PipeChat Digest #1782 - Monday, January 22, 2001
 
Re: (OFF-TOPIC for pipechat) - New Hammonds - delete if not   	 intereste
  by "Antoni Scott" <ascott@epix.net>
Re: Manz books
  by "Noel Stoutenburg" <mjolnir@ticnet.com>
Bach on CDRom
  by "Eric" <ech1275@home.com>
(no subject)
  by <SpachtT@aol.com>
Re: Manz books
  by "Ben Baldus" <bbaldus@voyager.net>
Re: Theatre Organ Specs
  by "Jon C. Habermaas" <opus1100@catoe.org>
Re: Theatre Organ Specs
  by <KurtvonS@aol.com>
Re: Manz books
  by <JamesM8336@aol.com>
Re: Theatre Organ Question
  by <TRACKELECT@cs.com>
Re: Theatre Organ Specs
  by "Jon C. Habermaas" <opus1100@catoe.org>
Re: Manz books
  by <JerryM8319@aol.com>
Re: Tyranny (was Manz books)
  by "Alan Freed" <afreed0904@earthlink.net>
Re: Tyranny (was Manz books)
  by "WDBabcock" <WDBabcock@email.msn.com>
Re: Manz books
  by <Cremona502@cs.com>
Pipe Dreams
  by "Donald Hinckley" <rosedon@iopener.net>
Music List, Toms River, Epiphany 3, xpost
  by <Innkawgneeto@cs.com>
Fw: Theatre Organ Question
  by "VEAGUE" <dutchorgan@svs.net>
Re: Pipe Dreams
  by "Noel Stoutenburg" <mjolnir@ticnet.com>
Re: (OFF-TOPIC for pipechat) - New Hammonds - delete if not     intereste
  by <RonSeverin@aol.com>
Re: Manz books
  by <RonSeverin@aol.com>
RE: Manz books
  by "Mike Swaldo" <mswal@adelphia.net>
Gospel Music -- HELP!
  by <DRAWKNOB@aol.com>
Dennis James - Silent Film - Castro Theatre, San Francisco TUESDAY
  by <MUSCUR@aol.com>
 

(back) Subject: Re: (OFF-TOPIC for pipechat) - New Hammonds - delete if not interested (g... From: "Antoni Scott" <ascott@epix.net> Date: Sun, 21 Jan 2001 06:50:18 -0500   Ron:   I am curious about this organ. How do I get more info ?     Antoni  
(back) Subject: Re: Manz books From: "Noel Stoutenburg" <mjolnir@ticnet.com> Date: Sun, 21 Jan 2001 07:05:46 -0600     Darrell wrote, in part:   > [Rant] > I do wish MorningStar would have kept the old set in print for a while = so > folks like me could have completed their collection. > [End rant]   The original set of Manz was published by Concordia. After Dr. Manz = decided to part company with the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod, who owns = Concordia, they had no interest in keeping the "old" set in stock. It might be that = you can buy an archival edition of any of the old ones you are interested in, = but I've never tried with these, and the fact that Concordia released or = otherwise transferred the copyrights to Paul Manz may make this impossible in any = event.   ns    
(back) Subject: Bach on CDRom From: "Eric" <ech1275@home.com> Date: Sun, 21 Jan 2001 08:14:55 -0500   Hi Folks, Did you see the CDRom of Bach music. You can print the music right from your printer(laser would be best). OHS has it on sale of course to OHS members but you should check it out. http://www.ohscatalog.org/bacorworcoms.html $17.50 is a great deal for all of JS Bach's organ works- "For a low, low price, have at-hand all of the scores of the organ works of J. S. Bach, including many works of doubtful attribution (such as the beloved Eight Little Preludes and Fugues)." I will certainly look into purchasing that! Snow, Snow, Snow! CT is getting hammered 6-11 inches. I called Church = this morning and told the pastor I'm not coming in for the 8:30, possibly = 10:30. He totally understands. The Church was packed at the 4pm vigil Saturday, including most of my choir- indicating they aren't coming Sunday! This is my first instance of not playing mass due to weather conditions. I think = I should invest in a 4x4 SUV. Be well, drive safe. SuperBowl Sunday next week! -Eric-    
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(back) Subject: Re: Manz books From: "Ben Baldus" <bbaldus@voyager.net> Date: Sun, 21 Jan 2001 09:53:00 -0500   Paul Manz had to "buy back" the copyrights for all his out-of-print = Concordia music--choral and organ--before they could be published by MorningStar. = As a measure of support to the composer and his stand against theological = tyranny, one should buy all the MorningStar volumes.   Ben Baldus   Noel Stoutenburg wrote:   > Darrell wrote, in part: > > > [Rant] > > I do wish MorningStar would have kept the old set in print for a while = so > > folks like me could have completed their collection. > > [End rant] > > The original set of Manz was published by Concordia. After Dr. Manz = decided to > part company with the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod, who owns = Concordia, > they had no interest in keeping the "old" set in stock. It might be = that you > can buy an archival edition of any of the old ones you are interested = in, but > I've never tried with these, and the fact that Concordia released or = otherwise > transferred the copyrights to Paul Manz may make this impossible in any = event. > > ns > > "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: Theatre Organ Specs From: "Jon C. Habermaas" <opus1100@catoe.org> Date: Sun, 21 Jan 2001 09:32:12 -0600   As usual Rick has done an excellent job of summing up this topic. There were as many different variations as were there builders. Probably the standard should be WurliTzer since they built so many theatre organs and = so many have survived. I have to disagree with a minor point in Rick's = posting. On most two manual theatre organs the manuals were Solo and Accompaniment with most of the unification favoring the Solo since that is where the melody line was used. The Solo generally had all the percussions except = for a harp which was useful in the accompaniment and the traps were found on the accompaniment manual. Most three manual organs were Solo, Great, and Accompaniment with the Great being favored with the bulk of the = unification and the Solo getting some of the specialtly stops such as solo reeds, percussions etc.(on one Moller organ, the Roseland State 3/12 the 3rd manual was a coupler manual with the Kinura only stop available on that manual) On the four manual organs the third manual (between the Great = and Solo) was often called either the Orchestral or Bombarde the stops were dependent on how that specification was designed with the manual used for accent or as a auxilliary Solo manual. The five manual organs that I've seen the manuals were Acc, Great, Orchestral, Bombarde, and Solo. As to = the trick coupler manual that Rick mentioned on Vaughn's organ...I would = expect that there were some stop modifications at George Wrights request....as = the Marbro which was a duplicate of the original Paradise did not have a trick =   coupler manual per se....btw both 4/21 were basically a Publix organ with the addition of a posthorn and fifth manual...the other five manual was a 5/28 had many of the additional ranks found in the 4 manual specials that WurliTzer built. Some of the best theatre organs built were some of the workhorse 3 manual, we are fortunate in having two style H's in the = Chicago area and it is amazing how much versatility these organs provide. Bigger = is not always better, and it is a shame so few of the mid size organs survived. A good place to find out more about WurliTzer organs specifications can be found on-line on the WurliTzer Opus List On-Line....there are specifications lists of many of the different styles of organs. <http://theatreorgans.com/au/opus/>      
(back) Subject: Re: Theatre Organ Specs From: <KurtvonS@aol.com> Date: Sun, 21 Jan 2001 12:59:24 EST     --part1_49.6669c0d.279c7d7c_boundary Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   In a message dated 1/21/01 10:39:37 AM Central Standard Time, opus1100@catoe.org writes:     > ....as the > Marbro which was a duplicate of the original Paradise did not have a = trick > coupler manual per se....btw both 4/21 were basically a Publix organ = with >   just a small correction....the Marbro organ was a 5/19...including an = English Horn   --part1_49.6669c0d.279c7d7c_boundary Content-Type: text/html; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   <HTML><FONT FACE=3Darial,helvetica><BODY BGCOLOR=3D"#ffffff"><FONT = SIZE=3D2>In a message dated 1/21/01 10:39:37 AM Central Standard Time, <BR>opus1100@catoe.org writes: <BR> <BR> <BR><BLOCKQUOTE TYPE=3DCITE style=3D"BORDER-LEFT: #0000ff 2px solid; = MARGIN-LEFT: 5px; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px">....as the <BR>Marbro which was a duplicate of the original Paradise did not have a = trick <BR>coupler manual per se....btw both 4/21 were basically a Publix organ = with <BR>the addition of a posthorn and fifth manual..</BLOCKQUOTE> <BR> <BR>just a small correction....the Marbro organ was a 5/19...including an = English <BR>Horn</FONT></HTML>   --part1_49.6669c0d.279c7d7c_boundary--  
(back) Subject: Re: Manz books From: <JamesM8336@aol.com> Date: Sun, 21 Jan 2001 13:01:02 EST     --part1_b1.60eea1d.279c7dde_boundary Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   Could you elaborate on the "theological tyranny" referred to?   JM   --part1_b1.60eea1d.279c7dde_boundary Content-Type: text/html; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   <HTML><FONT FACE=3Darial,helvetica><FONT SIZE=3D2>Could you elaborate on = the "theological tyranny" referred to? <BR> <BR>JM</FONT></HTML>   --part1_b1.60eea1d.279c7dde_boundary--  
(back) Subject: Re: Theatre Organ Question From: <TRACKELECT@cs.com> Date: Sun, 21 Jan 2001 13:15:42 EST   In a message dated 1/21/01 12:06:47 AM Eastern Standard Time, raythursby@earthlink.net writes:   << This all may be more than most listoids want to know about theater = organs, but Vic did ask, so.... >>   As a dyed in the wool organ nut and as someone who has been exposed to = only church style organs I find it fascinating and enlightening.   Thanks:   Alan B  
(back) Subject: Re: Theatre Organ Specs From: "Jon C. Habermaas" <opus1100@catoe.org> Date: Sun, 21 Jan 2001 12:41:48 -0600   Correction to correction....MARBRO was a 5/21...I was on the crew that removed the organ from the theatre and I know it was 21 ranks...OPUS list has MARBRO OPUS 1587 5/21 and Paradise OPUS 1942 as 5/21....my post = should have read: btw both 5/21s were basically a Publix organ with the addition of a posthorn and fifth manual..     Jon   At 12:59 PM 1/21/01 -0500, you wrote: >In a message dated 1/21/01 10:39:37 AM Central Standard Time, >opus1100@catoe.org writes: > > >>....as the >>Marbro which was a duplicate of the original Paradise did not have a = trick >>coupler manual per se....btw both 4/21 were basically a Publix organ = with >>the addition of a posthorn and fifth manual.. > > >just a small correction....the Marbro organ was a 5/19...including an = English >Horn    
(back) Subject: Re: Manz books From: <JerryM8319@aol.com> Date: Sun, 21 Jan 2001 14:45:41 EST   Theological tyranny in the Lutheran church. What do you mean?  
(back) Subject: Re: Tyranny (was Manz books) From: "Alan Freed" <afreed0904@earthlink.net> Date: Sun, 21 Jan 2001 15:09:47 -0500   Jerry and James:   I'm willing to discuss this a little bit if that's desired, but privately rather than on-list would be most appropriate.   Alan   > Theological tyranny in the Lutheran church. What do you mean? >    
(back) Subject: Re: Tyranny (was Manz books) From: "WDBabcock" <WDBabcock@email.msn.com> Date: Sun, 21 Jan 2001 16:42:31 -0600   As a former Lutheran I too would be interested William D. "Bill" Babcock WDBabcock@msn.com wbabcock@lansing.lib.il.us My goal is to be the person my dog thinks I am. ----- Original Message ----- From: "Alan Freed" <afreed0904@earthlink.net> To: "PipeChat" <pipechat@pipechat.org> Sent: Sunday, January 21, 2001 2:09 PM Subject: Re: Tyranny (was Manz books)     > Jerry and James: > > I'm willing to discuss this a little bit if that's desired, but privately > rather than on-list would be most appropriate. > > Alan > > > Theological tyranny in the Lutheran church. What do you mean? > > > > > "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: Manz books From: <Cremona502@cs.com> Date: Sun, 21 Jan 2001 18:45:32 EST     --part1_fe.1454029.279cce9c_boundary Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   In addition to Cwm Rhondda, there is a wonderful improvisation on Hydrydol =   and Herzliebster Jesu. The latter is my favorite of the two since it has = a wonderful > >     Bruce Cornely ~ Cremona502@cs.com with the Baskerbeagles in the Beagle's Nest ~ ""Haruffaroo Bohawow!" Visit Howling Acres at < Ourworld.cs.com/Brucon502 >   --part1_fe.1454029.279cce9c_boundary Content-Type: text/html; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   <HTML><FONT FACE=3Darial,helvetica><FONT SIZE=3D2>In addition to Cwm = Rhondda, there is a wonderful improvisation on Hydrydol <BR>and Herzliebster Jesu. &nbsp;The latter is my favorite of the two = since it has a <BR>wonderful &nbsp;"misery" motif.<BLOCKQUOTE TYPE=3DCITE = style=3D"BORDER-LEFT: #0000ff 2px solid; MARGIN-LEFT: 5px; MARGIN-RIGHT: = 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px"> <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> <BR>Bruce Cornely &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;~ &nbsp;Cremona502@cs.com &nbsp; <BR>with the Baskerbeagles in the Beagle's Nest ~ ""Haruffaroo Bohawow!" <BR>Visit Howling Acres at &lt; &nbsp;Ourworld.cs.com/Brucon502 = &nbsp;&gt;</FONT></HTML>   --part1_fe.1454029.279cce9c_boundary--  
(back) Subject: Pipe Dreams From: "Donald Hinckley" <rosedon@iopener.net> Date: Sun, 21 Jan 2001 19:23:52 -0500 (est)   Kind Organists: The Maine Public Broadcasting has decided to surplus the = only program I have been interested in hearing-Pipe Dreams. For years now, = that company has tried to discourage us from listening the program by = bouncing it around, forgetting it in favor of other (in my opinion) lesser = ones. At last the company placed it at 10: to 11:30 on Sundays. So I have = been recording it for many years. Now we have nothing. My question: is there a way for me and other pipe organ mad-men to hear = this program or something similiar by FM in Augusta Maine? I note other = programs mentioned occasionally. I wonder how I can access these? I have = simple E-mail; nothing more. Any answers? Thanks ahead for your interest. = Don Hinckley    
(back) Subject: Music List, Toms River, Epiphany 3, xpost From: <Innkawgneeto@cs.com> Date: Sun, 21 Jan 2001 19:34:26 EST   The "major" storm finally dumped a couple inches of snow on the Jersey = Shore area, between 1:00 a.m. and 7 a.m., causing attendance at our church to be =   sparce.   Bless their hearts, we had folks for BOTH choirs, 8 adults in the = Sanctuary Choir, and 7 teens in the youth choir -- so we trudged on through our anthems. They sang quite nicely.   One thing about days like today, the people that ARE present truly want = to be there, so the spirit in worship was especially nice.   Following is the music list.   FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Toms River, NJ, USA, 1/21/01, Epiphany 3   Rev. Bruce Quigley, Senior Minister Neil Brown, Minister of Music/Organist   Prelude: Improvisation (a fughetta on Duke Street) by yours truly Postlude: "Toccata" from Suite Gothique (Boellmann).   Hymns: "From All That Dwell Below the Skies" (Duke Street); -- "Forward through the AGes" (St. Gertrude); -- "To God be the Glory" (To God be the Glory).   Anthems were same as last week's, just in alternate services. I won't post =   those.   I was tempted to do an improv for the postlude, and save the Boellmann for =   next week, but I decided to go ahead and play it. The people who came to church deserved no less of a rouser than the "Toccata".   Peace to you all. This is going to be a difficult week for me, but God is =   good and He will get us through. Talk to you all soon.   Neil Brown  
(back) Subject: Fw: Theatre Organ Question From: "VEAGUE" <dutchorgan@svs.net> Date: Sun, 21 Jan 2001 19:47:31 -0500   To- Alan B   If you ever sat down to a theatre organ and played it, you would be more than amazed! I did many years ago, and haven't been the same since <G>   Rick     ----- Original Message ----- From: <TRACKELECT@cs.com> To: <pipechat@pipechat.org> Sent: Sunday, January 21, 2001 1:15 PM Subject: Re: Theatre Organ Question     > In a message dated 1/21/01 12:06:47 AM Eastern Standard Time, > raythursby@earthlink.net writes: > > << > This all may be more than most listoids want to know about theater organs, > but Vic did ask, so.... >> > > As a dyed in the wool organ nut and as someone who has been exposed to only > church style organs I find it fascinating and enlightening. > > Thanks: > > Alan B > > "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: Pipe Dreams From: "Noel Stoutenburg" <mjolnir@ticnet.com> Date: Sun, 21 Jan 2001 19:44:18 -0600       Donald Hinckley wrote:   > Kind Organists: The Maine Public Broadcasting has decided to surplus the = only program I have been interested in hearing-Pipe Dreams. For years now, = that company has tried to discourage us from listening the program by = bouncing it around, forgetting it in favor of other (in my opinion) lesser = ones. At last the company placed it at 10: to 11:30 on Sundays. So I have = been recording it for many years. Now we have nothing. > My question: is there a way for me and other pipe organ = mad-men to hear this program or something similiar by FM in Augusta Maine? = I note other programs mentioned occasionally. I wonder how I can access = these? I have simple E-mail; nothing more. Any answers? Thanks ahead for = your interest.   Pipedreams is broadcast at 10:00 PM Central time over the internet by WRR, = Dallas, TX. I believe this is a two week delay from the original = broadcast.   URL is <http://wrr101.com>    
(back) Subject: Re: (OFF-TOPIC for pipechat) - New Hammonds - delete if not interested (... From: <RonSeverin@aol.com> Date: Sun, 21 Jan 2001 21:29:11 EST   Hi Antoni:   The DB-25 is so new, we received it on Tuesday before NAMM and had to air freight it to the convention. It arrived in Anaheim on Thursday = morning in time for the convention. It is the only one in the US at this time. We don't have any brochures prepared as yet. What we know about it, is what we discovered playing it at the NAMM convention. It came with a manual, and all I can say is, if you love Hammond organs, you won't be disappointed.   It was a full blown experiment in digital modeling, and all I can say at = this point is, if you can recreate the tone wheel drawbar sound digitally, and incorporate every model Hammond ever made, it's awesome! It is now possible, because of this to model and reproduce a complete Schnitger, Cavaille Coll, = Ferrand and Votey, E.M. Skinner etc. including the start up noise of a big Spenser Blower if they were used.   This organ should be on our web site. E-mail the Church Organ Systems web site and we'll send you a brochure as soon as it's printed.   Regards,   Ron Severin  
(back) Subject: Re: Manz books From: <RonSeverin@aol.com> Date: Sun, 21 Jan 2001 21:37:32 EST   Hi Noel:   I may have two duplicates of the Concordia series of Paul Manz. I bought a complete set of ten books when they went on sale as a unit over ten years ago for $29.95. I'll have to look, but I believe they are Vol.'s 4 = and 7. Can you believe getting Paul Manz' music or any body else's for $2.95 a copy? I guess that's when Concordia and Paul Manz parted ways.   Regards,   Ron Severin  
(back) Subject: RE: Manz books From: "Mike Swaldo" <mswal@adelphia.net> Date: Sun, 21 Jan 2001 21:52:41 -0500   Shirly,   > Given the new configuration of the Manz books by publisher MorningStar, = if > you would choose ONE over the others, which would it be?   I have only one of the Morning Star books, the Christmas one. I got it because of the setting of "Still, Still, Still."   Now, I have several (about 7 or 8) of the old Concordia editions which I have played from, a lot over the years. This morning, in fact, I did A couple of movements from "Herr Jesu, Dich Zu Uns Wend," found in Bk. 2. Others I like to play (and I can't remember which books each are from)just rolling from the top of my head:   From the Red Christmas Book:   What child is this In Dulci Jubilo Lo, How a Rose (Tune: Valet Will Ich...) Quem Pastores Forest Green   From the others:   If thou but suffer... Jesus I will Ponder Now Blessed Jesus, we are here (This works particulary nice on the organ I = play now) O Come, O Come Emmanual O Christ Thou Lamb of God O Had I a Thousand tongues Now Thank We all our God (bk 2) Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones Holy God, We Praise Your Name   Liebster Jesu (Little Blyue Book of Hymn Intros.) Herzliebster Jesu (Same book)   I've also got the St. Anne Variations. I think I've done the Adagio from that.   There's a few others too. I like Paul Manz's stuff. I've twice had the opportunity to hear him do hymn festivals, and enjoyed meeting him afterward. He's a very nice, gentle person. I'm sorry to hear he's not doing well these days.   Best wishes, Mike    
(back) Subject: Gospel Music -- HELP! From: <DRAWKNOB@aol.com> Date: Sun, 21 Jan 2001 23:19:19 EST   Hi Ya'll,   This next Sunday is Pastor Howard's last Sunday as our interim pastor = (nearly 2 yrs) and he hates certain hymns. I plan to have the choir sing a = "choral tribute" to him during the usual anthem time. I'm in need of these hymns ASAP: "Life is like a mountain railway", "The little brown church in the =   wildwood (vale)", and "Heavenly Aeoroplane". The other hymns which he = hates I have access to "Amazing Grace", etc...   Please be assured that I don't use this type of music regularly IF at = all.... but it seems rather appropriate for his last Sunday with us ;-) Any help = is appreciated and if someone could fax them to me that would be GREAT!   Thanks in advance,   John A. Gambill Organist/Choirmaster Oak Cliff Lutheran Church (ELCA) Dallas, TX  
(back) Subject: Dennis James - Silent Film - Castro Theatre, San Francisco TUESDAY From: <MUSCUR@aol.com> Date: Mon, 22 Jan 2001 00:53:21 EST   Madame Dubarry, the newly restored 1919 German silent film classic, will = be presented by the Goethe Institut at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco on =   Tuesday night, January 23, starting at 7:30 p.m. The screening is part of =   the annual Berlin and Beyond Film Festival of German films held at the theatre, with the silent film each year accompanied by Dennis James at the =   magnificent Wurlitzer organ.   Madame Dubarry is an operatic version of the life, loves and death of the legendary 18th-century French courtesan. Pola Negri plays Dubarry, who = sleeps her way to the court of King Louis XV (played by the intense Emil = Jannings), ultimately becoming his mistress. Comes the revolution, and the rabble demands Dubarry's head. This gives Negri plenty of opportunity for = strenuous histrionics as she's led to the guillotine. Small wonder that this film = was retitled Passion for its American release   Ernst Lubitsch's fiery portrait of the French Revolution, realized in microcosm through a study of bedroom politics, has been hailed as "a milestone in the artistic development of the screen" (Herman G. Weinberg). =   The film brought Lubitsch international acclaim and established the = economic viability of the historical epic; it was a commercial triumph, playing to jubilant audiences in New York and Los Angeles.   Dennis James has made a performing career out of the delight in discovery, =   taking up challenging musical instruments that have fallen into disuse but =   for which there remain a viable repertoire. He plays an eclectic = assortment, ranging from theatre pipe organ (particularly together with silent films) = to the theremin (the monophonic early electronic instrument invented in 1920 = and played by waving one's hands in the air). James is one of the few people = in the world who professionally performs and records with glass instruments- ranging from Benjamin Franklin's 1761 invention, the glass armonica, to = the cristal, a avant garde glass & steel sound sculpture invented by the = brothers Baschet of Paris, France in 1954. Emerging on the international scene in 1991 with over fifty music festival appearances, from Lincoln Center to London, Salzburg and Vienna, Dennis James has developed a major touring concert, recording, and lecture career that spans the globe. James' most recent credits range from televised performances with Linda Ronstadt, = Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton, to recording for the Sony-Classical label with = the Emerson String Quartet, and playing for Hollywood film composer Marco Beltrami's scores for THE FACULTY and MINUS MAN. James has seven solo = record albums and four compact disc issues to his credit along with many = appearances on various other artists' projects. He has been the subject of broadcasts = on NBC, ABC, CBS, PBS television (including Jay Leno's THE TONIGHT SHOW and = LATE NIGHT with David Letterman) plus NPR and APR radio in the United States; = the BBC in London, CBC in Canada, French and Belgian national radio and = Austrian national television. He was profiled in a full-length television = documentary filmed by the Australian Broadcast Commission and has appeared in numerous =   other media projects.