PipeChat Digest #1152 - Monday, November 8, 1999
 
Re: choral vs. congregational settings
  by "Richard Pinel" <rpinelchat@musicman123.freeserve.co.uk>
Re: Complete JSB (Marie-Claire Alain)
  by "Gertraud Stiskal" <gertraud.stiskal@EUnet.at>
another organ movie
  by "Maynard Cuppy" <cuppy.maynard@mcleodusa.net>
Re: another organ movie
  by <ManderUSA@aol.com>
Glenda's Recital
  by "David Scribner" <david@blackiris.com>
Re: another organ movie
  by "Maynard Cuppy" <cuppy.maynard@mcleodusa.net>
Re: Glenda's Recital
  by "Glenda" <gksjd85@access.aic-fl.com>
Detroit Fox Slave Console plays again!
  by <ScottFop@aol.com>
Re: Glenda's Recital
  by "Rebekah Ingram" <rringram@syr.edu>
Re: Glenda's Recital
  by "Bob Loesch" <rrloesch@jps.net>
Pie Bill Gates!, was another organ movie
  by "Bob Scarborough" <desertbob@rglobal.net>
 


(back) Subject: Re: choral vs. congregational settings From: "Richard Pinel" <rpinelchat@musicman123.freeserve.co.uk> Date: Sun, 7 Nov 1999 13:46:14 -0000   >Yes, BUT ... glancing through the settings, it would seem >that except for the Merbecke and the plainsong (and even the >Merbecke COULD be sung SATB) they were harmonized settings >which would have been sung by the CHOIR. If congregational >settings were the norm (both here and in England), then from >whence came the HUGE stack of "choral" Masses in English >from Faith Press, Dr. Willan, H.W. Gray, Novello, Oxford, >etc.? SOMEBODY must have sung them ... >   We do We do!!!    
(back) Subject: Re: Complete JSB (Marie-Claire Alain) From: "Gertraud Stiskal" <gertraud.stiskal@EUnet.at> Date: Sun, 07 Nov 1999 21:46:10 +0100   73 is the right suggestion. Mme. Marie-Claire Alain was born in 1926.   Greetings   Gertraud Stiskal     >>I had the opportunity to hear Marie-Claire last week ... at 73, she >>is quite energetic and well preserved, looks bett er than her >>publicity photo.....   > Is she only 73. I asked my organ teacher as a joke when he is going to > introduce me to her (she was his teacher) and he said that it would have = to > be soon because she is nearly 90!!! > > Richard  
(back) Subject: another organ movie From: Maynard Cuppy <cuppy.maynard@mcleodusa.net> Date: Sun, 07 Nov 1999 16:23:32 -0600   Hi all, I'm back. You probably didn't notice I was gone, since I don't write that often. I used to be known as icorgan@aol.com. The divorce from AOL was not an easy one, but the problems were probably caused by Windows95 (at least it's convenient to blame them). Anyway I just finished watching a movie on Bravo about organs and organists...a German film called "Brother of Sleep" (1995) starring Andre Eisermann. All my TV guide says about it is "a tragic romantic triangle surrounds a musical genius." That much was obvious, but I get the feeling I missed something. If anyone has seen this film and understood it on another level, please respond. I remember a reference to the lead character, Johannes Elias Alder, being not quite of this world; so what was he doing here (or there)? Judging from his improvisations, I think he sold his soul to the devil and his body was taken over by Max Reger. Incidentally, for those of you who get Bravo, it's on again at 1:15 CST tomorrow morning (Monday). I set the machine to tape it so I can see the first part. Maybe what I missed will explain what I'm missing. Glad to be back. Ecstatic to be rid of AOL. Maynard      
(back) Subject: Re: another organ movie From: ManderUSA@aol.com Date: Sun, 7 Nov 1999 17:51:43 EST   In a message dated 11/7/99 5:25:30 PM Eastern Standard Time, cuppy.maynard@mcleodusa.net writes:   << Ecstatic to be rid of AOL >>   I confess to being really curious about your reasons for this - another = aol bashing. We have had two aol accounts here for years and years, almost = since the beginning, and have always been terribly pleased, all the more with = aol 5.0, which just became available. We do have an additional Internet = account which facilitates moving large files, and maintaining our company website. =   And, what may be the ultimate answer, as of about a year ago, we have a = cable modem, networked to all the computers here, so we are on 24 hours a day, never needing to actually dial up. One click, and we are on, instantly. = Above all, I find the many features of the aol e-mail system really helpful, = many of them unique to aol, and all easy, attractive, and pleasant to use. = Instant Messenger, an aol program now available to those outside the system, is tremendously useful, and good fun. It used to be an exclusively aol capability. My church hosted the Goettingen Knabenchor recently, and one = of our publicity moves was to do a quick search of all the aol profiles in = the state that contained the words choir or choral. With essentially one = click, I was able to send out a notice to more than 100 subscribers about our = concert, and had quite a lot of response to this, and several actual people who = came, and thanked me for contacting them in that way. You can tell I am an aol = fan, yes?!!   Malcolm Wechsler www.mander-organs.com        
(back) Subject: Glenda's Recital From: David Scribner <david@blackiris.com> Date: Sun, 7 Nov 1999 19:38:24 -0600   I have to report that for all of Glenda's worrying about her recital this afternoon she was worried in naught!! I have just returned from the afternoon's festivities and she did a very fine job. There might have been a little bit of anxiety in the opening piece with a bit of unsteady tempo but she recovered from it very well and the rest of the recital went smoothly. Well everything except for the last number when the power went out briefly. But she and her cohort started the piece again and finished beautifully.   The program was as follows:   Danny Lyons, Handbells Glenda Sutton, Organ/Piano   SONATA I (Op. 65): Allegro moderato e serioso - Felix = Mendelssohn-Bartholdy   Sheep May Safely Graze (BWV 208) - J.S. Bach (Handbells and Organ)   Little Fugue in G minor (BWV 578) - J.S. Bach   Pavane (Op. 50) - Gabriel Faure (Handbells and Organ)   Three Pieces (Op 29): Prelude, Cantilene, Scherzando - Gabriel Pierne   Suite #3 in D: Air (BWV 1068) - J.S. Bach (Handbells and Organ)   Pastorale (Op 19) - Cesar Franck   As longs the deer for cooling streams - Glenda Sutton (Handbells and = Organ)   Lover - Richard Rodgers (Handbells and Piano)   Bidin' My Time - George Gershwin (Handbells and Piano)   The Stars and Stripes Forever - John Philip Sousa (Handbells and Organ)   The most surprising piece was the Faure, which I gather from what was said during the introduction to it, Glenda originally transcribed for organ and then she and Danny did the transcription that was used today. It worked very well for the instrumentation and I hope that the two of them will program it for one of our Chapter's Members' Recitals in the near future.   And we got to see another side of Glenda in her own composition. As the program notes state, and I quote: "Originally written for soprano and organ (because of a dearth of boychoirs in the area), this has evolved further (it may never be completed!), and has been revised especially to accommodate the handbell's "sing" the melody and a descant." I hope Glenda will continue to compose and do more pieces like this one. I have already asked for a copy of it to do with a friend who is a violinist the next time I visit him.   This afternoon those of us who know Glenda and have hear her play in the past also got to hear another side of her performances. She, for various obvious reasons having to do with the instrument she plays, very seldom performs much in the way of the French Masterpieces. But this afternoon she programmed several of them and did a beautiful job, especially on a 5 rank neo-baroque instrument. She spent a lot of time working out registrations that would convey the feel of the music considering that the organ has no reeds or any of the normal stops called for in the music of Pierne and Franck. For those stoplist "hounds" the specs can be found at http://www.pensacola-ago.org/organs/stagadfs.html. And for those that are interested, Glenda's picture appears on the Officers' page on the site.   Danny Lyons, a member of the Pensacola Chapter and Director of Music at Gulf Breeze Presbyterian Church, said prior to the Rodgers that usually he, as a handbell person, doesn't get a chance very often to perform "pop" music on the handbells since usually he is playing in the context of a service. So this afternoon was a chance to do something a bit lighter and the audience enjoyed the two numbers.   As I said in my opening remarks, during the Sousa there was a brief power outage (something that we get all the time here in NW Florida - probably a squirrel climbed into a transformer somewhere and got zapped!!), and the outage was so brief that both performers were still playing when the power came back on. But they went back to the beginning and started all over again and did a wonderful job with the piece.   All in all, this was one of the best recitals I have been to in a long time. No "academic" type of program but just good music, well performed, and picked with the general public in mind to be a interesting program. And I have to point out that they played to a full house, I think there might have been one or two empty seats in the church!!   Big KUDOS to both Glenda and Danny!! And Glenda, you don't need to worry so much in the future about performing <GRIN>   David *********************************** David C. Scribner Sub-Dean and Editor, THE WEST FLORIDA ORGANIST Pensacola Chapter, AGO http://www.pensacola-ago.org mailto:ago@pensacola-ago.org 850-478-9635 - V 850-476-0711 - F  
(back) Subject: Re: another organ movie From: Maynard Cuppy <cuppy.maynard@mcleodusa.net> Date: Sun, 07 Nov 1999 19:59:17 -0600   I suppose the main reason is that I'm a cranky SOB who doesn't like it = when things get in the way of what I'm doing. There were the constant ads for = products I didn't want (usually), interruptions every few minutes to ask if I = wanted to stay on line when I was reading a long document and it looked like I was = idle, sometimes cutting the connection without any reason or question. It also = seemed like each new version was more unrelaible that the previous one. The = last straw was probably when IE4.? crashed and refused to load anything and wouldn't = let me back out of its error messages. An hour-long call to their techies, and I = was assured that the problem would be fixed. It wasn't. It wasn't even = improved. So I switched to Netscape and never had any further problems, except that it = didn't start up automatically. Guess their sleeping with Microsoft too. So that's pretty much it. I guess people have varied experiences with AOL. = I'm so far much happier with my current ISP. It takes more steps to start up, but = you get there faster. Everything I want seems to be available, and I'm = gradually finding it, but I don't have all the stuff I'll never use. Take care, and thanks for replying. Maynard   ManderUSA@aol.com wrote:   > In a message dated 11/7/99 5:25:30 PM Eastern Standard Time, > cuppy.maynard@mcleodusa.net writes: > > << Ecstatic to be rid of AOL >> > > I confess to being really curious about your reasons for this - another = aol > bashing. We have had two aol accounts here for years and years, almost = since > the beginning, and have always been terribly pleased, all the more with = aol > 5.0, which just became available. We do have an additional Internet = account > which facilitates moving large files, and maintaining our company = website. > And, what may be the ultimate answer, as of about a year ago, we have a = cable > modem, networked to all the computers here, so we are on 24 hours a day, > never needing to actually dial up. One click, and we are on, instantly. = Above > all, I find the many features of the aol e-mail system really helpful, = many > of them unique to aol, and all easy, attractive, and pleasant to use. = Instant > Messenger, an aol program now available to those outside the system, is > tremendously useful, and good fun. It used to be an exclusively aol > capability. My church hosted the Goettingen Knabenchor recently, and one = of > our publicity moves was to do a quick search of all the aol profiles in = the > state that contained the words choir or choral. With essentially one = click, I > was able to send out a notice to more than 100 subscribers about our = concert, > and had quite a lot of response to this, and several actual people who = came, > and thanked me for contacting them in that way. You can tell I am an aol = fan, > yes?!! > > Malcolm Wechsler > www.mander-organs.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: Glenda's Recital From: "Glenda" <gksjd85@access.aic-fl.com> Date: Sun, 7 Nov 1999 21:09:38 -0600   David is extremely kind, and I thank him for the generous review. I would like to take a moment and ramble about today.   Yesterday after rehearsal I was almost in tears - I was so tight, playing too fast and sloppily, missing runs, out of control. I went home, walked the dog for a LONG time, prayed and meditated, played with the kitten, and soaked in the whirlpool listening to the Rippingtons. I realized that = life goes on, and this was just like any other performance that I've breezed through in the past, and that I was letting one event suck out of me the very enjoyment of playing the organ.   This morning our church celebrated a belated All Saints' Day, and of = course I was able to wax prolific with the Toccata and Fugue in D minor for a prelude and play all my favorite ASD hymns - "For all the saints", "Ye watchers and ye holy ones" with all my favorite modulations and = transitions, "I sing a song of the saints of God" (well, some of the older folks there grew up with that one and like it a lot), and "Ye holy angels bright". Because "my man" RVW was figuring largely in the hymnody, I played the Rhosymedre at communion. It was a great morning. Before church I ran through my solos and was able to slow them down to proper tempo and play them note-perfect. A great friend (former parishioner and choir member) showed up for church and sang all the hymns lustily. It was a moving service - many people commented on the service and the music.   David and I discussed the Mendelssohn during the reception - I knew it was = a risk to open with it, because of that pent-up adrenalin rush that hits at the beginning. I think I held my breath throughout the whole beginning until the chorale - I played it in record time because I was turning blue! Reason came to the fore by that time, and I was able to rein that horse = in, although it tried to get away once or twice in those pedal measures (the = ego always wants to see just how fast one can play those passages).   I thought the recital went well, and although there were some things I = might have changed and done better, I was altogether pleased with the end result (mainly because it was OVER!). Post-mortem will wait until I get the = tape, but Danny and I were invited to perform at another venue.   Danny did a fabulous job, although I really wanted him to light the bells and juggle them on the Stars and Stripes. I had never liked handbells - never heard them when I thought they were worth lugging to the dump. However, Danny played at our AGO members' recital in March, and I was mesmerized - this was some neat stuff. He was that way today - a visual = as well as aural experience.   All this just to tell you the best part - a mother brought her two little girls to the recital. I know them well, and the girls are taking cello = and violin lessons. I have been encouraging the oldest (cello student - maybe = 9 or 10) in her studies, and asked her if she thought she might like to play something at Christmas Eve Mass with me. She expressed great interest in this. A little later she came up to me with a program, asking if I had a pen. I borrowed one from an attorney friend standing by, and she asked = for my autograph by my piece in the program! Well, you cannot imagine how I felt - I've never been a celebrity, and no one has ever asked for my autograph (other than those guys at the bank who lend money and my = secretary on pleadings needing to be filed). I told her I would invite her to all = my "premieres".   Yes, it was worth it - I've fought the good fight, am going to drink the good drink, and find the good bed. Tomorrow is jury selection day at the courthouse - life goes on.   Thanks for suffering the soliloquy.   Glenda Sutton        
(back) Subject: Detroit Fox Slave Console plays again! From: ScottFop@aol.com Date: Sun, 7 Nov 1999 22:23:51 EST   I just got home from a session at the Detroit Fox. The slave console has been put up in the gallery (stage left colonnade) and we will be using = that console for the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes Christmas Spectacular-whatever-it-is-called-show.   It works through the main console via blind pistons, but what an = experience to hear and play the big Wurlitzer FROM the balcony!!! I don't know when = the last time was that the slave console was used but it will be a new and different experience. You can't even hear the "ka-thunk-a" of the pistons = on the main console because it is entombed below the orchestra pit floor, = which is in raised position and has the hatch in place that covers it, for this show.   Anyway- I so much enjoyed being a staff house organist there from 1989 through 1994 when I left Detroit, and now I am very pleased and excited to = be back on there again.   Scott Foppiano  
(back) Subject: Re: Glenda's Recital From: "Rebekah Ingram" <rringram@syr.edu> Date: Sun, 7 Nov 1999 23:05:46 -0500   > the recital went smoothly. Well everything except for the last > number when the power went out briefly. But she and her cohort > started the piece again and finished beautifully.   So Glenda, what's with the power outage? Just the organ or everything??   -Rebekah    
(back) Subject: Re: Glenda's Recital From: Bob Loesch <rrloesch@jps.net> Date: Sun, 07 Nov 1999 20:03:58 -0800   At 09:09 PM 11/07/1999 -0600, you wrote: >David is extremely kind, and I thank him for the generous review.   And most likely, he was quite accurate!   >Yes, it was worth it - I've fought the good fight, am going to drink the >good drink, and find the good bed.   You deserve it! Congrats!     Regards,   Bob   http://www.jps.net/rrloesch   Time flies whether you're having fun or not!   The best things in life aren't THINGS.  
(back) Subject: Pie Bill Gates!, was another organ movie From: Bob Scarborough <desertbob@rglobal.net> Date: Sun, 07 Nov 1999 23:13:04   At 07:59 PM 11/7/1999 -0600, you wrote: >I suppose the main reason is that I'm a cranky SOB who doesn't like it = when >things get in the way of what I'm doing.<much snippage>   >The last straw was probably when IE4.? crashed and refused to load anything >and wouldn't let me back out of its error messages.<snip>   Typical performance for a Microshaft product. SNAFU. IBM's OS/2 was such a better system; too bad Gates and his Washington Mafia killed it off.   >I guess people have varied experiences with AOL. I'm so >far much happier with my current ISP. It takes more steps to start up, = but you >get there faster.<snip>   Rule of thumb: Even the worst ISP run by a bunch of snotnosed kids is equal to or better than AOHell in terms of performance. I keep AOHell, = and access it through my ISP via TCP-IP protocol in my winsock, and it works much better than if I use their dailups. It's also $10/mo, vs. the ridiculous $22. So, I can have the best of both worlds, but my e-mail is always there via my ISP, and Netscape usually always works, whereas Microshaft's Internet Exploder NEVER works right (like most of their = crap), and lacks features standard even in obsolete versions of Netscape.   I'm SO glad that the Feds are turning up the heat on Gates. That judge's decision buoyed my spirits so much, I pulled up my "Pie Bill Gates!" game and had a field day!   DeserTBoB