: Dreams of Pipe From: ComposerTX <ComposerTX@aol.com> Date: Sun, 17 May 1998 15:09:14 EDT   great ideas, Laurie, as soon as that Lottery thing comes through . . . .  
(back) Subject: Re: PipeChat Digest #377 - 05/17/98 From: "John L. Speller" <jlspeller@stlnet.com> Date: Sun, 17 May 1998 14:45:35 -0500 (CDT)   At 01:00 PM 5/17/98 -0500, Robert Horton wrote:   > Try contacting the resident organ technician at Yale University, I >don't have his name off the top of my head (perhaps somebody else on the >list can jog my memory). The initials of the company are AMA, and they are >*THE* authority on Skinner instruments.   I don't quite know where the AMA comes from, but the Curators of Organs at Yale University are Nicholas Thompson-Allen and Joseph F. Dzeda, and their firm is the A. Thompson-Allen Company, 11 Court Street, New Haven CT 06511 (Tel. 203/ 776-1616; fax. 203/ 776-8999.) Besides the celebrated Wolsey Hall organ at Yale University, the firm has experience with numerous Skinner organ restorations, and I would certainly agree that they would be one of the best firms to do a sympathetic restoration of a Skinner organ.   John.    
(back) Subject: Re: Dreams of Pipe From: cremona84000@webtv.net (bruce cornely) Date: Sun, 17 May 1998 15:53:39 -0400   With those conditions, I can see why you wouldn't be able to spend $35 mil in your lifetime. Such an idealist you are... it's an occupational hazard. '-)   Now if you really want to know how to spend $35 mil.....SEND IT TO MEEEEEEEEEEEEE! I;ll be able to make it last the short time I have left on this planet and I won't leave NOBODY NUTTIN. (Oh dear, where is my medication; must hurry.... time to head back for the "last chance matinee".)     bruce o h s __________ a g o cornely o o __________ o o ........... cremona84000@webtv.net ...........    
(back) Subject: Re: Dreams of Pipe From: Bob Conway <conwayb@post.queensu.ca> Date: Sun, 17 May 1998 16:09:10 -0400   At 02:05 PM 5/17/98 EDT, Laurie Ryan wrote: >>From this morning=92s paper: =93Before her death...Lowe...created a=20 >charitable trust of a magnitude - $35 million...apparently unparalleled=20 >in Huntsville history.=94 > >Who has not dreamed of what to do with a sum of money too vast to=20 >spend in one=92s lifetime? Here are a few things I would do to promote=20 >my own agenda in organ matters: > >1) Give pipe organs to churches, of course. But the first requirement=20 >for the church to qualify, known only by the trustees of the fund, would= =20 >be to show a history of paying their organist at or above the AGO=20 >salary guidelines, adjusted for the cost-of-living in their city. The=20 >potential room would have to be acoustically worthy or modified to be >so, with a legally binding agreement that prohibits acoustically=20 >detrimental modifications. The organ would be required to be in a=20 >case, placed to speak across the main axis of the room. The church=20 >would be required to use its own money to set up a permanent fund=20 >for the organ=92s continuing maintenance, based on the maintenance=20 >history of the type of organ selected. > >2) Many organists struggle to learn their master=92s recitals while=20 >working full-time or while working at two or more jobs that add up to=20 >at least full-time. For the most worthy applicants, the fund pays all=20 >their living expenses and lost income for six weeks so that the organist= s=20 >can truly focus on playing the recital. The foundation will find a=20 >substitute if necessary, paying a handsome stipend along with travel=20 >and hotel expenses if the substitute is from out of town. Unknown to th= e=20 >recitalists: an additional $500.00 is awarded for each work on the=20 >program composed by someone who is still alive, or who was at the >time the program was chosen. > >3) Radio stations that program organ works on their own at a time >other than on a program devoted to organ music and in a season=20 >other than Advent and Christmas will receive $100.00 for each work programmed, >up to maximum of $5,000.00   Bob Conway says Amen to all that! Especially the final proposal!   I would also add one more:   $100 for each month that Piporg-L, Pipechat-L and Organ-L can keep their lists "flame free" and on topic!=20 To be given to the List Owners for all their hard work. Bob Conway <conwayb@post.queensu.ca> =20 http://www.greenford.demon.co.uk/bob/   Classics Director CFRC-FM 101.9 MHz Radio Queen's University Kingston, Ontario, K7L 3N6 CANADA        
(back) Subject: Re: Dreams of Pipe From: mewzishn@spec.net Date: Sun, 17 May 1998 17:59:10 -0400   Trackerbkr wrote:   > Unknown to the > recitalists: an additional $500.00 is awarded for each work on the > program composed by someone who is still alive, or who was at the > time the program was chosen.   (snip)   > These are only a few suggestions. What would you do?   What would I do? I'd do a program of works by Ned Rorem, Dan Locklair, a commission from Libby Larsen and for the encore, a medley of works by Bruce Couperin, Ken Liszt, Charles-Marie Lester, and of course the maitre (meister?) himself, Johann Sebenjamin Chi!! It will be a very long program, with more than 100 works.   Well, Laurie, you asked. : )   Ken Sybesma        
(back) Subject: Re: Dreams of Pipe From: Shirley <pnst@itw.com> Date: Sun, 17 May 1998 19:10:48   At 16:09 05/17/98 -0400, you wrote: >At 02:05 PM 5/17/98 EDT, Laurie Ryan wrote: >>>From this morning=92s paper: =93Before her death...Lowe...created a=20 >>charitable trust of a magnitude - $35 million...apparently unparalleled= =20 >>in Huntsville history.=94 >> >>Who has not dreamed of what to do with a sum of money too vast to=20 >>spend in one=92s lifetime? =20     If I decided to use that money to further pipe organs, I would establish = an educational organization that would educate and provide performance opportunities for students of the theatre pipe organ. I would hire teachers who knew a) how to teach and b) how to play. These teachers wou= ld be the top in their field. The school would be open to children and adul= ts alike. And I would sit down with the faculty and together we would write= a curriculum. Included in the musical education would also be music theory as it relates to theatre organ playing, and a history course explaining t= he history of the instrument and the major players of its development, both performers and builders.   And a part of that money has to be put toward buying me time to develop this, too.   I know.... dream on.....=20   --Shirley  
(back) Subject: LYN LARSEN at RTOS From: kwkeller@juno.com (KARL W KELLER) Date: Sun, 17 May 1998 20:40:55 -0400   Dear List Members,   Saturday evening brought Lyn Larsen to Rochester, NY to play a concert in celebration of the resumption of their concert series after a two year hiatus while the console of this famous 4/22 Wurlitzer was being restored to original condition and refinished complete with new gold leaf. The present restored console is a thing of beauty indeed. This Wurlitzer is one of the few which remains unaltered state since being used to accompany silent films in the early 1920s. I and three other members of the Dickinson Theatre Organ Society of Wilmington, Delaware took the long seven hour drive to Rochester to join the large contingent of theatre organ lovers to celebrate this historic occasion. We wish RTOS many, many more years of providing the upper New York State area with fine TO concerts such as Lyn gave last evening.   Lyn Larsen is no stranger to the RTOS Wurlitzer and he proved that he knows what is needed to bring out the best of this organ. His program included just about something for everyone. I was very moved by his medley of the tunes which honored the memory of George Wright and moved again with a medley of tunes which honored Frank Sinatra. Lyn's rendition of "MY WAY" was almost hymn like and I am sure that many folks had tears in their eyes. Another classic was "SLAUGHTER ON TENTH AVENUE" by Richard Rogers which Lyn played in flawless fashion with some of the best registration I have ever heard for this number. The concert concluded with a reception on stage where cake and punch were served to Lyn's many friends and admirers as well as the Officers and Board Members of RTOS.   What a wonderful way to spend a Saturday evening. BTW, I met a member of both lists and was glad to have the occasion to chat with him in person.   Karl Musica est Dei donum optimi   _____________________________________________________________________ You don't need to buy Internet access to use free Internet e-mail. Get completely free e-mail from Juno at http://www.juno.com Or call Juno at (800) 654-JUNO [654-5866]  
(back) Subject: "Rose Room" From: orgnloft@Ma.ultranet.com (Bob and Sally Evans) Date: Sun, 17 May 1998 21:26:27 +0100   Dear Listers,   A friend asked about a tune called "Rose Room" She said that it was from the forties. She wants a recorded version of this song for her daughter's wedding. Can anyone out there help?   Bob Evans orgnloft@ultranet.com   Bob's Wurlitzer Loft Swansea, MA Home of "Rochelle"-RJ-12, Seven Rank, Residence Style, Wurlitzer Pipe Organ      
(back) Subject: Re: Dreams of Pipe From: "Bonnie Beth Derby" <orge@dreamscape.com> Date: Sun, 17 May 1998 21:37:18 -0400   Sounds super to me, and, like Bob Conway in Kingston, I like the final item. =20   All I would add is -- added funds given to the local Symphony Orchestra f= or programming a work, or works, with organ and orchestra.   Regards,   Bonnie Beth Derby Syracuse, New York orge@dreamscape.com   ---------- From: Trackerbkr <Trackerbkr@aol.com> To: pipechat@pipechat.org Subject: Dreams of Pipe Date: Sunday, May 17, 1998 2:05 PM   >From this morning=92s paper: =93Before her death...Lowe...created a charitable trust of a magnitude - $35 million...apparently unparalleled in Huntsville history.=94   Who has not dreamed of what to do with a sum of money too vast to spend in one=92s lifetime? Here are a few things I would do to promote my own agenda in organ matters:   1) Give pipe organs to churches, of course. But the first requirement for the church to qualify, known only by the trustees of the fund, would be to show a history of paying their organist at or above the AGO salary guidelines, adjusted for the cost-of-living in their city. The potential room would have to be acoustically worthy or modified to be so, with a legally binding agreement that prohibits acoustically detrimental modifications. The organ would be required to be in a case, placed to speak across the main axis of the room. The church would be required to use its own money to set up a permanent fund for the organ=92s continuing maintenance, based on the maintenance history of the type of organ selected.   2) Many organists struggle to learn their master=92s recitals while working full-time or while working at two or more jobs that add up to at least full-time. For the most worthy applicants, the fund pays all their living expenses and lost income for six weeks so that the organists can truly focus on playing the recital. The foundation will find a substitute if necessary, paying a handsome stipend along with travel and hotel expenses if the substitute is from out of town. Unknown to the recitalists: an additional $500.00 is awarded for each work on the program composed by someone who is still alive, or who was at the time the program was chosen.   3) Radio stations that program organ works on their own at a time other than on a program devoted to organ music and in a season other than Advent and Christmas will receive $100.00 for each work programmed, up to maximum of $5,000.00   These are only a few suggestions. What would you do?   Laurie Ryan, AAGO Huntsville, Alabama       "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: Pipe Organ Digital Controls From: "Paul F. Stapel" <pstapel@spectra.net> Date: Sun, 17 May 1998 23:36:49 -0400   At 08:04 PM 5/15/98 EDT, you wrote: >In a message dated 98-05-15 19:54:15 EDT, you write: But be sure to listen to the whole ensemble. >That is where digitals don't begin to measure up to pipe sound. > >Brent Peterson     UNLESS you have heard a good Bob Walker installation. (this subject will never end, ofc ourse, but Walker still recreates pipe sounds better than anyone else.   Paul Stapel Binghamton    
(back) Subject: Re: Dreams of Pipe From: Michael Keeley <keeley1@uiuc.edu> Date: Sun, 17 May 1998 23:26:28 -0500   Hot damn!! That IS you!!! How's life down there? What's new?   At 02:05 PM 5/17/98 EDT, you wrote: >>From this morning's paper: "Before her death...Lowe...created a blah...blah...blah...   >Laurie Ryan, AAGO >Huntsville, Alabama > > > >"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 > >