PipeChat Digest #1614 - Thursday, October 12, 2000
 
Re: PC Organ Project
  by <RonSeverin@aol.com>
Pipe organs on Pitcairn (UK) -- Australasia
  by "M. Hackett" <mikehack@u.washington.edu>
Scott Foppiano to Play Rochester Wurlitzer (x-posted)
  by "Ken Evans" <kevans1@rochester.rr.com>
Organ Arrangements for Sale
  by "Stan Guy" <texstan@earthlink.net>
Pipe organ clocks
  by "don2@texas.net" <don2@texas.net>
 


(back) Subject: Re: PC Organ Project From: <RonSeverin@aol.com> Date: Wed, 11 Oct 2000 13:19:00 EDT   Hi Mick:   I know where there is a console shell, pedal board, stop rail, and bench. They could be obtained cheaply enough. They are from a defunct AOB, and these articles are not in bad shape. Let me know, as I can supply the church name and address. The AOB innerds were junk! but the rest was in good shape as of yesterday. Keyborads too, however I'd use better ones.   Regards,   Ron Severin  
(back) Subject: Pipe organs on Pitcairn (UK) -- Australasia From: "M. Hackett" <mikehack@u.washington.edu> Date: Wed, 11 Oct 2000 13:02:07 -0700 (PDT)     =3D=3D This message is from another list =3D=3D   ....a few days ago I noted a query about whether there is an organ on Pitcairn Island at this time. Howard Phelps, I believe, answered after having talked with Tom Christian on the island, that there is no organ there now.   Very true, but there have been organs aplenty on Pitcairn in times past.   The following is a selection from my (fourth) Pitcairn book, Pitcairn - Port of Call, which may be of interest to some:   January 22, 1876 H.M. wood screw sloop Peterel, 913 tons, 11 guns, Commander N. E. Cookson, from Tahiti, bound for Valparaiso. This ship brings an old harmonium (reed organ) that, "weak-lunged and out of tune," is given to a young Pitcairn woman by the ship's doctor. When a new organ is brought to the Island two months later, this older instrument is taken apart, then cleaned and repaired "so that now, with its really sweet tones, it served the young people to practice their first lessons in instrumental music, which they were not slow to do, notwithstand- ing the fact the fact that they had no book or teacher to aid or direct them." - Rosalind Young. March 18, 1876 Ship St. John, David A. Scribner, Master, from San Francisco, bound for Liverpool with a cargo of wheat. Captain Scribner brings the first of the many gifts given by the people of San Francisco as a result of Captain Skelly of the Khandeish telling of the kind treatment given while he and his (shipwrecked) crew were on Pitcairn for 51 days. Included among the gifts is "a beautifully-toned organ, of the Mason and Hamlin Organ Company." - Rosalind Young. July 2, 1879 H.M. screw corvette Opal, (ex-Magicienne), 14 guns, 2,120 tons, Captain F.C.B. Robinson, from Tahiti, bound for Valparaiso. This ship brings an organ as a present from Queen Victoria. The instrument is purchased in America by Admiral De Horsey for the Pitcairners. Before leaving, Captain Robinson plays the British national anthem on the organ. "There was not a voice that did not join heartily in singing God save the Queen'," writes Rosalind Young. February 9, 1889 British iron bark Frith of Clyde of Glasgow, 1,268 tons, William Smith, Master, from San Francisco, bound for Falmouth. ". . . Mr. Young officiates at the church and Miss Young is organist. The organ was presented to the islanders by Queen Victoria. Judge of my astonishment when Mr. McCoy informed me that this was their Sabbath, and as they had missed the morning service through coming off to the ship, if I had no objections he would hold divine service on board, which he did in a very able manner. . . . " April 3, 1895 (This of an organ that "almost" got onto the island.) Three-skysail yard ship Florence, 1,604 tons, F.C. Duncan, Master (with wife and children aboard), bound for New York, arrives at 5 p.m. (The story is told by Fred B. Duncan, son of the captain many years after their Pitcairn call in his book "A Deepwater Family." The Pitcairners traded aboard, and then with night coming on, they came to the captain's cabin to say good-bye. Noticing the little cabinet organ in his cabin, they asked if they could sing for the family and crew before going back to the island. Capt. Duncan assured them all would be happy if they would sing. "Without any hesitation" writes Fred Duncan, "they swung vigor-ously into the familiar hymns of the Moody and Sankey era, roaring out the refrains with a power that held us, and with a Polynesian rhythm that was irresistible. They particularly liked a hymn titled God Is Calling Yet' ... God is calling yet, year im!' they roared, and excitement mounted like that at a revival meeting. By the time the final hymn was finished and the last of our friends slid down the line to his boat, a light mist lay low over the water. Moonlight gave the scene unrealistic loveliness, which was heightened as the boats pulled off into the haze by the rhythmic splash of oars, their rattle against thole pins, and the repeated diminuendo choruses of God Is Calling Yet.' I was only eight, but it was a spiritual experience that has lives through a lifetime." January 20, 1915 Adran Steamship Company's steel screw steamer Ardanmhor of Glasgow, 4,454 tons, G.A. Cockell, Master, from New York, bound for New Zealand. . . . The captain was so impressed with the Islanders and their manner of living that he decided to make the call (at Pitcairn) his next trip a red-letter day. At each port of call he interested his friends regarding the island, telling them of our extreme isolation. When the ship returned there were seven tons of freight on board, including a new organ for the church. . . ." Miriam Adams. April 20, 1917 Commonwealth Government Line's steel screw steamer Australplain, from New York, bound for New Zealand. Through the goodness of Colonel George Moran, manager of the U.S. and Australasian Steamship Company, this ship brings an organ, many dresses and suits and other gifts to the Island. . . July 27, 1927 Ellerman Lines' steamship City of Carlisle (I), 6,382 tons, Captain J. Allen Mondue, from New York, bound for Auckland. In a letteer, written on Pitcairn, dated July 22, dispatched on this ship, Pitcairner M.E. McCoy, writes to F.E.S. Broadbent of London, who had been a crew member in the wrecked ship Khandeish, telling him of changes on the Island since he had been there in 1875. Among other changes, McCoy notes "Now there are over 20 organs, some 6 ft. high, no pianos, but many gramophones. . . .   Herb Ford, Pitcairn Islands Study Center      
(back) Subject: Scott Foppiano to Play Rochester Wurlitzer (x-posted) From: "Ken Evans" <kevans1@rochester.rr.com> Date: Wed, 11 Oct 2000 18:01:56 -0400   The Rochester Theater Organ Society will welcome theater organist Scott Foppiano to our Wurlitzer 4/22 console on Saturday, October 21. This wonderful musical experience will be held at the art-deco 2574-seat Auditorium Center, 875 East Main Street, Rochester, NY 14605. The console will rise at 8 p.m. with the inner lobby doors opening 45 minutes before = the concert start. Tickets at only $10 each will go on sale at the Box Office one hour before the concert.   Information about a special bonus offer for new RTOS members, driving directions, pictures, organ specifications, and a link to the newsletter that includes Scott's biography can be found at http://theatreorgans.com/rochestr/ .   We hope that you will join us for this entertaining theater pipe organ entertainment. You'll be glad you did!   Ken Evans, RTOS President    
(back) Subject: Organ Arrangements for Sale From: "Stan Guy" <texstan@earthlink.net> Date: Wed, 11 Oct 2000 21:16:30 -0500   Dear Pipechatters ---   I have about 230 organ arrangements from my deceased companion's library for sale. These are single arrangements. I will have the collections catalogued soon. These are popular and light classics arranged by Fred Feibel, Jesse Crawford, Ethel Smith, Dave Coleman, Lee Erwin, etc.   If you would like me to email the catalog to you, please reply to me privately. It is slightly over 5 pages long.   Stan Guy      
(back) Subject: Pipe organ clocks From: "don2@texas.net" <don2@texas.net> Date: Wed, 11 Oct 2000 22:05:21 -0500   Hello,   I build pipe organ clocks and I was wondering if anyone is familiar with = any music they would be nice to hear on a musical clock. The pieces would = need to be short , about 1 to 2 minutes or so, in legnth, and about the = character of Haydn's or Handel's clockwork music.   Thanks, Don Holmberg www.holmbergclockworks.com