PipeChat Digest #717 - Sunday, February 21, 1999
 
Tom Hazleton Visits National Shrine
  by <ScottFop@aol.com>
Re: Houston Organs
  by "John  M. Doney" <jdoney@email.msn.com>
RE: Houston Organs
  by "Barry and Claire Bodie" <bbodie@InfoAve.Net>
Re: Larry Schoenstein
  by "bruce cornely" <cremona84000@webtv.net>
Re: Houston Organs
  by "Stanley E Yoder" <syoder+@andrew.cmu.edu>
RE: Houston Organs
  by "bruce cornely" <cremona84000@webtv.net>
Re: Houston Organs
  by "bruce cornely" <cremona84000@webtv.net>
Pilcher
  by "Bud/burgie" <budchris@earthlink.net>
more Pilcher recollections
  by "Bud/burgie" <budchris@earthlink.net>
 


(back) Subject: Tom Hazleton Visits National Shrine From: ScottFop@aol.com Date: Sat, 20 Feb 1999 20:21:03 EST   Saturday, Feb 20   As I walked upstairs to start the blowers on the Grande Kilgen for 4:30 mass I spotted Tom Hazleton across the church. He has popped in for an unexpected, surprise visit and to see the progress on the Kilgen since last October when he was here for the first time. At that time it had not been tuned well and we were still restoring pressures. but he did recognize that it was quite a significant instrument that was on its way to being a real hot rod.   Today, he stayed for mass, met the Pastor again and we dined afterwards. he discreetly walked about listening from various corners of the room during the service to hear what the Grande Kilgen can really do with a room full of people. His basic comments were that this instrument is definitely one of a kind and that there are sounds here that organ builders just don't make anymore on new instruments. He did ask when the "restoration" would be finished (which is a question several of us would like to know the answer to) because of the way this has been dragged out with little to no sense of direction for over three years now. And he did say that WHEN it is finished he can't wait to perform on it. Several other noteworthy artists have expressed the same sentiment. Anyway- the organ is used for church Liturgies and church related activities but I will not allow it to be featured in a formal public performance, unfortunately, until it is "concert ready."   It's funny but every time he walks around he comments about the architecture and the furnishings. he really likes the place and seems quite impressed with everything about it. Tom drove back to Ft. Wayne after dinner saying that he looks forward to a return visit soon when he has more time to really play the organ and take it thgouth its paces. He is playing a concert there tomorrow, Sunday Feb 21 on the big Page theatre pipe organ in the Embassy Theatre. It is one hot organ that is going to be played by one hot artist! The concert is at 2:30 pm if any of you are nearby.   Scott Foppiano, Director of Music and Liturgical Coordination National Shrine of the Little Flower    
(back) Subject: Re: Houston Organs From: "John M. Doney" <jdoney@email.msn.com> Date: Sat, 20 Feb 1999 21:39:41 -0000   I remember Roy Perry as one of the finest finishers for Aeolian-Skinner. I still play his arrangement of Davies - Solemn Melody which he gave me while he was finishing an organ in Hartford. What celestes he could do, too. After everyone else had their hand in finishing that organ, Roy really put the final touches on it.   JOHN          
(back) Subject: RE: Houston Organs From: Barry and Claire Bodie <bbodie@InfoAve.Net> Date: Sat, 20 Feb 1999 23:15:39 -0500   The story related to me is that the echo/antiphonal division of the organ, located in the ceiling of the church is of Pilcher manufacture. I do not know if the main chancel organ was originally a Pilcher replaced by the Kilgen.   > -----Original Message----- > From: pipechat@pipechat.org [mailto:pipechat@pipechat.org]On Behalf Of > LAMAR BOULET > Sent: Saturday, February 20, 1999 8:51 AM > To: pipechat@pipechat.org > Subject: Houston Organs > > > I re-leathered and helped finish St. Pauls in the 50's for Kilgen. > Demming was the organist at the time. Some one mentioned that the organ > at ST, Pauls was a Kilgen/Pilcher. Could they explain the term > Kilgen/Pilcher. It had been installed about 1930. Does that mean that > Pilcher installed it? Two old Pilcher trackers are in this area and > still playing. > > I serviced the FMC and did not recall it being a Skinner and have now > learned that the Skinner was installed later. Did Roy Perry have much to > do with it? Roy was a distant cousin of mine. He was born and raised > in south Louisiana. What was the old organ at FMC? Was it a Kilgen? I > recall working on the Echo organ in the dome of the building. > > Several organs in Houston were Kilgens,on which Kilgen had service > contracts. I also removed a 'player' Kilgen from a funeral home in > downtown Houston for the Houston Casket Company. The casket co. built > crates to store the pipes in and the whole instrument was placed in a > warehouse at the Casket Co. factory. Does anyone know what happened to > this one.? > > Those days were the last few years of Kilgen. I worked with them up > until about a year before they went under. > > Lamar > > > > ______________________________________________________ > 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: Re: Larry Schoenstein From: cremona84000@webtv.net (bruce cornely) Date: Sat, 20 Feb 1999 23:26:56 -0500 (EST)   Thanks for the history lesson. You may not post very often, but when you do it sure counts! Very interesting stuff.   bruce cornely cremona84000@webtv.net    
(back) Subject: Re: Houston Organs From: Stanley E Yoder <syoder+@andrew.cmu.edu> Date: Sat, 20 Feb 1999 23:30:52 -0500 (EST)   Didn't another builder buy out Pilcher (or buy their assets when they discontinued business)? If so, who was it? Kilgen, perhaps? Moller, maybe?     Stan Yoder Pittsburgh  
(back) Subject: RE: Houston Organs From: cremona84000@webtv.net (bruce cornely) Date: Sat, 20 Feb 1999 23:49:12 -0500 (EST)   Thank you! Seems to me that the organ preceeding the A-S at First UMC Houston was a Pilcher. I have a vague recollection of Charles talking about it. Houston was full of Pilchers at one time!   bruce cornely cremona84000@webtv.net    
(back) Subject: Re: Houston Organs From: cremona84000@webtv.net (bruce cornely) Date: Sat, 20 Feb 1999 23:56:48 -0500 (EST)     >Didn't another builder buy out Pilcher (or buy > their assets when they discontinued > business)? If so, who was it? Kilgen, > perhaps? Moller, maybe? Yep! Pilcher was bought out by Moller. My understanding was that Pilcher's last contract was with St. John's Cathedral--Jacksonville, and Mr. Pilcher's finishing of this organ was somehow contingent in the contract, although the organ (1948, I believe) bore the Moller name. It was replaced in the 80's with a new Austin. I met Mr. Pilcher at the AGO regional in Jacksonville in the 50's and got to sit with him at the St. John's Cathedral recital (it was fun being a widdle kid!). An aside, First Presbyterian--Jacksonville, has a Pilcher 3m, originally a 2m Pilcher tracker which was enlarged and EP'd in 1927. Most of the original pipework is still there, although the local pirates have "borrowed" a couple of ranks!   bruce cornely cremona84000@webtv.net    
(back) Subject: Pilcher From: Bud/burgie <budchris@earthlink.net> Date: Sat, 20 Feb 1999 21:04:15 -0800   Local legend has it that Pilcher retired to California, where he built one final opus for St. James Episcopal in La Jolla (now replaced by an Austin). Anybody know anything more about this?   Cheers,   Bud    
(back) Subject: more Pilcher recollections From: Bud/burgie <budchris@earthlink.net> Date: Sat, 20 Feb 1999 21:14:36 -0800   There was a three-manual-plus-echo Pilcher in St. Luke's Episcopal Cathedral in Orlando, FL ... dating from the '20s.   I played it several times for Acolyte Festivals and other youth services in the late '50s and early '60s. It was kinda fun (the cathedral has decent acoustics), but I recall that the reeds weren't very interesting, and the action was rather sluggish. Of course, the console was in the back of the north side of the choir in a "swallow's nest", and the pipe loft was above the south aisle, across the way; the echo was above the baptistry in the west end, about a block away ... it was fun to put the echo on with the main organ and hear yourself coming and going (grin)!   it was later rebuilt and added to by Hillgreen-Lane (I think) ... one of THEIR last jobs, I believe. There was a fire later in the East End of the cathedral (nothing to do with the organ, as far as I know) ... I recall hearing that the organ survived, but possibly not the console. Don't know what's in St. Luke's now ... does anybody else?   Cheers,   Bud