PipeChat Digest #1165 - Friday, November 19, 1999
Posting error
  by <WAYNE_BURCHAM@rsausa.com>
Re: Posting error
  by "Alan Freed" <afreed0904@earthlink.net>
Posting error & Felix in White Plains
  by <ManderUSA@aol.com>
Re: Moveable Trackers.
  by "Richard Pinel" <rpinelchat@musicman123.freeserve.co.uk>
Re: A quick question about bananas and performance anxiety
  by "bruce cornely" <rohrschok8@webtv.net>
FWD: The 20th Century's Top Ten...
  by "Administrator" <admin@pipechat.org>

(back) Subject: Posting error From: WAYNE_BURCHAM@rsausa.com Date: Thu, 18 Nov 1999 06:58:05 -0500       Neil Brown wrote:   <<asked to post young Felix Hell's recital schedule>>   <<upcoming recitals:>>   <<Nov. 17 White Plains, NY, Grace Episcopal Church (noontime recital)   Nov. 17 NYC, Brooklyn, Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims (evening = recital)>>   I went to Plymouth Church last evening for Herr Hell's recital. I was = puzzled that 10 minutes prior to the recital the doors were locked and no lights = were on in the church. I went around the corner to the parish house which was = also locked. I rang the doorbell and inquired of the young man who buzzed me = in about the recital tonight. "Felix Hell?" he asked. "Yes." "Oh, that was = last night."   May I kindly ask that posters be very careful about the accuracy of their postings. And if they discover that they have made an error (which can = happen to anyone), then they post a correction.   We were not amused.   Wayne NYC & Milford, PA      
(back) Subject: Re: Posting error From: Alan Freed <afreed0904@earthlink.net> Date: Thu, 18 Nov 1999 09:47:08 -0500   > From: WAYNE_BURCHAM@rsausa.com > > May I kindly ask that posters be very careful about the accuracy of = their > postings. And if they discover that they have made an error (which can = happen > to anyone), then they post a correction. > Wayne:   That mistake was apparently much more widespread than just that post. A friend of mine made a lot of phone calls, and even chatted with Felix in person about it, and finally got the right information, and attended the = one you missed. Felix' personal website was designed (but perhaps not maintained) by his brother, I understand, and even IT had the wrong date = on it. So it's lucky the lad himself got there on the right night.   See you on the first.   Alan    
(back) Subject: Posting error & Felix in White Plains From: ManderUSA@aol.com Date: Thu, 18 Nov 1999 11:19:52 EST   In a message dated 11/18/99 9:47:34 AM Eastern Standard Time, afreed0904@earthlink.net writes:   << That mistake was apparently much more widespread than just that post. = A friend of mine made a lot of phone calls, and even chatted with Felix in person about it, and finally got the right information, and attended the = one you missed. Felix' personal website was designed (but perhaps not maintained) by his brother, I understand, and even IT had the wrong date = on it. So it's lucky the lad himself got there on the right night. >>   This makes me sad, because I went to the trouble of correcting Hans Hell's =   original posting (with the subject heading: "Felix Hell Schedule Correction"), and then he posted seconding that motion. HOWEVER, it is = quite possible that his original posting was Cross Posted to both lists. When I = get something that is cross posted, I delete one before reading, just for = economy of storage. The posting that I read from him was on PipOrg-L, and it was = to it that I replied, not being clever enough to realize that the incorrect information might have gone to both lists. I feel particularly badly about =   Wayne driving all the way from Pennsylvania to Brooklyn Heights for = naught. This is not my idea of fun. I have assumed also that most people on = Pipechat also read PipOrg-L, and that is clearly not the case. I will take the = liberty of posting here below my report from PipOrg-L about Felix's recital in = White Plains yesterday, in case anyone on Pipechat is interested in that. = Cheers, Malcolm Wechsler <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< Dear List,   Having read quite a lot about Felix Hell, a German organist (I am *not* = going to say young, I am *not* going to say young, I am resisting saying = young!), I decided it was time I heard him, and had, this week, a choice of three possible recitals (!) within a reasonable distance from here. With lots of deadlines pressing for me, I chose the closest, this afternoon = (Wednesday), at Grace Church, White Plains, New York. The Guilbault-Therien organ is an instrument I like a great deal, and if the acoustic is nil, the room is at least small enough for absolute clarity, and the organ is encased, and intelligently scaled, voiced, and finished to work very well in the space.   The TAO listing showed the concert beginning at 12:15, and we arrived on time, to find a totally empty church, and a very few people at a noon Mass = in a side chapel. I asked myself what manner of dumb thing I had done, only = to be saved by a concert brochure in a rack, that showed the Wednesday noon concerts at 12:35. For a moment, I also wondered if I was in the right = part of the world. The screened background of the program showed someone = playing a great Lute-like instrument, sitting under two great Palm trees, this after = we had shivered all the way from the parking garage! Sure enough, people did gradually filter in, including a blind gentleman with his Guide Dog, who seated himself in the center of the church. He in turn was joined by his somewhat deaf friend, who sat himself in the row in front, and proceeded = to read in a great loud voice bits and pieces of the program with his = comments. "It says he took his first piano lesson at the age of seven . . . Eight months later, he began organ studies. Why, that's ridiculous - there is no way he could reach the pedals?" And on it went, non sotto voce, with a lot = of supressed giggling all around, and the unexpressed hope that the = commentary might cease when the music began - it did. Tim Lewis, Music Director of = the church, soon began his welcoming opening announcements. He spoke of = Felix's performance at the NYC Chapter AGO Bach Day at St. Peter Citicorp, and of = how the newspaper critics, in writing about the day, devoted the largest = number of words, all tremendously positive, to his performance, without really referring to his age. He, Tim, preferred not to use the expression "child prodigy," but just - organist. Having heard him today, I believe his youth is, in fact, not an issue. He should be "tried as an adult!" The program:   Buxtehude . . . Prelude in D Major, Bux WV 139   Bach . . . . Fugue in G minor   Mendelssohn . . . Sonata 1 (F Minor)   This was my first chance to hear Felix, and I can only speak for this one experience. I would like very much to have heard him the night before at Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims in Brooklyn Heights, a beautifully = restored (Nelson Barden) Harrison Skinner from the late 30s. This might have been a different kind of program and a different kind of playing. At Grace = Church, listening to the Buxtehude, the word "luminous" came to mind. It was beautifully controlled, accurate and sensitive playing, with registrations = of interest and clarity. There was a touch, just a touch, of runaway = impetuosity in the very first section, but it never got out of control. The Bach G = Minor was simply splendid, its inner strength and joy fully realized, with a naughty and satisfying addition to the registration for the last section. = I adore the Mendelssohn F Minor Sonata. While each of them has strengths and beauties, this work, somehow, has always moved me the most, and it was = given here a really fine, solid, passionate performance, using the organ = extremely effectively, finding the richest, fullest, most Romantic sounds possible = on an instrument not necessarily intended for such fare. It worked really = well. The potential for impetuosity found in youth (there, I said the Y word!) = was realized a bit in the last movement, which really did kind of go mad at a rather wild tempo that, even in the very dry acoustic, lost some notes = under the table. I believe they were all there, but we could not quite always = make them out, but the movement and the piece ended well and majestically, and perhaps some of the helter-skelter is part of the exciting aesthetic of = this movement anyway. The performance of the work was, in fact, richly pleasant for me, as was the entire recital. Sustained applause indicated that an encore was wanted, and after receiving from below an affirmative nod from Tim, Felix launched into the C. S. Lang Tuba Tune. Any resemblance between what C. S. Lang would have heard and how he would have played this work - well, there wasn't any. But if this was not a "Tuba organ;" nor was it the spacious acoustic of an English cathedral. Felix chose to treat the work = as a bravura toccata at fairly breakneck speed, rather than a dignified bit of British pomp. He pulled it off, I think, right or wrong, and it was = accurate and in complete control, and the audience clearly ate it up. Felix = confessed that he had forgotten to bring the music with him, and was playing the = Lang from memory, by the way.   There was, today, a fine musician up in the gallery, in complete control, = and clearly demonstrating his mastery and love of the music we heard. As a Juilliard student, studying with John Weaver, and as assistant at St. = Peter Citicorp (heard of him?), his musical development will be nurtured and guided. Listen when the opportunity arises, and if you have a church that = can have a recital, hire him while you can afford him. This stock is going = up!!   Malcolm Wechsler www.mander-organs.com  
(back) Subject: Re: Moveable Trackers. From: "Richard Pinel" <rpinelchat@musicman123.freeserve.co.uk> Date: Thu, 18 Nov 1999 19:32:13 -0000   Hi All,   I tried to post this but it didn't get through,   Richard: >I suppose that's sorta like the organs at my church. On the West organ there >must be some pulldowns attached to the trackers and these are electronically >operated by contacts on the East organ? > >Richard > >(To see the spec of the organ, go to: >www.allsaintsnorthampton.freeserve.co.uk and follow the links to the music >department, then at the bottom click to read about the organs.) > >P.S. Tell me what you think as I design and maintain the site under the >Rector's Supervision (there is also a guestbook on the bottom of the >homepage)    
(back) Subject: Re: A quick question about bananas and performance anxiety From: rohrschok8@webtv.net (bruce cornely) Date: Fri, 5 Nov 1999 23:58:12 -0500 (EST)   I had two bananas at two o'clock before a four o'clock recital. It was great.   bruce cornely ~:~:~ rohrschok8@webtv.net gainesville, florida    
(back) Subject: FWD: The 20th Century's Top Ten... From: Administrator <admin@pipechat.org> Date: Thu, 18 Nov 1999 17:24:36 -0600   Folks   I have been asked by James Thomashower, Executive Director of the AGO, to forward on the posting below. Although he wrote it addressed to the members of the the two AGO mailing lists he would also be interested in getting replies from people not on those mailing lists.   David   PS: BTW, I wouldn't mind seeing copies of your replies on this list. Should be very interesting! But, PLEASE direct them to James at the address in the body of him posting as he is not on the PipeChat list and I really don't want to have to play "secretary" and forward them on to him <G>.   ********************************************************************** ***************** Greetings,   Now is the time for the Guild to acknowledge the most important people and events in the organ world over the last 100 years. Accordingly, I invite members of the AGO Leaders Listserv and the AGO Newsletter Editors = Listserv to propose TWO top 10 lists.   The first is the Top 10 Organists of the 20th Century. By that I mean the 10 most important organists; i.e., the 10 organists who have made the most lasting contributions to the profession in the 20th Century.   The second list is the Top 10 Most Significant Events in the Organ World = in the 20th Century. These may include AGO events such as national = conventions as well as other events such as recitals or significant developments in organbuilding.   You are invited to prepare and submit these two separate lists directly to me <mailto:jet@agohq.org>. Please RANK your lists with the = person or event in the first position being that of greatest importance and then moving on down to the 10th position for the10th most important organist or event.   Results will be published (or distributed, at a minimum, back to these listservs) in summary form, although I would like to reserve the right to publish any individual's top ten list(s) that may be worthy of special mention or recognition.   Please submit your lists by Friday, December 5.   Thank you!   James   James E. Thomashower Executive Director American Guild of Organists 475 Riverside Drive, Suite 1260 New York, NY 10115-1260 Tel. 212-870-2310 Fax 212-870-2163 E-Mail: jet@agohq.org Web Page: http//www.agohq.org ********************************************************************** ******************* **************************************** David Scribner Co-Owner / Technical Administrator PipeChat   http://www.pipechat.org 850-478-9635 mailto:david@blackiris.com