PipeChat Digest #2727 - Wednesday, February 27, 2002
 
OHS North Carolina, 2001 - Final Report
  by "Malcolm Wechsler" <manderusa@earthlink.net>
Re: More on "Brother of Sleep"  XPOSTED
  by <Hell-Concerts@t-online.de>
Re: need suggestions for San Diego Churches to visit
  by "Pat Maimone" <patmai@juno.com>
Re: More on "Brother of Sleep"  XPOSTED
  by "Arno Schuh" <arno.schuh@in-trier.de>
 

(back) Subject: OHS North Carolina, 2001 - Final Report From: "Malcolm Wechsler" <manderusa@earthlink.net> Date: Tue, 26 Feb 2002 23:29:53 -0500   Dear Lists and Friends,   This is the eighth and final report of the 2001 North Carolina Convention of the Organ Historical Society. I think for us organists or lovers of the Pipe Organ, terribly important things happen at OHS Conventions, and I hope these reports help you to enjoy them vicariously, and help those who were there to remember them anew. So, here is the final day, June 28th, 2001.   One last day, full of good things right to the end. It began with Rachelen Lien from New Orleans, a regular performer at OHS conventions for as long as I can remember, giving a very tempting preview of a January 2002 Mini-Convention entitled "A South Louisiana Organ Odyssey." I attended one OHS Mini-Convention a few winters ago, centered at Round Lake, New York, and that was truly wonderful. This event, to be held from January 3rd through the 5th shows great promise. The organs are really interesting in that part of the world, and New Orleans itself is a star attraction. Tours of plantations, monasteries, and convents, as well as the famous French Quarter are promised. It might be a chance for us northerners to warm up a bit.   A 45 minute bus ride brought us to the First Presbyterian Church of Lexington, and a recital by Dr. Edward Zimmermann, a native of North Carolina, now teaching at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. His Doctorate is from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Russell Saunders. As I walked into a dead-looking acoustical space and saw an organ stuck in a chamber on the north side of the chancel, I had a moment of despair, very quickly dispelled. The Organ, Opus 499 of Geo. S. Hutchings (1900) was relocated to this church through the Organ Clearing House and members of the staff of Andover Organs, which company rebuilt and enlarged the instrument in 1994. It is a wonderful instrument, and Dr. Zimmermann knew precisely what to do with it. His program consisted entirely of works by Otto Dienel (1839-1905), who was a pupil of August William Bach (1796-1869), no relation to the Great Mas ter. This Bach was also one of the teachers of Felix Mendelssohn, whose music Dienel's resembled a great deal. Dienel was organist of the Marienkirche in Berlin. The program began with a chorale prelude on Lobe den Herrn, for which Dr. Zimmermann used only original Hutchings stops, a nice touch - and a lovely sound. We then sang just one stanza of the chorale, probably in the interest of time, and for this, some of the Andover additions were included. They were a good match for the Hutchings stops, and the whole effect was one of cohesion and refinement. This two-manual instrument of 23 stops and 28 ranks is really very fine. There followed three more chorale preludes, Komm, O komm, du Geist des Lebens; Mach dich, mein Geist, bereit; and Wer nur den lieben Gott lasst walten, all charming works which you will enjoy playing if you like Mendelssohn. The program ended with a three movement Grand Sonata No. 3 in F Major, Opus 18, on the chorale: Wie gross ist des Allmaecht'gen Guete. At some of our recitals, we are joined by varying numbers of members of the congregation, which suggests the good news that there is interest in the organ. From this church, there were many congregants, and I am sure they had their interest and pride in the instrument strengthened.   After lunch in Winston-Salem, we moved on to another surprisingly effective organ, speaking out of a very small rectangular hole high on the east wall, looking for all the world like a large-ish speaker enclosure. No date is given for this Kilgen unit organ of 11 stops and 13 ranks. The church was built in the early 30s as a Presbyterian Church, and the organ would seem to be of the same period. In 1964, the congregation of St. James A.M.E. Church bought the building. The organ was last played publicly 30 years ago. The last time it was played at all was 20 years ago. There are other sound-making devices lurking around. At some point, before the organ ceased to be used, some tonal changes were made under the direction of John Mueller, which now, at this time of our organic thinking in the 21st century will either bring cheers or jeers. The Great 8' Open was replaced by a Mixtuur III. The 8' Clarabella became a Gedeckt. The Dulciana became a 4' Octaaf. On the Swell, the Vox Humana became a 2' Vlakfluit. When members of the Convention Committee went to inspect this instrument, it was not playing at all. There was no electricity to the blower any more. John Farmer and a crew, along with a licensed electrician, got it all cooking again. There were a few members of the congregation around for the recital, and I hope they might be persuaded to make some use of the instrument, now that it can be played again. Those there seemed impressed. Anyway, in this place and with this instrument, we were treated to a concert by Bass Baritone John Williams and Organist Max Smith. Mr. Williams studied at the North Carolina School of the Arts, with further study in Sienna, Italy. His awards and honors are many, including having won first prize in the Metropolitan Opera Auditions in the Southeast. His New York debut was in Carnegie Hall as soloist in the Brahms Requiem. His degrees are from the Universities of Missouri and Oklahoma, and the School of Music at Union Seminary in New York. His major teachers were Mildred Andrews and Carl Weinrich. He is Professor Emeritus at Appalachian State University. The Program: Handel - Thanks be to Thee; Mendelssohn (Elijah) - Lord God of Abraham (preceded by the Recitative); Margaret Vardell Sandresky (whose music we have come to know and like at this convention) - O God, my heart is fixed on thee (Psalm 108). For Organ alone, Adagio from Widor Symphony No. 6. Two Spirituals followed: I Stood on the River of Jordan (Arr. Harry Burleigh) and Let Us Break Bread Together. Provided with full harmony, we happily sang Fairest Lord Jesus, to the tune "Crusaders' Hymn. This whole program was an elegant treat, holding at bay our post-lunch torpor. Mr. Williams has a magnificent voice, and Mr. Smith is the ultimate accompanist and organist.   A 45 minute bus ride brought us to the third and last Stately Home of the convention, the Chinqua-Penn Plantation, devised and built by Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Jefferson Penn. A Skinner Organ, Opus 565, was installed in 1926. The pipes are in the basement, speaking out into the great living room through large grates. I don't know the details of the ownership of the house at present, so it is a bit of mystery that the organ was removed from the house and given to the local Baptist Church in the 50s, and then a Captain Ronald Hodges persuaded whomever to return the organ to the great house in the 90s. In the process, there were what the Organ Handbook refers to as "drastic mechanical changes!" For this visit, we were divided in two groups to avoid crowding in the room where the organ is. While one group was walking the extensive and interesting grounds, the other was listening to a recital, well played, and chosen for the organ and venue, by Mary Gifford. Ms. Gifford has degrees from Indiana University and the University of Southwestern Louisiana, and is Director of Music at St. Leonard Catholic Church in Berwyn, Illinois. Her program was perhaps a reproduction of at least the spirit if not the specifics of what might have been heard by the residents of this home. There were four charming Edward MacDowell piano works arranged by Ms. Gifford: Hunting Song, An Old Love Story, To a Humming Bird, and the inevitable To a Wild Rose. These were followed by A Southland Song by William Lester, an English organist who settled in Chicago in the early part of the 20th century, and was for some years, Music Reviewer for The Diapason. Following that, we attempted to sing "When Mother Played the Organ," by George B. McConnell (text by Dick Sanford) and did not do too badly at all. The perfect closer was the Mendelssohn "War March of the Priests," arranged by Theodore Dubois.   After dinner at the Plantation (one could get used to that), we hopped on the bus for a one hour relaxing trip to Greensboro, and West Market Street United Methodist Church, where Peter Sykes, without whom no OHS Convention would be complete, played the final recital of the day and of yet another annual OHS Week of Wonder. Peter is organist at First Church in Cambridge (Massachusetts - Frobenius Organ), teaches Organ, Harpsichord, and Chamber Music at the Longy School, and serves on the faculty of the Extension Division of New England Conservatory. The organ at West Market Street is by Dobson in collaboration with Manuel Rosales. Quoting from the Organ Handbook: "In the final equation, Dobson designed and constructed the organ; Rosales provided basic scaling with input from Dobson; and both companies shared equally in the voicing and tuning process." Key action is mechanical, stop action, electric. Some Pedal pipes are on electric action. There are three manuals and 39 stops, the third manual being a small Solo Organ, with an Harmonic Flute, a 5 rank Tenor G Cornet, an 8' Trumpet and an 8' Clarinet. The Program: Mendelssohn - Sonata No. 3 in A Major, a grand beginning, always. Then, of particular pleasure for me, a five movement "suite" by James Woodman, "All Creatures of Our God and King." Credit should have been given here to Chestnut Hill Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, which commissioned this work for the year 2000 dedication of its new Mander organ. Peter Sykes played the first performance of this work at the dedication concert there. The five movements are: Sister Moon, Brother Sun, Mother Earth, All of Tender Heart, and Alleluia. The tune Lasst uns erfreuen appears here and there. This, along with the Woodman Partita on "Spanish Hymn," which we heard Mark Brombaugh play yesterday, will, I hope, take its place in the recital repertoire. I know the "All Creatures" work is in print and available through Theodore Presser of Philadelphia (King of Prussia). Jumping back some 300 years, something we organists do with relative ease and frequency, the last piece of the first half of this sturdy program was the Buxtehude Toccata in F (Bux 137). I think there was a bit of a feeling during this intermission that this was almost our last and best chance to make contact with any friends and acquaintances, old and new, that we might have missed, before we all take off to wherever it is we live early on the morrow. Following intermission, Mr. Sykes played the great C Minor Fantasia and Fugue of Bach (537), and then took us gently forward 200 years for three charming, Mendelssohn-like "Tonstucke" Opus 22 of Niels Gade. (John Henderson's "Directory of Composers for Organ" tells us that it was Gade who conducted the first performance of the Mendelssohn E Minor Violin Concerto.) Monumental music to end a monumental performance on a monumental Organ: The Durufle "Prelude, Adagio, et Choral varie" on the Veni Creator. The last hymn to be sung at this convention followed, a rather angular but ultimately attractive and singable tune by Derek Williams (b. 1945) to the text, "Give us the wings of faith." The Dobson/Rosales instrument, though not large, provided plenty of variety and color for such a varied program. There were, for me where I was sitting, a very few overpoweringly loud and harsh moments, and I thought it had to do with the Great Reeds, 16, 8 & 4, but others will have felt differently, I am sure. The instrument is surely a great success. As for Peter Sykes, for me he can do no wrong. I have heard him at numerous conventions, and each of those recitals is a distinct memory, including his epic performance at the Central Connecticut OHS Convention a few years ago, in the Hartford Bushnell Auditorium with paintings of Constellations and other heavenly bodies on the ceiling, and an enormous Austin Organ, recently rebuilt, surrounding us on all sides, and Peter's first performance of his own transcription of the Holst Planets. Tonight 's recital will also be well-remembered. The buses soon departed for the hotel, and one last look at the exhibits and the convivial bar - and, it was all over for another year. Speaking of which, it's next year in Chicago, beginning on Tuesday, June 25th. Log on to www.organsociety.org and you will find all you need to know about program, registration, organs and organists who will be heard. Every detail of these conventions is meticulously organized. If there is anything worth seeing or hearing in the Chicago Organ World, we will be there, and will hear an amazing roster of splendid organists from all over the country performing on and demonstrating instruments. Everything possible is done to ensure the comfort and convenience of those attending. I hope to see you there.   Malcolm Wechsler www.mander-organs.com        
(back) Subject: Re: More on "Brother of Sleep" XPOSTED From: <Hell-Concerts@t-online.de> Date: Wed, 27 Feb 2002 05:33:16 +0100 (MET)   Yes, Felix's was the second recording of that Toccata, released under WERGO label. The first one, also WERGO, was recorded by Harald Feller, Munich, who also recorded the organ soundtrack for the movie, what is somewhat different from the original toccata, because 1) it is never played as whole piece in the movie, and 2) in the movie several segments of the toccata are mounted on top of each other (like a collage in the arts), which is simply not playable in reality. But this doesn't matter a lot for the toccata as an organ work itself, which is difficult enough.   Hans-Friedrich Hell   Mack schrieb: > And although he > didn't mention it, Felix has recorded the Toccata too on > the Schantz at The > Cathedral in Newark. > > Cheers, > Mack > > Felix Hell wrote: > > > The Toccata has been released twice by WERGO (Schott > International). > > I have no knowledge whether or not the complete film > soundtrack > > had been released on a CD. > > > > Felix > > > > > "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: need suggestions for San Diego Churches to visit From: "Pat Maimone" <patmai@juno.com> Date: Wed, 27 Feb 2002 01:36:18 -0500   Hi, Jonathan and Pipechatters,   In addition to St. Paul's, where I went for church one fine Sunday in June 2001, be sure to visit the Methodist Church. with a fine pipe organ built by Lyle Blackinton, the curator of the Spreckels organ in Balboa Park Olivier Latry played from memory a fabulous recital   (including Marcel Dupre's "Prelude and Fugue in B Major" as an encore) after playing a very difficult transcription of Bach's Chaconne as the opening selection instead of the Dupre printed in the program, at the Region IX Convention.   Visit the AGO website http://agohq.org for a link to the San Diego chapter. Send an e-mail to (or call, if it is getting too close to departure time) the Dean, SubDean, Treasurer or Registrar, or the Convention Chair.   Enjoy your visit! San Diego is indeed a beautiful city.   Pat Maimone Post Chapel, West Point, NY III/57 Aeolian-Skinner/Moeller console/Gress-Miles   ________________________________________________________________ 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: More on "Brother of Sleep" XPOSTED From: "Arno Schuh" <arno.schuh@in-trier.de> Date: Wed, 27 Feb 2002 09:21:13 +0100   Hi Mack, the Soundtrack is still listed on www.amazon.com. Search for Goisern and it will comes up with several CDs, of Hubert von Goisern, including the original soundtrack of "Schlafes Bruder". Also availabel from www.jpc.de for about half of the price, but ...   Greetings   Von: "Mack" <mack02445@mindspring.com> Gesendet: Mittwoch, 27. Februar 2002 02:19 > > I have taken this one step further and consulted the Internet Movie > Database, (imdb.com), and that site lists what is available i.e.: cd's, > dvd's videos, and alas no cd's of the soundtrack. :-(. And although he > didn't mention it, Felix has recorded the Toccata too on the Schantz at The > Cathedral in Newark.