PipeChat Digest #3096 - Thursday, August 29, 2002
 
Re: Music for Manuals only?
  by "Bruce  Miles" <bruce@gbmuk.fsnet.co.uk>
ALancashire Organ Crawl (Part 4-Conclusion) LONG
  by <cmys13085@blueyonder.co.uk>
Johnny Seng
  by "Stanley Lowkis" <nstarfil@attbi.com>
Re: Johnny Seng
  by "John Vanderlee" <jovanderlee@vassar.edu>
Re: Johnny Seng
  by "Stanley Lowkis" <nstarfil@attbi.com>
Re: Johnny Seng
  by "Shirley" <pnst.shirley@verizon.net>
Ketelbey's "Tangled Tunes"
  by "First Christian Church of Casey, IL" <kzrev@rr1.net>
Re: Johnny Seng
  by "David Scribner" <david@blackiris.com>
Johnny Seng
  by "Stanley Lowkis" <nstarfil@attbi.com>
Re: Johnny Seng
  by "Stanley Lowkis" <nstarfil@attbi.com>
Re: Johnny Seng
  by <DudelK@aol.com>
A Day Out with Thomas the Tank Engine.(definitely OFF TOPIC)
  by "jch" <opus1100@catoe.org>
JOHNNY SENG
  by "Douglas Morgan" <aeolian_skinner@yahoo.com>
 

(back) Subject: Re: Music for Manuals only? From: "Bruce Miles" <bruce@gbmuk.fsnet.co.uk> Date: Wed, 28 Aug 2002 15:38:44 +0100   Carol,   I sympathise with your plight - I recently had a new knee - the right = one, so not such a handicap.   I can recommend 'Old English Organ Music for Manuals' edited CH Trevor Published Oxford University Press. There are six books, about 15 short pieces in each. They are all excellent, but book four is perhaps the best = - it includes Samuel Wesley's Air and Gavotte - the Gavotte is certainly bright and up-tempo. Also the Allegro from Henry Heron's Trumpet = Voluntary is very cheery.   Regards,   Bruce Miles   mail to:- bruce@gbmuk.fsnet.co.uk website:- http://www.gbmuk.fsnet.co.uk   ----- Original Message ----- From: "Carol Scott" <dclscott@skyenet.net> To: "PipeChat" <pipechat@pipechat.org> Sent: Wednesday, August 28, 2002 2:02 AM Subject: Music for Manuals only?     > Folks, I could use some help. I've broken my left ankle. It's not > major, I probably won't be out of action long-- but I am going to have > to play at least two Sundays without the use of my left foot. I have > some adequate manuals-only music, but nothing I really love. Can any of > you steer me to some wonderful music for the next few weeks? Bright > up-tempo pieces would be especially helpful. > > Thanks! > Carol Scott > > > > "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: ALancashire Organ Crawl (Part 4-Conclusion) LONG From: <cmys13085@blueyonder.co.uk> Date: Wed, 28 Aug 2002 17:11:00 +0100       OUT OF THE DEEP HAVE I CRIED UNTO THEE   The immediate aftermath of David's strange disappearance was one of = annoyed speculation, but as the minutes ticked away, we reached the = conclusion that he had either left something in "The Omnibus" or had = answered a call of nature and collapsed in a heap.=20   "Come along!" The Maestro commanded, "We can't waste all day!"   Indeed, four minutes had been wasted and there was a fine organ in = waiting for us.   Albion Church (URC) at Ashton-under-Lyne is blessed with the most = magnificent organ built by T C Lewis and remains in original condition. = The building, a great hammer-beamed hall, is equally magnificent, with a = spacious acoustic.   "Why don't you open proceedings Horace?" The Maestro suggested.   Horace's chest swelled with pride and his chin rose visibly as he limped = away towards the organ, far away at the East end of the church. Old = George had prepared the registration in advance.....drawing all the = stops less the Tremulants (which he considered vulgar and theatrical).   Horace climbed awkwardly aboard the instrument, his hands poised above = the keys of the Great Organ and his left foot equally poised above = bottom "F" on the pedals.   "Here we go! Handel's Largo in triple fortissimo!" The Maestro declared. A glorious, if unresolved, inverted dominant thundered out. We exited = the church with lightning speed, but search as we may, there was still = no trace of my cousin David. We drifted back into church just in time to = hear the unrecognisable climax of "Largo"; the last chord/cluster = resounding around the building. We broke into enthusiastic applause as = Horace took a bow.   After that, we each tried various pieces of real music; the Maestro = abandoning his music case and playing a Mendelssohn Sonata from memory, = but transposing it a semitone to avoid an out-of-tune pipe on the = Clarinet stop. This was clever stuff indeed!   Eventually, the time came for our departure. Thanking our kind host, we = departed Albion Church and made our way back towards "The Omnibus" and = the last bus home. A few steps were taken, whereupon the Maestro asked, = "Have we got my music case?"   "Yes I have", I replied, "but we don't seem to have Horace!"   They looked around for Horace and I darted back to the church, but look = as we may, there was not a trace of Horace or his walking stick. Horace, = it seemed, had also disappeared!   Clearly annoyed, the Maestro set off in the direction of town at quite a = pace; the last remaining two of us trailing in his wake. Just as we = walked along the street where David had first vanished from our midst, a = faint voice could be heard.   We gathered around a large, attractive, Victorian manhole-cover which = bore the date 1853.   "Did you hear something?" Dr Dickie asked   "I could swear that I heard the voice of Horace", I replied   A small group of young boys on bicycles gathered around to watch this = strange ritual, as three adults addressed a manhole cover; shouting = into it through the vents .. Eventually spooked by this strange ritual, the boys fled with shouts of, = "Weirdos!"   "I can hear nothing!" the Maestro said, "Come along, it is time to = depart".   We shuffled of, quite convinced that our ears had been playing tricks, = eventually arriving for a last couple of pints at "The Omnibus" before = catching our last bus home to Yorkshire.   THE NEXT DAY   Horace stepped off the train in bright sunlight, missed his step and = fell onto the platform; his stick flying horizontally beyond his reach. = Horace, like a large turtle, is quite unable to function when he is on = his back. Giving the appearance of a drunken desperado at the best of = times, his struggles came to an end when a large black boot pressed = firmly onto his hand.   Horace looked up with a whince to see a large firendly policeman staring = down at him, "Not feeling very well Sir?"   Horace gave a pleading look and replied, "You're standing on my hand!"   The nice policeman looked slowly down and replied, "Oh dear! Oh dear! Oh = dear! So I am Sir!"   The foot released him and Horace struggled to get up once more. = Fortunately, a large, friendly hand grabbed his coat collar and he was = vertical surprisingly quickly.   "My words Sir! I think we need a bath don't we?" The policeman's face = contorted as a whiff of Horace struck his nostrils.   "There's been an accident", Horace tried to explain.   "I can smell that Sir!" The policeman replied, "Do you have a home to go = to?"   Horace explained the events of the previous day, at which point, the = kind policeman released him and sent him on his way.   THAT SAME EVENING   Horace seldom missed Choir Practise at that great Northern church, but = after bathing and finding clean clothes, he knew that he would only be = able to meet his friends and the Maestro in the public house afterwards.   As Choir Practise ended and friends drew together, the Maestro greeted = us as he locked the church.   "Funny thing, David and Horace....has anyone heard anything?" He asked.   Heads shook as we made our way to the "Ferkin & Organist", the normal = atmosphere slightly subdued, for we were in the grips of a mystery as = strange as any Agatha Christie novel.   A quaff of ale handed around, we took our place at a small table. The = conversation largely revolved around the mystery to hand. Shortly after = we had arrived, the landlord came across carrying a newspaper.   "Have you seen this?" He asked, pointing to a header on page five which = read:-   "PHANTOM ORGANIST SAVED BY SEWER RAT"   "Most amusing", Dr Dickie said with a smile.   "That's a funny thing", the Maestro opined.   "Erm.....you dont think......?" I added.   Like being struck by a bolt of lightning, each of us suddenly realised = what the newspaper article might be. I ran after the landlord and = grabbed the paper off him once more. The story went around the pub like = wildfire; largely because nothing of interest ever happened in this town = at the best of times.   The rattle of the pub door alerted the assembled drinkers as Horace = limped in with his stick.   I leapt up to greet him and sat him down at the table; immediately = ordering him a drink.   The Maestro put on his best voice, "Now tell us Horace", he said = solemnly, "were you ever a Desert Rat?"   "Yes", replied Horace, "but I don't like to talk about it".   "Is it also true that you courageously descended into a sewer and = rescued our friend David?" the Maestro asked.   "Yes", Horace replied shyly.   "How is David now....do you know?" Dr Dickie asked   "Well, they gave him a stomach pump and lots of injections, but he = didn't break anything when he fell down the open manhole. He was just = unconscious for a while, and I heard his moans under the street", Horace = replied.   "Ladies and gentlemen", the Maestro shouted out, rising to a standing = position, "We have a hero in our midst!"   Applause broke out and, as the maestro raised his quaff, he proposed a = toast, "To our hero Horace!"   The whole company erupted in a convivial toast.   So the cry went up, as glasses were raised, "TO HORACE FERKIN AUGUSTUS!"     Colin Mitchell UK   EPILOGUE   The moral of this largely TRUE story is, "Organists should always be = careful where they tread!" :)      
(back) Subject: Johnny Seng From: "Stanley Lowkis" <nstarfil@attbi.com> Date: Wed, 28 Aug 2002 18:21:10 -0400     A great organist has been lost to us all.   The pitiful bit of his work that I've have the privilege to listen to on recordings...   Those of you on these lists who had the privilege of knowing that man. Please talk about him.   A great and swell organist - Johnny Seng!   love, Stan    
(back) Subject: Re: Johnny Seng From: "John Vanderlee" <jovanderlee@vassar.edu> Date: Wed, 28 Aug 2002 18:26:09 -0700   >A great organist has been lost to us all. > >The pitiful bit of his work that I've have the privilege to listen to on >recordings... > >Those of you on these lists who had the privilege of knowing that man. >Please talk about him.   Never knew him personally, but think that his interpretation of "Porgy & Bess" is the finest I ever heard. Whenever I want to showcase Gershwin on the organ, that's the LP to play.   John V  
(back) Subject: Re: Johnny Seng From: "Stanley Lowkis" <nstarfil@attbi.com> Date: Wed, 28 Aug 2002 18:54:01 -0400   The Music 'till dawn CD is great! Johnny was cheated by that 'record company'.   The 'Stairways to the Stars' track is extra-special.   God Bless You, Johnny - and thank you for the music that you gave all of = us!   Stan   John Vanderlee wrote: > > >A great organist has been lost to us all. > > > >The pitiful bit of his work that I've have the privilege to listen to = on > >recordings... > > > >Those of you on these lists who had the privilege of knowing that man. > >Please talk about him. > > Never knew him personally, but think that his interpretation of > "Porgy & Bess" is the finest I ever heard. Whenever I want to > showcase Gershwin on the organ, that's the LP to play. > > John V > > "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: Johnny Seng From: "Shirley" <pnst.shirley@verizon.net> Date: Wed, 28 Aug 2002 18:59:50 -0400   At 09:26 PM 08/28/2002, you wrote:   >>Those of you on these lists who had the privilege of knowing that man. >>Please talk about him.     An anecdote.   Johnny played for the John Dickinson High School TOS in Newark, Delaware many moons ago. At the time, the original three stooges (well, ok, that was MY name for them) were just out of high school, or were in their final =   year or two. These three guys along with Bob Dilworth shared the dream that the Kimball in the Boyd Theatre, Philadelphia, could be in the high school.   But I digress.   One of the boys had a VW bug. He tells the story that he was ferrying Johnny around town. Johnny's legs were so long that his knees were under his chin in that tiny car. :)   His playing style was different than many theatre organists who emulated Jesse Crawford/George Wright.... he had his own style. Some (like me) loved the freshness of it, others thought he was a bit over the top.   I must have missed something. Johnny's no longer with us?   --Shirley      
(back) Subject: Ketelbey's "Tangled Tunes" From: "First Christian Church of Casey, IL" <kzrev@rr1.net> Date: Wed, 28 Aug 2002 18:12:28 -0500   Anybody got the sheet music to Albert Ketelbey's "Tangled Tunes?" It = seems to have been known primarily in its piano roll form, but the sheet music = WAS published. Would love to get a copy.   Dennis Steckley "For I am possessed of a cat, surpassing in beauty, from whom I take occasion to bless Almighty God."    
(back) Subject: Re: Johnny Seng From: "David Scribner" <david@blackiris.com> Date: Wed, 28 Aug 2002 18:30:05 -0500   At 6:59 PM -0400 08/28/2002, Shirley wrote: > >I must have missed something. Johnny's no longer with us?   The following is copied from the Theatreorgan list and was published to that list at about 4:30 this afternoon:   ******************************* It was confirmed this afternoon by the Cook County coroner that John Seng died of an heart attack this week. No other details are available at this time. The Cook County Coroner's case # 427AUG02.   jch ****************************   David  
(back) Subject: Johnny Seng From: "Stanley Lowkis" <nstarfil@attbi.com> Date: Wed, 28 Aug 2002 19:33:04 -0400   Was he the only organist on those Columbia LPs? The Bobby Hackett trumpet made it it magical! I'm listening to that CD now. Johnny and the other organist created a unique musical recording.   There will never be another record like this.   Stan    
(back) Subject: Re: Johnny Seng From: "Stanley Lowkis" <nstarfil@attbi.com> Date: Wed, 28 Aug 2002 19:44:02 -0400   The John Seng Wuritzerations caress the the Bobby Hackett trumpetezations.   R.I.P. John. I miss you.   Stan    
(back) Subject: Re: Johnny Seng From: <DudelK@aol.com> Date: Wed, 28 Aug 2002 20:45:08 EDT   I only met him once. I was in college and subbed regularly at a small Lutheran church on the northwest side of Chicago. One of the parishioners = had a 2m Wurlitzer from a theatre in his basement. The first time he invited = me over, we were visited by a youngster named Tom Sheen who was nothing short = of fabulous. On another occasion we drove up to Mundelein and John Seng met = us there and showed us the organ and played quite a while for us. He was exceedingly gracious and a brilliant musician. I guess I'm getting old = when people who were young when I was young are passing from us.   RIP, John!  
(back) Subject: A Day Out with Thomas the Tank Engine.(definitely OFF TOPIC) From: "jch" <opus1100@catoe.org> Date: Wed, 28 Aug 2002 22:28:31 -0500   This is a bit off topic, but since we talked a little about this on the = IRC I've decided to go for it. The last two weekends at the Illinois Railway Museum in Union, Il. there was a visit by Thomas the Tank Engine. I took a few pictures of the event and thought I would share them with anyone who is interested. You can download them at: http://opus1100.home.mindspring.com/ThomasIRM.html   regards and DING DING & CLANG CLANG   Jon    
(back) Subject: JOHNNY SENG From: "Douglas Morgan" <aeolian_skinner@yahoo.com> Date: Wed, 28 Aug 2002 22:02:49 -0700 (PDT)   For everyone's information, some of Johnny Seng's recordings (which includes the Gershwin Medley) were made available on CD in 1993. The recordings were made in 1964 and 1965, and may still be availavle. You may inquire from Pipes & Palaces Productions, 1305 West 8th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64101. The CD is entitled THE MUNDELEIN ORGAN REVISITED and is numbered DSP 051193.   I never met Johnny Seng personally, but Dave Junchen told me in 1968 that Johnny Seng was the best theatre organist he had ever heard. This CD certainly bears that out.   During the past 10 or 15 years, I have come to really appreciate fine theatre organ playing, and Johnny Seng's passing certainly leaves a big void. We have indeed lost a fine musician.   D. Keith Morgan     __________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Yahoo! Finance - Get real-time stock quotes http://finance.yahoo.com