PipeChat Digest #2717 - Thursday, February 21, 2002
 
Recitals/concerts in London, UK, Paris, FR, and  Madrid, SP?
  by "Pat Maimone" <patmai@juno.com>
RE: St Mary's RC, Wellington, NZ
  by "Alan Freed" <parishadmin@stlukesnyc.org>
stopname
  by "Ross & Lynda Wards" <TheShieling@xtra.co.nz>
Re: What to do for a depressed friend?
  by <Cremona502@cs.com>
stained-glass windows
  by "Ross & Lynda Wards" <TheShieling@xtra.co.nz>
Re: stained-glass windows
  by <RonSeverin@aol.com>
Maxwell Fernie
  by "Hugh Drogemuller" <hdrogemuller@sympatico.ca>
 

(back) Subject: Recitals/concerts in London, UK, Paris, FR, and Madrid, SP? From: "Pat Maimone" <patmai@juno.com> Date: Wed, 20 Feb 2002 12:22:50 -0500   Dear Pipechatters,   My uncle, a retired pastor and organist, has the good fortune to be traveling to London, Paris, and Madrid, returning through Paris and London. He has asked me to let him know before 3 AM EST 21 Feb 02 (would that be 8 AM GMT?) to let him know about any organ recitals and any choral-orchestral concerts (avec ou sans orgel... ;-) on the following dates:   22- 24 Feb 02 London 25- 26 Feb 02 Paris 27 Feb - 8 Mar 02 Madrid 9 - 21 Mar 02 London and various parts of merrie olde England..   It was my privilege to see PipeChat member and #1 reviewer Malcolm Wechsler at St. Ignatius Loyola (84th and Park Ave) in NYC for Marie-Claire Alain's recital on the Mander 17 Feb. Her Master class at Holy Trinity Episcopal (88th between 1st and 2nd Aves) featured four students playing quite well on the Rieger. I had met Dr. John Weaver's student Chelsea Chen, who played the Franck A Minor, at the Regional Convention in San Diego in June 2001, when she had played the Bach D Major Prelude and Fugue from memory. She played the Franck from memory Monday. During the break I also saw Dr. Jonathan Hall and Allison Evans Henry, our AGO Regional Councillor, and met Rodney Myrvaagnes.   After class, I renewed a friendship with Ken Potter and his wife Chris of NY at a delicious Vietnamese dinner and at Joan Lippincott's all-Bach recital on the Letourneau at Holy Trinity Catholic Church (82nd and Broadway.) A beautiful principal sound was a highlight for me. BTW, what does Principale Etroit mean? These were all featured events of the New York City AGO Chapter's Presidents' Day celebration. I signed up as an AGO dual member on Monday (Central Hudson Valley is my primary chapter) and look forward to attending other events in the Big City.   Thank you kindly in advance. I shall look forward to your replies!   Pat Maimone (During the day I am usually available at yp6867@usma.edu [Post Chapel, West Point, NY]. However, my computer is not feeling well; it has had attention from two computer gurus already; two more will appear this afternoon in high hopes that I can resume my life on-line at the office :-)   Voice mail available 24 hours a day at 845-938-2959 at the office.   home- patmai@erols.com (If that is not working, please send to patmai@juno.com if you need to reply off list.)   ________________________________________________________________ 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/web/.  
(back) Subject: RE: St Mary's RC, Wellington, NZ From: "Alan Freed" <parishadmin@stlukesnyc.org> Date: Wed, 20 Feb 2002 13:38:59 -0500   Ross, that is a fabulous report. Like unto Malcolm on a good day. I'm left with two questions --off topic: Does St. Mary's have a website? (I want to find out the name of the stained-glass studio in Munich--possibly F. X. Zettler?)   Alan   -----Original Message----- From: Ross & Lynda Wards [mailto:TheShieling@xtra.co.nz]=20 Sent: Tuesday, February 19, 2002 7:42 PM To: PipeChat@pipechat.org Subject: St Mary's RC, Wellington, NZ   Dear List, I promised a while ago that I'd begin a series on NZ organs. I want to begin with one of the very best, one that changed the thinking of many organists, yet was not huge by any means. Hugh Drogemuller knows this organ from his visits home to New Zealand.      
(back) Subject: stopname From: "Ross & Lynda Wards" <TheShieling@xtra.co.nz> Date: Thu, 21 Feb 2002 09:28:51 +1300   Can't be certain, never having seen the stopname, but I feel sure a Principal Etroit would have to be something narrow-scaled, going from the French meaning of the word. Ross      
(back) Subject: Re: What to do for a depressed friend? From: <Cremona502@cs.com> Date: Wed, 20 Feb 2002 15:28:27 EST     --part1_115.cdbc9d6.29a560eb_boundary Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   In a message dated 2/20/02 3:27:49 AM !!!First Boot!!!, Chicaleee@aol.com writes:     > But she is a therapy dog, and I take her to nursing homes and to homes = of > shut ins who want to see her.   In their own way.... all dogs are therapy dogs. I haven't personally tried psychiatry or drugs (therapeutic or otherwise), but I've seen disastrous results from both. There is no substitute for love and = personal attention (emotional and financial). Those are the hardest for people to =   part with, though.   Bruce Cornely < Cremona502@cs.com > with the Baskerbeagles in the Beagle's Nest ~ ""Haruffaroo, Bohawow!" Visit Howling Acres and meet the Baskerbeagles: Duncan, Miles, Molly & = Dewi < http://members.tripod.com/Brucon502 + http://prepaidlegal.com/go/brucecornely >   --part1_115.cdbc9d6.29a560eb_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 = 2/20/02 3:27:49 AM !!!First Boot!!!, Chicaleee@aol.com writes: <BR> <BR> <BR><BLOCKQUOTE TYPE=3DCITE style=3D"BORDER-LEFT: #0000ff 2px solid; = MARGIN-LEFT: 5px; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px">But she is a = therapy dog, and I take her to nursing homes and to homes of shut ins who = want to see her. </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>In their own way.... all dogs are therapy dogs. = &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;I haven't personally tried psychiatry or = drugs (therapeutic or otherwise), but I've seen disastrous results from = both. &nbsp;&nbsp;There is no substitute for love and personal attention = (emotional and financial). &nbsp;&nbsp;Those are the hardest for people to = part with, though. <BR> <BR> Bruce Cornely &lt; Cremona502@cs.com &gt;<I> </I> <BR>with the Baskerbeagles in the Beagle's Nest ~ ""Haruffaroo, Bohawow!" <BR>Visit Howling Acres <I>&nbsp;</I>and meet the Baskerbeagles: = &nbsp;Duncan, Miles, Molly &amp; Dewi <BR>&lt; http://members.tripod.com/Brucon502 + = http://prepaidlegal.com/go/brucecornely &nbsp;&gt;</FONT></HTML>   --part1_115.cdbc9d6.29a560eb_boundary--  
(back) Subject: stained-glass windows From: "Ross & Lynda Wards" <TheShieling@xtra.co.nz> Date: Thu, 21 Feb 2002 12:46:43 +1300   Hi, Alan and List, Yes, a number of the windows at St Mary of the Angels' RC in Wellington = are indeed by the Zettler studio, though not all. All of the windows in the St John of God Hospital chapel in Christchurch are, and from about the same period: at least 30 windows, probably more. No, neither church has a website that I know of. To make sure this is on-Topic. I'll write up the current specification of the St Mary's organ when I dig up my notes. Reading back my posting, I'm = not embarrassed by my superlatives, but I'm sure from the design itself no one will be able to understand the incredibly musicality and versatility of those 19 ranks. It has been said that it started the classical model in = New Zealand, but I think that's baloney. The organ was a one-off, nothing like it before or since, with a daft half-Romantic design that shouldn't have worked, but did so astonishingly well because of the building and its acoustical setting, and because of the amazing scaling and voicing of the instrument itself. Incidentally, I could have mentioned another feature of that organ. The pedalboard was not the normal 8'6" radius (and concavity) but 13'6". Max Fernie's idea was to have a normal pedalboard but with a bit more room for the heels - and it was wonderful. Though Max had a size 7 shoe, people = with feet like mine needing a 10 have found that extra heel room enormously helpful. The church choir, as I indicated, was amazing also. About 50 of them, all men and women. For years no pitchpipe was used at a choir practice in the crypt. They would just begin, and were always incredibly close, on the = first note, to the right pitch. Max used to hand-write out every piece of music, studiously removing all the bar-lines from printed music of Palestrina and Victoria. I've heard the choir a number of times sightread a Palestrina = mass in 8 parts - and been floored by the excellence of it. But that was 20 and more years ago. I could have added, too, that Max's wife and daughter did not come back = from London with him, preferring to stay in the high society life of London. = Max moved in with another lady and fathered several more kids, and eventually after about 20 years succeeded in getting a "papal divorce" and married = his "partner". She is a wonderful lady, as convinced Christian as Max always was. The youngest son was born when Max was about 75 years old! That's by-the-by. Max's ability at improvising, to the heart-stopping exhilarating level, = was legendary here. He told me that he never had the ability to do more than play a C major scale till he was at Westminster, without music that is. = One day he got onto the organ bench there, preparing to play for a cathedral full of clergy, bishops, cardinals and other "big" people - and found he = had no music with him. As it was about 250ft to the organist's room, he had no time to go back and get any, as he could see in his mirror someone raising his hand at the west end for the procession to begin and him to begin playing. He dropped to his knees beside the console and prayed fervently, "Lord, this is your show. I'm not putting you to the test but I don't want to let you down. I'm going to get back on the bench, register full organ = and put my hands on the keys and expect you to take over. Amen." Well, Max = said he played the 2-hour service without a note of music, and note-perfect at that. After that date, the gift of fabulous memory and improvisation never left him. Max always played for about 20 mins after the Service, always improvising, and about two thirds of the people would stay to listen. One Saturday night, Max never having been apparently drunk even though he = drank plenty and made lots of wine in the cool church crypt, a tenor from his choir, an army sergeant, took Max over to his barracks a few miles away = and proceeded to try to get him rotten. About 3am, when the fellow had drunk himself under the table and in a semi-coma, Max drove home and went to = bed. Next morning at 9:45am, the choir saw he was a little less steady than usual and forbade him to play for the main morning Mass. Max laughed, got into = the gallery staircase, locking the door behind him. The choir, of course, for the first time in its history had to sing from the nave floor. Max played the Service utterly brilliantly, then improvised for 50 minutes = afterwards, with the entire congregation transfixed by the music, based on a plainsong theme in use that day. After that 50 minutes he suddenly stopped, burped loudly, turned to face the congregation and in his gravelly Satchmo voice = a little slurred, said so everyone could hear, "F*ck*ng good, wasn't it?" = and went home. No one ever dared to try to get him drunk again!   Oh indeed, memories!   Ross        
(back) Subject: Re: stained-glass windows From: <RonSeverin@aol.com> Date: Wed, 20 Feb 2002 19:39:27 EST   Hi Ross   Here's my website: http://www.musicbase.no/SEV001.html   Ron Severin  
(back) Subject: Maxwell Fernie From: "Hugh Drogemuller" <hdrogemuller@sympatico.ca> Date: Wed, 20 Feb 2002 19:47:28 -0500   Dear List,   Ross Wards has just posted some recollections of Max telling what a character he was and what a fine organist he was. One of the first LP's that I ever purchased was of his choir singing , I believe , a whole program of works by Palestrina. Sometime later he recorded a variety of organ works on the instrument that Ross has so ably described. To my everlasting regret I loaned these two LP's in a weak moment and and lost track of them. I only met Max once. Back in about 1988 I met him at St. Mary of the Angels as he finished playing a funeral and we walked the few blocks to = the Wellington Town Hall where he proceeded to put the very well known Norman = & Beard through it's paces while I wandered around the concert chamber and took in the wonderful sounds that Max was getting from the instrument. I didn't realise how much power there was until Max lifted his hands from a final big cord. The silence was deafening ! As many of you will know this organ was recorded by Christopher Herrick in the Organ Fireworks series .   HD