PipeChat Digest #1407 - Friday, May 19, 2000
 
2000-2001 Concerts at St. Ignatius, New York
  by <ManderUSA@aol.com>
Re: direct electric vs. electro-pneumatic vs...
  by "Erik Johnson" <the_maitre@hotmail.com>
Re: pitch (X-posted)
  by "Dave G." <dave_hat@hotmail.com>
Re: Wedding Woes
  by <JKVDP@aol.com>
New Directions in American Organ Research
  by "William T. Van Pelt" <bill@organsociety.org>
OHS Convention Registration x-post
  by "William T. Van Pelt" <bill@organsociety.org>
Re: Wedding Woes ("Feelings" at the funeral)
  by <Posthorn8@aol.com>
Re: Wedding Woes ("Feelings" at the funeral)
  by "Daryl Robinson" <darylrobinson@hotmail.com>
Re: Wedding Woes
  by <wmcree@InfoAve.Net>
RE: Wedding Woes
  by "Storandt, Peter" <pstorandt@okcu.edu>
Re: Wedding Woes ("Feelings" at the funeral)
  by "Maynard Cuppy" <cuppy.maynard@mcleodusa.net>
Peter Conte in Washington (x-post)
  by <DudelK@aol.com>
Re: direct electric vs. electro-pneumatic vs...
  by <TRACKELECT@cs.com>
Re: pitch (X-posted)
  by "Bob Elms" <elmsr@albanyis.com.au>
Re: pitch (X-posted)
  by <Quilisma@socal.rr.com>
 


(back) Subject: 2000-2001 Concerts at St. Ignatius, New York From: <ManderUSA@aol.com> Date: Fri, 19 May 2000 12:36:03 EDT   Dear Friends,   In the program book for last night's performance of the Verdi Requiem at = St. Ignatius Loyola in Manhattan, there appeared the Good News for next = season. It is not all of the Good News yet, as the final schedule of Organ = recitals will be announced at a later date. However, in what appears below, the = Pipe Organ is very present. Three of the five major 8 p.m. events listed, are preceded by organ recitals at 6:30 p.m. Another has a related Organ = recital, but a few days earlier. AND, one of the concerts involves the Organ in a = Big Way!! If you are out of the New York area, there are events here around = which to plan a New York trip. If you have to choose one, I have a strong recommendation. Watch for it - and - trust me!! +++++++++++++++++ Tuesday, October 17th, 2000 at 8 p.m. All J. S. Bach: Orchestral Suite in D Major. Cantata 80 (Ein feste Burg). Magnificat PRE-CONCERT ORGAN RECITAL, 6:30 - Dietrich Wagler, Organist - Freiberg Cathedral. +++++++++++++++++ Thursday, November 16th, 2000 at *7:30 p.m.* Rachmaninoff, Liturgy of St. John Chrysostum +++++++++++++++++ Sunday, February 18th, 2001 at *4 p.m.* ORGAN RECITAL: MARIE-CLAIRE ALAIN +++++++++++++++++ Thursday, February 22nd, 2001 at 8 p.m. Cesar Franck - Redemption and Saint-Saens, Mass, Opus 4 For what it is worth, this concert is Malcolm's PICK OF THE LITTER. Any Franck lover, and what organist is not(?), will want to hear the great oratorio, Redemption. But, several years ago, Kent presented a performance = of the Opus 4 Saint-Saens Mass, and I suppose it was my first experience live =   with the late 19th/early 20th Century Grand Mass, designed for a building with a very grand Grande Orgue in the liturgical west end, and a smaller instrument, chorus, and orchestra in the liturgical east (all this is reversed at St. Ignatius). If you have not experienced the effect of = enormous outbursts from full organ behind you, imitated by a great, matching, = clangor from full forces in the front, or a gentle version of the same antiphonal effect, this in a wonderfully helpful acoustic, you need to do this at = some point in this life. And, not-incidentally, this music is absolutely ravishing. Lots of stuff to go home whistling. Satisfaction guaranteed. +++++++++++++++++++ Wednesday, April 4th, 2001 at 8 p.m. Music from the 17th Century court at Vienna and the Cathedral at Salzburg, =   including music of Muffat, Schmelzer, and the "Lament for Ferdinand III" = by Biber. This is a period instrument collaboration with Violins of Lafayette =   (Washington DC) and the Ars Antiqua Ensemble. PRE-CONCERT ORGAN RECITAL, 6:30 - Kent Tritle, Music Director, St. = Ignatius +++++++++++++++++++ Wednesday, May 2nd, 2001 at 8 p.m. - Music from the Age of Enlightenment: Mozart: Fantasie in F Minor Haydn: Harmoniemesse Beethoven: Choral Fantasy (Pianist TBA) PRE-CONCERT ORGAN RECITAL, 6:30 - Nancianne Parrella, Associate Organist, = St. Ignatius Loyola +++++++++++++++++++ There you have it - a season to look forward to. As soon as the schedule = of other organ recitals is announced, I will post those as well, if you can believe there is more!   Malcolm Wechsler www.mander-organs.com          
(back) Subject: Re: direct electric vs. electro-pneumatic vs... From: "Erik Johnson" <the_maitre@hotmail.com> Date: Fri, 19 May 2000 12:37:06 EDT   Tolerance of different styles does not infer that one stands on soap boxes =   proclaiming that thier favorite temperament or action is the best or pinnical of taste.   I too have played on un-equal tempered organs and find nothing cute or musical about a "wolf" when the temperament doens't allow "that" key to be =   played. Talk about limiting! Guess those Franck pieces in 6 or 7 sharps will have to be forgotten along with those hymns in Db.   >only wish that there would be tolerance for different styles and musical >growth among organists. Being narrow minded is so unproductive. >Bruce   ________________________________________________________________________ Get Your Private, Free E-mail from MSN Hotmail at http://www.hotmail.com    
(back) Subject: Re: pitch (X-posted) From: "Dave G." <dave_hat@hotmail.com> Date: Fri, 19 May 2000 09:46:03 PDT   >It is a natural surge to make music sound more >brilliant, bright.   How ridiculous! "Natural surge" ha! So one of these days bass will not =   exist because of a natural surge toward hyper-caffeinated music played entirely on the equivalent of teeny mixture pipes?   I'd also add to the esteemed conductor that maybe if his orchestra played more "bright" music (e.g. classic jazz and music with a good beat) rather than weird, hopelessly atonal unmelodic wanderings that pass for "modern = art music" maybe no "brightening" would be required, with the happy side = effect of a "natural surge" of new symphony patrons.   Just a thought.   DG   (In a particularly feisty mood this morning.)   ________________________________________________________________________ Get Your Private, Free E-mail from MSN Hotmail at http://www.hotmail.com    
(back) Subject: Re: Wedding Woes From: <JKVDP@aol.com> Date: Fri, 19 May 2000 13:25:13 EDT   In a message dated 00-05-18 17:31:42 EDT, Posthorn8@aol.com writes:   >(same church where the widow ask me to play "Feelings" for her husbands funeral)   O Posthorn, you must post that story again for all the newcomers to this group. I believe I have it saved somewhere....it was marvelous! Jerry in Seattle  
(back) Subject: New Directions in American Organ Research From: "William T. Van Pelt" <bill@organsociety.org> Date: Fri, 19 May 2000 14:16:19 -0400   The Organ Historical Society will conduct a Symposium, "New Directions in American Organ Research," October 12-14, 2000, at the OHS American Organ Archives in Talbott Library of Westminster Choir College, Princeton, New Jersey.   Presenters are Stephen Bicknell, Lynn Edwards, Laurence Libin, and Rollin Smith. John K. Ogasapian, chairman of the event, will moderate = discussions, and Stefan Engels will deliver opening remarks and play a recital.   More information about the symposium, and a registration form, are available at http://www.organsociety.org/symposium/   The event is presented in celebration of the completion of a relocation of the OHS American Organ Archives within Talbott Library and major = renovation of the new space to meet the needs of the collection, which is generally regarded as the world's largest. There will also be time allotted for = those who arrive early or stay late to conduct research in the collection, which includes 12,000 books about organs, organbuilding, organists, and organ music; 450 periodical titles, the largest body of serial publications in all languages collected anywhere; 400 dissertations about the topic; = 20,000 stoplists, photographs, and dedication programs; 1,500 sales brochures, catalogs, and promotional publications from hundreds of organbuilding firms; 500 nameplates from various organbuilders; Tools, business records, and correspondence of defunct American organbuilding firms; 5,000 organ postcards; 15,000 organ photographs; Records of the American Institute of Organbuilders.   The American Organ Archvies is a closed stack; non-circulating collection, and materials must be used within the library. Access to catalogued books and pamphlets is available through the Talbott Library Reference = Librarian. Uncatalogued or archival materials are available only by making an appointment with the Archivist, Stephen Pinel <spinel@worldnet.att.net>.   Bill Van Pelt  
(back) Subject: OHS Convention Registration x-post From: "William T. Van Pelt" <bill@organsociety.org> Date: Fri, 19 May 2000 14:25:42 -0400   The OHS Convention registration information is now available at http://www.organsociety.org/boston, including a downloadable registration form.   The convention will be conducted in Boston August 16-23 and will feature 30+ of the great organs of the area, including both historic instruments = of the 19th and 20th centuries as well as a few very recent organs such as = the new Richards, Fowkes and Company instrument which is about to be installed at First Lutheran Church. As many recitalists will play, including Cherry Rhodes at The Mother Church (1949 Aeolian-Skinner) and both Peter Sykes = and Tom Murray at Immaculate Conception Church (1863 E. & G. G. Hook).   The line-up is spectacular. Please consider joining us there!   Bill Van Pelt  
(back) Subject: Re: Wedding Woes ("Feelings" at the funeral) From: <Posthorn8@aol.com> Date: Fri, 19 May 2000 15:32:12 EDT   In a message dated 5/19/00 1:26:38 PM Eastern Daylight Time, JKVDP@aol.com=20 writes: << O Posthorn, you must post that story again for all the newcomers to this=20 group. I believe I have it saved somewhere....it was marvelous! Jerry in Seattle >>   Here it is...every word of it is true....   The "Feelings" Funeral   Years ago I when I was in Mortuary school I was organist for Onondaga Hill=20 Presbyterian Church. They had just installed a Baldwin microprocessor churc= h=20 organ. Pastor called me one night and said, "Tim, we have a funeral on=20 Tuesday and the widow has requested the song "Feelings" to be played." I=20 said, "No problem, I'll play it in a "churchy" style as a prelude. Pastor=20 said, "No, you don't understand, she wants it as an organ solo=E2=80=A6.in t= he middle=20 of the funeral." Then with a small amount of panic he asked, "What are we=20 going to do?" I replied, "John, leave it to me."=20   I really did try to keep it churchy. I used the Celeste pair in the Great an= d=20 used the Oboe as a nice solo reed in the Swell. All went well until I got to= =20 the bridge. The widow started to wail and her arms started to wave around he= r=20 head like she was batting honeybees. I thought she was going into a Grand=20 Mall Seizure. Just as fast as that happened, she let out a blood curdling=20 scream, hit the floor and became a contortionist of grief. Her whole body wa= s=20 wiggling and convulsing under the first pew. (Geeze, I thought I was a drama= =20 queen.) Pastor's jaw was on the floor and he was about two seconds from=20 having a coronary. More than one person rushed to leave the church for fear= =20 out breaking out in laughter.   Well, I finished the bridge and returned to the beginning of the song. At=20 this point she picked herself up, brushed herself off, and got back into the= =20 pew as if nothing happened. I was going to play the song only once, but when= =20 I saw what happened, I thought to myself, "Tim, this deserves an instant=20 replay." This time I started to add stops as I came around to the bridge. I=20 added the full theatre organ trems and all the celestes and flutes the organ= =20 had, ending with the 16' Pedal reed and Swell Trumpet acting as a Post=20 Horn...It sounded like the Mighty Wurlitzer. Well, let me tell you. When I=20 hit the bridge again, the widow hit the floor again, only this time it was=20 worse. She was under the first pew wiggling, throwing her arms around and=20 yelling, "Oh My God, My God, My God," to the top of her lungs. I finished th= e=20 song, she got back into her pew and the remainder of the funeral went along=20 without a problem.   Now, under normal circumstances I will play a nice Hymn as they take the=20 dearly departed to his or her final place of rest. In the Garden, How Great= =20 Thou Art=E2=80=A6.one of those standards. You'll NEVER guess what I played=20= when they=20 took the casket out....(Big grin)...the bearers were trying to carry her dea= r=20 husband while she was holding on to the back of the casket, feet dragging,=20 and letting out the most God awful sounds. As a matter of fact, she was so=20 "distressed" the flower spray fell off the top of the casket into the isle=20 and made and awful mess. Talk about waking the dead=E2=80=A6..   After the funeral I bumped into Pastor in the hall. I thought for sure he wa= s=20 going to fire me!! But alas, he gave me a firm handshake and an extra $50.= =20 He said it was well worth the show!!    
(back) Subject: Re: Wedding Woes ("Feelings" at the funeral) From: "Daryl Robinson" <darylrobinson@hotmail.com> Date: Fri, 19 May 2000 14:40:57 CDT   That's funny, cruel, and pathetic all tied up into one story! Gotta love = it!     From: Posthorn8@aol.com Reply-To: "PipeChat" <pipechat@pipechat.org> To: pipechat@pipechat.org Subject: Re: Wedding Woes ("Feelings" at the funeral) Date: Fri, 19 May 2000 15:32:12 EDT   In a message dated 5/19/00 1:26:38 PM Eastern Daylight Time, JKVDP@aol.com writes: << O Posthorn, you must post that story again for all the newcomers to = this group. I believe I have it saved somewhere....it was marvelous! Jerry in Seattle >>   Here it is...every word of it is true....   The "Feelings" Funeral   Years ago I when I was in Mortuary school I was organist for Onondaga Hill Presbyterian Church. They had just installed a Baldwin microprocessor church organ. Pastor called me one night and said, "Tim, we have a funeral on Tuesday and the widow has requested the song "Feelings" to be played." I said, "No problem, I'll play it in a "churchy" style as a prelude. Pastor said, "No, you don't understand, she wants it as an organ solo=E2=80=A6.in = the middle of the funeral." Then with a small amount of panic he asked, "What are we going to do?" I replied, "John, leave it to me."   I really did try to keep it churchy. I used the Celeste pair in the Great and used the Oboe as a nice solo reed in the Swell. All went well until I got = to the bridge. The widow started to wail and her arms started to wave around her head like she was batting honeybees. I thought she was going into a Grand Mall Seizure. Just as fast as that happened, she let out a blood curdling scream, hit the floor and became a contortionist of grief. Her whole body was wiggling and convulsing under the first pew. (Geeze, I thought I was a = drama queen.) Pastor's jaw was on the floor and he was about two seconds from having a coronary. More than one person rushed to leave the church for = fear out breaking out in laughter.   Well, I finished the bridge and returned to the beginning of the song. At this point she picked herself up, brushed herself off, and got back into = the pew as if nothing happened. I was going to play the song only once, but = when I saw what happened, I thought to myself, "Tim, this deserves an instant replay." This time I started to add stops as I came around to the bridge. = I added the full theatre organ trems and all the celestes and flutes the = organ had, ending with the 16' Pedal reed and Swell Trumpet acting as a Post Horn...It sounded like the Mighty Wurlitzer. Well, let me tell you. When = I hit the bridge again, the widow hit the floor again, only this time it was worse. She was under the first pew wiggling, throwing her arms around and yelling, "Oh My God, My God, My God," to the top of her lungs. I finished the song, she got back into her pew and the remainder of the funeral went = along without a problem.   Now, under normal circumstances I will play a nice Hymn as they take the dearly departed to his or her final place of rest. In the Garden, How = Great Thou Art=E2=80=A6.one of those standards. You'll NEVER guess what I = played when they took the casket out....(Big grin)...the bearers were trying to carry her dear husband while she was holding on to the back of the casket, feet dragging, and letting out the most God awful sounds. As a matter of fact, she was = so "distressed" the flower spray fell off the top of the casket into the isle and made and awful mess. Talk about waking the dead=E2=80=A6..   After the funeral I bumped into Pastor in the hall. I thought for sure he was going to fire me!! But alas, he gave me a firm handshake and an extra = $50. He said it was well worth the show!!     "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     ________________________________________________________________________ Get Your Private, Free E-mail from MSN Hotmail at http://www.hotmail.com    
(back) Subject: Re: Wedding Woes From: <wmcree@InfoAve.Net> Date: Fri, 19 May 2000 15:48:14 -0400 (EDT)       Believe it or not, ours in Greenville, SC did start on time. We did have a wrong hymn number in our bulletin, so the correct hymn had to be announced by our priest, but otherwise, it went well! Thanks be to God!   Bill McRee    
(back) Subject: RE: Wedding Woes From: "Storandt, Peter" <pstorandt@okcu.edu> Date: Fri, 19 May 2000 15:20:16 -0500   Bill:   How wonderfully uneventful! :-)   Peter   -----Original Message----- From: wmcree@InfoAve.Net [mailto:wmcree@InfoAve.Net] Sent: Friday, May 19, 2000 2:48 PM To: PipeChat Cc: wmcree@InfoAve.Net; Carol Hovda Subject: Re: Wedding Woes         Believe it or not, ours in Greenville, SC did start on time. We did have a wrong hymn number in our bulletin, so the correct hymn had to be announced by our priest, but otherwise, it went well! Thanks be to God!   Bill McRee     "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: Wedding Woes ("Feelings" at the funeral) From: "Maynard Cuppy" <cuppy.maynard@mcleodusa.net> Date: Fri, 19 May 2000 17:35:35 -0500   Dear Posthorn, I like the way you think. You have a viscious, mean streak. An admirable = quality in a church organist ;) Maynard   Posthorn8@aol.com wrote:   > In a message dated 5/19/00 1:26:38 PM Eastern Daylight Time, = JKVDP@aol.com > writes: > << O Posthorn, you must post that story again for all the newcomers to = this > group. I believe I have it saved somewhere....it was marvelous! > Jerry in Seattle >> > > Here it is...every word of it is true.... > > The "Feelings" Funeral > > Years ago I when I was in Mortuary school I was organist for Onondaga = Hill > Presbyterian Church. They had just installed a Baldwin microprocessor = church > organ. Pastor called me one night and said, "Tim, we have a funeral on > Tuesday and the widow has requested the song "Feelings" to be played." I > said, "No problem, I'll play it in a "churchy" style as a prelude. = Pastor > said, "No, you don't understand, she wants it as an organ = solo=E2=80=A6.in the middle > of the funeral." Then with a small amount of panic he asked, "What are = we > going to do?" I replied, "John, leave it to me." > > I really did try to keep it churchy. I used the Celeste pair in the = Great and > used the Oboe as a nice solo reed in the Swell. All went well until I = got to > the bridge. The widow started to wail and her arms started to wave = around her > head like she was batting honeybees. I thought she was going into a = Grand > Mall Seizure. Just as fast as that happened, she let out a blood = curdling > scream, hit the floor and became a contortionist of grief. Her whole = body was > wiggling and convulsing under the first pew. (Geeze, I thought I was a = drama > queen.) Pastor's jaw was on the floor and he was about two seconds from > having a coronary. More than one person rushed to leave the church for = fear > out breaking out in laughter. > > Well, I finished the bridge and returned to the beginning of the song. = At > this point she picked herself up, brushed herself off, and got back into = the > pew as if nothing happened. I was going to play the song only once, but = when > I saw what happened, I thought to myself, "Tim, this deserves an instant > replay." This time I started to add stops as I came around to the = bridge. I > added the full theatre organ trems and all the celestes and flutes the = organ > had, ending with the 16' Pedal reed and Swell Trumpet acting as a Post > Horn...It sounded like the Mighty Wurlitzer. Well, let me tell you. = When I > hit the bridge again, the widow hit the floor again, only this time it = was > worse. She was under the first pew wiggling, throwing her arms around = and > yelling, "Oh My God, My God, My God," to the top of her lungs. I = finished the > song, she got back into her pew and the remainder of the funeral went = along > without a problem. > > Now, under normal circumstances I will play a nice Hymn as they take the > dearly departed to his or her final place of rest. In the Garden, How = Great > Thou Art=E2=80=A6.one of those standards. You'll NEVER guess what I = played when they > took the casket out....(Big grin)...the bearers were trying to carry her = dear > husband while she was holding on to the back of the casket, feet = dragging, > and letting out the most God awful sounds. As a matter of fact, she was = so > "distressed" the flower spray fell off the top of the casket into the = isle > and made and awful mess. Talk about waking the dead=E2=80=A6.. > > After the funeral I bumped into Pastor in the hall. I thought for sure = he was > going to fire me!! But alas, he gave me a firm handshake and an extra = $50. > He said it was well worth the show!! > > "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: Peter Conte in Washington (x-post) From: <DudelK@aol.com> Date: Fri, 19 May 2000 19:33:46 EDT   Peter Richard Conte, Wanamaker Grand Court organist, is giving a recital = this Sunday afternoon at 4 pm at St. Ann's Church, Tenley Circle, Washington, = DC. The program includes compositions by Guilmant, Ernst, Vierne, Dupre, Mendelssohn, and Sullivan, and a new Conte transcription of Dukas' The Sorcerer's Apprentice. Admission is free. Info: 202/966-2288. The organ is = a 1999 3m Letourneau.  
(back) Subject: Re: direct electric vs. electro-pneumatic vs... From: <TRACKELECT@cs.com> Date: Fri, 19 May 2000 19:39:09 EDT   On the heels of this heated discussion I have chosen to make public the results of a long development process. We are on our way to the patent = office with an electric key action that responds exactly like mechanical key = action. I can not give many details but suffice to say that it is simple, = reliable, fairly inexpensive and does not require a computer. It will work on any = wind pressure. It does not use the same systems ( Syncordia ) as the Notre Dame =   organ. We are currently constructing a small organ for one of our best customers using this new system. If anyone knows of similar systems please =   let us know. We have done as much research as possible to be sure that we = are not duplicating previous developments. We are open to any comments list members may have. I am sure that there will be no shortage of opinions = about this. Please give me a minute to put on my to put on my flame proof suit.   Alan B.  
(back) Subject: Re: pitch (X-posted) From: "Bob Elms" <elmsr@albanyis.com.au> Date: Sat, 20 May 2000 08:29:52 +0800   I wonder how they achieve a=3D444. I have a fairly expensive oboe which I play. With the reed pushed right in it plays a=3D440. It would never = achieve a=3D444. I believe the clarinets and some other instruments could be in trouble too. I have never heard of any orchestra in this country playing anything but a=3D440, but that does not mean they do not. If the orchestra = is all strings that would be a different matter.   B. E.   Quilisma@socal.rr.com wrote:   > I forget which list the pitch discussion is on, but here's Maestro Ivan > Fischer, Conductor of the Budapest Festival Orchestra, on the subject: > > "Musical pitch is gradually moving up. In the eighteenth century music > was played semitone lower. However it has not been constant. There were > local differences. There were many attempts to agree about a pitch. Near > the end of the nineteenth century the "Viennese a" has been agreed to: > it was a=3D435. But it kept creeping up. Later a=3D440 was agreed. = However > some orchestras play with a=3D444 Hz. > The reason is not pipes. It is a natural surge to make music sound more > brilliant, bright. > > Best wishes > > Ivan" > > "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: pitch (X-posted) From: <Quilisma@socal.rr.com> Date: Fri, 19 May 2000 17:16:14 -0700   I've heard the same thing from other wind players ... I suppose if you = played regularly with the Berlin Phil (which I think is one of the orchestras = that pushes the pitch higher), you'd have to have your instrument rebuilt to accommodate the higher pitch.   Cheers,   Bud   Bob Elms wrote:   > I wonder how they achieve a=3D444. I have a fairly expensive oboe which = I > play. With the reed pushed right in it plays a=3D440. It would never = achieve > a=3D444. I believe the clarinets and some other instruments could be in > trouble too. I have never heard of any orchestra in this country playing > anything but a=3D440, but that does not mean they do not. If the = orchestra is > all strings that would be a different matter. > > B. E. > > Quilisma@socal.rr.com wrote: > > > I forget which list the pitch discussion is on, but here's Maestro = Ivan > > Fischer, Conductor of the Budapest Festival Orchestra, on the subject: > > > > "Musical pitch is gradually moving up. In the eighteenth century music > > was played semitone lower. However it has not been constant. There = were > > local differences. There were many attempts to agree about a pitch. = Near > > the end of the nineteenth century the "Viennese a" has been agreed = to: > > it was a=3D435. But it kept creeping up. Later a=3D440 was agreed. = However > > some orchestras play with a=3D444 Hz. > > The reason is not pipes. It is a natural surge to make music sound = more > > brilliant, bright. > > > > Best wishes > > > > Ivan" > > > > "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/ > > "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