PipeChat Digest #1101 - Thursday, September 30, 1999
 
Fred Swann recital in Brooklyn Heights (cross posted)
  by <WAYNE_BURCHAM@rsausa.com>
SFZ
  by <Devon3000@aol.com>
Dennis James / Seattle Paramount / Halloween
  by <MUSCUR@aol.com>
Re: "Come, sing a song of joy....."
  by "Randolph Runyon" <runyonr@muohio.edu>
Re: Dual Console Organs
  by "Richard Pinel" <rpinelchat@musicman123.freeserve.co.uk>
Re: SFZ
  by "Erik Johnson" <the_maitre@hotmail.com>
Tuba Magma
  by <WAYNE_BURCHAM@rsausa.com>
(no subject)
  by "Carlo Pietroniro" <concert_organist@hotmail.com>
Re: Dual Console Organs
  by "Stanley E Yoder" <syoder+@andrew.cmu.edu>
Re: "Come, sing a song of joy....."
  by "Alan Freed" <afreed0904@earthlink.net>
Re: Dual Console Organs
  by "jchabermaas" <opus1100@theatreorgans.com>
Open Positions
  by <HDKarras@aol.com>
Re: Dual Console Organs/ Chicago Wurli
  by <KurtvonS@aol.com>
Re: SFZ
  by <Sepp123@aol.com>
Re: Tuba Magma
  by "N Brown" <Innkawgneeto@webtv.net>
Re: SFZ
  by "John L. Speller" <jlspeller@stlnet.com>
Re: SFZ
  by "Bob Scarborough" <desertbob@rglobal.net>
 


(back) Subject: Fred Swann recital in Brooklyn Heights (cross posted) From: WAYNE_BURCHAM@rsausa.com Date: Wed, 29 Sep 1999 09:06:22 -0400       Hi Lists,   I quote from the flyer:   Come join us for a Gala Benefit Recital with Frederick Swann playing the = Peabody Memorial Organ, E. M. Skinner, Opus #524 (1925) [4m] Friday, October 8, = 1999 at 8:00 PM. Music of Bach, Dudley Buck, Franck, Karg-Elert, and others. = Saint Ann & The Holy Trinity Church, 157 Montague Street (Corner of Clinton & = Montague Streets), Brooklyn Heights, NY 11201. Tickets and Information: = 718/875-6960. Suggested Donation: $30.00 - Students/Seniors $20.00. All proceeds to = benefit Organ Restoration. By Subway: 2/3/4/5 Trains to Borough Hall - N/R Trains = to Court Street. By Bus: B25, B26, B38, B41, B52.   I have no excuse for not getting to this one as it's a 5 minute walk away. Saint Ann & The Holy Trinity (Episcopal), reminiscent inside of Trinity = Church, Broadway & Wall Street, NYC, is a lovely edifice (neo-Gothic), in the = heart of Brooklyn Heights, one subway stop from Manhattan. The 4m Skinner in the = gallery is a wonderful example of its genre.   Wayne Burcham NYC & Milford, PA        
(back) Subject: SFZ From: Devon3000@aol.com Date: Wed, 29 Sep 1999 09:09:46 EDT   To me, the "Sfz" designation on a console produces in the imagination the sound of two wires shorting out (probably has happened in many an old = console when this button is pushed), while the "tutti" has always produced a = reaction from the lay person as that of the first word of an ice cream flavor. I = like the former (sparks and fire) better, as it seems to suit the sound = produced.   Devon Hollingsworth, in Chicago suburb.   Felix Hell performing here on November 5!  
(back) Subject: Dennis James / Seattle Paramount / Halloween From: MUSCUR@aol.com Date: Wed, 29 Sep 1999 11:18:07 EDT   A major new touring project on the silent film performance scene has its world premier on Halloween night (Sunday, October 31) in Seattle, = Washington: Teller (of the magic team Penn & Teller) performs the German-to-English translation for F. W. Murnau's FAUST with live musical score performance = by the Filmharmonia Duo: Dennis James (WurliTzer Theatre Organ and Theremin) = and Mark Goldstein (Buchla Lightning Wands). For tickets and more = information, contact the Paramount Theatre's web site at www.theparamount.com   James' other 1999 Halloween-period engagements this year include:   Tuesday, October 26: PHANTOM OF THE OPERA with the Oregon Symphony, = including a pre-show short organ recital at the Rodgers electronic. Orpheum = Theatre, Portland, Oregon.   Friday and Saturday, October 29 and 30: NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS holiday =   weekend screenings at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood with 1/2 hour pre-film organ recital at the 4/37 WurliTzer for each performance.   -------   Please Note: the previously announced Sunday, October 3 performance of PHANTOM THE OPERA at the Performing Arts Center in San Luis Obispo, California with James performing at the George Wright Signature Model = Allen organ has now been canceled.  
(back) Subject: Re: "Come, sing a song of joy....." From: Randolph Runyon <runyonr@muohio.edu> Date: Wed, 29 Sep 1999 11:35:40 -0400   Seems a lot of adjusting had to be done to fit the words to the music. = But if we're dealing with Beethoven on the one hand and mediocre verse on the other, wouldn't it make more sense to make adjustments in the verse? Doesn't Beethoven deserve more respect than the author of these words, despite their good intentions?   Randy Runyon organist, Immanuel Presbyterian Cincinnati, Ohio      
(back) Subject: Re: Dual Console Organs From: "Richard Pinel" <rpinelchat@musicman123.freeserve.co.uk> Date: Tue, 28 Sep 1999 20:56:39 +0100   It's just hit me that no-one has put forward the wonderful beast at the Anglican Cathedral in Liverpool. It has one attached and one detached console. It also has the loudest (I think) reed in Britain - a Tuba Magma = on 100" (I know it doesn't match up with Atlantic City - but 100" is still pretty darn loud!!!)   Richard    
(back) Subject: Re: SFZ From: "Erik Johnson" <the_maitre@hotmail.com> Date: Wed, 29 Sep 1999 13:21:37 EDT   Greetings all,   Casavant, in some of their earlier French Orgues, (like mine 1916) = labelled the device to bring on the full organ, "Grande Jeu" - which neither resembles a sparking wire short nor an ice cream flavor!   All the best,   The Maitre   ______________________________________________________ Get Your Private, Free Email at http://www.hotmail.com  
(back) Subject: Tuba Magma From: WAYNE_BURCHAM@rsausa.com Date: Wed, 29 Sep 1999 13:28:58 -0400       Wow, a Tuba MAGMA (See below). At 100" the lava must really flow! ; - )   Wayne NYC & Milford, PA       <<It's just hit me that no-one has put forward the wonderful beast at the Anglican Cathedral in Liverpool. It has one attached and one detached console. It also has the loudest (I think) reed in Britain - a Tuba Magma = on 100" (I know it doesn't match up with Atlantic City - but 100" is still pretty darn loud!!!)   Richard>>      
(back) Subject: From: "Carlo Pietroniro" <concert_organist@hotmail.com> Date: Wed, 29 Sep 1999 15:15:00 EDT   Greetings,   a fellow list member wrote to me and said that if I don't share my findings, then I shouldn't expect very many responses in the future, and to enjoy myself because soon I'll have myself all to myself. *very confused*. I never said (wrote) that I didn't want to share my findings. I really have no clue where that one came from. If any of you = want to know whatever it is that I'm looking for, I'd be happy to share it with =   you all. I just thought that since I'm the one who brought it up because I =   liked it when I heard it and I plan on doing it with my choir, that it didn't matter one way or the other how the words fit. After all, it would matter to me, since I was the one who asked for it. If all of you are also =   planning on teaching it to your choirs, then great. Now, if you're asking = it just out of curiosity, then that's another story. I ask for info, and I = get it. If you ask me to share something with you, then I will. I can't read minds. BTW, you'll all notice that I did share it with you. I was planning =   on doing it anyway. Please don't assume the worst when it comes to me. If you do, no big deal.   Carlo   ______________________________________________________ Get Your Private, Free Email at http://www.hotmail.com  
(back) Subject: Re: Dual Console Organs From: Stanley E Yoder <syoder+@andrew.cmu.edu> Date: Wed, 29 Sep 1999 16:07:36 -0400 (EDT)   Excerpts from mail: 28-Sep-99 Re: Dual Console Organs by "Richard Pinel"@musicman > It also has the loudest (I think) reed in Britain - a Tuba Magma on > 100"   Well, 'magma' at any pressure will, er, 'burn' the ears, but I believe the Liverpool is on 50", not 100". Stan Yoder Pittsburgh  
(back) Subject: Re: "Come, sing a song of joy....." From: "Alan Freed" <afreed0904@earthlink.net> Date: Wed, 29 Sep 1999 16:15:04 -0400   >From: "Carlo Pietroniro" <concert_organist@hotmail.com>   > thank God not all the list members are as "nice" as Alan.   I'm sure that most are. But we're also thanking Carlo that he did finally let it be dragged out of him just how that metric problem could be solved.   Sorry, Carlo. When I said "HIT" I was speaking metaphorically. I'm not usually quite so violent.   Alan  
(back) Subject: Re: Dual Console Organs From: "jchabermaas" <opus1100@theatreorgans.com> Date: Wed, 29 Sep 1999 15:33:00 -0500   Since several organs which no longer exist have been listed on this = thread. Let me add the Chicago Theatre WurliTzer as an organ which had dual consoles. Organ still exists but with only one console. At one time the Chicago = organ had three consoles, the two to the right and left of the orchestra pit played = by Helen and Jesse Crawford and a slave console which could be wheeled around the stage for production numbers. The combination action could be = activated from any of the consoles and the pistons set combinations which was = present on all three consoles at the same time.The slave console did not have working stop tabs so the organist needed the pistons to register the = organ. The combination action worked the tabs on the two main consoles setting up the same combination on both (or in effect all three) One of the main consoles now controls the organ in the seminary auditorium at the USML in Mundelein, Il.. The slave console was stored on a shelf = above the stage lighting board for many years until it was eventually sold to a party in Ohio.   jch      
(back) Subject: Open Positions From: HDKarras@aol.com Date: Wed, 29 Sep 1999 16:29:13 EDT   Hallo Pipechatters,   excuse please my off topic question, because i'm in progress to change my life into the states and need all informations about free positions with interest om european people.   Hans-Dieter Karras Music Director St.Ulrici Lutheran Church, Braunschweig  
(back) Subject: Re: Dual Console Organs/ Chicago Wurli From: KurtvonS@aol.com Date: Wed, 29 Sep 1999 17:19:30 EDT   Jon mentions the early (1921) dual consoles of the Chicago Theatre WurliTzer... The original consoles had independent setter boards and relays, and so = were completely self sufficient, with the exception of Tremulant controls. The original console, which was on the right (stage left) was replaced, I = think at the time the left one was installed, due to an accident with the lift which caused severe damage to the console. (They don't do well thrown to = the concrete...!)   The stage console he mentions was NOT a part of the Chicago organ = originally; it was shipped with the 5 manual job to the Marbro Theatre as original equipment; I know, I have the original cable tag framed on my wall. It = was moved to the Chicago when Helen and Jesse Crawford appeared in a return engagement, well after they were playing at the NY Paramount. This = console, which was indeed a hollow shell, is, and has been playing at the Shady = Nook Steak House in Millville, Ohio, since about 1970 or so. The basis of the = 30 rank organ at the Nook was the largest of three WurliTzers built for = Powell Crosley's WLW radio station in Cincinnatti. Originally it was a 3/10, but = was rebuilt in the 30's as a 3/17 with such unique voices as a Musette and Lieblich Flute (only the big Fox Specials had these).   Sorry to ramble...but I rarely get a chance to give pertinent info, with = all of the real experts on the lists!   Kurt von Schakel  
(back) Subject: Re: SFZ From: Sepp123@aol.com Date: Wed, 29 Sep 1999 20:35:34 EDT   There's a story about a visiting organist who replaced the engraved = plastic SFZ signage with plates that read ALL HELL. Apparently even the chimes = were part of SFZ...   J F McConathy  
(back) Subject: Re: Tuba Magma From: Innkawgneeto@webtv.net (N Brown) Date: Wed, 29 Sep 1999 22:25:02 -0400 (EDT)   Don't let the happy-clappy's get a hold of this, they'll have it flowing down the center aisle !!!!   Better caught than taught. . .better taught than not.    
(back) Subject: Re: SFZ From: "John L. Speller" <jlspeller@stlnet.com> Date: Wed, 29 Sep 1999 21:33:34 -0500   I have never much cared for calling the full organ piston "Sforzando", since the latter implies to me more of a momentary loudness like sforzando couplers on theatre organs (which I think are much more deserving of the name). "Tutti" implies to me not so much full organ as full to mixtures without reeds or something like that, so I don't think that is a good name for it either. So I would rather just see the piston marked "Full Organ" or perhaps "Organo Pleno".   John Speller  
(back) Subject: Re: SFZ From: Bob Scarborough <desertbob@rglobal.net> Date: Wed, 29 Sep 1999 21:45:03 -0700   At 09:33 PM 9/29/1999 -0500, you wrote: >I have never much cared for calling the full organ piston "Sforzando", >since the latter implies to me more of a momentary loudness like >sforzando couplers on theatre organs (which I think are much more >deserving of the name)<snip>   One of Hope-Jones' patented SFZ devices was to open all the swells momentarily farther than "normal" open. I'm not sure, but I think it only appeared on his American organs under the Hope-Jones name, and was not = used by WurliTzer.   Can anyone clarify?   DeserTBoB