PipeChat Digest #1646 - Sunday, November 5, 2000

 

Re: Trackers vs......Re: expression and crescendo pedals

  by <Cremona502@cs.com>

Re: Trackers vs......Re: expression and crescendo pedals

  by <Cremona502@cs.com>

Re: PipeChat Digest #1645 - 11/04/00

  by <LLWheels@aol.com>

 


(back) Subject: Re: Trackers vs......Re: expression and crescendo pedals From: <Cremona502@cs.com> Date: Sun, 5 Nov 2000 00:22:21 EST   In a message dated 11/4/00 3:36:05 PM Eastern Standard Time, JKVDP@aol.com =   writes:   << Later they go running off to purer pastures unable to understand why a praise band has replaced their box of whistles. >>   I think if you'll look around, you'll find that praze bandits have = replaced more romantic organs than baroque ones. Churches that have baroque = trackers generally have more restricted taste in their music programs.   I really wish people would stop blaming this on tracker organs. There are =   just as many, possibly more EP screamers out there that were built in the same period.   Bruce . . . Cremona502@cs.com in the Beagles' Nest with the Baskerbeagles . . . Duncan, Miles, and Molly visit CornelyCues & Howling Acres: Ourworld.cs.com/Brucon502  
(back) Subject: Re: Trackers vs......Re: expression and crescendo pedals From: <Cremona502@cs.com> Date: Sun, 5 Nov 2000 00:22:23 EST   In a message dated 11/4/00 6:19:12 PM Eastern Standard Time, desertbob@rglobal.net writes:   << A fellow lister recently sent me an .mpg of the notorious "Frisky" at Wellesley. The discordant bellowing this turkey produces is MOST definately enough to drive me right out of the hall! >>   Please don't condemn all tracker organs because of one problematic one. = I played the Wellesly organ and really enjoyed the experience, but I also thought the organ was too loud. I also think the organ at Jefferson = Avenue Presbyterian is way, way, way too loud, but I don't condemn all Skinners. =     Please folks, try to use your brains JUST A LITTLE!   Bruce . . . Cremona502@cs.com in the Beagles' Nest with the Baskerbeagles . . . Duncan, Miles, and Molly visit CornelyCues & Howling Acres: Ourworld.cs.com/Brucon502  
(back) Subject: Re: PipeChat Digest #1645 - 11/04/00 From: <LLWheels@aol.com> Date: Sun, 5 Nov 2000 01:36:39 EST   In a message dated 11/4/2000 11:24:54 PM Central Standard Time, dessertbob =   writes:   << If organs continue to be built along these lines, we can kiss off the instrument for all practical intents and porposes. You'll note that the e-org peddlers, whose sales are >>   POPPYCOCK!!!!!!!!   I suspect if anything is going to kill of the pipeorgan it will be the attitude that there is only one way to build an organ (whether that be tracker, theater, EP, DE old, fat or red).   While I currently play a romantically-oriented EP instrument and enjoy it immensely, I appreciate a well-built classicly-designed instrument, regardless of the action, and all things being equal, probably prefer mechanical action where it is possible. I do not, however feel it = necessary to announce to the world that all else is bunk.   One of the amazing things about organs -- unlike almost any other = instrument -- is that each is completely unique and different. The role of the = organist has always been to learn the strengths of a given instrument and make = music using them. I have played church services on everything from a 3-stop = positiv to an instrument of 150+ ranks and everything in-between, and, IMNSHO, = done so rather effectively in each situation by using the instrument imaginatively. It takes imagination to play music from any period or = culture on an instrument designed for another period or culture. It takes just as =   much imagination to play Bach on an EMS as it does to play Vaughn Williams = on an instrument without modern accessories. A skillful organist will find a = way to make it work on the instrument at hand rather than carping about the = fact that the instrument is not to his/her liking. That is just part of the musicianship required of a good organist.   If you don't have that kind of skill, you should stop offering your = services as an organist and call yourself a <player of romantic organs> or a = <player of trackers exclusively> or something of the ilk.   Don't whine to the list or to the clergy if you haven't bothered, or are = too lazy to develop the skill to work with the instrument at hand -- IT COMES WITH THE TERRITORY. If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.   Larry Wheelock (Flame-retardant suit in place)