PipeChat Digest #1802 - Saturday, February 3, 2001
 
Steven Janco
  by "Eric" <ech1275@home.com>
Service or Mass Programs
  by "Eric" <ech1275@home.com>
Outstanding New Organ/Choral CD (x post)
  by <ScottFop@aol.com>
Re: organ conservation
  by "Brent Johnson" <bmjohns@fgi.net>
Re: Service or Mass Programs
  by <quilisma@socal.rr.com>
off-topic (x-posted)
  by <quilisma@socal.rr.com>
Re: Bruce Bengston -4 Feb 4 p.m.
  by "Bob Scarborough" <desertbob@rglobal.net>
 

(back) Subject: Steven Janco From: "Eric" <ech1275@home.com> Date: Sat, 3 Feb 2001 09:50:23 -0500   Greg wrote: Does anyone know the correct pronunciation of the surname "Janco" (as in "Steven R.")? We're learning one of his Mass settings, which works quite well with organ (thus keeping this post on-topic...)   Thanks, -greg   --------------------------- Well I am teaching my choir his Gloria. Some of the polish members = believe it to be pronounced Janco (yanko), I think its just as written with the = 'j' like in jelly. Janco's settings have become very popular in the RC Church. My choir and the congregation love the new Gloria. If only I can get them out of the = rest of the 'Mass of Creation' phase. God Bless, -Eric-    
(back) Subject: Service or Mass Programs From: "Eric" <ech1275@home.com> Date: Sat, 3 Feb 2001 09:56:13 -0500   I am interested in creating programs for special services like, Ash Wednesday, Holy Week etc. Do you let the parish secretary create and design your programs or do the Mus.Dir. make them? Are there any templates to help me out? Do you scan music and resize it = to accommodate the size of the programs? Fonts? Paper size- is it standard = fold or long paper folded? Any advice, suggestions and help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks -Eric-    
(back) Subject: Outstanding New Organ/Choral CD (x post) From: <ScottFop@aol.com> Date: Sat, 3 Feb 2001 11:09:16 EST     --part1_67.f4087fa.27ad872c_boundary Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3D"ISO-8859-1" Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable   I just received my copy of a new organ/choral CD entitled "Rejoice and = Be=3D20 Glad" which is absolutely outstanding in every way.   The recording is of the choirs and organ of Grace Episcopal Church on = the=3D20 City of Charleston, South Carolina. The music is played and under = the=3D20 direction of Dr. J. Scott Bennett, Organist-Choirmaster of Grace Church.   I heard the Grace Church parish choir and played the organ many times in = the=3D =3D20 mid and late 80's when Emily Remington still held court at Grace Church. = =3D20 Under her leadership of many, many years she was much beloved by the = choirs=3D20 and congregation (and everyone who knew her!) and the choir and organ = have=3D20 obviously been brought into yet even finer condition by Dr. Bennett. The choirs on the recording include both the adult parish choir and the = Roya=3D l=3D20 School of Church Music choir.   The repertoire includes:   I Was Glad When They Said Unto Me (Parry) Ubi Caritas (Durufl=3DE9) Magnificat in C, Opus 115 (Stanford) Nunc Dimittis, Opus 115 (Stanford) Song for Athene (Tavener) I Lift Up My Eyes To the Hills (Bowman) The Call (Vaughan Williams) They That Go Down To the Sea In Ships (Sumsion) Pie Jesu (Webber) The Lord is My Shepherd (Rutter) Candlelight Carol (Rutter) A Maiden Most Gentle (Arr: Carter) Sanctus (St. Cecilia Mass - Gounod) Thou, O God, Art Praised in Sion (Boyle) Gaelic Blessing (Rutter) Toccata from Symphonie V (Widor)   While some of the "standard choral fare" is on this recording, and=3D20 beautifully performed at that, there is a somewhat new piece called "Thou, = O=3D =3D20 God, Art Praised in Sion" by Malcolm Boyle. It is published by the = Paraclet=3D e=3D20 Press. We did this piece here at the National Shrine several weeks ago = and=3D20 the choir absolutely fell in love with it. I guarantee that it will = very=3D20 soon gain the popularity and beloved position that pieces like "I Was = Glad"=3D20 have with choirs, organists and congregations alike. What a powerhouse = piec=3D e=3D20 AND performance on this CD! To all of you readers- this CD is worth = getting=3D =3D20 just to hear the Grace Church choir and organ on this piece alone!   I must say that Scott Bennett's choral and organ style is exactly what I = lik=3D e=3D20 to hear and what people SHOULD expect to hear. His playing is bold = and=3D20 confident and he is not afraid to show off the instrument's power as well = as=3D =3D20 its subtle nuances and orchestral qualities. The choirs are = extraordinarily=3D =3D20 well trained and have a very unique and lyric quality which is powerful = and=3D20 exciting. Dr. Bennett's playing of the Widor toccata is fresh and = perfectly=3D =3D20 articulate- a joy to hear especially considering how frequently this piece = i=3D s=3D20 played in a less-than-pleasing manner by too many performers. =3D20   I must admit that the big Reuter organ sounds much better than I = remembered=3D20 it. Apparently much work has been carried out since the last time I was = at=3D20 Grace Church which would have been in the spring of 1989. I remember the = sto=3D p=3D20 jambs (and most of the knobs) from the old Reuter console sitting on top = of=3D20=3D a=3D20 high book case or file cabinets in the choir house in Emily's office. = They=3D20 were from the console which was in use before the three manual = Holtkamp-styl=3D e=3D20 console which I played many times.=3D20   This CD is a must have for anyone who even remotely enjoys church = choral=3D20 music. It is just fabulous in every way. Bravo Scott, Grace's organ = and=3D20 choirs!   "Rejoice and Be Glad" can be ordered directly from the church by = sending=3D20 $20.00 and pertinent mailing instructions to: Dr. Scott Bennett, Organist-Choirmaster Grace Episcopal Church 98 Wentworth Street Charleston, South Carolina 29401 Note: please reference your check "Grace Church CD Project"   SCOTT F. FOPPIANO, Principal Organist and Director of Music The National Shrine of the Little Flower, Royal Oak, MI (Geo. Kilgen & Son Pipe Organ Co., St. Louis, MO, Opus 5180, 1933) Staff House Organist, The Fox Theatre, Detroit, MI (Wurlitzer, 1928) "Cantantibus organis Caecilia Domino decantabat dicens: fiat cor meum immaculatum ut non confundar."             --part1_67.f4087fa.27ad872c_boundary Content-Type: text/html; charset=3D"ISO-8859-1" Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable   <HTML><FONT FACE=3D3Darial,helvetica><FONT SIZE=3D3D2>I just received my = copy o=3D f a new organ/choral CD entitled "Rejoice and Be=3D20 <BR>Glad" which is absolutely outstanding in every way. <BR> <BR>The recording is of the choirs and organ of Grace Episcopal Church on = th=3D e=3D20 <BR>City of Charleston, South Carolina. &nbsp;The music is played and = under=3D20=3D the=3D20 <BR>direction of Dr. J. Scott Bennett, Organist-Choirmaster of Grace = Church. <BR> <BR>I heard the Grace Church parish choir and played the organ many times = in=3D the=3D20 <BR>mid and late 80's when Emily Remington still held court at Grace = Church.=3D &nbsp; <BR>Under her leadership of many, many years she was much beloved by the = cho=3D irs=3D20 <BR>and congregation (and everyone who knew her!) and the choir and organ = ha=3D ve=3D20 <BR>obviously been brought into yet even finer condition by Dr. Bennett. <BR>The choirs on the recording include both the adult parish choir and = the=3D20=3D Royal=3D20 <BR>School of Church Music choir. <BR> <BR>The repertoire includes: <BR> <BR>I Was Glad When They Said Unto Me (Parry) <BR>Ubi Caritas (Durufl=3DE9) <BR>Magnificat in C, Opus 115 (Stanford) <BR>Nunc Dimittis, Opus 115 (Stanford) <BR>Song for Athene (Tavener) <BR>I Lift Up My Eyes To the Hills (Bowman) <BR>The Call (Vaughan Williams) <BR>They That Go Down To the Sea In Ships (Sumsion) <BR>Pie Jesu (Webber) <BR>The Lord is My Shepherd (Rutter) <BR>Candlelight Carol (Rutter) <BR>A Maiden Most Gentle (Arr: Carter) <BR>Sanctus (St. Cecilia Mass - Gounod) <BR>Thou, O God, Art Praised in Sion (Boyle) <BR>Gaelic Blessing (Rutter) <BR>Toccata from Symphonie V (Widor) <BR> <BR>While some of the "standard choral fare" is on this recording, = and=3D20 <BR>beautifully performed at that, there is a somewhat new piece called = "Tho=3D u, O=3D20 <BR>God, Art Praised in Sion" by Malcolm Boyle. &nbsp;It is published by = the=3D Paraclete=3D20 <BR>Press. We did this piece here at the National Shrine several weeks ago = a=3D nd=3D20 <BR>the choir absolutely fell in love with it. &nbsp;I guarantee that it = wil=3D l very=3D20 <BR>soon gain the popularity and beloved position that pieces like "I Was = Gl=3D ad"=3D20 <BR>have with choirs, organists and congregations alike. &nbsp;What a = powerh=3D ouse piece=3D20 <BR>AND performance on this CD! &nbsp;To all of you readers- this CD is = wort=3D h getting=3D20 <BR>just to hear the Grace Church choir and organ on this piece alone! <BR> <BR>I must say that Scott Bennett's choral and organ style is exactly what = I=3D like=3D20 <BR>to hear and what people SHOULD expect to hear. &nbsp;His playing is = bold=3D and=3D20 <BR>confident and he is not afraid to show off the instrument's power as = wel=3D l as=3D20 <BR>its subtle nuances and orchestral qualities. &nbsp;The choirs are = extrao=3D rdinarily=3D20 <BR>well trained and have a very unique and lyric quality which is = powerful=3D20=3D and=3D20 <BR>exciting. &nbsp;Dr. Bennett's playing of the Widor toccata is fresh = and=3D20=3D perfectly=3D20 <BR>articulate- a joy to hear especially considering how frequently this = pie=3D ce is=3D20 <BR>played in a less-than-pleasing manner by too many performers. &nbsp; <BR> <BR>I must admit that the big Reuter organ sounds much better than I = remembe=3D red=3D20 <BR>it. &nbsp;Apparently much work has been carried out since the last = time=3D20=3D I was at=3D20 <BR>Grace Church which would have been in the spring of 1989. I remember = the=3D stop=3D20 <BR>jambs (and most of the knobs) from the old Reuter console sitting on = top=3D of a=3D20 <BR>high book case or file cabinets in the choir house in Emily's office. = &n=3D bsp;They=3D20 <BR>were from the console which was in use before the three manual = Holtkamp-=3D style=3D20 <BR>console which I played many times.=3D20 <BR> <BR>This CD is a must have for anyone who even remotely enjoys church = choral=3D =3D20 <BR>music. &nbsp;It is just fabulous in every way. &nbsp;Bravo Scott, = Grace'=3D s organ and=3D20 <BR>choirs! <BR> <BR>"Rejoice and Be Glad" can be ordered directly from the church by = sending=3D =3D20 <BR>$20.00 and pertinent mailing instructions to: <BR>Dr. Scott Bennett, Organist-Choirmaster <BR>Grace Episcopal Church <BR>98 Wentworth Street <BR>Charleston, South Carolina 29401 <BR>Note: &nbsp;please reference your check "Grace Church CD Project" <BR> <BR><B>SCOTT F. FOPPIANO</B>, Principal Organist and Director of Music <BR>The National Shrine of the Little Flower, Royal Oak, MI <BR>(Geo. Kilgen &amp; Son Pipe Organ Co., St. Louis, MO, Opus 5180, 1933) <BR>Staff House Organist, The Fox Theatre, Detroit, MI (Wurlitzer, 1928) <BR><I>"Cantantibus organis Caecilia Domino decantabat dicens: <BR>fiat cor meum immaculatum ut non confundar."</I> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR></FONT></HTML>   --part1_67.f4087fa.27ad872c_boundary--  
(back) Subject: Re: organ conservation From: "Brent Johnson" <bmjohns@fgi.net> Date: Sat, 3 Feb 2001 11:58:35 -0600   I have decided that no matter how hard you try to do what is right, = someone else will be along in the future to tell everybody what a mistake you made and they will change it all. That, OR, whatever you do today, no matter how well-thought and beautiful the results, will be found abhorrent by somebody else. Just do what you think is right you'll be right, for a while. Brent Johnson The Organ Web Ring http://www.organwebring.com The Theatre Organ Web Ring http://www.organwebring.com/theatre     ----- Original Message ----- From: "Randy Terry" <randyterry@laumc.org> To: "'PipeChat'" <pipechat@pipechat.org> Sent: Friday, February 02, 2001 6:13 PM Subject: RE: organ conservation     > In planning the updating of the organ at the church I currently serve, I > have been considering these questions myself. I have seen some rather > obvious and very questionable instances of my own of "change for = change's > sake," or perhaps for the whim of the current musician. My notables include > the ripping out of the only significant 4 manual Skinner organ in my = home > state (1930 E. M.) > > More recently a 1962-3 Holtkamp was updated, and while the new = combination > action, along with several new stops have dramatically increased its > effectiveness, I wondered if that was the best thing to do since it was the > last organ Holtkamp Sr. designed, but it was left to his son to complete it. > > But then the question of changes to smaller seemingly insignificant > instruments came to mind as the current Votteler organ was being discussed. > For 20 years almost, I have made changes to every pipe organ I played except > one. I told myself it did not matter because it was only a piddly = Moller > series organ, or a 1970's Wicks, and now a 1972 Swain & Kates, so it = could > not possibly matter - especially when the changes made such a radical > improvement. In our project at St. Peter's we are making such changes that > I think the sound is going to be changed more than any other instrument = I > have dealt with. It will be better in some ways, but there are some > charming things that we are going to loose. > > OK, now, what is going to happen when all those Wicks instruments from = the > late 60's and 70's have someone come along and doctor them up? (I am not > really thinking about correcting mechanical problems.) Or some of the early > imported trackers. At some point when my generation is old and grey and we > are moaning about how horrible it was, and the youngsters are not going = to > believe us! > > I am so enthusiastic about organbuilding right now. We are building > historically informed as well as eclectic mechanical action instruments = of > all varieties. We are conserving important instruments of many types, = and > many wonderful electric action instruments are built as well. I find it > hard to imagine that example after example of our best builder's works could > be altered beyond recognition, or tossed out without a thought, such as was > common fairly recently. There are exceptions, I know. But history repeats > itself. > > Part of where I am coming from is that I remember how my hair stood on = end > when I played the organ at my last church for the first time (right = before I > auditioned.) I could not have imagined a worse sound. The room was = dead > and the sizzle and spit was way more apparent than any musical note. I had > the 1975 Wicks instrument revoiced by Rich Schneider while I was there. It > has been a year since I left, and I went back for a funeral yesterday. = I > was expecting to dislike the sound in spite of the revoicing. Instead, = I > was shocked. The Principals were rich and vocal, the upperwork sat on = top > without sticking out and the flutes were perky and musical. I would > recommend a new organ without hesitation, of course, and I would do the > tonal changes again, but sooner or later there will be no points of > reference left, maybe. > > Where does one draw the line? How could I leave the instrument above alone > in good conscience? But on the other hand, who is to say when it is right, > since much of us are unable to see past our own "ideal" sound. > > I guess I am simply playing devil's advocate. But if I was interested = in a > post at a church with the very same Votteler organ mentioned recently, I > would not be able to apply for the job because I could not play an > instrument like that for very long and stay content, I don't think. I = do > think I would have the sense enough NOT to apply for the sake of the organ, > though. > > > > > "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: Service or Mass Programs From: <quilisma@socal.rr.com> Date: Sat, 03 Feb 2001 12:22:43 -0800       Eric wrote:   > I am interested in creating programs for special services like, Ash > Wednesday, Holy Week etc. > Do you let the parish secretary create and design your programs or do = the > Mus.Dir. make them?   (ROARING with laughter) ... the SECRETARY (dragon)? SHE doesn't know how = to cut and paste on the computer, but she SURE knows how to lock up the office supplies. I do the Sunday service leaflets; she retypes them and puts = mistakes in them so the Rector will know she's "worked" on them ... go figure.   No, I design my own and take them to Kinko's and have them printed and = bound.   > > Are there any templates to help me out?   If you're working for either the RCs or ECUSA, aren't there software = programs that include this, as well as the copyright permissions for music? I know = GIA advertised one for the RCs; the one for ECUSA isn't very good, from what = I've read.   It's not that hard to create your own templates, either in Word or = PageMaker, altho' if you do it in Word you have to use Microsoft Publisher (thank = you, Bill Gates ... NOT!) to bookletize, which is why I still do all my stuff in = Corel Suite 8 ... I'll learn PageMaker one of these days. OTOH, Sibelius files transfer very easily to Word.   All of our texts are on the Net on the '28 BCP sites ... surely the RC = texts are out there somewhere as well ... so you wouldn't have to re-type the whole Passion, for instance.   > Do you scan music and resize it to > accommodate the size of the programs?   Naw, I re-typeset everything for the congregation (melody line only) in 8 = 1/2 X 11 (folded) booklet format in Sibelius. I like 8 1/2 x 14 better, but the = Rector has a THANG about it being too big and hard to handle. Most things are = still readable in the smaller format ... if they get TOO squinchy, I just spread = 'em out over two pages.   I THINK you can do that with RC stuff if you buy GIA's license.   I can do it because everything we sing during Holy Week is either in the = common domain (my own transcriptions of Gregorian Chant) or my own compositions. = As it happens, we OWN the copyright to our own Altar Missal, so I don't have a = problem with reproducing texts.   > Fonts?   Use a serif type-face, and stick to ONE typeface throughout in the body. I = do MAJOR headings in Old English, like "Palm Sunday", etc., the rest in Times = New Roman, because the Prayer Book is in Times New Roman (grin). Use bold VERY SPARINGLY ... it looks cleaner without. Basically I try to make everything = look as much like the '28 Prayer Book and the '40 Hymnal as possible. And = that's a good way to go ... find something you like stylistically, and reproduce = it. Ours look VERY formal and old-fashioned, because we have a very formal, = old-fashioned liturgy.   Sizes:   16-point for major divisions: Liturgy of the Word, Liturgy of the = Eucharist 14-point for minor divisions and titles: Offertory, Consecration, = Communion 12-point or 13-point (preferably) for body text: prayers, readings, etc. 10-point bold italics for rubrics: the People stand, the People kneel, = etc.   Titles and rubrics centered; body copy right-justified; whether or not = body copy under a title is indented on both sides is kinda a matter of taste ... I = do it if it's something the choir is singing alone, like the Introit. Indenting = at the beginning of a paragraph is optional. The Prayer Book was printed in 1928, = and IT doesn't do it.   Drop caps at the beginning of body copy makes the page look REALLY = professional, and they're not hard to do. I don't usually do them more than two lines = high.   In complex things like the Passions, I print the peoples' parts in bold. = But it gets to be a bit much if it's a LONG thing the people say, like the Credo, = so I just put "People" in bold, but not the rest.   > Paper size- is it standard fold > or long paper folded?   I think 8 1/2 x 14 is easier to work with and looks better ... I just have = a particular Rector (grin).   Thank goodness ours change very little from year to year, so I can use = them over and over again.   Cheers,   Bud, recovering nicely from pneumonia, thank you (grin)    
(back) Subject: off-topic (x-posted) From: <quilisma@socal.rr.com> Date: Sat, 03 Feb 2001 13:07:37 -0800   I'm recovering from pneumonia ... went to the hospital Wednesday night with 105.6 fever. First time out of bed today ... I suppose I'll try to play the High Mass tomorrow, lacking any sort of substitute.   Cheers,   Bud    
(back) Subject: Re: Bruce Bengston -4 Feb 4 p.m. From: "Bob Scarborough" <desertbob@rglobal.net> Date: Sat, 03 Feb 2001 13:07:40 -0800   At 10:25 PM 2/2/2001 -0600, you wrote: >Bengtson (Swedish: son of Bengt) not Bengston. Also, he is Bruce >P. Bengtson. There is another organist -- and having heard both >of them I would recommend both highly -- named Bruce A. >Bengtson. It is Bruce A. Bengtson who used to be in Dallas.<snip>   Yeesh! Anyone else as cornfuzzled on this one as I am?   dB