PipeChat Digest #1080 - Wednesday, September 15, 1999
 
Re: ..the organ in question....
  by "bud" <budchris@earthlink.net>
"Silly" Toccatas, etc.
  by "Tim Bovard" <tmbovard@arkansas.net>
Charles Callahan Recital
  by "Robert Ehrhardt" <r_ehrh@bellsouth.net>
Re: ..the organ in question....
  by "bruce cornely" <rohrschok8@webtv.net>
Re: "Silly" Toccatas, etc.
  by "bruce cornely" <rohrschok8@webtv.net>
Re: Houston Trip
  by <stalan@ix.netcom.com>
Re: "Silly" Toccatas, etc.
  by "Bob Scarborough" <desertbob@rglobal.net>
Re: "Silly" Toccatas, etc.
  by "Bob Scarborough" <desertbob@rglobal.net>
 


(back) Subject: Re: ..the organ in question.... From: bud <budchris@earthlink.net> Date: Tue, 14 Sep 1999 21:48:32 -0700   I (briefly) played that model at St. Michael's RC in Paradise Hills, CA = ... I cornered the Baldwin dealer (a communicant) and threatened to have his indulgences taken away if he didn't revoice the beast. Unfortunately, the = only way to revoice it is to change capacitors on the stops, one by one, and = they have to be hot soldered. BUT, when he got THROUGH (after a couple of = DAYS), it was a half-way decent sounding electronic substitute, in spite of the off-the-wall stoplist. Of course, we also took the speakers out of PLASTIC-covered holes in the front of the church and moved the whole = business to the spacious (but unused) choir loft in back. The Liturgy Committee was = FURIOUS; the CHOIR doubled in size as a result ... they could sit with their = families during Mass, something they couldn't do when the choir was robed and = seated up front.   Cheers,   Bud   Carlo Pietroniro wrote:   > HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!! I gather that no one working for = baldwin at > that time ever won an award for the "best > stop-list-maker-upper".......anyone wanna help me throw the organ out = the > window?!? *thinking* maybe I can convince them to rent a Rodgers..... > > 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: "Silly" Toccatas, etc. From: Tim Bovard <tmbovard@arkansas.net> Date: Tue, 14 Sep 1999 23:43:52 -0500   Greetings, Friends!!   The current discussion mentioning "silly" organ works got me to wondering... Has anyone out there ever done a complete program of "silly" repertoire??   If so, what was the audience reaction??   Anyone ever done such a dastardly thing for an audience of organists (AGO, etc.)???   If so, what was THEIR reaction???   Personally, I absolutely ADORE "silly" organ music -- and, since I'm only an organist for my own amusement, I can get away with saying such a thing. (however, I DO think that the "public' might like it too...)   One way or the other, I bet it would be more fun than Latin...! <big grin>   Cheers!!   Tim (who just returned from a long, and rather bland, AGO program)  
(back) Subject: Charles Callahan Recital From: "Robert Ehrhardt" <r_ehrh@bellsouth.net> Date: Tue, 14 Sep 1999 23:54:04 -0500   Dr. Charles Callahan First Presbyterian Church, Kilgore Texas Tuesday, September 14, 1999 Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Aeolian-Skinner Organ, Op. 1173 (III/69)   Rondeau from "Abdelazar" - Henry Purcell Flute Tune - Thomas Arne Three Early Italian Works: Sarabande - Domenico Zipoli Aria da Ciesa - Anonymous Allegretto - Giovanni Battita Pescetti Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor - J. S. Bach   Trois Pieces - Theodore Dubois Fantasie Meditation Grand Choeur Romance sans Paroles - Joseph Bonnet Variations and Fugue on an Irish Air - Norman Coke-Jephcott Carillon - Joseph Clokey Four Pieces - Charles Callahan 1. Folktune 2. "Amazing Grace" 3. "For All the Saints" 4. Psalm of Praise (Toccata on "Old 100th")   Encore: Callhan's Prelude on "Abide With Me"   A delightful program filled with very lyrical and loving playing which showed to great advantage this truly unique instrument, the child of the = the late great Roy Perry, organist and choirmaster of the church from 1932 = until 1972. It is one of the relatively few instruments bearing the signature = of G. Donald Harrison.    
(back) Subject: Re: ..the organ in question.... From: rohrschok8@webtv.net (bruce cornely) Date: Wed, 15 Sep 1999 01:26:13 -0400 (EDT)   With a due respect to Rodgers, etc., I have yet to see an electronic stoplist that truly exhibits accepted thinking and practice in organ design. There is always something really dumb that jumps out and says, "hehehe these people really don't have a clue!"   Carlo! Maybe you could get a salespersonage to have one placed for your recital as a demonstrator. Good luck.   Actually, the main problem you would have on the "Hairless" would be keeping a straight face while playing. ;-)   Bruce & the Baskerbeagles ~~+~~+~~ rohrschok8@webtv.net ~~+~~+~~   When a man's dog turns against him it is time for his wife to pack her trunk and go home to mama. -- Mark Twain    
(back) Subject: Re: "Silly" Toccatas, etc. From: rohrschok8@webtv.net (bruce cornely) Date: Wed, 15 Sep 1999 01:33:44 -0400 (EDT)   I have long been considering doing a completely silly organ recital, a la Victor Borge, complete with prat-falls and wierd sound effects. It would take some prompting to loosen up the audience, since people are so afraid to laugh at concerts.   I love silly music, and recall in a workshop with Marilyn Kaiser making a request: In my constant search for stupid, silly voluntaries.... can you tell me who publishes that one!" She was much taken aback! hehehe   Bruce & the Baskerbeagles ~~+~~+~~ rohrschok8@webtv.net ~~+~~+~~   When a man's dog turns against him it is time for his wife to pack her trunk and go home to mama. -- Mark Twain    
(back) Subject: Re: Houston Trip From: stalan@ix.netcom.com Date: Wed, 15 Sep 1999 00:58:55 -0500   > Rice University has a Fisk/Rosales in the classic French style   French Romantic. You can email Clyde Holloway at cbh@ruf.rice.edu but, he is always <very busy> ... "Well, you know" ... The variable acoustics in the hall are fun, and the roll-out phone/fax/answering machine in the console is a must see... Clyde loves gadgets... <g> Still remember the air conditioning vents he had installed in the A/S console at Christ Church, downtown for those <heated moments> of music making. The Fisk/Rosales at Rice IS fabulous.   > I recollect that there is an early Andover/Fisk EP organ there too? > Would that have dated from Charles Fisk's ownership of Andover? > The other Fisk at Rice University Andover/Fisk, #25.... 1958.   An Andover organ... has Fisk's signature inside the instrument somewhere. It's in the chapel and was fun to play baroque music (even though EP)... Won't even go into having to perform Liszt on the instrument in organ class...   > The chapel Fisk is quite an interesting organ. "The first instrument > built by Fisk and (Thomas) Byers which might be called a true "opus" > was No. 25.... It was an entirely new organ, laid out in a manner > faintly reminiscent of Holtkamp, with a neo-baroque specification." > (Fisk II: His Work). > ---Great: > Spitzprincipal 8 > Lieblich Gedeckt 8 > Octave 4 > Rohrflote 4 > Tertian II > Mixture III-V > Krummhorn 8 > ---Positive: > Gedacktflote 8 > Spitzflote 4 > Principal 2 > Larigot 1-1/3 > Cimbel II > ---Pedal: > Subbass 16 > Octave 8 > Gedeckt 8 > (Quinte 5-1/3) > (Gedeckt 8) > (Superoctave 4) > * there was no explanation of stops marked () > This was the last completely EP organ built by Fisk.   It's been awhile, but I'm <fairly> certain that the Great was based on an 8' Principal (not spitz), and the pedal stops marked by ( ) are borrowed or some sort of unification, the ( ) gedeckt is 4'.   The <other manual division> is behind the console on the balcony rail, and the <Great> is enclosed -- that much I'm <certain> of. ;-)   > a must hear is the St. Paul's UMC Choir and Bob Brewer.   Yes, DO attend St. Paul's. St. Paul's choir is outstanding, probably the best church choir in Houston. Bob Brewer is a superb organist and service player and he and Frances Anderson are quite a team.   > I haven't heard Bob's choir, but I have heard the organ, a Schantz > 4m from the 80's which is veddy veddy English. Bob is not only an > exceptional organist but a really nice person, so you should get a > very nice tour.   Bob had some <work> done on the Schantz a couple of years ago. Began with replacing the zinc 8' basses and lower... not so good zinc, the pipes were collapsing (from 1981). Also redid the mixtures, the strings (ala Roy Perry, YUM!!), and added a Tuba.   Ditto for the nice person... and I might add <really>...   > In addition to the above, there are several other very exciting > organs in Houston: > Univ of Houston, Music Recital Hall 3m T, Beckerath; > Religion Center Chapel 3m EP Reuter   U of H VonB... "Becky" ... nothing exceptional, but a VonB nonetheless. The Religion Center Reuter ... a <real> screamer...   Try also the First United Methodist Church, downtown, A/S IV/118, 1966, Williams 1981/1985. The organ is undergoing some <work> right now, but worth a look see. Ken Axelson is Dir/Mus there and would be happy to show the instrument... BTW - the room at FUMC is AS carpeted (well more, it's alot bigger) and AS dead as Christ Church. The Org/Chm at Christ Church recently had <tonal> work done on the A/S there... softened it, I heard. The A/S at First Presbyterian is also worth a look see, Ara Carapetyon is Mus/Dir there. Redone by Schoenstein a while back (I'm really bad about <years>), the instrument, God forgive me for saying this, is actually <warmer> than GDH's original. Jim Williams and Roy Perry always said that that organ was never one of his (GDH's) favorites. The Walker, electronic 32's are quite successful in that room (one of the <best> large room acoustics in Houston).   > Also in Houston is Charles Fisk, #99 at Palmer Memorial Episcopal > Church, a 3/44 with a rather Spanish style case.   Another festive organ (have to use registrants, no combo. action)... I've played that organ at Mass where Browning was the celebrant, and one of my best friends is the mezzo soloist in the Palmer choir, and I thought the organ was larger than 44 ranks... I guess it was pulling and pushing all those "broom handles" they call stops... ;-) The church is modeled after some edifice in Vienna... more like Italian.   Enjoy your trip to Houston. There are many diverse organs there, as has been mentioned in earlier posts.   Cheers! Scott Davis FUMC Austin, Texas (formerly - FUMC Houston) stalan@ix.netcom.com "Too much of a good thing can be wonderful." ---Mae West  
(back) Subject: Re: "Silly" Toccatas, etc. From: Bob Scarborough <desertbob@rglobal.net> Date: Tue, 14 Sep 1999 23:10:28 -0700   At 11:43 PM 9/14/1999 -0500, you wrote: >Greetings, Friends!! > >The current discussion mentioning "silly" organ works got me to >wondering...<snip> >Personally, I absolutely ADORE "silly" organ music -- and, since I'm only >an organist for my own amusement, I can get away with saying such a = thing. >(however, I DO think that the "public' might like it too...)<snip>   NO one's sillier than I am, and I don't mind showing it in public. My = next recital will contain Robert Elmore's "Donkey Dance"...I LURRRRRRRRVE it! = It goes well with "The Squirrel", too, giving you a "wildlife" theme!   DeserTBoB    
(back) Subject: Re: "Silly" Toccatas, etc. From: Bob Scarborough <desertbob@rglobal.net> Date: Wed, 15 Sep 1999 00:50:27 -0700   At 01:33 AM 9/15/1999 -0400, you wrote: >I have long been considering doing a completely silly organ recital, a >la Victor Borge, complete with prat-falls and wierd sound effects.<snip>   I thought you already did that with yer famous Bawldwin Spinet collection...ya know, with the "Fun Machine"!   BWAAHAHAHAHHAHA!