PipeChat Digest #2293 - Tuesday, August 7, 2001
 
Complete Post: POE Meets Tibias + 2 Stamford Organs 7/18
  by "Malcolm Wechsler" <manderusa@earthlink.net>
Re: Pipe Organ Building education for the young at heart
  by "Luther Melby" <lmelby@prtel.com>
Re: Pipe Organ Building education for the young at heart
  by <Cremona502@cs.com>
Re: Pipe Organ Building education for the young at heart
  by "David Carter" <david_n_carter@hotmail.com>
Re: The Post that Got Away
  by "Marika E. Buchberger, LRPS" <marika57@earthlink.net>
 

(back) Subject: Complete Post: POE Meets Tibias + 2 Stamford Organs 7/18 From: "Malcolm Wechsler" <manderusa@earthlink.net> Date: Tue, 7 Aug 2001 00:17:00 -0400   Dear Lists and Friends,   It is now Wednesday, July 18th (try to imagine), the morning after our day in New York. It began a bit strangely, as the scheduled bus seemed not to have arrived. A call to the bus company ascertained that the bus was indeed somewhere on campus, with a substitute driver who had not been = clued in to where we meet. An all points bulletin to find a yellow school bus finally ran it to ground and off we went to Thomaston, a quite lovely town north of Waterbury. The Town Hall auditorium is The Thomaston Opera House, looking every bit the part, and containing a wonderfully colorful, versatile, and powerful Theatre Organ of some renown - possibly a totally unknown quantity to most of our POE participants. There is seemingly no keyboard skill unavailable to Tom Trenney. (On the final day of POE, Tom demonstrated a keyboard [and dramatic] skill we would not have expected of him, but more of that in its proper place.) On this morning, he assumed = his place at the gilded console of the 17 rank Marr & Colton instrument, no doubt a product of the 20s, and proceeded to really make the POE students jump up - not because it was particularly loud, but rather because it was a type of = sound that many of them had simply not heard before. And, of course, there was = the great Toy Counter - lots of bells, whistles, train whistles, Model T type car horn, percussions of various kinds, and Tom knew how it all worked and made it so! The instrument was originally in the Palace Theater on Main Street in Danbury, but had to make way for air conditioning equipment, and through what route I am not sure, found its way to the Opera House in Thomaston, and thank goodness for that. Like so many of these remarkable Theater Organs, this has been restored and is kept in top shape by volunteers from the Theater Organ Society.   I think, when the signal was given, this organ got rushed faster and more energetically than any other - it seemed like mere seconds before the students had gone from their seats to right at the console - zero to 60 in five seconds. While there has never been much shyness about playing this week, there was a special excitement, a polite eagerness to get to the = keys and see how it all worked. When all had had their fill, we settled back = into the bus for the trip back to Danbury - and lunch, followed by the day's Organ lessons.   After dinner, we boarded a bus for Stamford, a bit over an hour down the road. Our first stop was First Presbyterian Church, designed by Wallace K. Harrison, designer of the U. N. buildings (as well as a U.N. look-alike auditorium at Oberlin College). Harrison had never before designed a = church, and in casting around for a symbol of Christianity, he found a very early secret one, the fish, and so this, his first church, has a kind of pescatorial look. Sitting in the nave, you are in "that fish's abdomen," rather like Jonah! Of course, the place is generally referred to as The = Holy Mackeral! There is glorious French glass on either side of you, and we = were there early enough to enjoy it to the fullest. The organ is a stunning-looking creation by Visser-Rowland, a few years ago replacing one of the then-largest electronic organs in captivity. There are four = manuals, the topmost of which plays only a powerful Spanish Trumpet, mounted horizontally. Minister of Music Jim Wetherald was at the church to greet = us, and to tell us about the history of the building and the organ, and then = to play wonderfully to us a program designed to show off every feature and capability of the instrument. It was then Open Console time, and not for = the first time, I was really amazed to note that students who had been playing at each venue almost never came back with the same piece again and again. They had lots of things they wanted to try out, and they had taken the trouble to learn them.   Next, a bit north to St. John's Lutheran Church, Swedish in origin, but probably not any longer very identifyable as such. No fish here - just neo-Georgian, handsomely done and with a reasonable acoustic. Stephen Rapp, Director of Music (and the man who took on the responsibility of = organizing all of the teaching during the week of POE, including recruiting teachers and assigning students) was there to greet us, and to speak about this = most interesting instrument by Richards Fowkes and Company, of West Virginia. There are three manual divisions, a Great, a Ruckpositif and a Swell division behnd the case, in the back interior wall of the balcony. The intallation in a quite constricting space is an engineering marvel. This = is a period instrument, meant for Bach and his contemporaries and precursors. The keys are small, the arrangement of the stops is that of a complete tracker instrument with long stop draws, but is actually quite accessible = to the player. With the quite lovely Swell division, the repertoire that actually can be played is quite expanded. I think, as for the appearance = of the instrument, one either loves it or hates it. Neutrality is not = possible. I learned quickly to love it. There is wonderful <faux marbre>, a marbleizing decoration on the case. I think it is exquisite, but it is unusual here..   Most to the point is the sound of this instrument which, again, has its detractors, but I think the admirers are in bigger numbers. It is very direct, and perhaps at times a bit bold. No one knows it better than the Titulaire, and so Stephen played to us, showing many combinations - a = rather complete and exciting tour. Then it was the gentle run for the balcony, = and lots of people had a chance to play. We were quite late departing, but no one minded, I don't believe.   TWO GRACIOUS GENTLEMEN! I have to tell you that both Jim Wetherald (the Fish) and Steve Rapp (St. John's Lutheran) really were most generous in supplying the entire party with lots of printed material about the organs, and, most generously, in giving each person a recording! Wow! There were packets for all, a rather nice gift, placed in the right hands, to be = sure.   And so, Lights Out at WestConn in Danbury was a bit late that night. Tomorrow, Martin Jean visits and talks about hymn playing, we visit = Charles Ives's house, and, in the evening, a wonderful Student Recital. Are you by now catching on to what an enriched and enriching program this is?   Cheers,   Malcolm Wechsler www.mander-organs.com          
(back) Subject: Re: Pipe Organ Building education for the young at heart From: "Luther Melby" <lmelby@prtel.com> Date: Mon, 6 Aug 2001 23:07:57 -0500     >>In a message dated 8/6/01 2:57:29 PM Eastern Daylight Time, lmelby@prtel.com writes: >>To me, there is nothing better than a 'hands on' when it comes to understanding what the books ~tried~ to explain. >From: Cremona502@cs.com >How true. Wouldn't it be great if you could buy an inexpensive 12-note, two >stop keyboard in electric, tracker, or electropneumatic action to = have the >real McCoy right there to work with. If you wanted to do tuning you could >opt for the extra octave! > >Bruce Cornely ~ Cremona502@cs.com >with the Baskerbeagles in the Beagle's Nest ~ ""Haruffaroo, Bohawow!" > Duncan, Miles, Molly, and Dewi Visit Howling Acres at http://members.tripod.com/Brucon502/ Hi, Yes it would be interesting to have even a few note system. The = action could be behind plexiglass and be used to show the people at a POE just = how the pipe valves open on each type of action. Tracker, Direct electric, = and Electropneumatic. I may never take the time but, I've considered building something like this for our POEs for the school kids at the Center for the Arts. Luther      
(back) Subject: Re: Pipe Organ Building education for the young at heart From: <Cremona502@cs.com> Date: Tue, 7 Aug 2001 00:42:06 EDT     --part1_87.e352cf4.28a0cb9e_boundary Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   In a message dated 8/7/01 12:27:57 AM Eastern Daylight Time, = lmelby@prtel.com writes:     > > Yes it would be interesting to have even a few note system. The = action > could be behind plexiglass and be used to show the people at a POE just = how > the pipe valves open on each type of action. Tracker, Direct electric, = and > Electropneumatic. > I may never take the time but, I've considered building something = like > this for our POEs for the school kids at the Center for the Arts. >   Gene Bedient built a one-note cut-away to assist in the design of his = Barker mechanism. It was quite interesting. Wicks has also done this with a = three or four note chest using separate pipe types for demonstration.   Bruce Cornely ~ Cremona502@cs.com with the Baskerbeagles in the Beagle's Nest ~ ""Haruffaroo, Bohawow!" Duncan, Miles, Molly, and Dewi Visit Howling Acres at http://members.tripod.com/Brucon502/   --part1_87.e352cf4.28a0cb9e_boundary Content-Type: text/html; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   <HTML><FONT FACE=3Darial,helvetica><FONT SIZE=3D2>In a message dated = 8/7/01 12:27:57 AM Eastern Daylight Time, lmelby@prtel.com <BR>writes: <BR> <BR> <BR><BLOCKQUOTE TYPE=3DCITE style=3D"BORDER-LEFT: #0000ff 2px solid; = MARGIN-LEFT: 5px; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px"> <BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Yes it would be interesting to have even a = few note system. The action <BR>could be behind plexiglass and be used to show the people at a POE = just how <BR>the pipe valves open on each type of action. &nbsp;Tracker, Direct = electric, and <BR>Electropneumatic. <BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;I may never take the time but, I've considered = building something like <BR>this for our POEs for the school kids at the Center for the Arts. <BR></FONT><FONT COLOR=3D"#000000" SIZE=3D3 FAMILY=3D"SANSSERIF" = FACE=3D"Arial" LANG=3D"0"></BLOCKQUOTE> <BR></FONT><FONT COLOR=3D"#000000" SIZE=3D2 FAMILY=3D"SANSSERIF" = FACE=3D"Arial" LANG=3D"0"> <BR>Gene Bedient built a one-note cut-away to assist in the design of his = Barker <BR>mechanism. &nbsp;It was quite interesting. &nbsp;&nbsp;Wicks has also = done this with a three <BR>or four note chest using separate pipe types for demonstration. <BR> <BR>Bruce Cornely &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;~ &nbsp;Cremona502@cs.com &nbsp; <BR>with the Baskerbeagles in the Beagle's Nest ~ ""Haruffaroo, Bohawow!" <BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Duncan, Miles, Molly, and Dewi <BR>Visit Howling Acres at = &nbsp;&nbsp;http://members.tripod.com/Brucon502/</FONT></HTML>   --part1_87.e352cf4.28a0cb9e_boundary--  
(back) Subject: Re: Pipe Organ Building education for the young at heart From: "David Carter" <david_n_carter@hotmail.com> Date: Tue, 07 Aug 2001 07:23:13   See the following link for a "Demonstration Organ" located in the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City.   http://tsorgans.homestead.com/files/tab/demo.html (part of a site maintained by Tabernacle Organist and listmember Richard Elliott)   David Carter By-the-American-River in Sacramento CA   >Hi, >Yes it would be interesting to have even a few note system. The action >could be behind plexiglass and be used to show the people at a POE >just >how the pipe valves open on each type of action. Tracker, Direct = electric, >and Electropneumatic. > >I may never take the time but, I've considered building something like >this for our POEs for the school kids at the Center for the Arts. >Luther     _________________________________________________________________ Get your FREE download of MSN Explorer at http://explorer.msn.com/intl.asp    
(back) Subject: Re: The Post that Got Away From: "Marika E. Buchberger, LRPS" <marika57@earthlink.net> Date: Tue, 07 Aug 2001 03:39:23 -0400   Outlook Express also continues to ask for a delivery receipt from = everyone. Best you check your software settings, Malcolm.   Marika   Malcolm Wechsler wrote:   > Sorry Friends. I am new with Outlook Express and somehow sent you, aided = by > an overactive mouse, an incomplete posting about POE - The complete = version > will be with you shortly. > > Sorry for the waste of bandwidth. > > Malcolm Wechsler > > "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   -- ***************************************************** Healthcare references for everyone. "Recipient of the year 2000 Featured Site Award at healthAtoZ.com" http://home.earthlink.net/~marika57/m_erika.html   Internet Safety Lessons. Must reading for everyone. http://home.earthlink.net/~marika57/safetylessons.html *****************************************************