PipeChat Digest #1204 - Monday, December 27, 1999
 
Fwd: 9 Chickweed Lane
  by "David Scribner" <david@blackiris.com>
Re: Favorite Christmas Organ Pieces
  by "VEAGUE" <dutchorgan@svs.net>
Re: Favorite Christmas Organ Pieces
  by "Ron Natalie" <ron@sensor.com>
Re: Favorite Christmas Organ Pieces
  by "Jon C. Habermaas" <opus1100@theatreorgans.com>
recordings
  by "Carlo Pietroniro" <concert_organist@hotmail.com>
Re: looking for........
  by <RMaryman@aol.com>
Re: recordings
  by "David Scribner" <david@blackiris.com>
Re: recordings
  by "VEAGUE" <dutchorgan@svs.net>
Re: recordings
  by "Robert Ehrhardt" <r_ehrh@bellsouth.net>
Re: recordings
  by <RMaryman@aol.com>
Favorite Christmas organ pieces
  by "Pat Maimone" <patmai@juno.com>
Re: recordings
  by "VEAGUE" <dutchorgan@svs.net>
Purvis recording
  by "VEAGUE" <dutchorgan@svs.net>
Re: Purvis recording
  by "Bob Loesch" <rrloesch@jps.net>
A Little Christmas Humor
  by <Devon3000@aol.com>
Pieces mentioned with no publishers
  by "Carlo Pietroniro" <concert_organist@hotmail.com>
Paul Manz
  by "Carlo Pietroniro" <concert_organist@hotmail.com>
Re: Favorite Christmas Organ Pieces
  by "Karl E. Moyer" <kmoyer@marauder.millersv.edu>
Re: recordings
  by <ScottFop@aol.com>
Re: Paul Manz
  by "Noel Stoutenburg" <mjolnir@ticnet.com>
Re: recordings
  by "Stephen Williams" <stepwill@enter.net>
Recordings
  by <Dm726b@aol.com>
Richard Purvis' death
  by "Carlo Pietroniro" <concert_organist@hotmail.com>
Re: Purvis recording
  by "bruce cornely" <rohrschok8@webtv.net>
Re: Paul Manz
  by "bruce cornely" <rohrschok8@webtv.net>
Semi-organic info sought - William Matthews
  by <JKVDP@aol.com>
Re: Favorite Christmas Organ Pieces
  by <JKVDP@aol.com>
 


(back) Subject: Fwd: 9 Chickweed Lane From: "David Scribner" <david@blackiris.com> Date: Sun, 26 Dec 1999 06:41:54 -0600   The following was posted to the PIPORG-L list by James Lamper. I am reposting it here for those that aren't subscribers to that list. Take a look - it is cute!!   > > http://www.ctoons.com/javascript/chickweed/ns/19991219.html >   David    
(back) Subject: Re: Favorite Christmas Organ Pieces From: "VEAGUE" <dutchorgan@svs.net> Date: Wed, 26 Dec 2001 07:44:16 -0500   I've never played for Christmas, but I do enjoy hearing George Wright and Virgil Fox playing their respective "Christmas Albums" on vinyl.   I've played these records for years and am surprised they still track!   I never get tired of hearing these two virtuosos tickling the ivories and pulling stops.   Rick      
(back) Subject: Re: Favorite Christmas Organ Pieces From: "Ron Natalie" <ron@sensor.com> Date: Sun, 26 Dec 1999 12:00:12 -0500   One of my favorite Christmas songs (organ or otherwise) is Jeanette Isabella (Carry A Torch). While channel surfing Chirstmas morning, I came accross a Mormon Tabernacle Christmas special which had a beautiful organ-only version of this.   -Ron  
(back) Subject: Re: Favorite Christmas Organ Pieces From: "Jon C. Habermaas" <opus1100@theatreorgans.com> Date: Sun, 26 Dec 1999 12:10:47 -0600   One of my all time favorite Christmas Pieces is also from Richard Purvis.... "Carol Rhapsody"..I don't get to hear it often but was = fortunate this year when Devon Hollingsworth played it on the big Austin for CATOE's Christmas social at Christ Church of Oakbrook....   jch ---      
(back) Subject: recordings From: "Carlo Pietroniro" <concert_organist@hotmail.com> Date: Sun, 26 Dec 1999 13:51:46 EST   Happy Boxing Day everyone,   does anyone know if Richard Purvis made any recordings? I'd love to hear him play, especially his own compositions. Also, I know he = was born in 1915, but does anyone know if he's still alive? Thanks.   Carlo ______________________________________________________ Get Your Private, Free Email at http://www.hotmail.com    
(back) Subject: Re: looking for........ From: <RMaryman@aol.com> Date: Sun, 26 Dec 1999 13:53:00 EST   In a message dated 99-12-20 17:23:03 EST, you write:   << anyone out there know where I can get a copy of "A Song Of Sunshine" by Alfred Hollins? Carlo ______________________________________________________ A Song Of Sunshine is in print and available from the publisher thru = your favourite music vendor. I also got a copy from Prof Tom Murray at Yale = (he quite frequently features this delightful piece in his recitals.)   Rick Maryman Staunton VA  
(back) Subject: Re: recordings From: "David Scribner" <david@blackiris.com> Date: Sun, 26 Dec 1999 13:12:54 -0600   >Happy Boxing Day everyone, > > does anyone know if Richard Purvis made any recordings? >I'd love to hear him play, especially his own compositions. Also, I >know he was born in 1915, but does anyone know if he's still alive? >Thanks.   Richard Purvis did make some recordings although they are out of print except for a Christmas recording that I think might still be available on a small label - I know I had info about getting it although I never did get a copy. He passed away several years ago - 1995, if I am not mistaken.   David    
(back) Subject: Re: recordings From: "VEAGUE" <dutchorgan@svs.net> Date: Wed, 26 Dec 2001 14:39:59 -0500   I have a recording by Mr. Purvis from the "Organ Plays Golden Favourites" album by Readers Digest. Picked it up at Goodwill.   He plays the AE-Skinner at Symphony Hall Boston and Grace Cathedral in Frisco.   Selections are light:   Serenade from Student Prince   Love Sends A Little Gift Of Roses   and more...........   If anyone wants it, I'll be happy to box it up and send it to ya -on my nickel.   Rick            
(back) Subject: Re: recordings From: "Robert Ehrhardt" <r_ehrh@bellsouth.net> Date: Sun, 26 Dec 1999 14:06:34 -0600   Richard Purvis made three commercial recordings at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, of which I know. Two, one of which was all Christmas music, = for the HiFiRecord label (which was also George Wright's recording company) = and one for Word records. And there is also Volume 5 in the Aeolian-Skinner King of Instrument's series, which is an all Purvis program, also recorded at Grace Cathedral, but credited as being "played by the staff organist." Whether they meant the A-S staff or the Cathedral's is not clear. From = the playing, I suspect that it is Purvis and that he may have had some contractual arrangements with another company which prevented his name = from being used. This same thing had occurred on Volume Two in the series, = where Roy Perry is credited for the pieces recorded in Kilgore, TX and George Faxon is credited for St. Paul's, Boston, but the "staff organist" is credited for the brilliant playing at Symphony Hall, Boston. Anyone know the lowdown on this? Dr. Purvis is, alas, no longer with us.   Robert Ehrhardt Noel Memorial UMC Shreveport, LA http://noelumc.org     ----- Original Message ----- From: Carlo Pietroniro <concert_organist@hotmail.com> > > does anyone know if Richard Purvis made any recordings? I'd > love to hear him play, especially his own compositions. Also, I know he was > born in 1915, but does anyone know if he's still alive? Thanks. > > Carlo      
(back) Subject: Re: recordings From: <RMaryman@aol.com> Date: Sun, 26 Dec 1999 15:31:04 EST   In a message dated 99-12-26 15:05:12 EST, you write:   << but the "staff organist" is credited for the brilliant playing at Symphony Hall, Boston. Anyone know the lowdown on this? Dr. Purvis is, alas, no longer with us. >> This "staff organist" was Probably Berj Zamcokian (sp?). He recorded = with the BSO on RCA records so that may have been the conflict (just my guess).   Rick Maryman Staunton VA  
(back) Subject: Favorite Christmas organ pieces From: "Pat Maimone" <patmai@juno.com> Date: Sun, 26 Dec 1999 15:58:47 -0500   Dear Carlo and Pipechatters,   Max Drischner's short settings of "Es ist ein Ros" (Lo, How a Rose..) and/or "In dulci Jubilo" are very charming miniatures for manuals alone, with or without zimbelstern, excellent for anyone recuperating from certain kinds of surgery during the Christmas season as well as healthy organists!   If memory serves well, Drischner's works were published in Norway, by Schultheiss, with the title Choralvorspeile fuer Dorf Organisten. The cover is a lovely greenish hue.   I purchased this gem at a Church Music Institute at Colby College, Waterville, Maine, during one of the summers of the 60's or early 70's. [My last name during the earliest of those was Rogers.] Were any of you participants under the leadership of Everett Strong and Thomas Richner?   The music is at the office.. please write privately if you have any questions to me at <yp6867@usma.edu> before 29 December, when we are supposed to limit our incoming e-mails..   Once upon a time I played a short Partita on "Es ist ein Ros," also by Max Drischner, but I have not seen it recently. Does anyone here own that one?   J. S. Bach's chorale preludes "Puer natus in Bethlehem," "Vom himmel hoch" and "Herr Christ, der einig' Gottes Sohn" from the "Orgelbuechlein" are perennial favorites. Someone has already mentioned Helmut Walcha's "Quem pastores" from his Book I of Chorale Preludes.   I also enjoy very much Charles Callahan's 1995 harmonically varied, delightful setting of "Greensleeves" (we always use the title "What Child Is This?") for flute and organ, published in 1995 by Morning Star, and Wilbur Held's organ solo setting of "Good Christian Men, Rejoice" from Six Carols for Christmas. (Music is in the Christmas section of the music library at the office..)   The Virgin's Slumber Song by Max Reger for voice (solo or SA duet) has a beautiful organ accompaniment.   With best wishes for the remaining eleven days of Christmas,   Pat Maimone Post Chapel III/57 hybrid West Point, NY    
(back) Subject: Re: recordings From: "VEAGUE" <dutchorgan@svs.net> Date: Wed, 26 Dec 2001 17:07:59 -0500   While Mr Purvis probably recorded under a nom-de-plume due to contractual obligations, so did George Wright. He went under Guy Melendy. I friend played an album for me by "Mr. Melendy", and 'sho-nuf' it was the great GW. Unmistakenly.   Rick      
(back) Subject: Purvis recording From: "VEAGUE" <dutchorgan@svs.net> Date: Wed, 26 Dec 2001 17:22:45 -0500   In all fairness, I've had three offers for the record. I want SOMEONE to have it, but at the same time, I don't want to cheat anyone out of it. I want no money for it. Perhaps if the three who want it could discuss it among themselves, the matter could be resolved. My heavens, I feel like a lady in waiting with three suitors all of a = sudden knocking at her door+ACE-   Rick dutchorgan+AEA-svs.net http://www.svs.net/Dutch        
(back) Subject: Re: Purvis recording From: "Bob Loesch" <rrloesch@jps.net> Date: Sun, 26 Dec 1999 15:56:23 -0800   Since you've most generously offered to pay the freight, why don't you select the one closest to you, so the freight is least? I, for one, will NOT be offended if it isn't me...... ;-)     At 05:22 PM 12/26/2001 -0500, you wrote: >In all fairness, I've had three offers for the record. I want SOMEONE to >have it, but at the same time, I don't want to cheat anyone out of it. >I want no money for it. >Perhaps if the three who want it could discuss it among themselves, the >matter could be resolved. >My heavens, I feel like a lady in waiting with three suitors all of a = sudden >knocking at her door+ACE- > >Rick dutchorgan+AEA-svs.net > http://www.svs.net/Dutch > > > > >"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 > > >   Regards,   Bob, in beautiful Lake County, California, USA   http://www.jps.net/rrloesch   Time flies whether you're having fun or not!   The best things in life aren't THINGS.  
(back) Subject: A Little Christmas Humor From: <Devon3000@aol.com> Date: Sun, 26 Dec 1999 22:15:57 EST   I thought you all might like to hear about two comments my wife heard = while at our third Christmas Eve service (11:00 p.m.). The first was by a woman =   behind her, who walked in, and proceeded to marvel that this church had a real pipe organ! She didn't think any churches had pipe organs anymore. It's amazing, especially when it's pretty hard in Chicago to attend = several churches without hearing and/or seeing one. This person probably hadn't = been in church for a long long time.   The other comment came as I was playing the Postlude (Purvis's "Carol Rhapsody"). A lady who my wife knew, but she didn't remember my wife, = said to her, "Did you know he used to play honky-tonk music as one of his = jobs?". We just can't escape our pasts (I played for five months at Sally's Stage, = a pizza-pipe organ restaurant with waitresses on roller skates, on a Barton whose console rose out of the floor).   Have a great year all, and thanks for the suggestions for new music for organ. I've taken advantage of the resources, and have added some good = ones to my repertoire. Just a reminder, though. There have been many pieces mentioned recently, with no publishers included. Help!   Devon Hollingsworth, in Chicago Suburb  
(back) Subject: Pieces mentioned with no publishers From: "Carlo Pietroniro" <concert_organist@hotmail.com> Date: Sun, 26 Dec 1999 22:31:11 EST   Devon,   which pieces are you looking for? The list members (myself included) may be able to provide a list of publishers.   Carlo ______________________________________________________ Get Your Private, Free Email at http://www.hotmail.com    
(back) Subject: Paul Manz From: "Carlo Pietroniro" <concert_organist@hotmail.com> Date: Sun, 26 Dec 1999 23:07:27 EST   Greetings,   today was the feast of The Holy Family and there was a pretty good turn-out at all the masses at the church where I play. During the preparation of the gifts I played a beautiful arrangement by Paul Manz. It =   was called "Lo, How A Rose Is Growing". Taken from "Improvisations for the =   Christmas Season, Set 2" (published by MorningStar), there are actually 2 different melodies superimposed. The hands play "Lo, How A Rose Is = Growing" using quiet 8' strings while the pedal plays "Valet will ich dir geben", more commonly known as "All Glory, Laud and Honor" using a 1' Siffloete. What an amazing piece!!! If any of you have these books (3 in the complete =   set), this piece is a must-learn for next year. It's the last piece in Set =   2, page 27. I'm just now begining to discover what an amazing composer/arranger Paul Manz is. Up until now the only arrangement I've = ever played by him is his popular "God of Grace and God of Glory" which I think =   is very well written. Other than the 3 Christmas books and the book for Weddings and General use (where God of Grace is from), what other books = does he have out and are they all published by MorningStar? Thanks!   Carlo ______________________________________________________ Get Your Private, Free Email at http://www.hotmail.com    
(back) Subject: Re: Favorite Christmas Organ Pieces From: "Karl E. Moyer" <kmoyer@marauder.millersv.edu> Date: Mon, 27 Dec 1999 00:02:14 -0500 (EST)     One stands above all others for me:   Bach -"In Dulci Jubilo," the one with the _zwischenspielen_.   Cordially,   Karl E. Moyer Lancaster PA    
(back) Subject: Re: recordings From: <ScottFop@aol.com> Date: Mon, 27 Dec 1999 00:23:18 EST   In a message dated 12/26/99 1:53:30 PM Eastern Standard Time, concert_organist@hotmail.com writes:   << does anyone know if Richard Purvis made any recordings? I'd love to hear him play, especially his own compositions. Also, I know he = was born in 1915, but does anyone know if he's still alive? Thanks. >>   You are behind, and more than a bit. Richard Purvis died on Christmas Morning in 1994. He made several recordings, several on "Gussie" his = beloved Aeolian-Skinner at Grae Cathedral in San Francisco and others on a variety = of instruments.  
(back) Subject: Re: Paul Manz From: "Noel Stoutenburg" <mjolnir@ticnet.com> Date: Sun, 26 Dec 1999 23:23:08 -0600   Carlo Pietroniro wrote:   > <snip>...Other than the 3 Christmas books and the book for > Weddings and General use (where God of Grace is from), what other books = does > he have out and are they all published by MorningStar?   For many years, Concordia Publishing House in St. Louis was the Publisher = of Manz's music, and it may be that they have a little of it left. If they = do not, interlibrary loans might turn up some of his older volumes. During the = 80's, Manz moved most of his material to Morningstar, although I don't know if = some things were allowed to go out of print, or not.        
(back) Subject: Re: recordings From: "Stephen Williams" <stepwill@enter.net> Date: Mon, 27 Dec 1999 00:38:46 -0500   Richard Purvis died on Christmas Eve, 1994. There are recordings made by him, as I'm sure some on this list will respond, but I don't own any of = them personally. For further info on the man and his music, you might want to contact Tom Hazleton (one of Purvis' students) at the Allen Organ Company = .. .. he has some great stories about his experiences in the 'good old days.'   All the best, Stephen   ----- Original Message ----- From: Carlo Pietroniro <concert_organist@hotmail.com> To: <pipechat@pipechat.org> Sent: Sunday, December 26, 1999 1:51 PM Subject: recordings     > Happy Boxing Day everyone, > > does anyone know if Richard Purvis made any recordings? I'd > love to hear him play, especially his own compositions. Also, I know he was > born in 1915, but does anyone know if he's still alive? Thanks. > > Carlo > ______________________________________________________ > Get Your Private, Free Email at http://www.hotmail.com > > > "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: Recordings From: <Dm726b@aol.com> Date: Mon, 27 Dec 1999 00:38:33 EST   I once asked NelsonBarden about some of the A-S recordings where "Staff Organist" appeared as player. In Vol 1 with GDH The demo of the state Trumpet at St. John the Divine was Joe Whiteford he also did some others I =   have heard and so did George Faxon.   Cheers, Dave McPeak  
(back) Subject: Richard Purvis' death From: "Carlo Pietroniro" <concert_organist@hotmail.com> Date: Mon, 27 Dec 1999 00:45:01 EST   I'd like to thank everyone for their help regarding the recordings and = death date of Richard Purvis. Strange how The Oxford Book of Christmas Music, published in 1995, didn't write in that Purvis had died, considering he = died Christmas Eve 1994. I'll assume the book had already been sent to the publishers and not that they didn't know he had passed away.   Carlo ______________________________________________________ Get Your Private, Free Email at http://www.hotmail.com    
(back) Subject: Re: Purvis recording From: "bruce cornely" <rohrschok8@webtv.net> Date: Mon, 27 Dec 1999 01:23:38 -0500 (EST)   Maybe you could make two tapes, and give the record to the person who initially brought it up!   Solomon (or break the reccord in half!)   bruce cornely ~:~:~ rohrschok8@webtv.net gainesville, florida    
(back) Subject: Re: Paul Manz From: "bruce cornely" <rohrschok8@webtv.net> Date: Mon, 27 Dec 1999 01:28:31 -0500 (EST)   Carlo, If you really enjoy playing Manz's improvisations, you will probably enjoy HIS recordings of them. I don't know if they're still available, but they should be around somewhere.   bruce cornely ~:~:~ rohrschok8@webtv.net gainesville, florida    
(back) Subject: Semi-organic info sought - William Matthews From: <JKVDP@aol.com> Date: Mon, 27 Dec 1999 03:03:09 EST   One of the pleasures of living in the Pacific Northwest is the fine = Classical Music on FM radio, especially Classic KING FM - which the Arbitron people = now list as the second most highly listened to station in the Seattle metropolitan area! - And the Church Growth experts would try to make us believe that no one listens to classical music!!   Driving north on Christmas Day Classic KING became to noisy so we began = to listen to CBC Radio Two from Vancouver Canada. They played a recording of =   the "Parley of Instruments" singing "Angels from the Realms of Glory" by = one William Matthews. The recording was said to be of music of the English Parish Church of the 19th century.   Can anyone tell me where this piece (Octavo) might be available? I'd like = to consider it for next Christmas. I've tried my usual on-line resources, but =   without success. Thanks. Jerry in Seattle  
(back) Subject: Re: Favorite Christmas Organ Pieces From: <JKVDP@aol.com> Date: Mon, 27 Dec 1999 03:13:35 EST   Something quiet "The Holy Boy" by John Ireland, arranged for organ by the composer. Jerry in Seattle