PipeChat Digest #1132 - Thursday, October 28, 1999
 
Re: Bach Toccata and Fugue in d minor
  by "N Brown" <Innkawgneeto@webtv.net>
Re: Recital announcement
  by "N Brown" <Innkawgneeto@webtv.net>
Re: Pipes v electric.
  by "N Brown" <Innkawgneeto@webtv.net>
Re: Bach Toccata and Fugue in d minor
  by <Steskinner@aol.com>
Re: Bach Toccata and Fugue in d minor
  by "Glenda" <gksjd85@access.aic-fl.com>
Tips to deal with performance anxiety
  by "Glenda" <gksjd85@access.aic-fl.com>
Re: Tips to deal with performance anxiety
  by "Evelyn Rowe" <efrowe@mindspring.com>
Re: Bach Toccata and Fugue in d minor
  by "bruce cornely" <rohrschok8@webtv.net>
Re: Pipes v electric.
  by "bruce cornely" <rohrschok8@webtv.net>
Re: Bach Toccata and Fugue in dm
  by <SportMuse@aol.com>
Lutheran Vespers for Christmas
  by "William T. Van Pelt III" <wvanpelt@pop.erols.com>
Re: Bach Toccata and Fugue in dm
  by "mreeves@vzinet.com" <mreeves@vzinet.com>
Re: Tips to deal with performance anxiety
  by <DRAWKNOB@aol.com>
RE: Tips to deal with performance anxiety
  by "Tim Byram-Wigfield" <t_byram-wigfield@jesus.cam.ac.uk>
 


(back) Subject: Re: Bach Toccata and Fugue in d minor From: Innkawgneeto@webtv.net (N Brown) Date: Wed, 27 Oct 1999 20:59:58 -0400 (EDT)   I am playing the Toccata for a postlude this Sunday. The fugue will have to wait for another time. I originally thought of doing it for a prelude, but thought the better of it. I don't think I'm at liberty to say what I'm performing for a prelude, at least not until after Nov. 5 -- except to say that I taped my first round of the NCOI Organ Improv competition yesterday and have decided to play THAT piece on Sunday. I think the folks will love the Toccata (and Fugue) in D.   Neil    
(back) Subject: Re: Recital announcement From: Innkawgneeto@webtv.net (N Brown) Date: Wed, 27 Oct 1999 21:03:49 -0400 (EDT)   Best wishes, Randy, on you recital. Looks wonderful.   Neil    
(back) Subject: Re: Pipes v electric. From: Innkawgneeto@webtv.net (N Brown) Date: Wed, 27 Oct 1999 21:17:49 -0400 (EDT)   Believe me Ray and Bob, I understand your all's feelings, but, alas, not ALL churches are quite so horrific. But I will say your points are worthy of note (no pun intended). Church music is a very difficult business, there's no question. But I wonder if it's so different from modern day banking, communications, and other industries that are going thru such RADICAL upheavals. When I was part of an evangelical denomination, I marvelled at how many used-to-be music directors had switched to become pastors. Then it dawned on me (no offense reverends), they couldn't hack it as music directors of churches. It's tough work. But you know what else? There's no BETTER work anywhere, either. I mean, when I get the entire congregation "into one accord" as they lift the roof off the church with this hymn or that, I think, "Yeah, this is what it's all about!!" My church loves what I do and they have voted to increase my salary for next year, so I feel extremely blessed. I'm done now, sorry to ramble. --Neil    
(back) Subject: Re: Bach Toccata and Fugue in d minor From: Steskinner@aol.com Date: Wed, 27 Oct 1999 21:51:59 EDT   In a message dated 10/27/1999 8:40:06 AM Eastern Daylight Time, SportMuse@aol.com writes:   << What's your opinion on playing this for a postlude this Sunday, Oct 31? = >>   I'm playing it for the Prelude--with a note that we're reclaiming it for = its intended purpose --"Soli Deo Gloria!" Postlude is Toccata from Suite Gothique by Boellmann   Steven Skinner First Presbyterian Church of the Covenant 1982 Schantz/Skinner 5/103 (needs a master--anyone interested?) Erie, PA  
(back) Subject: Re: Bach Toccata and Fugue in d minor From: "Glenda" <gksjd85@access.aic-fl.com> Date: Wed, 27 Oct 1999 20:54:19 -0500   I will probably save it for the 7th - I like to do it for All Saints', and we're not having an all-out service this year - new priest hasn't started yet.   Glenda Sutton      
(back) Subject: Tips to deal with performance anxiety From: "Glenda" <gksjd85@access.aic-fl.com> Date: Wed, 27 Oct 1999 21:22:16 -0500   I am doing a recital on Sunday, November 7, and haven't played a full recital in about 3 years. I've never really had any problems before - an enthusiastic crowd is more than enough incentive to do my best work. However, earlier this year I went through a traumatic experience where I = was asked to play for an event away about 300 miles from home, and when I got = to the event my performance was cut before it even occurred. This experience really crushed any ego I might have had. I've played selections in = members' recitals and for an organ dedication since then, but this is my first real "get back on the horse" time. It has been hard to get "up" for this in = the same manner I was for the aborted performance (at rehearsal before the = event my husband told me it was the best I had ever played, and I felt it).   All this rambling is to elicit from you some techniques or aids that you utilize to deal with and overcome performance anxiety. Nothing beats = total preparation, but nerves can do funny things to the best prepared = performers. Although I've never fallen flat on my face in recital (thank God, they've all turned out well), it is a big fear. Any suggestions are appreciated.   Regards,   Glenda Sutton          
(back) Subject: Re: Tips to deal with performance anxiety From: Evelyn Rowe <efrowe@mindspring.com> Date: Wed, 27 Oct 1999 23:43:59 -0400   Well, let's see: last night I heard Marie-Claire Alain play at Westmoreland Circle UCC here in DC, and when she got to the "Allein Gott" trio (BWV 664) she played a couple of notes and then started over. A couple of years ago I was at an AGO Regional event featuring another prominent baroque specialist. She was playing an "echo" piece that was supposed to be the first piece clearly marked for 2 manuals or something like that, and when she got to the first echo, she got *nothing*. (That's the trouble with these terribly authentic trackers: no pistons.) So there's no shame in screwing up, sh** happens to everyone, even the best.   Evie   At 09:22 PM 10/27/1999 -0500, Glenda wrote: >I am doing a recital on Sunday, November 7, and haven't played a full >recital in about 3 years. I've never really had any problems before - an >enthusiastic crowd is more than enough incentive to do my best work. >However, earlier this year I went through a traumatic experience where I = was >asked to play for an event away about 300 miles from home, and when I got = to >the event my performance was cut before it even occurred. This = experience >really crushed any ego I might have had. I've played selections in = members' >recitals and for an organ dedication since then, but this is my first = real >"get back on the horse" time. It has been hard to get "up" for this in = the >same manner I was for the aborted performance (at rehearsal before the = event >my husband told me it was the best I had ever played, and I felt it). > >All this rambling is to elicit from you some techniques or aids that you >utilize to deal with and overcome performance anxiety. Nothing beats = total >preparation, but nerves can do funny things to the best prepared = performers. >Although I've never fallen flat on my face in recital (thank God, they've >all turned out well), it is a big fear. Any suggestions are appreciated. > >Regards, > >Glenda Sutton > > > > > >"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: Bach Toccata and Fugue in d minor From: rohrschok8@webtv.net (bruce cornely) Date: Wed, 27 Oct 1999 23:58:24 -0400 (EDT)     >What is liturgically correct about playing "The > Chrysanthemums" on Oct. 31? "The Chrysanthemums" is a favorite to use at the conclusion of jazz funerals, so it actually is a type of "liturgical" or church music. Being in a Methodist church liturgical has lots of leeway.   Thanks for the additional info about the symbolism of chrysanthemums in Europe.   bruce cornely ~:~:~ rohrschok8@webtv.net gainesville, florida    
(back) Subject: Re: Pipes v electric. From: rohrschok8@webtv.net (bruce cornely) Date: Thu, 28 Oct 1999 00:06:50 -0400 (EDT)   >I have been involved with this church and its > music for nearly 20 years and I have a great > passion for the choir and the instrument. The > "leadership" will work it out for themselves > because this is what they do. It would appear > they do what they want, and ignore the > feelings of committed and dedicated > musicians. This includes myself and all the > very long serving choir members who have > attended on a regular basis and supported > the work of this particular parish for many, > many years. It makes me sick! Paul, Perhaps you should stay until the "new" electrodigitroid is installed. The first Sunday its in, walt in right at eleven o'clock to begin your prelude, walk up to the console, turn to the congregation and say, "You don't really expect me to play this pile of (select your favorite excremental noun)", turn and leave them to savor your words for the next hour. Or you could stand up on the bend, drop your pants and "bless it." ;-)   bruce cornely ~:~:~ rohrschok8@webtv.net gainesville, florida    
(back) Subject: Re: Bach Toccata and Fugue in dm From: SportMuse@aol.com Date: Thu, 28 Oct 1999 00:19:03 EDT   Pipechatters,   Thanks for all your input about playing this piece as a postlude this = Sunday. In addition to the list advice, I asked my minister and a couple choir members tonight. They all said they love that piece and definitely want to =   hear it. So, I'll go for it.   Victoria Miner    
(back) Subject: Lutheran Vespers for Christmas From: "William T. Van Pelt III" <wvanpelt@pop.erols.com> Date: Thu, 28 Oct 1999 00:37:41 -0400   Those of you who own and love the CD "Lutheran Mass for Christmas Morning," a recreation of Christmas morning ca. 1620 as Michael Praetorius might have done it, Paul McCreesh and the Gabrieli Consort have done it again with their brand new "Lutheran Vespers for Christmas as celebrated in Dresden, 1664," this time per Heinrich Sch=FCtz. As in the first CD, it is recorded at Roskilde Cathedral in Denmark with authentic instruments, the Boys and Congregational Choirs of the Cathedral, with organists Kristian Olesen, Finn Evald, and the 1655 organ (well, lots of the pipes, mechanism restored 1993 -- sounds wonderful). They have also done a "J. S. Bach Epiphany Mass" as it may have been performed at St. Thomas in Leipzig in 1740. Both are available at http://www.ohscatalog.org   Bill Van Pelt    
(back) Subject: Re: Bach Toccata and Fugue in dm From: mreeves@vzinet.com (mreeves@vzinet.com) Date: Wed, 27 Oct 1999 23:41:46 -0000   Wouldn't it be cool if we all would play the Toccata & Fugue in dm, this Sunday...it would certainly be a way of "reclaiming" (as mentioned in an earlier post) the piece for us church musicians. The problem would be getting the congregation on board. It's probably one of the most recognizable pieces for the general population that Bach wrote for organ.   Mark Reeves, Dir. of Music/Organist mreeves@vzinet.com First UMC - Canton, Texas http://netministries.org/see/churches/ch02328        
(back) Subject: Re: Tips to deal with performance anxiety From: DRAWKNOB@aol.com Date: Thu, 28 Oct 1999 01:07:53 EDT   Dear Glenda,   I always "try" to convince myself that I'm the expert (otherwise someone = else would be playing the recital).   So, just think that everyone else in attendance is an idiot and you should = do fine ;-)   John  
(back) Subject: RE: Tips to deal with performance anxiety From: "Tim Byram-Wigfield" <t_byram-wigfield@jesus.cam.ac.uk> Date: Thu, 28 Oct 1999 07:48:35 +0100   Dear Glenda,   What a bad experience you've had. You don't say why your performance (300 miles away) was cancelled...   See if you can ask one or two friends to hear you play through our = programme beforehand. Try to analyse what it is you're nervous about. Be candid! = Are you completely on top of the music technically? I presume you're not playing it from memory! Also record yourself (privately); nce you've got over THAT hurdle of self-conciousness no amount of amazing payers in your audience can put you off your stride. You will also find out some good things about your playing when you listen back...   When you're actually playing, try not to let anything interfere with your concentration...get into the music! Let it unfold itself as if you were telling a story. Make sure you've practised stop changes, piston = pressings etc in such a way that you're completely confident.   Last; if something does go wrong, either in practice or performance, find out what it was, then laugh about it (life's too short!!)     Tim Byram-Wigfield, Cambridge   > -----Original Message----- > From: pipechat@pipechat.org [mailto:pipechat@pipechat.org]On Behalf Of > Glenda > Sent: 28 October 1999 03:22 > To: PipeChat > Cc: PIPORG-L > Subject: Tips to deal with performance anxiety > > > I am doing a recital on Sunday, November 7, and haven't played a full > recital in about 3 years. I've never really had any problems before - = an > enthusiastic crowd is more than enough incentive to do my best work. > However, earlier this year I went through a traumatic experience > where I was > asked to play for an event away about 300 miles from home, and > when I got to > the event my performance was cut before it even occurred. This = experience > really crushed any ego I might have had. I've played selections > in members' > recitals and for an organ dedication since then, but this is my first = real > "get back on the horse" time. It has been hard to get "up" for > this in the > same manner I was for the aborted performance (at rehearsal > before the event > my husband told me it was the best I had ever played, and I felt it). > > All this rambling is to elicit from you some techniques or aids that you > utilize to deal with and overcome performance anxiety. Nothing > beats total > preparation, but nerves can do funny things to the best prepared > performers. > Although I've never fallen flat on my face in recital (thank God, = they've > all turned out well), it is a big fear. Any suggestions are = appreciated. > > Regards, > > Glenda Sutton > > > > > > "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 >