PipeChat Digest #2701 - Tuesday, February 12, 2002
 
Lyn Larsen in Santa Barbara & Big News
  by "Malcolm Wechsler" <manderusa@earthlink.net>
Re: Chronicler II Angelus
  by "BridgewaterUMC Director of Music" <bridgewatermusic@hotmail.c
Re: Chronicler II Angelus
  by <Cpmnhartus@aol.com>
We're expecting ... (X-posted)
  by <quilisma@socal.rr.com>
Re: Messiaen Marathon Feb 22nd National Shrine in DC
  by "Karl Moyer" <kmoyer@marauder.millersville.edu>
Re: We're expecting ... (X-posted)
  by "Paul Valtos" <chercapa@enter.net>
Fw: Messiaen Marathon Feb 22nd National Shrine in DC
  by "John Cormack" <jcorm@bellatlantic.net>
Re: We're expecting ... (X-posted)
  by <Innkawgneeto@cs.com>
Re: Chronicler II Angelus
  by "pat and ian" <patian@senet.com.au>
 

(back) Subject: Lyn Larsen in Santa Barbara & Big News From: "Malcolm Wechsler" <manderusa@earthlink.net> Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2002 07:54:39 -0500   Dear Lists and Friends - and Jim,   Wow! What an astonishing piece! Pure poetry! (I have left Jim's whole posting below for Pipechat people and other friends who will not have seen the original.) The whole thing sounds beyond belief to a Northeasterner. = We could not have anything like that up here! We don't have enough of a sense of fantasy! I guess we're too cold, temperature wise, that is! It has to = be California special. The theater, the organ, the whole thing sounds well worth a pilgrimage. Through most of my life, I have not had much = enthusiasm for the Theater Organ, but my exposure has been quite limited until relatively recently. I heard Radio City at the end of the AGO National a = few years ago, and really was somehow underwhelmed. It was all quite murky, = and, of course, in a cotton wool environment. (That may well be a heresy - = bring on The Rack!) But I was totally bowled over by the Marr & Colton in the Thomaston Opera House here in Connecticut when Tom Trenney demonstrated it for our POE Danbury kids, and before that, I had taken a group of = organists from the U.K. to hear the Dickinson High School organ in Delaware, demonstrated by some in the group who knew what to do, and also by an excellent young student from the high school. That is fabulous, and can do everything! Oh, and then there was the theater in Denver, at which the OHS Conventioneers were treated to a silent movie with a breath-taking organ accompaniment - that was powerful and moving. I guess my conversion is complete! (Fanfare on from on high, or possibly below!)   Well, now it can be told. The first Mander Tracker Theatre Organ will roll off the assembly line sometime in late 2007, pending a suitable venue with signed contract, of course, but surely this should not be a problem! The world has been waiting for this. The Toy Counter stuff will be produced fairly soon, and will be placed in the workshop for the entertainment of = the staff - perhaps a drum roll here and there as tasks are successfully completed will be helpful. John Mander has always wanted a Cymbal Crash preceding official announcements, and now that will be possible too! Excitement is in the air! We await only the report of the staff engineer concerning the Flexible Tracker Project, hereafter known at FTP. You = really can't have a theater organ console without a lift. It must rise = majestically from the pit as the organist plays his opening number. Don't worry. = Anything is possible!   Malcolm (who could not wait for April 1st)   ----- Original Message ----- From: "Jim Lokken" <jlokken@pacbell.net> To: <PIPORG-L@listserv.albany.edu> Sent: Sunday, February 10, 2002 10:50 PM Subject: Lyn Larsen in Santa Barbara     > I was in Santa Barbara (Calif.) over the weekend, and my brother and I heard > Lyn Larsen's recital on the Wonder Morton at the Arlington Theater. = There > were many delights. > > First of all, my thanks to the Santa Barbara Theater Organ Society for what > is obviously a labor of love maintaining the 1928 4m/27r Robert Morton. > According to the program notes, this organ's first home was in New = Jersey. > When that theater was razed the organ was saved and stored for a decade = or > so in Texas. Eventually it found a new home at the Arlington. (I'm sure > someone on the list has all the details of the history, but I don't.) > > The Arlington Theater itself is a delight. It's a big house, a high > ceilinged fantasy designed to transport you into the illusion of a town > square in Spain. The barrel vault ceiling is dark blue and the lighting > makes it appear to be the night sky. Along the sides the plaster gives = the > illusion of a set for the first act of Carmen -- a series of dummy = facades > of homes and shops, with overhanging balconies backed by lighted = windows > and hung with lanterns. The seats are plush and comfortable, and seat > perhaps 1500 in comfort. Somewhere hidden behind some of those balconies are > the organ chambers, left and right. > > The Santa Barbarians apparently know and appreciate what they have. There > was a good crowd, about 500 by my guess. Most appeared to be retirees. Some > brought their grandchildren, to share the experience. A good idea. > > The blend of voices in this organ is particularly musical, a = kaleidoscope of > tone colors covering the full range of theater organ voices. At full = blast > it's not as aggressively loud as the Wurlitzer at the Castro, but loud > enough for the building and the music. The tibia chorus is sweet, sweet, > sweet. The loudest brass is appropriately raucous, but not too loud. It > crowns the full organ without dominating it. The solo reeds are rich and > sexy. It's a fine, fine organ for its purpose, and obviously has been cared > for and voiced with skill and care. It was beautifully prepped for this > concert. I heard only one sour note clearly off tune -- on the kinura. = But > that is to praise with faint damns. > > Lyn Larsen's artistry is well known and he was charming. I've heard him > before only once, at the Castro during the 1984 AGO Convention. This = time he > chose a program mostly of show tunes, with a sprinkling of patriotic > numbers. After the National Anthem, he opened with the march "Under the > Double Eagle." The tunes covered a broad range including Ellington's "Satin > Doll," several from Cole Porter, Rogers & Hammerstein, and others. There > were several George Wright arrangements, and Lyn spoke about him with > obvious affection and respect. His registration made frequent use of the > tuned percussions -- marimba harp, celesta, various tinkling and = thumping > sounds, and appropriate cymbal crashes and drum beats. I never heard better > and more skillful use of these stops, and I wasn't sure if Lyn was doing > this because he can, or because unlike many other theater installations this > one has all those percussions in working order. > > The Wonder Morton's console is enormous and ornate, creamy white with gilded > ornamentation, a baroque extravaganza making a dramatic theatrical statement > of its own as it rises majestically in the spotlight. > > A theater organ recital might emphasize any of three things: the organ, the > organist, or the music. Each is interesting in its own way, and each is > capable of dominating a performance. At the Arlington Lyn made us aware = of > all three, giving each its due, making a well integrated musical experience. > Don't miss an opportunity to hear him. > > Jim Lokken > San Francisco        
(back) Subject: Re: Chronicler II Angelus From: "BridgewaterUMC Director of Music" <bridgewatermusic@hotmail.com> Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2002 08:40:49 -0500     Ian:   I have no direct information about the model that you are speaking of, bit =   of Gallanti in general I have a great deal of experience. I cannot in = any manner recomend them for any use. I have just removed one from my current =   parish for the following reasons.   The console is of substandard quality and often has mechanical issues. = The keyboard and pedalboard is poorly made and have serious issues after a = year or so of use. The speakers used in installations are nothing more than = 6X9 car speakers with a larger woofer or two thrown in for good measure. = These are not instruments of quality they are instruments on the cheap. In the organ world you get what you pay for and I caution that with this maker = its a buyer beware situation. Most appaling to me was the interior = construction which placed the electric supply on a mount directly on wood. A fire waiting to happen. If you must go digital, spend the bucks and get an Allen, or if in Europe a Copeman Hart.   Craig         _________________________________________________________________ Join the world=92s largest e-mail service with MSN Hotmail. http://www.hotmail.com    
(back) Subject: Re: Chronicler II Angelus From: <Cpmnhartus@aol.com> Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2002 09:24:07 EST     --part1_47.1800dce9.29992e07_boundary Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   Copeman Hart America P. O. Box 292 Lewes, Delaware 19958-0292   1-800-773-4858   11 February 2002   Dear Craig and List:   Craig, thank you for your recommendation. Copeman Hart organs are = available in the US and we already have several US installations as well as one in Australia.   Sincerely,   George W. Bayley Senior U. S. Consultant   www.copemanhart.co.uk   --part1_47.1800dce9.29992e07_boundary Content-Type: text/html; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   <HTML><FONT FACE=3Darial,helvetica><FONT SIZE=3D3 FAMILY=3D"SERIF" = FACE=3D"Times New Roman" LANG=3D"0">Copeman Hart America <BR>P. O. Box 292 <BR>Lewes, Delaware 19958-0292 <BR> <BR>1-800-773-4858 <BR> <BR>11 February 2002 <BR> <BR>Dear Craig and List: <BR> <BR>Craig, thank you for your recommendation. Copeman Hart organs are = available in the US and we already have several US installations as well = as one in Australia. <BR> <BR>Sincerely, <BR> <BR>George W. Bayley <BR>Senior U. S. Consultant <BR> <BR>www.copemanhart.co.uk</FONT></HTML>   --part1_47.1800dce9.29992e07_boundary--  
(back) Subject: We're expecting ... (X-posted) From: <quilisma@socal.rr.com> Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2002 09:56:32 -0800   .... a brand-new bouncing baby HOLTKAMP (grin).   The Vestry voted yesterday to ship our old Moller to Holtkamp and sign a Design Agreement, which gets us blueprints and a visual to use for fund-raising. No date set yet to build the organ, but it's a firm commitment to DO it.   It will be built in three stages, (A) to be installed in the interim church, (B) to be installed at the rate of one stop a year, and (C) to be installed when the organ's moved to the main church in 5-10 years. (M) - recycled Moller ranks, rescaled and revoiced (tentative list).   Tentative spec:   SWELL (enclosed)   A - 16' Gedeckt - 12 pipes - M A - 8' Open Diapason - M A - 8' Hohl Flute - M A - 8' Gedeckt - M A - 8' Viola - M A - 8' Celeste - M A - 4' Octave - M B - 4' Flute B - 2' Mixture V ranks A - 16' Bassoon - 12 pipes A - 8' Trompette - M - temporarily (grin) A - 8' Oboe B - 8' Vox Humana B - 4' Clarion C - 8' tuba (choir)   GREAT   A - 16' Violone A - 8' Principal B - 8' Harmonic Flute A - 8' Violoncello - 12 pipes A - 8' Chimney Flute A - 8' Ludwigtone - recycled from Holy Family Church, Cleveland OH A - 4' Octave B - 4' Flute A - 2 2/3' Cornet III ranks - M 2 2/3 and 2 + new Tierce B - 2' Super Octave A - 2 2/3' Mixture V B - 8' Trumpet (or) B - 8' Cromorne - installed in great trumpet slide temporarily until the choir organ's built, possibly C - 8' tuba (choir)   CHOIR (enclosed)   C - 16' Quintadena - 12 pipes C - 8' Open Diapason C - 8' Doppel Flute C - 8' Copula - so named in memory of Walter Holtkamp Sr. C - 8' Salicional C - 8' Vox Angelica II ranks C - 4' Octave C - 4' Flute C - 2 2/3 Nazard C - 2' Fifteenth C - 2' Flautino C - 1 3/5' Tierce C - 1 1/3 Mixture IV ranks C - 8' Tuba - non-coupling, separate swell box C - 8' Cornopean C - 8' Cromorne   PEDAL   A - 32' Resultant - Sub Bass + Gedeckt, notes 1-12 C - 16' Principal A - 16' violone (great) A - 16' Sub Bass - M A - 16' gedeckt (swell) C - 16' quintadena (choir) A - 8' Octave Bass A - 8' Flute - 12 pipes - ext. Sub Bass - M A - 8' violoncello (great) A - 8' gedeckt (swell) A - 4' Chorale Bass A - 4' Flute - 12 pipes - ext. Sub Bass - M C - 2' Mixture V ranks C - 32' contra bassoon - 12 pipes (swell) C - 16' Trombone A - 16' bassoon (swell) C - 8' Trumpet C - 4' Clarion C - 8' tuba (choir)   New three-manual console to be installed as part of (A).   Cheers,   Bud            
(back) Subject: Re: Messiaen Marathon Feb 22nd National Shrine in DC From: "Karl Moyer" <kmoyer@marauder.millersville.edu> Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2002 13:14:09 -0500   Dear Mr. Cormack,   I'd enjoy reading your message, but it cam as an attachment, which I cannot read. Would you be so kind as to send it to me in regular plain text? Indeed, just send all your messages that way. Thanx.   Karl E. Moyer Lancaster PA   > From: "John Cormack" <jcorm@bellatlantic.net> > Reply-To: "PipeChat" <pipechat@pipechat.org> > Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2002 02:25:51 -0500 > To: "PipeChat" <pipechat@pipechat.org> > Subject: Messiaen Marathon Feb 22nd National Shrine in DC > >    
(back) Subject: Re: We're expecting ... (X-posted) From: "Paul Valtos" <chercapa@enter.net> Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2002 14:33:01 -0500   Dear Bud, After all that angst it finally came through. Must have been your connection with the Almighty. Paul ----- Original Message ----- From: <quilisma@socal.rr.com> To: "+mailing list, ANGLICAN-MUSIC" <anglican-music@list.stsams.org>; "organchat" <organchat@egroups.com>; "pipechat" <pipechat@pipechat.org> Sent: Monday, February 11, 2002 12:56 PM Subject: We're expecting ... (X-posted)     > ... a brand-new bouncing baby HOLTKAMP (grin). > > The Vestry voted yesterday to ship our old Moller to Holtkamp and sign a > Design Agreement, which gets us blueprints and a visual to use for > fund-raising. No date set yet to build the organ, but it's a firm > commitment to DO it. > > It will be built in three stages, (A) to be installed in the interim > church, (B) to be installed at the rate of one stop a year, and (C) to > be installed when the organ's moved to the main church in 5-10 years. > (M) - recycled Moller ranks, rescaled and revoiced (tentative list). > > Tentative spec: > > SWELL (enclosed) > > A - 16' Gedeckt - 12 pipes - M > A - 8' Open Diapason - M > A - 8' Hohl Flute - M > A - 8' Gedeckt - M > A - 8' Viola - M > A - 8' Celeste - M > A - 4' Octave - M > B - 4' Flute > B - 2' Mixture V ranks > A - 16' Bassoon - 12 pipes > A - 8' Trompette - M - temporarily (grin) > A - 8' Oboe > B - 8' Vox Humana > B - 4' Clarion > C - 8' tuba (choir) > > GREAT > > A - 16' Violone > A - 8' Principal > B - 8' Harmonic Flute > A - 8' Violoncello - 12 pipes > A - 8' Chimney Flute > A - 8' Ludwigtone - recycled from Holy Family Church, Cleveland OH > A - 4' Octave > B - 4' Flute > A - 2 2/3' Cornet III ranks - M 2 2/3 and 2 + new Tierce > B - 2' Super Octave > A - 2 2/3' Mixture V > B - 8' Trumpet > (or) > B - 8' Cromorne - installed in great trumpet slide temporarily until the > choir organ's built, possibly > C - 8' tuba (choir) > > CHOIR (enclosed) > > C - 16' Quintadena - 12 pipes > C - 8' Open Diapason > C - 8' Doppel Flute > C - 8' Copula - so named in memory of Walter Holtkamp Sr. > C - 8' Salicional > C - 8' Vox Angelica II ranks > C - 4' Octave > C - 4' Flute > C - 2 2/3 Nazard > C - 2' Fifteenth > C - 2' Flautino > C - 1 3/5' Tierce > C - 1 1/3 Mixture IV ranks > C - 8' Tuba - non-coupling, separate swell box > C - 8' Cornopean > C - 8' Cromorne > > PEDAL > > A - 32' Resultant - Sub Bass + Gedeckt, notes 1-12 > C - 16' Principal > A - 16' violone (great) > A - 16' Sub Bass - M > A - 16' gedeckt (swell) > C - 16' quintadena (choir) > A - 8' Octave Bass > A - 8' Flute - 12 pipes - ext. Sub Bass - M > A - 8' violoncello (great) > A - 8' gedeckt (swell) > A - 4' Chorale Bass > A - 4' Flute - 12 pipes - ext. Sub Bass - M > C - 2' Mixture V ranks > C - 32' contra bassoon - 12 pipes (swell) > C - 16' Trombone > A - 16' bassoon (swell) > C - 8' Trumpet > C - 4' Clarion > C - 8' tuba (choir) > > New three-manual console to be installed as part of (A). > > Cheers, > > Bud > > > > > > > "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: Fw: Messiaen Marathon Feb 22nd National Shrine in DC From: "John Cormack" <jcorm@bellatlantic.net> Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2002 15:29:33 -0500   Resending the message in plain text for those without Outlook or Outlook Express.   Is a program available that shows Paul Jacobs schedule of the Messiaen works.   I don't think I would stay for the full 9 hrs, hopefully the pieces I am interested in would occur within a several hour period.   I am especially interested in Dieu Parmi Nous and the Ascension Suite.   -- John Cormack    
(back) Subject: Re: We're expecting ... (X-posted) From: <Innkawgneeto@cs.com> Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2002 15:52:14 EST     --part1_66.1be17454.299988fe_boundary Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   Exciting!! God bless on your project.       --part1_66.1be17454.299988fe_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>Exciting!! &nbsp;God bless on your project. &nbsp; <BR> <BR></FONT></HTML>   --part1_66.1be17454.299988fe_boundary--  
(back) Subject: Re: Chronicler II Angelus From: "pat and ian" <patian@senet.com.au> Date: Tue, 12 Feb 2002 07:24:16 +1030       Hi Craig,   Thank you for your reply.   What is the Ahlborn-Galanti model that you referred to in your message?   Can you elaborate on "I have a great deal of experience of Galanti in general"?   Regards, Ian.   > Ian: > of Gallanti in general I have a great deal of experience. I cannot in = any > manner recomend them for any use. I have just removed one from my = current > parish for the following reasons. > > The console is of substandard quality and often has mechanical issues. = The > keyboard and pedalboard is poorly made and have serious issues after a = year > or so of use. The speakers used in installations are nothing more than = 6X9 > car speakers with a larger woofer or two thrown in for good measure. = These > are not instruments of quality they are instruments on the cheap. In = the > organ world you get what you pay for and I caution that with this maker = its > a buyer beware situation. Most appaling to me was the interior = construction > which placed the electric supply on a mount directly on wood. A fire > waiting to happen. If you must go digital, spend the bucks and get an > Allen, or if in Europe a Copeman Hart. > > Craig >