PipeChat Digest #1458 - Tuesday, June 13, 2000
 
Re: Jehovah's Witnesses
  by "Maynard Cuppy" <cuppy.maynard@mcleodusa.net>
Re: Why failure is built into Happy Clappy!
  by "Maynard Cuppy" <cuppy.maynard@mcleodusa.net>
when a Kimball is no longer a Kimball
  by <quilisma@socal.rr.com>
Re: Skinner strings
  by <Steskinner@aol.com>
Re: Skinner strings
  by <Steskinner@aol.com>
Re: Why failure is built into Happy Clappy!
  by "Stanley E Yoder" <syoder+@andrew.cmu.edu>
Re: Why failure is built into Happy Clappy!
  by "Bob Elms" <elmsr@albanyis.com.au>
Re: Why failure is built into Happy Clappy!
  by "Bob Elms" <elmsr@albanyis.com.au>
A Four Manual Organ is about to be Detroyed in Southfield Michigan
  by "Rev. Ed" <edwardorgan@hotmail.com>
RE: Vassar "Kimball"...
  by "Bob Scarborough" <desertbob@rglobal.net>
Re: Skinner strings
  by <Cremona502@cs.com>
Re: Why failure is built into Happy Clappy!
  by "Jim" <Bald1@prodigy.net>
Re: Vassar "Kimball"...
  by <Cremona502@cs.com>
PLU Fritts and Temperament
  by "Bruce Behnke" <behnke@lvcm.com>
Re: Organ removal from Vassar college
  by "Bob Scarborough" <desertbob@rglobal.net>
Re: Flentrops [was Vassar "Kimball"...]
  by "TommyLee Whitlock" <tommylee@whitlock.org>
Re: Music request
  by <Posthorn8@aol.com>
Review of Nigel Potts' CD (X posted)
  by "Hugh Drogemuller" <lon.hdrogemuller@wwdc.com>
Re: Organ removal from Vassar college
  by "Bob Scarborough" <desertbob@rglobal.net>
Re: Organ removal from Vassar college
  by "Bob Scarborough" <desertbob@rglobal.net>
 


(back) Subject: Re: Jehovah's Witnesses From: "Maynard Cuppy" <cuppy.maynard@mcleodusa.net> Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2000 19:19:46 -0500   For what it's worth, I believe their buildings are called Kingdom Halls. = At least the ones in this neck of the woods. Maynard   Jerrell Kautz wrote:   > I have never heard of an organ in a Jehovah Witness Watchtower. Do they = use organs in worship or not? > > "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: Re: Why failure is built into Happy Clappy! From: "Maynard Cuppy" <cuppy.maynard@mcleodusa.net> Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2000 19:20:39 -0500   The whole thing sounds fishy to me :) Maynard   Rebekah Ingram wrote:   > ----- Original Message ----- > From: <Cremona502@cs.com> > To: <pipechat@pipechat.org> > Sent: Tuesday, June 13, 2000 12:47 PM > Subject: Re: Why failure is built into Happy Clappy! > > > In a message dated 6/13/00 12:11:10 PM Eastern Daylight Time, > > desertbob@rglobal.net writes: > > > > > I'm not sure how they'd go over in fish markets yet, however.... > > What? Churches or organs!! > > > > Organs play scales..... fish wear them! There's gotta be a = connection > > somewhere. > > You can tune an organ, but you can't tune a fish. > > Hey, somebody had to say it. > > -Rebekah > > "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: when a Kimball is no longer a Kimball From: <quilisma@socal.rr.com> Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2000 17:57:12 -0700   Hear! Hear!   AND I think the point was made that the smaller organ is NOT an original, untouched Kimball in the first place, but rather a Kimball with = Gress-Miles implants, most of which would require radical revoicing (if not outright removal) to bring the instrument back to anything even CLOSE to its = original state tonally.   We all know instruments that have been similarly treated ... the Roosevelt = / E.M. Skinner / Holtkamp in Warner Hall and the E. M. Skinner / GDH Skinner in Finney Chapel, both at Oberlin, were similarly treated ... Warner was considerably more successful than Finney; indeed some writers date the decline of Harrison's popularity from the Finney chapel organ and the rebuild at Michigan.   Kimball organs are worthy of preservation in their own right; in at least the larger ones, more sumptuous materials, etc. cannot be imagined, OR voicing. It MIGHT be possible to find orphan Kimball pipework from = elsewhere and do a museum-quality rebuild/restoration to turn the Vassar College = organ BACK into a Kimball; I'm not sure from the description of its current = state how desirable it is as it stands today.   As to the quality and versatility of Fritts organs, see my earlier = comments.   Cheers,   Bud   Douglas A Campbell wrote:   > Dear Chatters, > > I find myself in a most unusual position, as I am a very strong advocate > of maintaining older instruments, BUT........ > > 1). Let me say once more -- Vassar has TWO (2) Gress-Miles Organs ! They > are both similar tonally. They were offered the opportunity to obtain a > new instrument to replace the SMALLER of the two organs. > > 2). Who in HECK said that a Fritz mechanical action instrument is a > "Baroque Tracker" that can only play one specific peroid of music > ?????????? > > People, I know that the words "Baroque Tracker" ( or Really "NEO_Baroque > Tracker") instantly rise ire, BUT no one eve4r said that the new > instrument would be anything like a "Neo-Baroque ANYTHING ( except that > it will be mechanical action). > > Come on folks, get a grip, please ???? > > meanwhile, let's find a good home for this fine instrument! > > Douglas A. Campbell > Skaneateles, NY > > On Tue, 13 Jun 2000 16:54:25 -0500 "Jon C. Habermaas" > <opus1100@catoe.org> writes: > > At 05:33 PM 06/13/2000 -0400, you wrote: > > >Hi All, > > > > > >I agree 1000% with DeserTBoB. ... > > > > > > I'll try hard to not go on record as having agreed with DeTBob, but > > it does > > make one wonder why and institution would limit themselves to an > > instrument > > that can basically only one type of music. With a little re-working > > I'm > > sure a few stops could be added to the Kimball that would make it > > possible > > to play B'roke music without completely sacrificing its ability to > > play a > > wide variety of other styles of organ music. > > Just a thought... > > > > jch > > > > > > "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 > > > > "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: Re: Skinner strings From: <Steskinner@aol.com> Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2000 21:25:48 EDT   In a message dated 6/13/00 9:10:00 AM Russian Daylight Time, Cremona502@cs.com writes:   << get a nice little organ of your pleasure for the chapel or the choir room or the fellowship hall. I think it would = be best to just leave the organ alone! (sorry) >>   Bruce:   I did that! Lovely 7 rank (EP) in our 80 seat chapel. The strings are = not as thin as the Skinner, but not as "voluptuous" as I would want in the sanctuary. They work beautifully in the chapel, however. The chapel = organ, of course, is not for my pleasure, but designed for the services, 8:30 AM church and funerals, that take place there.   Steven Skinner First Presbyterian Church of the Covenant Erie, PA  
(back) Subject: Re: Skinner strings From: <Steskinner@aol.com> Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2000 21:25:50 EDT   In a message dated 6/12/00 9:17:07 PM Russian Daylight Time, = KurtvonS@aol.com writes:   << While crating the Salicionals is an option, the fatter satrings you = long for probably won't fit on the same chest space! Another matter to consider. I'd still add a pair of Viole de Gambes and keep the Salicionals = also.... Kurt >>   Wow, this has sparked more conversation than I expected! The chests were built with fatter strings in mind (the swell celeste goes all the way down = to C, btw). The solo division HAS Gambas (celeste goes all the way down = there, too) which are very nice. My beef is that all the strings sound the same--keen and stringy--which is a fine sound, but is it really necessary = to have 4 sets of them? Will replacing just one set of salicionals with fat, voluptuous violas destroy the organ, which is mostly Schantz (with 20 or = so ranks of Skinner)?   Steven Skinner First Presbyterian Church of the Covenant Erie, PA  
(back) Subject: Re: Why failure is built into Happy Clappy! From: "Stanley E Yoder" <syoder+@andrew.cmu.edu> Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2000 21:30:28 -0400 (EDT)   Excerpts from mail: 13-Jun-100 Re: Why failure is built in.. by "Ray Thursby"@earthlink. > Shall we write fin to this now?   Yes, solely for the halibut. Stan Yoder Pittsburgh  
(back) Subject: Re: Why failure is built into Happy Clappy! From: "Bob Elms" <elmsr@albanyis.com.au> Date: Wed, 14 Jun 2000 09:44:54 +0800   O come on, Ron, that's a little over the top don't you think? My church has a traditional service on Sunday mornings with traditional = hymns for the most part. Once a month we have a "Praise and Worship" service for those who like the clappy-happy kind of music. Now I play the pipe organ for the trad.services and a keyboard for the clappy-happy, and I enjoy both. Does that align me with the Devil or = somehow make me left-wing? And who's talking about entertainment? The trad. service has a choir; are = you going to be consistent and brand that entertainment too? And voluntaries, = are they different because they are traditional? To see the air of reverence = of some of the clappy-happy worshipers to me puts it beyond doubt that they = are not there for entertainment but for worship of God. Let's be consistent Ron. Bob Elms.   RonSeverin@aol.com wrote:   > Dear Desert: > > Try left wing, and it is insidious, and I might add disrespectful, and = not > in my estimation worthy of the worship of God. Praise Bands are the > work of El Diablo to be sure, as entertainment has never been worship > of God, but of man. Happy clappy may be worship to some, but to whom, > certainly not God. Oh I know the words seem to be Christian, I've heard > that excuse,or it brings um in, and the real bottom line is $$$ $$$ $$$ = not > worship of God. Too bad some seem to think going down this road is the > resolution and salvation. What goes along with this charade is tellin' = um > what they want to hear, not what they need to hear, and the money rolls > in for a while, and then disaffection and falling away. The doors close. > Who benefits then, you guessed it, old, quietly evil, El Diablo!? > > Ron on vacation > > "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   -- ----------------------------------------------------- Click here for Free Video!! http://www.gohip.com/freevideo/      
(back) Subject: Re: Why failure is built into Happy Clappy! From: "Bob Elms" <elmsr@albanyis.com.au> Date: Wed, 14 Jun 2000 10:09:56 +0800   I have just replied to someone who claimed that the "clappy-happies" were = left wing and a tool of the Devil. Now we are told they are products of the far right, which leads me to the conclusion that some, at least, of their = critics have not much knowledge of the subject they are sounding off about. If the clappies are left wing, right wing and products of the Devil so are = all those who listen to pop music of any kind. Make up your minds, folks, they can't be both, but whatever they are so = are all those people who enjoy listening to pop music of any kind. Get real, = folks, your prejudice is showing! Bob E.     Bob Scarborough wrote:   > At 11:30 AM 6/13/2000 EDT, you wrote: > >Try left wing, and it is insidious, and I might add disrespectful, and = not > >in my estimation worthy of the worship of God.<schniip> > > pRaZe bAnD music is a function of far-right learning "fundie" churches, = and > has spread also to "mainstreamers", who are trying anything to drag = people > through the door, after suffering years of losses, both in attrition and = to > the "fundies". It's also interesting to note that such barns featuring > pRaZe/Happy Clappy also are the ones that disdain the organ as a "symbol = or > corrpution", have the women wearing floor-length dresses, and push the > boundary of church-state separation by working with church-provided = funds > on far-right political candidates' campaigns. > > Increasingly, not just the "fundies" are guilty of this either; witness > Mahoney's and the Mo-Mo's pouring of church funds into the "Yes on 22" > campaign in California. I've since petitioned my representatives that > these "churches" should be taxed, just like any other business. I found > out to my surprise, while they clearly state that such legislation = wouldn't > pass now, there's an increasing contingent of the electorate that thinks > likewise. All the better to continue my campaign to place the organ = back > into public, secular performance places, and free it from the "church", > which has lost its mission anyway, and is dabbling in areas where it > shouldn't. > > I'm not sure how they'd go over in fish markets yet, however.... > > DeserTBoB > > "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   -- ----------------------------------------------------- Click here for Free Video!! http://www.gohip.com/freevideo/      
(back) Subject: A Four Manual Organ is about to be Detroyed in Southfield Michigan From: "Rev. Ed" <edwardorgan@hotmail.com> Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2000 19:22:59 PDT   Organists Near and far, Stay posted for a pipe organ that will be free to anyone that will remove it. It is in a church in Southfield Michigan (a northern suburb od =   Detroit). I will post again with a stop list when I obtain it. For your information, the organ in question is a "player pipe organ". Anyone in = the Metropolitan Detroit area or the Southeastern Michigan area may consider investigating this instrument. Can anyone give me the e-mail address of the Detroit Theater Organ Society. Maybe there is a Museum that might be interested in this vintage =   instrument.   Rev.E.D. EdwardOrgan@hotmail.com ________________________________________________________________________ Get Your Private, Free E-mail from MSN Hotmail at http://www.hotmail.com    
(back) Subject: RE: Vassar "Kimball"... From: "Bob Scarborough" <desertbob@rglobal.net> Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2000 19:46:04   At 03:22 PM 6/13/2000 -0000, you wrote: >I know of no institution that has been completely happy with a baroque >tracker organ in place of a broader range instrument.<snip>   Various hacks at UC Riverside lobbied successfully for a Flentrop tracker years ago for the University Theater. Generally, it sits, gathering dust. The organ is useless for anything other than the Baroque, its action unnecessarily heavy and noisey, and there is a total lack of any modern console appliances. No one I knew enjoyed playing it.   DeserTBoB  
(back) Subject: Re: Skinner strings From: <Cremona502@cs.com> Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2000 22:59:38 EDT   Steve, Who made the strings you want to replace?   Bruce .. . . .in the Beagles' Nest with the Baskerbeagles Molly, Duncan, and Miles Cremona502@cs.com HOWLING ACRES: http://ourworld.cs.com/Brucon502  
(back) Subject: Re: Why failure is built into Happy Clappy! From: "Jim" <Bald1@prodigy.net> Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2000 22:02:36 -0500   What is sad about this whole issue is that those who wish to remain conservative are forced to endure the "happy clappy". I have yet to understand why people who want this type of service will go into a more conservative congregation and then scream to try and change it. If you = want happy clappy, go to a denomination that has been doing it for years and leave us more conservative people alone.   I am LCMS and belong to a congregation that refers to The Lutheran Hymnal = as the blue hymnal and to Lutheran Worship as the new hymnal. It is a = constant bombardment of "the new way" folks and change is good, when the bulk of = the congregation says leave it alone and let the church remain as is. This includes the organ.   Jim H         ----- Original Message ----- From: Stanley E Yoder <syoder+@andrew.cmu.edu> To: PipeChat <pipechat@pipechat.org> Sent: Tuesday, June 13, 2000 8:30 PM Subject: Re: Why failure is built into Happy Clappy!     > Excerpts from mail: 13-Jun-100 Re: Why failure is built in.. by "Ray > Thursby"@earthlink. > > Shall we write fin to this now? > > > > "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: Re: Vassar "Kimball"... From: <Cremona502@cs.com> Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2000 23:03:36 EDT   In a message dated 6/13/00 10:58:50 PM Eastern Daylight Time, desertbob@rglobal.net writes:   > Various hacks at UC Riverside lobbied successfully for a Flentrop = tracker > years ago for the University Theater. Generally, it sits, gathering = dust. > The organ is useless for anything other than the Baroque, its action > unnecessarily heavy and noisey, and there is a total lack of any modern > console appliances. No one I knew enjoyed playing it. > But Bob, We all know what KIND of people you run around with!!!   bbwwwwwwwaaaaaaaaaaahahahahahahahahahaha   Bruce .. . . .in the Beagles' Nest with the Baskerbeagles Molly, Duncan, and Miles Cremona502@cs.com HOWLING ACRES: http://ourworld.cs.com/Brucon502  
(back) Subject: PLU Fritts and Temperament From: "Bruce Behnke" <behnke@lvcm.com> Date: Tue, 13 Jun 00 20:11:42 -0700   Peter said:   >I strongly agree re: Fritts. His magnum opus at Pacific Lutheran = University >is one of the most expressively beautiful organs I have ever heard; = every >voice is memorable for its character and the choruses are simply = gorgeous. >I heard the Vierne Carillon de Westminster there two weeks ago and the = mere >memory of it makes my hair stand on end.   All of this and it is tuned in Kellner..   Could we please let this temperament thread die the ignominious death it so richly deserves. The closed mindedness, the opposition bashing, the inaccurate statements and endless bickering are making me ill. I believe it is painfully clear where everybody stands on this issue and that all would rather die than admit the other party might have a point. So lets let it go and get on with something productive.   How about a new design the best church [LCMS] organ within the following constraints:   Rule One: Absolutely no suggestions of action type or temperament. Rule Two: Maximum of 20-22 stops and 25-28 ranks. Rule Three: Basically a straight instrument, ie no duplexing, either/or registrations or extensive borrowings. Pedal extensions within the division at a maximum of two pitches are allowed and will count as one stop, such as Subbass 16/ Bass Flute 8 with 42 or 44 pipes. Mutations must be independent stops not derived from celestes or unison ranks.   Any takers on this? Bruce  
(back) Subject: Re: Organ removal from Vassar college From: "Bob Scarborough" <desertbob@rglobal.net> Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2000 20:22:07   At 05:33 PM 6/13/2000 EDT, you wrote: >Most people HATE the sounds of these >instruments and HATE organ music of that period.<snip>   Well...I wouldn't go THAT far. E. Power Biggs made a lot of money selling records of such music, although it was pretty much a "new fad" back then = to be into the Baroque. Now that this has settled down somewhat, there are still admirers of Bach, Buxtehude and others. However, too much of a good thing is a bad thing in itself. I must agree that Bach et al only became "performable" again once the Organ Reform Movement got underway; previous to this, it was rendered on the "syrup dispensers" as something akin to noodle soup...lots of things in there, all smooshed together and unrecognizable.   However, many have taken the Reform Movement to its complete logical extreme, what with "period" organs, retro actions, temperaments, what-have you. Moderation is the key. Although many rail against the "eccletic organ", there are many by Harrison, Holtkamp, Austin and others that were indeed well-balanced and tonally interesting, without all that shrieking and buzzing, and the clank and clatter of obsolete tracker action. Contrapuntal music from the Baroque, rendered with a well thought out vertical chorus, and crowned with finely voiced mixture work, is a beautiful thing indeed, to most ears...now and then! Every Sunday? Every rectial? I don't think so.   Thus, I feel one mustn't "throw the baby out with the bathwater", but should give due consideration to the literature to be considered by the performer (meaning also, let's not just concentrate on accompanying hymns, anthems, and other such dreck!). A calculated approach to specification and voicing must be undertaken in each instance, with proper consideration to all schools, as that IS what the literature for the instrument is comprised of! I once heard a recording of the St. Baavo organ in Haarlem. The performer was trying to perform Franck, which came out more like "Fraanckwerk". It was dreadful; there were no facilities with which to properly present the work at hand. Conversely, Bach performed on instrument of the early 20th century, without any carefully added upperwork, is equally dissatisfying. There are many instruments here in the US can CAN do a credible job at both, and they did so without overt "retro" fads and the like, as are now advanced by many.   DeserTBoB  
(back) Subject: Re: Flentrops [was Vassar "Kimball"...] From: "TommyLee Whitlock" <tommylee@whitlock.org> Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2000 23:39:30 -0400   > >I know of no institution that has been completely happy with a baroque > >tracker organ in place of a broader range instrument.<snip> > > Various hacks at UC Riverside lobbied successfully for a Flentrop = tracker > years ago for the University Theater. Generally, it sits, gathering = dust. > The organ is useless for anything other than the Baroque, its action > unnecessarily heavy and noisey, and there is a total lack of any modern > console appliances. No one I knew enjoyed playing it.   The Duke University chapel has a Flentrop that is very versatile and that = I used to enjoy listening to whenever I had the spare time or needed a place = to escape to when I graded papers. ;) Most of the people I knew who played = it said they loved it. It has romantic stops specifically to handle French romantic music as well, so that it would not be just a "one trick pony". = At the last concert I attended there only a couple of years ago, one of the pieces was Widor's 5th and it sounded MAGNIFICENT on that instrument. = Worship service in the chapel was inspiring enough to get even a heathen like me = into church regularly. 'Course, that was in the early '80's when baroque music = was more popular than it appears to be now. >>sigh!<< I am truely sorry to = learn that the Flentrop at UC Riverside is languishing unappreciated.   Btw, Duke Chapel also has an AEolian organ (pre Skinner, per Duke's web = page although I often heard it refered to as an AEolian-Skinner) that was in disrepute and disrepair, with it being anyone's guess as to which stops = would be working at any given time or whether they would drop out during play. = The Aeolian has been refurbished in the last couple of years and I understand = that it now has more of it's former glory. However, the only time that I can remember hearing it played, I thought it sounded muffled and mushy because =   much of the pipework is in chambers on either side of the choir. Could = have been that it just needed a good once-over, too, and I unfortunately have = yet to hear it since it has been worked on. Gotta take care of that soon!   Cheers, TommyLee    
(back) Subject: Re: Music request From: <Posthorn8@aol.com> Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2000 23:40:35 EDT   I have Some Golden Daybreak, E mail me and I'll get it to you.   Tim  
(back) Subject: Review of Nigel Potts' CD (X posted) From: "Hugh Drogemuller" <lon.hdrogemuller@wwdc.com> Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2000 23:45:26 -0400   List members might be interested in the review of Nigel Potts CD by Paul =   Hale in the May issue of "Organist Review" .The recording was in stock at =   the Tower Record Store, near Lincoln Centre NYC as recently as two weeks = ago. Nigel is a New Zealand native, in his mid-20's, who started as Organ Scholar at Wellington Cathedral in N.Z. and then went to England as = scholar at Blackburn and then Lichfield. He perfomed frequently at St. Pauls Cathedral playing the Sunday pre-Evensong music. He has concertised in =   the U.S. North-East playing recitals at Wannamakers, Washington National Cathedral and Methuen Music Hall to name but a few locales. List members in the New York area should watch for Nigel to pop-up in the City this Fall.   Around the World in 80 Minutes Nigel Potts plays the 1912 J W Walker organ in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Wimbledon, London Walton Prelude -The Spitfire; Paul Spicer March for the Retreat of the Governor of Hong Kong, Kiwi Fireworks (Five Variations on 'God Defend New Zealand'), Dreams of Derry; Sibelius Finlandia; Durufle Scherzo; Reger Siegesfeier; Sousa The Liberty Bell; Willan Epithalame; Rachmaninov = Vocalise Recorded May 1999; TT64'23" GUILD GMCD 7165 http://www.guildmusic.com   'The gutsy refinement of the romantic Walker organ at Wimbledon (as beautifully restored by Mander in 1985) instantly makes one realise why = this company achieved a period of great popularity at the end of the 19th = century and during the first couple of decades of the 20th, building superb cathedral organs at Bristol and Rochester and many organs of distinction = in churches such as St Margaret's Westminster, St Matthew's Northampton, Holy Trinity Sloane Square and St Mary's Portsea. The Sacred Heart organ has = the trade mark three diapasons & Wald Flute on the Great and 'pepper pot' = reeds on the Swell; an enclosed Choir organ from 16' gamba to 2' Piccolo, a Dulciana celeste, two orchestral reeds and Tuba. The Swell is the largest division, and the Pedal boasts no fewer than three 32 foot registers, = among them a mighty Contra Trombone 32'. Rich-toned, it displays voicing of the highest calibre, and clearly inspires the richly talented Nigel Potts to great heights of achievement in his compellingly splendid playing. All the familiar repertoire is memorably played, every piece benefitting from the tonal qualities of this organ and its resonant acoustic. The Paul Spicer pieces (Spicer was producer for the recording) prove just what a fine composer this versatile musician is, turning his hand to a variety of = forms with a refreshing flexibility of style - sometimes tongue-in-cheek, sometimes harmonically seductive, on occasion more intellectually challenging. I have enjoyed this disc very much; it is richly rewarding - quite surprisingly so.'   Paul Hale Organist Review England May 2000    
(back) Subject: Re: Organ removal from Vassar college From: "Bob Scarborough" <desertbob@rglobal.net> Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2000 20:51:50   At 04:54 PM 6/13/2000 -0500, you wrote: >I'll try hard to not go on record as having agreed with DeTBob<snip>   Sheesh! Whatta party pooper!  
(back) Subject: Re: Organ removal from Vassar college From: "Bob Scarborough" <desertbob@rglobal.net> Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2000 20:56:21   At 03:02 PM 6/13/2000 PDT, you wrote: >On my small organs for public venues (incl. fish markets) >NO MIXTURES, ZIMBELS, SCHARFS<snip>   More silliness. Mixtures are the "crowning glory" to good organ tone, if properly voiced and regulated. They should NOT be screechy, as many turned out in the "Over-Reform" era of the '60s-'70s. M=F6ller turned out screechy mixtures by the boxcar full during this time; usually some additional cut-up takes care of the problem.   DeserTBoB