PipeChat Digest #1463 - Friday, June 16, 2000
Re: new and different wedding music?
  by "J. R." <hookscar@hotmail.com>
Re: reeds and things
  by "Bob Scarborough" <desertbob@rglobal.net>
Concerts-Vancouver, BC
  by "Bob North" <bnorth@intergate.bc.ca>

(back) Subject: Re: new and different wedding music? From: "J. R." <hookscar@hotmail.com> Date: Thu, 15 Jun 2000 22:15:47 CDT   For my wedding I had the Grand Choeur Dialogue (Gigout) for the processional, and the last movement of the Mendelssohn Bb sonata (4? don't =   remember-it has been 16 years) for the recessional.   Ray ________________________________________________________________________ Get Your Private, Free E-mail from MSN Hotmail at http://www.hotmail.com    
(back) Subject: Re: reeds and things From: "Bob Scarborough" <desertbob@rglobal.net> Date: Thu, 15 Jun 2000 20:37:09   At 12:57 PM 6/15/2000 -0700, Bud-by-the-beach wrote: >In this country, it is said that GDH made a mistake by building the >"reedless Great"; actually, he made TWO mistakes ... very few (if any) >of his organs of whatever size, including the monsters, have the >all-important CHORUS reeds (Trumpet and Clarion) on the CHOIR or >POSITIVE. Without them, it's virtually impossible to bridge the sonic >"gap" between the Swell and Great in French music. Ditto the lack of an >8' principal in the Positive. Our Positives are probably the weakest >element, as least as far as playing French music is concerned.<snip>   True enough. Harrison's "reform era" organs concentrated the full principal chorus on the great with no real competition from any other division, put the French-style (or English, depending on who you talk to) chorus reeds on the swell, and the Choir continued to function as sort of a "catch-all" division, no principal at unison, a three rank mixture, usually little Skinner-style yum-yums here and there, and the trademark =C6-S "flute c=E9leste".   Intermanual ouplers and some fancy combinations can get around some of these handicaps, but you wind up with "unification" of the chorus reed tone. It was told to me years ago that Harrison kept his mid-sized 3 manuals instruments in this configuration, since he believed that they'd best serve as "liturgical" instruments, not concert instruments. However, as Bud rightly points out, these characteristics carried over into some of his "biggie" installations, also! Odd...   DeserTBoB    
(back) Subject: Concerts-Vancouver, BC From: "Bob North" <bnorth@intergate.bc.ca> Date: Fri, 16 Jun 2000 00:05:07 -0700 (PDT)   Holy Rosary RC Cathedral in Vancouver, BC Canada, will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of its 3m/51r Karn-Warren pipe organ, just rebuilt by Cassavant Freres, with a series of 4 concerts by distinguished organists. Saturday, June 24th, Patrick Wedd; Saturday July 8, Frederick Swann; Saturday, August 12, Joyce Jones; Friday September 8, Diane Bish. All concerts at 8:00pm. Tickets available through Ticketmaster @ 604-280-3311 = or www.ticketmaster.ca   The church is located in downtown Vancouver, an easy 3 hour drive north of Seattle. Excellent accomodation available at 3, 4 and 5 diamond hotels close to the church. And a reminder to our American friends that the exchange rate is very favourable: $1.00 US =3D $1.50 Canadian.