PipeChat Digest #2433 - Monday, October 15, 2001
 
white  keys  for  Hammond  Organ
  by "LAMAR BOULET" <lmar@hotmail.com>
Proper 23C in the land that tornados do not fear to tread
  by "Glenda" <gksjd85@access.aic-fl.com>
today at St. Matthew's (X-posted)
  by <quilisma@socal.rr.com>
Re: white  keys  for  Hammond  Organ
  by <Myosotis51@aol.com>
Re: today at St. Matthew's
  by <Wurlibird1@aol.com>
Felix Hell in Poughkeepsie, NY
  by "Malcolm Wechsler" <manderusa@earthlink.net>
 

(back) Subject: white keys for Hammond Organ From: "LAMAR BOULET" <lmar@hotmail.com> Date: Sun, 14 Oct 2001 19:13:53 +0000   <html><div style=3D'background-color:'><DIV>Am in need of white keys to = repair a keyboard on a Hammond Organ, Model&nbsp; H.&nbsp; Need a G and an = A.</DIV> <DIV>Thanks&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Lamar&nbsp; Boulet.</DIV> <DIV>&nbsp;</DIV></div><br clear=3Dall><hr>Get your FREE download of MSN = Explorer at <a = href=3D'http://go.msn.com/bql/hmtag_itl_EN.asp'>http://explorer.msn.com</a>= <br></html>  
(back) Subject: Proper 23C in the land that tornados do not fear to tread From: "Glenda" <gksjd85@access.aic-fl.com> Date: Sun, 14 Oct 2001 13:29:09 -0500   St. Agatha's Episcopal Church DeFuniak Springs, Florida   Proper 23, Year C:   Prelude: Prelude on Song 13 (text H 670) - Ralph Vaughan Williams Excerpt: Adagio from Symphony No. 3 - Camille Saint-Saens Processional Hymn: Praise to the Lord! (Lobe den Herren) - H 390 Sequence Hymn: Soldiers of Christ, arise (Silver Street) - H 548 Offertory Hymn: In the cross of Christ I glory (Rathbun) - H 441 Music during Communion: O Christ, the Word Incarnate (Munich; text H 632) The Blue Bird - Charles Villiers Stanford Closing Hymn: O for a thousand tongues to sing (Azmon) - H 493 Postlude: Excerpt: Finale from Symphony No. 3 - Camille Saint-Saens   Special music today honors birthdays of great composers who were stalwarts in the Church, both in England and France: Vaughan Williams (October 9), Stanford (September 30), and Saint-Saens (October 11).   Music today went surprisingly very well - no loud talking, and everyone seemed to enjoy the postlude. I do not particularly care for the Oecumuse transcription/excerpt of the Finale, but just didn't have time this week = to do something on my own, so I fiddled with it a little. There's so much = good music in that symphony, even without the organ.   Last night was hellish weather; thought I would spend the night in a = ditch, because it was raining and blowing so hard that I couldn't see the road - had to feel my way home from clean-up duty at the church's annual = spaghetti supper.   Re Saint-Saens, I have heard several speak of doing his organ works. I would like suggestions/recommendations of what you think is his best stuff to learn.   Looking out on a gorgeous Sunday here and hoping for fall, but hoping my baby fawns and caterpillars make it before the cold weather,   Glenda Sutton        
(back) Subject: today at St. Matthew's (X-posted) From: <quilisma@socal.rr.com> Date: Sun, 14 Oct 2001 15:54:37 -0700   At the wedding yesterday, I learned (with some relief) that the infant's funeral is to be held at neighboring St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church .... the family came to us from there, and there was a concern that we couldn't seat everyone who's likely to attend (we seat 100, St. Andrew's seats c. 1000) ... the father is a well-known cardiologist in these parts.   Well, today at Mass, I learned that *I* am wanted for the Presbyterian service, if their powers-that-be give permission. I hope they don't. My entire choir and congregation were a teary puddle today at the news, and I'd taken care NOT to change the music, so it was nothing emotional or remarkable about it. I can't IMAGINE getting through a typical evangelical protestant funeral, especially for a child ... St. Andrew's is VERY evangelical.   If it were OUR service in OUR church, of COURSE I'd play, difficult or not. But the Presbyterian organ console (a large four-manual Casavant) is on the podium in front of God and everybody ... there's no place to hide.   THEN there was some discussion about our choir singing the graveside service at the cemetery, as Father Scarlett's having that ... we've discussed doing that before, but we've never DONE it. The two are back-to-back ... the graveside service FIRST, and then the memorial service.   We ALSO have the Solemn Requiem for the Archbishop this week ... I can't imagine WHEN the choir would learn the graveside service for a child, though I've got it mostly written (we would sing most of it in church if we were doing our normal "thing") ... I suppose we could meet an hour beforehand at the cemetery ... the chants aren't difficult, and they've sung outside with my electronic keyboard before, at the ground-breaking for the new church.   One of the terrorists on the most-wanted list was arrested at the local airport today ... I saw something briefly on CNN to the effect that Canterbury Cathedral was evacuated today, and services cancelled.   Can things get any CRAZIER??!!   Bud    
(back) Subject: Re: white keys for Hammond Organ From: <Myosotis51@aol.com> Date: Sun, 14 Oct 2001 18:56:26 EDT   lmar@hotmail.com (LAMAR BOULET) wrote:       > Am in need of white keys > to repair a keyboard on a Hammond Organ, Model=A0 H.=A0 > Need a G and an A.Thanks=A0=A0=A0 Lamar=A0 Boulet.   I did a search not long ago for a friend with an ailing Hammond - I sent=20 Lamar my results.   Vicki  
(back) Subject: Re: today at St. Matthew's From: <Wurlibird1@aol.com> Date: Sun, 14 Oct 2001 21:21:06 EDT   Bud comments:   >I can't IMAGINE getting through a typical >evangelical protestant funeral, especially for a child ... St. Andrew's >is VERY evangelical. (snip)   >Can things get any CRAZIER??!!<<   Yes, Bud, they can! First my sympathies for all those affected and = certainly you as the circumstances will be difficult. My prayers are with you.   I had two such services this past week, even though recovering from a bout =   with viral bronchitis. Thursday's service was for a two year old child = who died of leukemia. Friday's was even tougher as it was for a 17 year old killed in an automobile accident. This youngster was all-everything, = student council, National Honor Society, and the star football player on his high school team. He was widely known among two other schools, so much so that =   all three schools dismissed classes to allow students to attend the = service. The sanctuary seats about 1800 and was stuffed to overflowing. The eulogy =   was overly emotional and a gut-wrenching experience.   As I knew both families and they requested my services, declining was not = an option even though I felt horrible. You are quite correct. Evangelical funerals are tough assignments, even more so when the organist has a = personal attachment to the deceased or his/her family. You will do exceeding well = as God seems to get a little closer to us in these times.   Best wishes, Jim Pitts  
(back) Subject: Felix Hell in Poughkeepsie, NY From: "Malcolm Wechsler" <manderusa@earthlink.net> Date: Mon, 15 Oct 2001 00:36:49 -0400   Dear Lists and Friends,   Foregoing my usual Sunday post-church nap, I betook myself to Poughkeepsie to further burnish my reputation as a Felix groupie and to hear him on a two-year-old Casavant (EP) in St. John's Lutheran Church. It has come to pass that Felix is now able to attract audiences. The word of mouth factor is now very strong for him. Once, it was interest in hearing a 14 year old virtuoso. As is well known, he is now 16, and I = do believe all the buzz about his youth is giving way to a pretty substantial buzz about the quality of his playing and his ability to attract and hold audiences. I arrived about ten minutes late, having got lost a bit! One look at Felix on the projection screen made it clear that he was not entirely well! Indeed, he was nursing a fairly serious head cold, and was well dosed with something to dry things out without drowsiness, but do these things ever do what they promise? I think not.   Felix gave full value to a very large and enthusiastic audience. As has been his pattern of late, his first half consisted of works of Bach. I missed Prelude in G (568) and O Mensch, and arrived in mid-Fantasy (F&F in G Minor) An addition to the Repertoire from Hell is the E Flat Trio Sonata, beautifully played with some rather coy and intricate = ornamentation in the last movement. Bach would have smiled cheerfully, I believe. The last Bach was the big D Major which, as Felix does it, always creates and sustains great excitement, ending in explosive applause. This was abetted by Felix's (and I am told Virgil's) pell mell mad rush at the last big Pedal solo. Our Cameraman obligingly trained his lens on the Flying Felix Feet! Add Michael Barone's "Felicitious" to that!   During intermission, I must say something about the organ. For an instrument of 17 stops, 21 ranks, it provides great power when wanted, some lovely gentle sounds, and lots of variety, and it gives me no pleasure to say that this is so, despite some borrowing and extension. One very hard working Trumpet appears in five places, but it and an Oboe on the Swell give a pretty decent impression of a battery of quite powerful reeds! The church acoustic does not swirl around with mystery, = but it is bright and alive. The organ is up high in the rear balcony, in a simple but attractive case. The intermission-is-over-lights are flashing, and I must return to attention. Can't talk to you anymore!   The second half of the program contained the Romantic literature, = beginning with the Franck A Minor Chorale, which Felix plays wonderfully well. He = does the Adagio beautifully, which means my way (only better), although I wish = he had been able to make the registration change to the solo voice more seamless. It is said that people begin to resemble their dogs as the years go by, or is it the other way around. I posit, in what may seem like a = <non sequitur,> that there is a Mendelssohn Sonata for everyone, one that = matches one's temperament or personality. Mine is number 2, the easiest one! I've heard Felix play several, and I have assigned No. 6, Vater Unser, to him. = It IS him. Each time I hear him play that final Andante, it is more beautiful than the time before, and the elegant Casavant Celestes did not hurt one bit.   I heard Felix's first public airing of the Liszt B-A-C-H, as I mentioned = in an earlier posting. It does not really get better, because it was so good and complete the first time around.   The idea of preparing for the Toccata (yes, that one!) with the preceding Adagio, absent doing the entire symphony, makes a lot of sense to me, providing a bit of context. Besides, the Adagio is so gorgeous anyway, although I found it a bit on the fast side this evening. I must tell you = of an organ glitch, because I thought Felix's response to it was instructive, an example of quick thinking. I do believe I have made my appreciation of this organ clear enough that I won't be accused of trashing Casavant, and furthermore, what happened was not really an organ builder problem, but rather a problem with the electronic control system made by someone else - I am not sure whom Casavant uses for this. Near the end of the Toccata, the organ simply stopped - dead. The stops tabs were all down, no one had touched a piston - it just went dead. This had happened once also earlier, at the end of the Franck, from which Felix had learned that the way to get some noise back was to push again the piston being used at the time. So Felix, once the stops were up and running again, improvised a little introduction, and launched into the final big section of the Toccata from where it left off. That is what is called aplomb! The Toccata alone would have yielded up a mighty applause, but this little adventure fanned the flames, and it was pandemonium. I am almost afraid to tell you about the encore, but I must tell all. It was the "Jig" Fugue, preceded by an announcement that it would be played twice, and all were invited, at the second playing, to clap in rhythm each time the Pedal comes in - and clap they did. Appropriately, at the reception, listmember Doug Campbell presented Felix with a gift of a stuffed toy - a FOX, with a collar on = with its name - Virgil! I suspect that will cause some merriment at Curtis!   Felix is a trooper. It became clear at the reception just how sick he was. In an IM late this evening, Hans said that they had made it safely home, = and that Felix was indeed running a fever. His next recital is not until the 21st (Ridgewood, NJ) and then after that, the 28th in Lincoln, NE, so = there is a bit of time for a rest and recovery.   In addition to Doug, list co-owner Ben Chi was in attendance, hearing = Felix for the first time.   Thanks, Felix, for a lovely musical evening. Get well quickly.   Malcolm Wechsler