PipeChat Digest #1566 - Monday, August 21, 2000
 
Fw: KSTL studio Wurlitzer
  by "VEAGUE" <dutchorgan@svs.net>
Greetings
  by "Rebekah Ingram" <rringram@syr.edu>
Fw: Greetings
  by "VEAGUE" <dutchorgan@svs.net>
Re: Fw: Greetings
  by <Innkawgneeto@webtv.net>
Re: Fw: Greetings
  by "Bob North" <bnorth@intergate.bc.ca>
Re: Fw: Greetings
  by "Bob Scarborough" <desertbob@rglobal.net>
OHS Boston, 8/18-Promenade Day
  by <ManderUSA@aol.com>
Re: Greetings
  by "Bob Conway" <conwayb@post.queensu.ca>
Pipechat IRC
  by "Mack" <dm726@delphi.com>
 


(back) Subject: Fw: KSTL studio Wurlitzer From: "VEAGUE" <dutchorgan@svs.net> Date: Sun, 20 Aug 2000 08:40:04 -0500   I'm glad it was saved. What size is the instrument (origionally)?   Rick     ----- Original Message ----- From: charder@ties.k12.mn.us <charder@mail.ties.k12.mn.us> To: PipeChat <pipechat@pipechat.org> Sent: Saturday, August 19, 2000 10:32 PM Subject: Re: KSTL studio Wurlitzer     > I believe it was installed in Phipps Center for the Performing Arts in > Hudson, Wisconsin. (Just across the St. Croix River from the Twin = Cities.) > > It is featured several times each year with concerts be nationally known > Theater Organ artists. I heard it a couple of years ago when Tom = Hazelton > played it. This was the first time in my life I had heard a theater = organ. > I was more than impressed. I was rather "moved" by some of the musical > results acheived on this beautiful instrument. > > Charles Harder > > > > "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: Greetings From: "Rebekah Ingram" <rringram@syr.edu> Date: Sun, 20 Aug 2000 10:32:19 -0400   This is a multi-part message in MIME format.   ------=3D_NextPart_000_000D_01C00A91.EB43D200 Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3D"iso-8859-1" Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable   Hi everyone,   I'm back from a long and very hectic summer. Hope you all behaved =3D yourselves while I was gone. ;-)   -Rebekah   ------=3D_NextPart_000_000D_01C00A91.EB43D200 Content-Type: text/html; charset=3D"iso-8859-1" Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable   <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN"> <HTML><HEAD> <META content=3D3D"text/html; charset=3D3Diso-8859-1" =3D http-equiv=3D3DContent-Type> <META content=3D3D"MSHTML 5.00.2314.1000" name=3D3DGENERATOR> <STYLE></STYLE> </HEAD> <BODY bgColor=3D3D#ffffff> <DIV><FONT size=3D3D2>Hi everyone,</FONT></DIV> <DIV><FONT size=3D3D2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV><FONT size=3D3D2>I'm back from a long and very hectic summer. Hope = =3D you all=3D20 behaved yourselves while I was gone. ;-)</FONT></DIV> <DIV>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV><FONT size=3D3D2>-Rebekah</FONT></DIV></BODY></HTML>   ------=3D_NextPart_000_000D_01C00A91.EB43D200--    
(back) Subject: Fw: Greetings From: "VEAGUE" <dutchorgan@svs.net> Date: Sun, 20 Aug 2000 10:29:57 -0500   This is a multi-part message in MIME format.   ------=3D_NextPart_000_000A_01C00A91.968973A0 Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3D"iso-8859-1" Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable   Yeah, we did.........darn it!   Rick     ----- Original Message -----=3D20 From: Rebekah Ingram=3D20 To: PipeChat=3D20 Sent: Sunday, August 20, 2000 9:32 AM Subject: Greetings     Hi everyone, =3D20 I'm back from a long and very hectic summer. Hope you all behaved =3D yourselves while I was gone. ;-)   -Rebekah   ------=3D_NextPart_000_000A_01C00A91.968973A0 Content-Type: text/html; charset=3D"iso-8859-1" Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable   <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN"> <HTML><HEAD> <META content=3D3D"text/html; charset=3D3Diso-8859-1" =3D http-equiv=3D3DContent-Type> <META content=3D3D"MSHTML 5.00.2614.3500" name=3D3DGENERATOR> <STYLE></STYLE> </HEAD> <BODY bgColor=3D3D#ffffff> <DIV><FONT color=3D3D#ff00ff face=3D3DEric>Yeah, we did.........darn =3D it!</FONT></DIV> <DIV>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV><FONT color=3D3D#ff00ff face=3D3DEric>Rick</FONT></DIV> <DIV>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV style=3D3D"FONT: 10pt arial">----- Original Message -----=3D20 <DIV style=3D3D"BACKGROUND: #e4e4e4; font-color: black"><B>From:</B> = <A=3D20 href=3D3D"mailto:rringram@syr.edu" title=3D3Drringram@syr.edu>Rebekah =3D Ingram</A> </DIV> <DIV><B>To:</B> <A href=3D3D"mailto:pipechat@pipechat.org"=3D20 title=3D3Dpipechat@pipechat.org>PipeChat</A> </DIV> <DIV><B>Sent:</B> Sunday, August 20, 2000 9:32 AM</DIV> <DIV><B>Subject:</B> Greetings</DIV></DIV> <DIV><BR></DIV> <DIV><FONT size=3D3D2>Hi everyone,</FONT></DIV> <DIV><FONT size=3D3D2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV><FONT size=3D3D2>I'm back from a long and very hectic summer. Hope = =3D you all=3D20 behaved yourselves while I was gone. ;-)</FONT></DIV> <DIV>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV><FONT size=3D3D2>-Rebekah</FONT></DIV></BODY></HTML>   ------=3D_NextPart_000_000A_01C00A91.968973A0--      
(back) Subject: Re: Fw: Greetings From: <Innkawgneeto@webtv.net> Date: Sun, 20 Aug 2000 13:00:16 -0400 (EDT)   Speaking of behaving, while all the OHS folk are in Boston, now's our chance to "paint the chat red" or something like that. Or then again, maybe not. :)   Enjoying an incredibly beautiful August Sunday afternoon here at the Jersey Shore.   Peace to you all.   Neil Brown Barnegat, NJ USA    
(back) Subject: Re: Fw: Greetings From: "Bob North" <bnorth@intergate.bc.ca> Date: Sun, 20 Aug 2000 11:24:49 -0700 (PDT)   >Speaking of behaving, while all the OHS folk are in Boston, now's our >chance to "paint the chat red" or something like that. Or then again, >maybe not. :) >   > > so maybe we should go over pipe vs electronic again, or maybe organ shoes, tracker vs ep vs direct electric. Or then again, maybe not> :) and its a gorgous, warm and sunny Sunday morning on the West Coast of Canada = (Vancouver) Too nice a day to go into those topics, I hope the guys (and gals) in = Boston are having a great time at the OHS Convention. Regards.........Bob > > >    
(back) Subject: Re: Fw: Greetings From: "Bob Scarborough" <desertbob@rglobal.net> Date: Sun, 20 Aug 2000 11:31:39   At 11:24 AM 8/20/2000 -0700, you wrote: >>Speaking of behaving, while all the OHS folk are in Boston, now's our >>chance to "paint the chat red" or something like that.   Visitors to the Pipechat chatroom will be force-fed the new STEEEEEEEEEREOPHONIC Lenny Leigh wav of "Hindustan". Great clarinet and kinura! Bwaaaahahahaha!   DeserTBoB  
(back) Subject: OHS Boston, 8/18-Promenade Day From: <ManderUSA@aol.com> Date: Sun, 20 Aug 2000 15:14:47 EDT   This Friday began with an early lecture by the wonderful Barbara Owen, to whom our professions (organ playing and organbuilding) owe monumental = debts. The topic was "The Hook Years," not an overstatement when you realize what = an enormous number of instruments that workshop turned out each year in the mid-1800s. Still recovering from Marathon Thursday, and hoping to keep at least somewhat up-to-date with these reports, I skipped the lecture (and breakfast too). So for me, the first part of this day happened in Hook Country, Jamaica Plain, and one of the lovely features of it was a = promenade by the lovely yellow home of Elias Hook. Is it coincidence that the roof = on the front porch looks for all the world like the three center flats of a typical Hook case?? We were split into three groups at this time, so that = no church was overly crowded, this meaning, of course, that each performer = had to play three times. My group began not with a Hook, but with Central Congregational Church's Aeolian-Skinner opus 946 of 1936, made in the same =   year as me - and now you know! I should only hope to be as versatile and effective as this amazing 14 stop instrument. It can do anything asked of = it, and today, it met just the right player to direct it. Possibly, this organ =   should not really function as it does - after all, it is stuffed into a chamber on the north side of the chancel - but - the room is welcoming, = and aided by 5" of wind pressure and scaling and voicing to match, it reaches every corner of the room. This should not suggest to anyone that it is = loud - it simply projects very well in all directions. The organ is entirely enclosed in one swell box.   We began with a version of the choral "Freu dich sehr" slightly different melodically than how I know it, a pleasant variation. Because of an unfortunate misprint further down the program page, for some, it became "Freud dich sehr," but I cannot here say more! After we sang, very well indeed, including a good run at a very nice harmony, Mark played the = bright and cheerful Pachelbel Partitia on FDS, followed by the Sowerby Arioso - these two totally contrasting works already demonstrating well the = remarkable versatility of this organ. Then, the driving Bach Trio on "Herr Jesu = Christ, dich zu uns wend" well driven indeed. "Langsam" from A Fantasy (opus 39) = by Harold Darke is a wonderful celestial bit of England, followed by another piece I did not know, "Placare Christe servulis" of Marcel Dupre, a great "tour de force."   The splendid playing of Mark Dwyer is no surprise to me - I have heard him = on several occasions, and know he is unstoppable. This organ, on the other = hand, was a total surprise. Fourteen stops, and look at the program it played, = and all beautifully and essentially authentically! Some rather larger = instruments cannot do as well. Thank you Mark and thank you G. Donald.   We walked through pleasant streets with lovely Victorian houses all = around, to First Baptist Church, with its essentially unaltered 1859 Hook, for a concert by Lois Regestein, a regular at OHS conventions. Lois's programs = are always a bit off the norm, including a sprinkling of rarely heard works, unjustly neglected. She began with a choral prelude: "War' Gott nicht mit = uns diese Zeit" by Johann Hanff, using a registration which Hook had set as = the plenum, just through 2' on the Great, without the mixture. It was fully satisfying. Dan Pinkham is an old friend whose music has occasionally been = to me more cerebral than moving. I have not always understood, but Lois now played "Pastorale on ''The Morning Star,' "which I found to be a wonderful =   piece. I would like to hear it again, and also play it. Then, on to three Haydn Musical Clock pieces, Minuet, March, and Andantino, revealing the absolutely beautiful Flutes on this organ. I adore Respighi, but know = nothing of the organ works. We heard the ravishing "Prelude on a chorale of Bach," =   another work I must have.   The last time I heard Lois Regestein in concert was at the Denver OHS Convention, and we were way up in Leadville, about two miles high. Baby = Doe of "The Ballad of Baby Doe" fame lived in this place, and Lois found a Soprano living in the community who sang for us one of the arias from the Opera. This added a great deal of interest to the program in that place, where we were struggling to catch our breath. Lois again this summer = brought us a fine singer, Dianna Daly, who sang a setting of Agnus Dei by Leonard Ciampa, music director of the church - from his "Mass in the style of Perosi," pleasant stuff beautifully sung. After a jaunty little Trumpet = Tune in D from somewhere in Telemann's vast output, the program concluded with = a strong performance of the Brahms Prelude in G Minor.   As you will know by now from my scribblings, if there is one thing those = of us who attend OHS conventions do really well, it is the singing of hymns. = We are great, nay, fabulous, with an unequalled collective instinct and intelligence. To hear us is to believe! All of this notwithstanding, Lois gave us a rather stern admonishment that we not drag, that we follow her tempo. Collectively humbled but not disabled, we responded with a most rousing performance of "Praise, my soul, the King of Heaven."   Another pleasant walk brought us to First Parish, Unitarian, where we = heard Gregory Crowell, Director of Music at Trinity UMC in Grand Rapids, and on faculty at Grand Valley State University. The organ is E. & G. G. Hook, = Opus 171 of 1854. In 1860, Hook added the Choir organ, which was apparently prepared for in 1854. Oh, that gilded age when that which was prepared for =   was actually finished!! We began in glorious harmony with the hymn "Spirit = of God, descend upon my heart." The name of the tune did not appear either in =   the program or the hymn supplement, so I can't tell you what it is, other than that it is the tune to which I have always known this text. At this point, Gregory was to have been joined by Paul Austin in a performance of Pastorale for Horn and Organ (1899) by August Koerling, but Mr. Austin = awoke this morning with a hopeless head cold. I can play the organ with one of those, but one would guess the Horn is hard enough to manage even with a clear head! I am sure this was a disappointment to both men, as it was to = us, but Gregory played for us the organ introduction to the work so we could = at least have an idea of the musical style. Hopefully, this can happen next year. We then heard a fine and sure performance of the Mendelssohn 4th Sonata. In the first movement, the instrument struck me as somewhat shy = and retiring. The second movement demonstrated really lovely flutes, and the Allegretto third movement a Clarinet with an amazingly beautiful timbre. Gregory had commented earlier that Paul Austin had perhaps gotten too = close to that Clarinet, which clearly, on a very few notes, was also suffering = from a head cold. With the appearance of the Reeds in the last movement, the instrument seemed to come out of its case and into the room with great = power.   The last venue in Jamaica Plain was to be St. Thomas Aquinas Church, where = we were to just have a peek and possibly sing one hymn, as the organ was in terrible shape and almost unplayable. There was an escape bus promised for =   those who wanted to get back to the hotel, and it had been my plan to take =   advantage of that so I could try to (almost) keep up with these musings. = The express bus was cancelled on the grounds that not enough people wanted it, =   fair enough when seats are being carefully counted to make sure that there =   would be enough room for all the rest to get back to the hotel on the remaining buses. This happenstance turned out to be something of a = blessing, because things were much better at St. Thomas Aquinas than we had been led = to believe. It was, no doubt, a touch and go situation, but Scot Huntington, = who had other things on his mind, like running a convention, had also managed = to give, and I emphasize *give,* lots of his time to trying to get this glorious 1854 Hook (moved to this church in 1989 and somewhat rebuilt by George Hutchings) playing - it had not been heard in 20 years!!! This is a major part of the OHS Convention History - the hours or weeks of time freely = given by OHS member builders to making ill instruments well enough to be heard = at conventions. I well remember the importance of this in Baltimore some = years ago, when for that convention, a number of builders put in countless hours =   for churches that did not even realize what treasures they had. Some of = the reactions were very moving, with parishioners joining us for a recital = with tears of joy, some remembering how it used to be before the appliance arrived. This wonderful effect was in fabulous evidence at St. Thomas Aquinas, where, for more than 20 years, there was a pastor who would not = even allow the organ to be mentioned, let alone played. I was told that it was only allowed to remain there (west gallery) because it looked so nice. (It = is indeed an unusually attractive case.) The new pastor welcomed us in a = really fine speech that made it clear where his sympathies lie, and he was = roundly cheered. No doubt with his encouragement, many parishioners were in attendance, some of whom had ventured into the balcony for the first time = to see what the organ really looked like. Scot announced that he would demonstrate the organ, announcing registrations as he went along. Then he would play a few pieces. I am not sure many of knew that he actually = played the organ, but it turned out that he indeed does, and did, and quite well = for an organbuilder who surely has little time to practice - even doing a creditable performance of the St. Anne Prelude. He then accompanied us in = "O worship the King," Hanover, and it was at this moment that the attending parishioners collapsed emotionally. The building is not without resonance, =   and to hear 400+ intelligent musicians filling that room with beautiful sound, first in unison, then in harmony, was overwhelming. Tears of joy = all around. David Scribner, co-owner of Pipechat wanted to be certain that I would mention all of this on the lists. Believe me, David, there was never = a chance that I would not. And who knows - will this organ now be played = again for Sunday worship in this place? One can only hope.   George Bozeman is always a major presence at OHS conventions, this = sometimes taking the form of an organ he has carefully restored, but most often in = the form of an interesting and somewhat unusual recital. Here, he fulfilled = both roles, playing on an 1860 E. & G. G. Hook (Opus 283) of 32 stops (rebuilt = in 1913), which in 1992 had "tonal re-instatements and recreations; refurbishment and restoration" at the hands of George Bozeman - all this = at First Congregational Church in Woburn, an amazing great wooden church with =   what was, in its time and in this area, apparently one of the tallest and largest open interior spaces without the support of any sort of columns. = It's quite a sight.   After a pleasant welcome from the church's organist, whose name I could = not hear, George began with the Bach P & F in G Minor (535) which I recall hearing David Liddle play some years ago at Woolsey - not a work often = heard. It is filled with toccata-like bits, with echo effects - quite intricate, = and an unusual fugue subject, somewhat wedge-like in reverse. Nicely done. = Then my least favorite part of the program, a Sonata in A of C. P. E. Bach = which I really do not think works well on the organ. The first two movements are terribly thin in texture, and do go on for a long time in what really = want, I think, to be Harpsichord figurations and ornamentations. The third = movement is a bit Domenico Scarlatti-like, and works rather better, to my mind. We then sang a quite fine hymn, "Eternal Spirit of the living Christ" to a strong, unnamed, tune by F. William Voetberg (a member of PipOrg-L), who = is one of my happily-remembered predecessors at my present church in Connecticut. The unison verses were a bit tough, with a high F, but in the =   fine harmony, it was great to sing and to hear.   Somehow, I think playing the Franck Chorals becomes very personal for many =   organists, and everyone has their own way of approaching them, perhaps. To =   the extent that this is true, hearing them in the hands of another player often leads to a "how could he or she do it that way?" kind of attitude. = This is where I was in George's performance of the B Minor. Places that I feel = as slow and peaceful, he chose to take rather briskly, his treatment of tied notes was different from my own (and surely Franck's - that's a joke!), = and he did some things rhythmically that I could not make my own. That did not =   make it a bad performance for me or for anyone else - it was just = different, but well-done within those differences.   We heard then four exquisitely registered and played choral preludes of Brahms: Herzlich tut mich erfreuen, Schmucke dich, O wie selig, and = Herzlich tut mich verlangen. And then, for something completely different: three of =   the Bartok Mikrokosmos pieces - rather fun on the organ, but I don't think =   they grow from the transition particularly. The program ended with a huge Concert Sonata No. 5 in C by Eugene Thayer, the first movement (Allegro energico) almost a large sonata on its own. The second movement, Allegro = con moto, was a charming canon in the manuals with a rapidly running pedal = part. The last movement is Allegro con brio, and was all of that.   Back to the hotel for a drink and another chance at the fabulous OHS store = in the exhibit hall.   Malcolm Wechsler www.mander-organs.com  
(back) Subject: Re: Greetings From: "Bob Conway" <conwayb@post.queensu.ca> Date: Sun, 20 Aug 2000 16:01:48 -0400   This is a multi-part message in MIME format.   ------=3D_NextPart_000_003B_01C00ABF.F20C5660 Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3D"iso-8859-1" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   Rebekah,   Welcome back, you have been much missed!   Bob Conway ----- Original Message ----- From: Rebekah Ingram To: PipeChat Sent: Sunday, August 20, 2000 10:32 AM Subject: Greetings     Hi everyone,   I'm back from a long and very hectic summer. Hope you all behaved yourselves while I was gone. ;-)   -Rebekah   ------=3D_NextPart_000_003B_01C00ABF.F20C5660 Content-Type: text/html; charset=3D"iso-8859-1" Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable   <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN"> <HTML><HEAD> <META content=3D3D"text/html; charset=3D3Diso-8859-1" =3D http-equiv=3D3DContent-Type> <META content=3D3D"MSHTML 5.00.2614.3500" name=3D3DGENERATOR> <STYLE></STYLE> </HEAD> <BODY bgColor=3D3D#ffffff> <DIV><FONT face=3D3DArial size=3D3D3>Rebekah,</FONT></DIV> <DIV>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV><FONT face=3D3DArial>Welcome back, you have been&nbsp;much =3D missed!</FONT></DIV> <DIV>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV><FONT face=3D3DArial>Bob Conway</FONT></DIV> <BLOCKQUOTE=3D20 style=3D3D"BORDER-LEFT: #000000 2px solid; MARGIN-LEFT: 5px; MARGIN-RIGHT: = =3D 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px"> <DIV style=3D3D"FONT: 10pt arial">----- Original Message ----- </DIV> <DIV=3D20 style=3D3D"BACKGROUND: #e4e4e4; FONT: 10pt arial; font-color: =3D black"><B>From:</B>=3D20 <A href=3D3D"mailto:rringram@syr.edu" title=3D3Drringram@syr.edu>Rebekah = =3D Ingram</A>=3D20 </DIV> <DIV style=3D3D"FONT: 10pt arial"><B>To:</B> <A=3D20 href=3D3D"mailto:pipechat@pipechat.org" =3D title=3D3Dpipechat@pipechat.org>PipeChat</A>=3D20 </DIV> <DIV style=3D3D"FONT: 10pt arial"><B>Sent:</B> Sunday, August 20, 2000 = =3D 10:32=3D20 AM</DIV> <DIV style=3D3D"FONT: 10pt arial"><B>Subject:</B> Greetings</DIV> <DIV><BR></DIV> <DIV><FONT size=3D3D2>Hi everyone,</FONT></DIV> <DIV><FONT size=3D3D2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV><FONT size=3D3D2>I'm back from a long and very hectic summer. Hope = =3D you all=3D20 behaved yourselves while I was gone. ;-)</FONT></DIV> <DIV>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV><FONT size=3D3D2>-Rebekah</FONT></DIV></BLOCKQUOTE></BODY></HTML>   ------=3D_NextPart_000_003B_01C00ABF.F20C5660--    
(back) Subject: Pipechat IRC From: "Mack" <dm726@delphi.com> Date: Mon, 21 Aug 2000 01:04:02 -0400   Greetings from Boston, and the OHS Convention. I will not try to describe what Malcolm is already reporting on, but we are having quite a time!!!   If anyone is on Pipechat IRC after midnight tomorrow, I hope to be home by then to stop in and say hi from everyone here in Boston.   Hope someone is still awake!! Cheers, Mack