PipeChat Digest #3047 - Wednesday, August 14, 2002
 
Re: Suggestion for new topic:Alternative practice instruments
  by "Teah" <teahzg@charter.net>
Recipes for Hammonds
  by "Malcolm Wechsler" <manderusa@earthlink.net>
Re: My little home practice organ
  by <DarrylbytheSea@aol.com>
RE: My little home practice organ
  by "COLASACCO, ROBERT" <RCOLASACCO@popcouncil.org>
94th Psalm rebuke.....
  by <cmys13085@blueyonder.co.uk>
RE: 94th Psalm rebuke.....
  by "COLASACCO, ROBERT" <RCOLASACCO@popcouncil.org>
Re: Hammond Registration
  by "G. Deboer" <gdeboer@bluemarble.net>
RE: A dash of Dutch (Part One - LONG)
  by <cmys13085@blueyonder.co.uk>
 

(back) Subject: Re: Suggestion for new topic:Alternative practice instruments From: "Teah" <teahzg@charter.net> Date: Wed, 14 Aug 2002 08:53:02 -0500   Colin wrote:   <Oh God, spare us....we're back to electronics again!!   I'm going to take up the Lute, and if anyone comes up with a digital one, = I shall smash it over their heads>   Being that we are members of a Pipe Organ chat list, it goes without = saying that we all have a preference for a REAL organ. That doesn't mean that today's digitals don't have a practical and useful place in the musical community, especially ask practice instruments. Some of these plausible frauds can be a joy to play and affordable to own, especially for = organists who don't have access to a pipe organ. I doubt many of us here have the space or could afford to have a quality pipe organ installed in a home setting. I live in a very small town where there is NO pipe organ nearby and some really OLD analogs, so having a state of the art digital replica = at home is a welcome and practical alternative.   Do be careful with that Pseudo Lute!   Cheers,   Tim        
(back) Subject: Recipes for Hammonds From: "Malcolm Wechsler" <manderusa@earthlink.net> Date: Wed, 14 Aug 2002 10:08:44 -0400   Paul, your posting is a masterpiece to be saved and savored, particularly the very ending! Thank you.   Would you believe that in our family room resides a Hammond? I don't know what model it is, but it has various pop type things on it, and the = keyboard "stops" at the bottom do not do the usual pretend churchy things, but = rather things like "Full Theater Brass 16, Full Tibias 16, Novel Solo 8." A woman in my parish pleaded with me to take this when she was selling her house, and moving to a smaller place. The Hammond had belonged to her son, who = was no longer interested in it. It is new enough to have only one start = switch. I sometimes work things out on it, but really find the Pedalboard very annoying. I am not inspired by the sound, either, I am afraid, but really = do appreciate the significance of the thing as an ingenious artifact. It is worth keeping for the occasional visits of my friend Michael Bradley from London, who really knows what to do with the thing. The house tremulates almost non-stop for the days he is here. He seems to find it a relief from the muted tones of an old and not wonderful Hill, Norman, and Beard in the school chapel in which he toils.   It came with a copy of the Stevens Irwin Dictionary of Organ Stops in the bench!   Cheers,   Malcolm Wechsler www.mander-organs.com     ----- Original Message ----- From: "Emmons, Paul" <pemmons@wcupa.edu> To: "'PipeChat'" <pipechat@pipechat.org> Sent: Wednesday, August 14, 2002 9:41 AM Subject: RE: Hammond Registration     > When I was about 10, a salesman in a music store gave me a brown > spiral-bound "Porter Heaps Master Class" book including quite a few > registrations. Later (actually just 4 1/2 years later, but that seems like > an eternity to a kid), my first church job was in a little UCC with a > Hammond. Even then I realized that Hammond sounds were far more _sui > generis_ than they were imitations of pipe organ stops. It seems to me that > compilers of long lists of stops with Hammond numeric equivalents have > overactive imaginations. > > Just learn the principles: flute stops use primarily the white (unison) > drawbars. For diapasons, pull the 8' drawbar out the farthest, and each > succeeding drawbar a little less. Strings: pull them all out approximately > halfway, except the 8' and 4' a little less than that. Trumpets: a V shape. > Clarinet: emphasize the twelfth. > > Recipe books of Hammond stops are curiosities affording a few minutes of > amusement, perhaps, but they are hardly indispensible. > The best cooks don't rely on recipe books.        
(back) Subject: Re: My little home practice organ From: <DarrylbytheSea@aol.com> Date: Wed, 14 Aug 2002 10:29:34 EDT     --part1_bc.2ab2885f.2a8bc34e_boundary Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   Hi, Y'all!   I did the same thing David did and purchased a small, used 2manual self-contained Rodgers organ. It's great for home practice for all the reasons David mentioned plus I have headphones when I wake up in the = middle of the night or early in the morning with something musical on my mind (fortunately for me--not my family--I don't require much sleep). The headphones work pretty well for practicing.   Many dealers have used organs for sale--just call em--and have them on look-out for you! I wanted a little Martini or similar practice pipe organ =   for the house, but I will not complain about not having pipes. This is = ideal for us!   Yours,   Darryl by the Sea   --part1_bc.2ab2885f.2a8bc34e_boundary Content-Type: text/html; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   <HTML><FONT FACE=3Darial,helvetica><FONT SIZE=3D2>Hi, Y'all! <BR> <BR>I did the same thing David did and purchased a small, used 2manual = self-contained Rodgers organ. It's great for home practice for all the = reasons David mentioned plus I have headphones when I wake up in the = middle of the night or early in the morning with something musical on my = mind (fortunately for me--not my family--I don't require much sleep). The = headphones work pretty well for practicing. <BR> <BR>Many dealers have used organs for sale--just call em--and have them on = look-out for you! I wanted a little Martini or similar practice pipe organ = for the house, but I will not complain about not having pipes. This is = ideal for us! <BR> <BR>Yours, <BR> <BR>Darryl by the Sea</FONT></HTML>   --part1_bc.2ab2885f.2a8bc34e_boundary--  
(back) Subject: RE: My little home practice organ From: "COLASACCO, ROBERT" <RCOLASACCO@popcouncil.org> Date: Wed, 14 Aug 2002 10:36:46 -0400   This message is in MIME format. Since your mail reader does not understand this format, some or all of this message may not be legible.   ------_=3D_NextPart_001_01C243A0.046E48C0 Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3D"iso-8859-1"   I just want a Martini exceedingly dry avec 5 olives. This is NOT a good = day for me. I too use my headsets late at night. What a great invention. I don't know = if I use them to keep others from hearing me at 3:00 am on Saturday/Sunday or if I'm wearing them to keep out the street noise from all the bar hoppers and club goers on Third Avenue and the traffic horns from NJ-ites who come into the city to party and the NYU droms that surround my apartment!!! Yikes. =3D=3D=3D=3D=3D The headphones work pretty well for practicing. Yours,   Darryl by the Sea   ------_=3D_NextPart_001_01C243A0.046E48C0 Content-Type: text/html; charset=3D"iso-8859-1"   <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN"> <HTML><HEAD> <META HTTP-EQUIV=3D"Content-Type" CONTENT=3D"text/html; = charset=3Diso-8859-1">     <META content=3D"MSHTML 5.50.4916.2300" name=3DGENERATOR></HEAD> <BODY> <DIV><SPAN class=3D706463114-14082002><FONT face=3D"Footlight MT Light" color=3D#800000>I just want a Martini exceedingly dry avec 5 olives. This = is NOT a good day for me.</FONT></SPAN></DIV> <DIV><SPAN class=3D706463114-14082002><FONT face=3D"Footlight MT Light" color=3D#800000>I too use my headsets late at night. What a great = invention. I don't know if I use them to keep others from hearing me at 3:00 am on Saturday/Sunday or if I'm wearing them to keep out the street noise from = all the bar hoppers and club goers on Third Avenue and the traffic horns&nbsp;from =   NJ-ites who come into the city to party and the NYU droms that surround my =   apartment!!! Yikes.</FONT></SPAN></DIV> <DIV><SPAN class=3D706463114-14082002><FONT face=3D"Footlight MT Light" color=3D#800000></FONT></SPAN>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV><SPAN class=3D706463114-14082002><FONT face=3D"Footlight MT Light" color=3D#800000>=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D</FONT></SPAN></DIV><FONT = face=3Darial,helvetica><FONT size=3D2>The headphones work pretty well for practicing. <BR>Yours, = <BR><BR>Darryl by the Sea</FONT> </FONT></BODY></HTML>   ------_=3D_NextPart_001_01C243A0.046E48C0--  
(back) Subject: 94th Psalm rebuke..... From: <cmys13085@blueyonder.co.uk> Date: Wed, 14 Aug 2002 15:44:21 +0100     Hello,   Daryll by the Sea's comments about nocturnal practise reminds me.   I recall getting ever more agitated as I first tried to play the Reubke = Sonata in public.......I entered into a strange twilight world of = night-time practise.   At 3.30am one morning, an elderly neighbour knocked timidly on my door.   "Do you hear anything?" He asked   I listened to the night and replied, "Not a thing"   "Well, I'm sure someone was knocking" he replied "Sorry to bother you"   I switched off the infernal electronic and crept quietly to bed.   Regards,   Colin Mitchell UK        
(back) Subject: RE: 94th Psalm rebuke..... From: "COLASACCO, ROBERT" <RCOLASACCO@popcouncil.org> Date: Wed, 14 Aug 2002 10:55:33 -0400   Assuming the knocking was, is, pedaling that's the only worry I have. I think sometimes I hear banging on the floor or rather the ceiling of the apartment below me because the person there MUST hear the pedaling. I know ALL my neighbors hear me because I play loud during the day and evenings = up til 10:00. But no one has yet approached me and my whole handling on this from the very beginning was that I would not tell anyone I had an organ = and that they should let me know if it disturbs them because once you do that they DO "complain" no matter what time you play. I figured, if it bothers them they will come tell me. Neither the fellow down the hall (who = recently died and whom I miss soooo much) who practiced the trumpet for 3-4 hours a day, nor the mother and two teenage daughters next to him who fight constantly until about 11 p.m. at fff volume nor the Witch, yes she is self-proclaimed Witch, who lives in the adjacent apt to mine complains = what with her recordings of very low-pitched constant drum beating sometimes until 5 am, have complained, and well, better not. Not with all their doings. So I still respect the NYC codes: I can screw around until 11 pm legally and start up, I think at 10 am maybe 11 am. But I think the = pedaling must be annoying the folks down under, IF, in fact, they hear it! Robert Bernardino Colasacco =3D=3D=3D=3D   "Do you hear anything?" He asked   I listened to the night and replied, "Not a thing"   "Well, I'm sure someone was knocking" he replied "Sorry to bother you"   Regards,   Colin Mitchell UK         "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: Hammond Registration From: "G. Deboer" <gdeboer@bluemarble.net> Date: Wed, 14 Aug 2002 10:07:23 -0500   People have such short memories. I thought electronics (even Hammonds) = were off the discussion list ? What gives ?   ----- Original Message ----- From: "Emmons, Paul" <pemmons@wcupa.edu> To: "'PipeChat'" <pipechat@pipechat.org> Sent: Wednesday, August 14, 2002 8:41 AM Subject: RE: Hammond Registration     > When I was about 10, a salesman in a music store gave me a brown > spiral-bound "Porter Heaps Master Class" book including quite a few > registrations. Later (actually just 4 1/2 years later, but that seems like > an eternity to a kid), my first church job was in a little UCC with a > Hammond. Even then I realized that Hammond sounds were far more _sui > generis_ than they were imitations of pipe organ stops. It seems to me that > compilers of long lists of stops with Hammond numeric equivalents have > overactive imaginations. > > Just learn the principles: flute stops use primarily the white (unison) > drawbars. For diapasons, pull the 8' drawbar out the farthest, and each > succeeding drawbar a little less. Strings: pull them all out approximately > halfway, except the 8' and 4' a little less than that. Trumpets: a V shape. > Clarinet: emphasize the twelfth. > > Recipe books of Hammond stops are curiosities affording a few minutes of > amusement, perhaps, but they are hardly indispensible. > The best cooks don't rely on recipe books. > > > > > > "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: A dash of Dutch (Part One - LONG) From: <cmys13085@blueyonder.co.uk> Date: Wed, 14 Aug 2002 16:21:16 +0100           -----Original Message----- From: "cmys13085@blueyonder.co.uk" <cmys13085@blueyonder.co.uk> Sent: 14 August 2002 15:20 To: "pipechat@piechat.org" <pipechat@piechat.org> Subject: RE: A dash of Dutch (Part One - LONG)             Hello,   Leading something of a high-speed life, it is good to slow things down = and travel by sea. There is something quite civilized about a leasurely = pace, Dinner on board and a good night's sleep before disembarking in = Holland the next morning.   The approach to Holland and the vast Rotterdam Europort (the largest = port in the world) is as fascinating as it is grotesque; a mass of = cranes and twisted pipework hauling into view, with huge ocean going = vessels loading and un-loading cargo from all four corners of the globe. = It would be impossible to calculate, but I suspect that the combined = length of all the oil pipes in Rotterdam would comfortably exceed the = combined length of every organ pipe in Holland placed end-to-end.   The centre of Rotterdam is scarcely less alarming....a modern city of = concrete and coloured glass, re-built from the flattened remains of a = once historic city. It was time to locate a rental car, which took = longer than anticipated and rather knocked on the head any prospect of = attending a celebrity concert at St Laurent's, Alkmaar that same = evening.   "We'll have to go up to Amsterdam and sample the night-life", I = suggested.   Mark's eyes lit up and we collected our little car from Hertz.   Mark is a confirmed Disco Bunny, and he was in his element as we partied = 'til late amongst the sleaze of Amsterdam; his legs eventually giving = out at 3am. Wobbling his way back to the car and complaining loudly, it = was indeed fortunate that a conveniently parked house-boat prevented a = head-long plunge into a canal; the occupants less than pleased as he = lay on his back on the deck giggling.   The next morning was another day and a chance to search out the REAL = Holland; the friendly people with a ready smile and the architectural = gems which abound in this otherwise featureless land.   Haarlem is a unique experience, even by Nederlands standards.......a = very beautiful place with a fine town square in which locals and = tourists gather to eat, drink, sightsee or chat. It is also the home of = the magnificent Frans Hals Museum, which we decided to visit first. = Eventually overwhelmed by an abundance of Old Master Paintings, it was = time to leave for the 15.00 hrs Orgel Konzert at the Grotekerk of = St.Baavo, but not before we stumbled almost into a small cabinet organ. = A quick investigation revealed that the organ did indeed play, was made = by the son of Christian Muller, Pieter Muller in 1772 and was made for = the orphanage in Haarlem. The fact that it had an alactric blower = attached and a plug in the wall suggested that it was in good playing = condition.   The Grotekerk dominates the town.....a large church by any standards. = The approach is through a tiny entrance on the South side. I never fail = to obtain delight in taking people into St.Baavo who do not know what to = expect. By devilish and cunning means, I always divert their attention = by drawing attention to the small organ opposite the entrance or = pointing out the rather plain sanctuary and clear glass. The trick is = then to spin them around to look down the nave to the organ case. The = response is ALWAYS utterly spontaneous......   I was not in the least bit surprised when Mark's jaw dropped wide open. = His verbal reaction was less predictable, consisting of two short words; = one with four letters and the other with two! I glanced around = nervously in case anyone had overheard and then got a small fit of the = giggles!   An almost miraculous sequence of events then followed. No sooner had = Mark said, "I'd love to hear that Toccata thingy played on this organ", = than the 3pm bell rang and, with brilliant sonority, an octave double = mordent on "a" pealed forth from the organ....trust the Dutch to be on = time!   As I glanced around to watch the reaction of tourists with children in = tow, I knew then why it was that BWV565 enjoyed universal popularity. = The first flourish caused a ripple of excitement which lit up faces, and = when that massive bottom "d" rumbled sonorously, complete with 32ft = reed, small children were held spell-bound and normally disinterested = youth stopped in its tracks with mouths agape, like rabbits caught in = the glare of headlights.   I knew in an instant that the organ had a future; especially in Holland!   A fair canter of a Fugue followed, which surprised me.....most Dutch = organists erring on the side of slow and deliberate. Nevertheless, in = spite of the reverberation (about 6 seconds), I never lost track of the = counterpoint (or lack of it!).......you cannot beat a vertical = disposition and an organ little more than 12ft deep against a wall.   The organist was Bas de Vroome, who plays the organs of the Niuewe and = Oudekerks in Delft. A winner of multiple organ playing prizes at major = organ festivals and now a tutor at the Rotterdam Conservatorium, we were = clearly in the hands of a very, very fine organist indeed.   As an Englishman, I confess to actually disliking the music of Dowland; = not made any more bearable when incorporated into the "Pavana lachrymae" = by Sweelinck. I was soon nodding off.....   I awoke with a start when a fight broke out in church!   I feel sure that this epic battle would have sounded spectacular on a = Spanish Organ, but the reeds at Haarlem (quite "anglican" and smooth in = tone) lacked a certain cutting edge. Written by Mr Anon whilst visiting = Spain, the "Bathala on the 6th tone" was a protracted affair in which no = clear winner emerged. Quite clearly, this piece would have been more = effective using the Spanish reeds at St.Laurent's, Rotterdam.   Two Sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti (a far cry from the sparkling rhythms = of his harpsichord sonatas) were soporific enough to lull Mark into = sleep. By the end of the second Sonata (K288), his head had found a = comfortable resting place on my shoulder......but this was Holland and = no-one noticed.   Reger is always a challenge and, after Bach, my favourite organ = composer. I was fascinated by the inclusion of the big "Wachet Auf" Chorale = Fantasy. I had certainly heard romantic works played on this organ = previously, but never on this scale. In such pieces, the registration is = a special problem owing to the very unergonomic stop layout, which = stretches sideways from the console in long rows of very large stop = heads. Clearly employing, like Santa Claus, numerous "little helpers", = Bas de Vroome gave a magnificent performance of this difficult work. The = only "error" being a bright Mixtur stop left out at the start of a quiet = passage; the thump, as the stop was whacked in, clearly audible in the = nave!   Even at the age of 13, I adored much of Reger's music, even though it is = quite overpowering at times. The moments of tender lyricism the only = possible foil to the drama and tension going on in the music. But which other composer could use counterpoint and chromaticism to such = brilliant effect? The workings of a complex and tormented mind find = perfect expression in these big organ works, and yet, the quieter = moments are tender and delicate. Even the apparent chaos of fugue = subjects in inversion, stretti or even double stretti find perfect = resolution in the ground-rock of Lutheran Hymnody. By the time "Wachet = Auf" reached the final few lines, the audience were wound up like coiled = springs as multiple big Mixturs with reeds swirled around the building. = Then, the sheer release as those superb Pedal reeds thundered out the = Chorale theme "Wachet Auf!"   For me, a question had been answered.....Reger does indeed work on a = Baroque organ, but you need to have a bath and you need friends!   The recital came to a conclusion with three interesting works by Anton = Heiller with which I was unfamiliar. The first two were Chorale Preludes = based on tunes found in the Danish Gesangbuch. The last piece was a = fine, but very complex (difficult?) sounding Tanz-Toccata. I will = certainly be investigating these further.   Bas de Vroome had done the organ proud and thrilled his audience. In = Holland, they ALWAYS give standing ovations, but when elderly gentlemen = spring to their feet, you know it has been a good one! I certainly sprang to mine, and I think I would regard this as one of = the finest recitals I have ever heard.   Of course, the organ helped!   Once gain, it was time to wrench myself away from this special = place.....but that is how it should be; a "special place" of pilgrimage = rather than just across the street.   We wandered out into the brilliant sunshine of Haarlem, towards the Town = Square and ordinary life once again. Alkmaar beckoned a couple of days = later, but for now, the sight of "Bier" was a welcome one.     (In part 2.... crabs, mean tone, carillons and dancing in the street)