PipeChat Digest #1258 - Monday, February 7, 2000
 
Re: Hymnology
  by "Bud" <Quilisma@socal.rr.com>
Re: dusty treasures, retired divas, and Rector vel fundamentus (you  tran
  by "Bud" <Quilisma@socal.rr.com>
Re: dusty treasures, retired divas, and Rector vel fundamentus (you	trans
  by <Innkawgneeto@webtv.net>
Re: dusty treasures, retired divas, and Rector vel fundamentus  (you  tra
  by "Bob Scarborough" <desertbob@rglobal.net>
Re: Yet another "house" organ
  by <p.wilson2@juno.com>
 



(back) Subject: Re: Hymnology From: "Bud" <Quilisma@socal.rr.com> Date: Sun, 06 Feb 2000 21:49:50 -0800   There ARE some magnificent DIFFICULT tunes that are worth learning, and, once learned, become a beloved part of the repertoire ... just off the top of my head, here are a few (all numbers refer to the Episcopal Hymnal = 1940)   5, 1st tune - Helmsley (having NOTHING to do with Leona) (grin) - a rather more stirring vehicle for "Lo! He Comes With Clouds Descending" than "St. Thomas", particularly if you have good Swell reeds and play the free accompaniment out of that little English grey book I never can remember = the composer of ... oh, I think it's Bairstow (?).   50, 1st tune - Chartres - a welcome relief from the Berthold Tours tune = for "Saw You Never in the Twilight", it's finally coming into its own, having been included in most newer hymnals   64, 1st tune - The King's Majesty - I keep HOPING that this WONDERFUL tune will catch on for SOMETHING ... it's a Long Meter tune ... SURELY a more general text can be found for it. We used to sing "O Salutaris" at Benediction to it, just to get to SING it, and occasionally "Vexilla = regis" on the Feast of the Holy Cross.   228, 2nd tune - Rouen has to be the most MAGNIFICENT neglected tune in the ENTIRE 1940 Hymnal ... I've occasionally used it for "Father, We Praise Thee, Now the Night is Over" or "Christ the Fair Glory of the Holy Angels" just to get to sing it ... played on Full Swell to Reeds coupled to all = the 8' stops in the organ and the 32's in the pedal, it used to give me CHILLS (grin). I remember hearing Dr. Willan improvise on it at St. Mary = Magdalene in Toronto.   492 - St. Keverne is magnificent; nothing else fits the meter; it's too short to be useful for anything but a post-Gospel acclamation, but there = it is ... I may just use it for that during Lent.   493 - Intercessor, the C. Hubert H. Parry tune set to Whittier's "O = Brother Man, Fold to Thy Heart Thy Brother" ... it took us singing it most of the summer for the communion hymn, but once they learned it, they loved it.   521 - King's Lynn has FINALLY got set to something other than that Chesterton text ("O God of Earth and Altar"), which I ONLY sing when the political party in power changes (grin) ... that way EVERYBODY can feel self-righteous (evil grin).   571, 1st tune - Mont Richard is a stirring tune, but nobody but a choir = has the breath to sing the continuous second half.   576 - Ora labora - I haven't noticed, but has this wonderful tune and text ("Come, Labour On") passed into any other hymnals other than the '82 Episcopal book?   592, 2nd tune - All Hallows - OK, here's one for PURE FUN ... it goes to several familiar texts besides "O Heavenly Jerusalem" and "The Day of Resurrection" ... if the congregation is singing it, I play it in G, = rather than A flat or B flat.   Things NOT in our book that we sing anyway:   General Seminary (?) - Friedell - Draw Us In The Spirit's Tether (I think the hymn version was in Worship II)   Vision - S. Mason (English Hymnal, #198) - Hark! The Sound of Holy Voices, Alleluia! Sing To Jesus, Love Divine, All Loves Excelling, etc.   Farmborough - Arthur Warrell (English Hymnal, #509) - Victim Divine, thy Grace We Claim   Those last two are worth looking up ... if you don't have access to an English Hymnal, I'll be happy to supply copies of the hymns.   Cheers,   Bud    
(back) Subject: Re: dusty treasures, retired divas, and Rector vel fundamentus (you translate it) From: "Bud" <Quilisma@socal.rr.com> Date: Sun, 06 Feb 2000 22:01:33 -0800   It's all so silly because they've only HAD a choir for about eight years = ... five with the diva and three with me ... and I'm the first professional ORGANIST they've EVER had ... this is a NEW parish ... about fifteen years old tops ... NOTHING is old enough to claim the sanction of immemorial custom, much less tradition.   I SAID something directly to the Rector about his discussing the music = with the retired diva, and he just about took my head off. "I am THE RECTOR and = I can talk to anybody I please about anything I please." The ethical = dimension he refused to see.   There are no music committees, personnel committees, etc. in our church. = For good or for ill, the organist (and everybody else, for that matter) works for the Rector, not the Vestry, and can be hired and fired at the Rector's pleasure with no recourse to anything or anybody else, including the = Bishop. That's in their canon law ... sounds like rectorial power-tripping to ME, but oh well ...   The Clerk of the Vestry asked me tonight why I wasn't jumping up and down over my very modest raise. I said. "Karen, NO amount of money buys them = the right to abuse me, insult me, question my integrity and/or ability as a church musician, constantly nag me, etc. etc. etc. ... if I was ABLE to DO anything else, I would, but I'm not." But I really don't know how long I'm going to put up with them.   Cheers,   Bud        
(back) Subject: Re: dusty treasures, retired divas, and Rector vel fundamentus (you translate it) From: <Innkawgneeto@webtv.net> Date: Mon, 7 Feb 2000 01:09:08 -0500 (EST)   Bud, been there done that. I know what you're going thru. But remember, God loves musicians, too. Trust in Him, and He will pull you thru.   Neil    
(back) Subject: Re: dusty treasures, retired divas, and Rector vel fundamentus (you translate it) From: "Bob Scarborough" <desertbob@rglobal.net> Date: Sun, 06 Feb 2000 23:14:32   At 10:01 PM 2/6/2000 -0800, you wrote: >It's all so silly because they've only HAD a choir for about eight years ....<snip> >The Clerk of the Vestry asked me tonight why I wasn't jumping up and = >down over my very modest raise.<snip>   ....all of which reinforces my position that church jobs suck. To me, = it's either the recital circuit, or le Grande Hammond in the living room! Who NEEDS this kind of garbage in their lives? Not me!   dB  
(back) Subject: Re: Yet another "house" organ From: <p.wilson2@juno.com> Date: Sun, 6 Feb 2000 23:44:25 -0800       On Sun, 6 Feb 2000 15:44:54 -0500 "Charles Wertalik" <wertzl@earthlink.net> writes: > In Manchester, VT there's a mansion, "Hildene,"   **snip**   Lyndhurst, in Tarrytown, NY, is another example. It's unusual in that most, if not all, the pipework is in the basement. I don't know if it's playable or not. When I was last there (1983), there was some talk of that. Does anyone know more?   It seems that, at one time, a mansion just wasn't a mansion if it didn't have a pipe organ!   Shalom, Preston p.wilson2@juno.com