PipeChat Digest #2076 - Thursday, May 3, 2001
 
organ literature as funeral music
  by "Wayne Grauel" <wgvideo@attglobal.net>
Re: at long last
  by "Carlo Pietroniro" <organist@total.net>
Re: My Friends Think I'm Nuts
  by "John Vanderlee" <jovanderlee@vassar.edu>
Re: organ literature as funeral music
  by <Cremona502@cs.com>
Re: My Friends Think I'm Nuts
  by <Cremona502@cs.com>
Upcoming Concert
  by "J Marty Cope" <jmartycope@yahoo.com>
Red Coats to Seize Western New York Wurlitzers in May! (cross-posted)
  by "Ken Evans" <kevans1@rochester.rr.com>
RE: My Friends Think I'm Nuts
  by "Storandt, Peter" <pstorandt@okcu.edu>
Presenting...the Organ
  by <AMADPoet@aol.com>
Re: My Friends Think I'm Nuts
  by "Tim Bovard" <tmbovard@arkansas.net>
Re: at long last
  by "Bob Scarborough" <desertbob@rglobal.net>
Re: at long last
  by "Bob Scarborough" <desertbob@rglobal.net>
Re: organ literature as funeral music
  by "Bob Scarborough" <desertbob@rglobal.net>
Re: My Friends Think I'm Nuts
  by "Jon C. Habermaas" <opus1100@catoe.org>
Re: at long last
  by <Posthorn8@aol.com>
Rick Erickson's Program Friday 7:30 PM, Poughkeepsie, NY (x-post)
  by "Pat Maimone" <patmai@juno.com>
paging Bob
  by "Carlo Pietroniro" <organist@total.net>
Re: organ literature as funeral music
  by "TommyLee Whitlock" <tommylee@whitlock.org>
Do you enjoy being a church musician?
  by "Sand Lawn" <sandlawn@bayou.com>
 

(back) Subject: organ literature as funeral music From: "Wayne Grauel" <wgvideo@attglobal.net> Date: Wed, 02 May 2001 08:09:48 -0400   I would suggest that anyone who has friends that think organ music sounds like funeral music (my ex-wife included) do this.... For spouses, divorce is a definite option! For friends and people you like or who are worth saving... goto www.loftrecordings.com and buy any organ CD on their list, but start with French on the Flentrop. I guess you could technically call it funeral music.... most organists that know the sound of a great organ would die to have 8 hours at the bench!   Wayne    
(back) Subject: Re: at long last From: "Carlo Pietroniro" <organist@total.net> Date: Wed, 2 May 2001 08:09:17 -0400   Roger,   the organ is a 1979 Allen 603-D, dual-computer organ, with card reader. = It's a pretty good organ, but it lacks in the stop category. I wish it had a 32-foot pedal reed...........   Carlo    
(back) Subject: Re: My Friends Think I'm Nuts From: "John Vanderlee" <jovanderlee@vassar.edu> Date: Wed, 02 May 2001 08:16:40 -0400     > The point I am trying to make with all of this is, attracting people >to the organ with classical literature is a very hard sell. Unless >someone has an appreciation for such music already, trying to gain >interest with Bach, Widor, Messiaen, and other classical composer's >music seems like beating a dead horse. But play a light piece, or a >popular tune, and they come a running. Perhaps we should think about >providing more such light fare to attract supporters to the organ so >that the lovers of classical literature can be assured of instruments to >enjoy their type of music in perpetuity. It seems a small price to pay. > But we already have such a venue! It's called a THEATER organ , designed = to entertain the masses!   Thanks Mike,   Great story!   John V      
(back) Subject: Re: organ literature as funeral music From: <Cremona502@cs.com> Date: Wed, 2 May 2001 10:08:29 EDT     --part1_da.5c01953.28216edd_boundary Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   In a message dated 5/2/01 5:10:52 AM Pacific Daylight Time, wgvideo@attglobal.net writes:     > I would suggest that anyone who has friends that think organ music > sounds like funeral music (my ex-wife included) do this.... For > spouses, divorce is a definite option!   Unfortunately, this is not limited to organ music. I hear this = complaint about church music as well. It's not peppy! Good grief! These = people's music education consists of multiple rides on an elevator and weekly spins =   around through the grocery store lanes. Why are we surprised?   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_da.5c01953.28216edd_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 = 5/2/01 5:10:52 AM Pacific Daylight Time, <BR>wgvideo@attglobal.net writes: <BR> <BR> <BR><BLOCKQUOTE TYPE=3DCITE style=3D"BORDER-LEFT: #0000ff 2px solid; = MARGIN-LEFT: 5px; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px">I would suggest = that anyone who has friends that think organ music <BR>sounds like funeral music (my ex-wife included) do this.... = &nbsp;&nbsp;For <BR>spouses, divorce is a definite option! &nbsp;</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>Unfortunately, this is not limited to organ music. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;I = hear this complaint <BR>about church music as well. &nbsp;It's not peppy! &nbsp;&nbsp;Good = grief! &nbsp;&nbsp;These people's <BR>music education consists of multiple rides on an elevator and weekly = spins <BR>around through the grocery store lanes. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Why are we = surprised? <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_da.5c01953.28216edd_boundary--  
(back) Subject: Re: My Friends Think I'm Nuts From: <Cremona502@cs.com> Date: Wed, 2 May 2001 10:11:30 EDT     --part1_de.13f480bc.28216f92_boundary Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   In a message dated 5/2/01 5:17:01 AM Pacific Daylight Time, jovanderlee@vassar.edu writes:     > But we already have such a venue! It's called a THEATER organ , designed = to > entertain the masses! >   I'm afraid this is much like telling a Mormon organist they don't need a = pipe organ in their local church because there is a very good one in Salt Lake City. The closest theatre organ to Jacksonville, a major metropolitan center is St. Petersburg area which is over 400 miles away. Other = organs are going to have to participate in this frivolity if it's going to work. = I'd like some titles, please!   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_de.13f480bc.28216f92_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 = 5/2/01 5:17:01 AM Pacific Daylight Time, <BR>jovanderlee@vassar.edu writes: <BR> <BR> <BR><BLOCKQUOTE TYPE=3DCITE style=3D"BORDER-LEFT: #0000ff 2px solid; = MARGIN-LEFT: 5px; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px">But we already = have such a venue! It's called a THEATER organ , designed to <BR>entertain the masses! <BR></BLOCKQUOTE> <BR> <BR>I'm afraid this is much like telling a Mormon organist they don't need = a pipe <BR>organ in their local church because there is a very good one in Salt = Lake <BR>City. &nbsp;&nbsp;The closest theatre organ to Jacksonville, a major = metropolitan <BR>center is St. Petersburg area which is over 400 miles away. = &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Other organs <BR>are going to have to participate in this frivolity if it's going to = work. &nbsp;&nbsp; <BR>I'd like some titles, please! <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_de.13f480bc.28216f92_boundary--  
(back) Subject: Upcoming Concert From: "J Marty Cope" <jmartycope@yahoo.com> Date: Wed, 02 May 2001 10:17:28 -0400   Dear Colleagues,   The Philadelphia Organ Quartet will be in concert on Friday, May 11, 2001 = at 7:30PM here at Calvary Church in Charlotte, NC. The Quartet (Michael = Stairs, Peter Richard Conte, Colin Howland, and Rudolph A. Lucente) will present a varied program of repertoire combining the forces of three Rodgers = Trillium organs (T967, T957, T927) with Calvary's Moller pipe organ.   This concert is a part of the 10th Anniversary Series, commemorating the 1990 installation of the Calvary organ. Calvary Church is located at the corner of Hwy. 51 & Rea Road in Charlotte. Tickets are priced at $15 and $10--$5 for children. To obtain tickets, please call 800.989.4537 or 704.341.5425.   Also, on Saturday, May 12, 2001 from 10AM to Noon, you can explore the new Trillium 967, 957 and 927 organs in a free workshop led by Dan Miller, Product Manager of Rodgers Instruments and former Organist of Calvary Church. Dan will demonstrate the Trillium technology, new pipe samples, orchestral voices, and MIDI features of the Rodgers T967, T957 and T927. A free CD and materials will be given to each attendee. This workshop is = free and open to organists, church musicians, clergy, and all organ lovers! = There will be an open organ bench following the workshop. For more information, please call 503.681.6544.   Thanks, J. Marty Cope Calvary Church      
(back) Subject: Red Coats to Seize Western New York Wurlitzers in May! (cross-posted) From: "Ken Evans" <kevans1@rochester.rr.com> Date: Wed, 2 May 2001 10:23:34 -0400   Two famous English organists are threatening to seize control of the two largest Wurlitzers in Western New York during May.   On Saturday, May 19 at 8 p.m., the English award-winning theater organist John Mann will be making his American debut when he plays the 4/22 = Wurlitzer in the Auditorium Center at 875 East Main Street, Rochester, NY 14605. General admission tickets will be available at the Box Office for = $10/person one hour before the concert start. Driving directions to the concert site, = a biography of John Mann, links to a Rochester hotel listing and much information and many pictures to acquaint you with the Rochester Theater Organ Society may be found on our "home on the web" at: http://theatreorgans.com/rochestr/. Call (716) 377-5552 or (716) = 544-6595 or e-mail kevans1@rochester.rr.com for additional information.   On Sunday, May 20 at 2 p.m., England's "Rembrandt of the Organ" Len = Rawle, no stranger to upstate theater organ fans after his 7 Rochester concerts, will be making his debut appearance at Shea's Performing Arts Center 4/28 Wurlitzer at 646 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14202. General admission = tickets will be available at the Box Office for $10/person. For general information about the Buffalo Area Chapter visit their official website = at: http://theatreorgans.com/bac-atos/. To locate hotels near Buffalo at = Exit 49 of the New York State Thruway (IR90) go to: http://isearchhotels.com/NY/Williamsville.htm. Call (716) 847-1410 or (716) 694-9158 or e-mail Normabac@aol.com for additional information.   Len Rawle will present a valuable master class on registration and playing techniques at the Shea's Performing Arts Center on Monday, May 21 at 10 = a.m. for an admission fee of only $5/person.   Come to "WWW" - (WNY Wurlitzer Weekend) and enjoy great theater organ entertainment! We guarantee that the events' attendees will be the = ultimate winners!   Norma Marciniak, President, Buffalo Area Chapter of ATOS   Ken Evans, President, Rochester Theater Organ Society, Inc."      
(back) Subject: RE: My Friends Think I'm Nuts From: "Storandt, Peter" <pstorandt@okcu.edu> Date: Wed, 2 May 2001 09:34:38 -0500   Mike:   Nice work on the "its." You seem pretty normal by the standards of organ aficionados I know (myself included). I hardly go anywhere for my day job without a side trip to see or hear an organ or meet a list member or visit = a builder's shop. My significant other is tolerant of my musical tastes and has come to like much of what I play on the stereo at home; she has been really hooked since we went to hear Olivier Latry in March. I will be getting a small home instrument of the electronic persuasion soon, though = I did whine a bit about springing for one of Seb Gluck's fabulous little = guys when it appeared this month in TAO (p. 53, I believe).   Peter        
(back) Subject: Presenting...the Organ From: <AMADPoet@aol.com> Date: Wed, 2 May 2001 13:10:03 EDT   In light of Mike's post, I'd like to share with everyone an experience I = had recently.   I made a presentation on the organ in one of my college classes. At the beginning of the semester, the class made it known that they thought I was =   out of my mind when I told them I listen to classical music in the car, nevermind my home, so I figured it was payback time. I took them over the body of the organ using pictures- showed them the pedalboard, stops, = pipes, and manuals- and then played a tape I had made of three different pieces = on the organ (just bits of the entire works, unfortunately). I started with = the Allegro from Bach's E flat Trio sonata, and you should have seen the faces =   light up! Then once I had their attention I followed with Frank's a minor chorale, showing the two main themes and the finale, and telling them the meaning behind the work. By the time we'd reached those final fervent = moments they were all grinning at me. Then I really had them, and tickled their = ears with Jehan Alain's Fantasmorgie! muuuahahahaha... I explained to them some = of the reasons behind the mad humor in the piece, and surprise surprise! They =   loved it. I had every person in the class come up to me and say something = to the effect of "I never knew classical music could sound like that." or "Thanks for giving me a new perspective on the organ." What a rewarding experience!   Anyway, I was rather excited, and feel I've earned my badge for organ awareness hehe- at least for the week. If one could do this sort of thing = in schools (and mind you, do it better than I can) rather than dragging kids = to a dark hall and making them listen to Wagner...show them the versatility, humor, and drama of "good" music. Their little brains can handle this = better than we think.   Thanks for listening to my ramble, Mandy  
(back) Subject: Re: My Friends Think I'm Nuts From: "Tim Bovard" <tmbovard@arkansas.net> Date: Wed, 02 May 2001 12:13:35 -0500   At 08:00 PM 5/1/01 -0400, Mike wrote: <snip> > has my friends worried about my mental >health. I buy organ pipes on Ebay, I go to concerts at Severance Hall, I >hang around Oberlin College to hear the students practice, and yes, I >play organ music all the time on my stereo. I am even trying to find >space to install a pipe organ that was given to me, and all my vacations >are planned around seeing some organ or another. Yes, I am truly hooked. <snip>   Hey, Mike!   Sounds like you've got a terminal case of "Organis Infatuitis"!!   Welcome to the Club -- ain't it GREAT?!?!?!! ;-)   Cheers --   Tim   PS -- are 'ya getting the *dreams* yet...??? <lol>    
(back) Subject: Re: at long last From: "Bob Scarborough" <desertbob@rglobal.net> Date: Wed, 02 May 2001 12:25:59 -0700   At 17:41 5/2/2001 +1000, you wrote: >I'm not especially entranced with the organ itself though - that may be >due to recording limitations however.<snip>   ....sound like a 2 computer Allen MOS organ from the '70s to me, but who = knows.   DeserTBoB    
(back) Subject: Re: at long last From: "Bob Scarborough" <desertbob@rglobal.net> Date: Wed, 02 May 2001 12:27:12 -0700   At 08:09 5/2/2001 -0400, you wrote: >the organ is a 1979 Allen 603-D, dual-computer organ, with card = reader.<snip>   Damn, I'm good! I guess "Allen MOS" after hearing the first few bars, = then I said so, then I see this!   No foolin' THESE ears....   dB    
(back) Subject: Re: organ literature as funeral music From: "Bob Scarborough" <desertbob@rglobal.net> Date: Wed, 02 May 2001 12:57:00 -0700   At 08:09 5/2/2001 -0400, you wrote: >but start with French on the Flentrop.<snip>   Sure! Why not alienate everyone right out of the chute??   I remember some 1970s Klavier releases by Kurt Rapf of Franck of teutonic trackers of old. They were dreadful and pretty much ruined the message of =   the music.   >most organists that know the sound of a great organ would die to have 8 >hours at the bench!<snip>   ....to play their Pachelbel, Bach and Buxtehude repertoire, then leave the =   building to find something else, swallowing a few Excedrins on the way out =   to cope with sore hands.   DeserTBoB    
(back) Subject: Re: My Friends Think I'm Nuts From: "Jon C. Habermaas" <opus1100@catoe.org> Date: Wed, 02 May 2001 15:54:57 -0500   At 12:13 PM 5/2/01 -0500, you wrote:     >Hey, Mike! > >Sounds like you've got a terminal case of "Organis Infatuitis"!! > >Welcome to the Club -- ain't it GREAT?!?!?!! ;-) > >Cheers -- > >Tim > >PS -- are 'ya getting the *dreams* yet...??? <lol>   BTW There is no known cure for this condition...my wife has been searching =   for one for years. In some cases it has been known to be contagious, although to date I have not heard of any cases being caught off a list.   jch    
(back) Subject: Re: at long last From: <Posthorn8@aol.com> Date: Wed, 2 May 2001 18:54:18 EDT     --part1_7b.141cf13c.2821ea1a_boundary Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   Back in 1986 I was in England. We toured Winchester Cathedral on a = Saturday morning. Just after we arrived we were ushered to the sides of the church = and were told a wedding was going to begin. We were welcome to sit and listen =   but were not walk around. The wedding was delightful. The men and boys = choir sang "How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place. But the sound of the organ = bothered me. After about 5 minutes of listening it hit me. "I'm not listening to a =   pipe organ, I'm listening to an Allen."   My eyes started to scan the Choir screen and alter area. Sure enough, the speakers were on top of the choir screen. After the wedding we were able = to go into that part of the church. We learned the pipe organ had been = removed and was in London being rebuilt. I saw the Allen sitting there among the choir stalls. It was a black 3 manual drawknob console. I still have the picture of it.   Tim   --part1_7b.141cf13c.2821ea1a_boundary Content-Type: text/html; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   <HTML><FONT FACE=3Darial,helvetica><FONT SIZE=3D2>Back in 1986 I was in = England. We toured Winchester Cathedral on a Saturday <BR>morning. Just after we arrived we were ushered to the sides of the = church and <BR>&nbsp;were told a wedding was going to begin. We were welcome to sit = and listen <BR>but were not walk around. &nbsp;The wedding was delightful. The men = and boys choir <BR>sang "How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place. &nbsp;But the sound of the = organ bothered <BR>me. &nbsp;After about 5 minutes of listening it hit me. "I'm not = listening to a <BR>pipe organ, I'm listening to an Allen." <BR> <BR>My eyes started to scan the Choir screen and alter area. Sure enough, = the <BR>speakers were on top of the choir screen. &nbsp;After the wedding we = were able to <BR>go into that part of the church. &nbsp;We learned the pipe organ had = been removed <BR>and was in London being rebuilt. I saw the Allen sitting there among = the <BR>choir stalls. It was a black 3 manual drawknob console. I still have = the <BR>picture of it. <BR> <BR>Tim</FONT></HTML>   --part1_7b.141cf13c.2821ea1a_boundary--  
(back) Subject: Rick Erickson's Program Friday 7:30 PM, Poughkeepsie, NY (x-post) From: "Pat Maimone" <patmai@juno.com> Date: Wed, 2 May 2001 23:28:18 -0400   Everyone within driving distance of St. John's Lutheran Church, 55 Wilbur Boulevard, Poughkeepsie, NY, is invited to attend Rick Erickson's 7:30 PM recital Friday, May 4. The recital is sponsored by the Central Hudson Valley Chapter of the AGO.   Rick's program is as follows: Toccata in C Major, BWV 564 Johann Sebastian Bach 1685-1750   Hymn: Good Christian Friends, Rejoice and Sing LBW 144 1 - all in unison 2 - Right side in unison - all join at Refrain 3 - Lift side in unison - all join at Refrain 4 - all in unison   Invention in C Major, BWV 772 Johann Sebastian Bach   Hymn: Like the Murmur of the Dove's Song WOV 685 1 - all in unison 2 - high voices in unison 3 - all in unison   Six Etudes in the Form of Canon, Op. 56 Robert Schumann 1810-1856 No. I Non troppo vivace No. V Non troppo vivace   Hymn: Beautiful Savior LBW 518 1 - all in unison 2 - all in harmony 3 - all in harmony 4 - all in unison   Two Woodland Sketches Edward MacDowell (1860-1908) To a Wild Rose   The Squirrel Powell Weaver (1890-1951)   Hymn: God, Who Stretched the Spangled Heavens LBW 463 1 - all in unison, quickly and softly 2 - all in canon at the bar (we'll see who leads) 3 - all in unison, still quickly and softly     Concert Variation on the Austrian Hymn, Op. 3 John Knowles Paine   Hymn: Christ is Made the Sure Foundation WOV 747 1 - all in unison 2 - all in harmony 3 - all in harmony 4 - all in unison   Three Settings of Familiar Hymns In Dulci Jubilo, Op. 28 (Good Christian Friends) Marcel Dupre (1886-1971) Hankey (I Love to Tell the Story) Emma Lou Diemer (b.1927) Lasst uns erfreuen (All Creatures of Our God and King) David A. Schack   Hymn: Let All Things Now Living LBW 557   Finale from Symphony 1, Op. 14 Louis Vierne (1870-1937)   The organ is a 1999 Casavant. For further info, please write host organist Susan Guse at sguse@frontiernet.net   Pat Maimone Post Chapel, West Point, NY patmai@juno.com ________________________________________________________________ GET INTERNET ACCESS FROM JUNO! Juno offers FREE or PREMIUM Internet access for less! Join Juno today! For your FREE software, visit: http://dl.www.juno.com/get/tagj.  
(back) Subject: paging Bob From: "Carlo Pietroniro" <organist@total.net> Date: Thu, 3 May 2001 01:33:35 -0400   so.....tell me......   what did you think of the "Carillon De Westminster"?, and for that matter, what did you think of the "Concerto Gregoriano"?   Carlo    
(back) Subject: Re: organ literature as funeral music From: "TommyLee Whitlock" <tommylee@whitlock.org> Date: Thu, 3 May 2001 01:40:44 -0400   On Wed, 02 May 2001, desertBob opined:   > At 08:09 5/2/2001 -0400, you wrote: > >but start with French on the Flentrop.<snip> >=20 > Sure! Why not alienate everyone right out of the chute??   Each to their own, dB. There are obviously several members on this = list who agree with Wayne. =20 Your tastes are not the same as mine but I don't make snarky comments = about yours. =20 Yet! Muwwwwaahahhahaha! =3D> =20 Haven't heard of Kurt Rapf. But there are a lot of bad recordings = out there. Yep, it really is possible for some yo-yo to pick the = wrong dang venue for a performance and yep, it's going to flop. That = might be why I haven't heard of him. I have, however, heard Widor = works played on a Flentrop and also on the Christian M=FCller organ = of Haarlem and the Widor pieces worked splendidly on each one. = Great performances on great instruments and they were breathtaking. I = have also heard the organ at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris only = 5 years ago. One of the high points of my life! (Okay, so I'm easy.) = But hearing the M=FCller organ at St Bavo's was my hajj and pilgrimage. =20   And yet again, as Budley and others have pointed out repeatedly = already, the type of action does not necessarily indicate the voicing of = an organ. The various electrifications and pneumaticisms have only = been around for the last 100 years or so. The organs at the height of = the Romantic period of music were tracker mechanical. Dang it all, = I reckon that means we ought to give up and play Baroque music on = them since that must be all they're fit for. Unless they've = been electrocuted since then. Who were Frank and Liszt trying to fool = when they tried to play their compositions on those old kludges? =20   As for sore hands, I don't have a wide range of experience but I've = played a few trackers and haven't noticed the problem. Maybe my hands = just aren't so dainty as yours. But if the action is properly weighted = and set, you don't need the muscles of blacksmith to play a tracker = action. Okay, I've heard the horror stories, too, but that doesn't = mean that _all_ trackers require a lumberjack's strength to play them. =20   Something else to consider. Machine shops can crank out iron work in = great quantities, each piece a perfect copy one after the other but = folks tend to prize the stuff that's hand-wrought by a = flesh-and-blood blacksmith who doesn't seem to be able to or want to = make all of his stuff the same. And you know, they call that = craftsmanship. Go figure! More retro-faddiness, dang it all! = Those fellows ought to get real jobs keying in data somewhere and = do something that really contributes to society! Luddites! Oh wait! = Some of them use electrified bellows. Maybe they're only = semi-Luddites. Add in some plastic hose - do you think there might = be hope for them? =20   By the way, I also prefer to drive a car with an old fashioned stick = shift instead of an automatic so I reckon that's just one more sign of = my retro-faddiness. >>sigh!<< I'm just downright hopeless! But I _= do_ have power steering. Whatcha think? =20   E P Biggs' recordings on the Flentrop won my heart and soul to organ = music in the seventies. I had many friends in college who thought = his recordings were very cool, too. And I am not talking about a = bunch esoteric, academic, heads-in-the-clouds music majors. I = played trumpet in the marching band and jazz ensembles and my = friends included chemistry and engineering majors. Somehow, I find = it difficult to swallow that those recordings and those organs = brought about the demise of organ music appreciation in America. Quite = the contrary, Biggs, along with Fox, gave the organ and organ music a = much needed shot in the arm. We _need_ another Biggs or two and Fox = while we're at it! =20   Give it a rest. You trot out this tired old hobby-horse of yours = generally every 4 or 5 weeks on average, speaking of knee-jerk rants. = The only thing that surprises me is that I'm not numb to it yet. I = hear that time cures all, though. =20   There is nothing wrong with progress and I am certainly not = against improving technology. However, I also like to enjoy the romance = of the old and I am very tired of being made to feel like I have = to apologize for it. =20   Leben und leben lassen. =20   Cheers, TommyLee =20     > I remember some 1970s Klavier releases by Kurt Rapf of Franck of teutonic= > trackers of old. They were dreadful and pretty much ruined the = message of=20 > the music. >=20 > >most organists that know the sound of a great organ would die to have 8= > >hours at the bench!<snip> >=20 > ...to play their Pachelbel, Bach and Buxtehude repertoire, then leave the= > building to find something else, swallowing a few Excedrins on the = way out=20 > to cope with sore hands. >=20 > DeserTBoB >=20    
(back) Subject: Do you enjoy being a church musician? From: "Sand Lawn" <sandlawn@bayou.com> Date: Thu, 03 May 2001 02:19:35 -0500   Finally have to pipe up again and say...... the church I play for has a = small 2/15 tracker... and while I would love to have strings and gush and = celestes and all, I just enjoy playing every Sunday ... maybe I should not = play Franck on this organ, but I think I make it work... as well as Elgar = anthems.... purist stay away from this church... I do what I gotta do to = make a good service with what I have.   Sand   TommyLee Whitlock wrote: