PipeChat Digest #2887 - Saturday, June 8, 2002
 
Re: a brief introduction
  by "Alan Freed" <acfreed0904@earthlink.net>
NYC suggestions--off topic
  by <JerryM8319@aol.com>
Bill Benedict 1921-2002
  by "jch" <opus1100@catoe.org>
Re: NYC suggestions--off topic
  by "Alan Freed" <acfreed0904@earthlink.net>
Re: Moller Drawknobs
  by <TubaMagna@aol.com>
RE: Sledmere House
  by <cmys13085@blueyonder.co.uk>
Re: NYC suggestions--off topic
  by "M Collins" <mcoll@panix.com>
I am stunned!
  by <cmys13085@blueyonder.co.uk>
Slightly off-topic: looking for children's choir in Pullman, WA
  by <patmai@juno.com>
Re: Slightly off-topic: looking for children's choir in Pullman,	WA
  by "Alan Freed" <acfreed0904@earthlink.net>
RE: Moller Drawknobs
  by "STRAIGHT" <STRAIGHT@infoblvd.net>
Re: Moller Drawknobs
  by "John L. Speller" <jlspeller@mindspring.com>
Re: Moller Drawknobs
  by "Douglas A. Campbell" <dougcampbell@juno.com>
 

(back) Subject: Re: a brief introduction From: "Alan Freed" <acfreed0904@earthlink.net> Date: Fri, 07 Jun 2002 09:19:12 -0400   On 6/6/02 10:12 PM, "Richard Jordan" <mail@gesangbuch.org> wrote:   > I thought perhaps I might introduce my self, and perhaps my music. > I'm mostly involved in arranging liturgical music, and have a few = recordings > or hymns, and several others including something called the Celtic Organ > you can find some mp3 samples for the albums at > > http://www.onjordansbanks.com/Recordings/recordings.html > > and you can find some samples of the sheet music at > > http://www.onjordansbanks.com/Sheet_Music/eMusic/emusic.html > > would appreciate your comments [off list] > its not easy music, and its not dissonant > you might call it neo-baroque > if such a thing can exist. > > Regards, > Richard Jordan > > http://www.Lutheran_Hymnal.com > http://www.OnJordansBanks.com > Richard: Where you been all my life? I'm diving in with great pleasure. The first URL you offer (just above) doesn't work for me; can you help?   Thanks.   Alan, at Saint Luke's (ELCA), Manhattan    
(back) Subject: NYC suggestions--off topic From: <JerryM8319@aol.com> Date: Fri, 7 Jun 2002 10:01:14 EDT   Can anyone suggest some Manhattan restaurants for an upcoming trip? Are = there any good restaurants along the water? We have already been to such places = as Tavern on the Green, Russian Tea Room, Four Seasons, Rainbow Room, = Patsy's, etc. Thank you. Jerry  
(back) Subject: Bill Benedict 1921-2002 From: "jch" <opus1100@catoe.org> Date: Fri, 07 Jun 2002 10:12:31 -0500   William T. Benedict, 81, ATOS and CATOE member since 1967, died in Chicago = on May 26 of complications from a lung biopsy. He held a master's degree in organ performance from Columbia University, New York City.   As chairman of CATOE in 1969 he stepped in to rescue a floundering = national convention which wound up being a huge success. Also during his tenure = CATOE bought the Senate Theatre Kimball organ [later lost to fire] and he helped secure the donation of the Downers Grove North High School 3/10 Wurlitzer from the Ohio Theatre, Lima, Ohio which re-premiered in 1970. Bill was an early supporter of Chicago native Walter Strony, booking the then- teenage artist for numerous CATOE social meetings and allowing = Strony to practice on a variety of theatre organs and gain experience in front of audiences..   Bill was a founder of Chicago Theatre Trust, the first group organized to save that landmark. He was elated that the Chicago's Wurlitzer played a starring role in the theatre's 80th birthday show in Nov. 2001. One of his last usher assignments was for a joint ATOS/JATOE Chicago Theatre show = with Clark Wilson and Simon Gledhill in April, 2002 where he had final visits = from many ATOS friends from across the country.   He is survived by a brother, two nephews and a niece. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 am, Saturday June 15, 2002 = at the York Theatre, 150 N. York Rd., Elmhurst Illinois with Mark Noller = playing the Barton organ. Donations in his memory may be made to the Bill Benedict Memorial Fund, Theatre Historical Society, 152 N. York, Elmhurst, IL = 60126. Information at (630) 782-1800 or execdir@historictheatres.org. Richard Sklenar   Above provided by Richard Sklenar of The Theatre Historical Society.   jch    
(back) Subject: Re: NYC suggestions--off topic From: "Alan Freed" <acfreed0904@earthlink.net> Date: Fri, 07 Jun 2002 11:13:40 -0400   On 6/7/02 10:01 AM, "JerryM8319@aol.com" <JerryM8319@aol.com> wrote:   > Can anyone suggest some Manhattan restaurants for an upcoming trip? Are t= here > any good restaurants along the water? We have already been to such places= as > Tavern on the Green, Russian Tea Room, Four Seasons, Rainbow Room, Patsy'= s, > etc. > Thank you. > Jerry >=20 Of course.   Water Club, on a boat at East River Drive and about 34th Street. Equal quality, but not quite in Manhattan: River Caf=E9, Brooklyn, under the Brooklyn end of the Brooklyn Bridge. Also afloat.   If you're willing to go father (and cheaper than the above, both of which are very find), check City Island, the Bronx: lots of seafood restaurants, pleasantly scenic, some ordinary, several quite good. But really off the beaten track.   South Street Seaport in lower Manhattan, on the East River, is not great cuisine, but is enjoyable anyway. Several restaurants there; just ask anyone which is best these days. They probably have a URL.   That's about it.   Alan    
(back) Subject: Re: Moller Drawknobs From: <TubaMagna@aol.com> Date: Fri, 7 Jun 2002 13:08:14 EDT   Most 1960s Moller drawknob heads are of that slightly translucent, corpse-colored "ivorette," in which the engraving pigment seeps into the synthetic compound, and the heads are NOT separate from the stems. In the =   1940s and 1950s, there was some kind of bad plastic mix and the knobs actually shrink, crack, and can disintegrate upon contact. The entire knob (head and stem), if it doesn't crumble, usually comes right out of the bored wooden shank in the stop assembly, often with no effort at all. If you are going through the process of replacing knobs, = you may wish to go for something more attractive. Suppliers worldwide have a wide selection of beautiful knob heads and stems, far more attractive than those used by Moller, and some American builders have their own lathe and engraving setups and will custom turn = and calligraph knobs for you. Several members of the AIO have such setups.   SMG  
(back) Subject: RE: Sledmere House From: <cmys13085@blueyonder.co.uk> Date: Fri, 7 Jun 2002 19:12:23 +0100   Hello,   Sorry Bruce! When you said "modified", I thought you meant from the = Binns Fitton & Haley condition as it was until the last re-build!   I know nothing about the Cinema Organ connection except the Compton = which used to be in Hull (Regal?)and the one at the Cecil Cinema. I'm = totally ignorant about the origins of the pipework for Sledmere, but = having played the beast, it strikes me that some of the Flutes are = distinctly un-J J Binnsesque. BF&H were an odd concern, deriving from = the workmen of the old J J Binns concern. It was they who were = responsible for the loss of an important Schulze organ in Doncaster (not = the Parish Church of course.....Christ Church) when the company folded. = One gets the impression that they were very poor business people.   The Walker connection is quite simple. I went along to visit Sledmere = and asked if I could play the organ.....to my delight, Sir Tatton Sykes = wandered in with the key. He then took me aside and showed me a number = of quotes from various organ builders, which included a scheme for a new = organ from J W Walker & Sons. He asked me to look at the various = documents and make my recommendations, which is what I did. In fact, I = wrote to him at considerable length. So far as I know, Geoffrey Coffin = more or less followed my ideas to the letter, but it may be more complex = than that....I don't know. After that, I lost touch with developments.   As for the original Binns specification, I think it would be quite easy = to work that out; knowing what Binns did and also knowing that he had = certain "stock" specifications from which he rarely deviated. The action = wouold almost certainly be the very excellent Binns patent = pneumatic......he seldom used anything else. I know of very few = Tracker-actioned Binns organs beyond small two manual instruments, of = which there are a few around.   The BF&H action may well have been electro-pneumatic, but something = clicks in the back of my brain concerning pneumatics......stop = combination action perhaps? (Isn't this what Wurlitzer did?)   Sorry I cannot help more, but I would be interested to know what you may = find.   Regards,   Colin Mitchell UK       -----Original Message----- From: "pipechat@pipechat.org" <pipechat@pipechat.org> on behalf of = "Bruce Miles" <bruce@gbmuk.fsnet.co.uk> Sent: 06 June 2002 18:15 To: "PipeChat" <pipechat@pipechat.org> Subject: Re: Sledmere House   Colin and friends,   I was until recently one of the team of organists who play this organ = for three or four times a week for visitors to the house. I also wrote the = brief history of the organ which appears on the Amphion CD. There are some = gaps in the information - I wonder if you can fill them   When was it removed from Dunecht House and when was it installed at = Sledmere ? All I have is c1947-48 date 'interpolated' from Binns Fitton and = Haley's job book.(they did the rebuild)   What did Walker's have to do with it.?   I'm told that one or two stops for the rebuild may have come from a = cinema in Hull. That figures, because nearly all the BFH cinema organs went to = Hull when new and were destroyed or damaged by bombing during the war- and = BFH would certainly have been involved in recovering what remained - there = are none now.   Are there any photos extant of the organ in it's original home (the = private chapel at Dunecht House)?   What was the original action, and the action when first rebuilt. ?   Originally 31 stops, now 51, and with theatre style horse-shoe detached console and solid state transmission (very unoriginal), I suggest that's more than a wee bit modified.   Details are on the NPOR list.   BTW also on the Amphion CD is 'Bach goes to town'.   Kind regards   Bruce Miles     mail to:- bruce@gbmuk.fsnet.co.uk website:- http://www.gbmuk.fsnet.co.uk   ----- Original Message ----- From: <cmys13085@blueyonder.co.uk> To: "PipeChat" <pipechat@pipechat.org> Sent: Wednesday, June 05, 2002 5:26 PM Subject: Sledmere House     Me again,   I responded privately to someone who asked about "Bach before the mast" = and mentioned Simon Lindley having played it at Leeds Town Hall.   I had a hand in the re-build at Sledmere House when I was asked by "His Grace" to look at the Walker proposals for a new organ and offer my comments.   I suggested re-building the old Binns with tonal modifications, which is exactly what they did.....it's so long ago I had forgotten all about it.   Regards,   Colin Mitchell UK   PS: It's only a wee bit modified   -----Original Message----- From: "pipechat@pipechat.org" <pipechat@pipechat.org> on behalf of = "Bruce Miles" <bruce@gbmuk.fsnet.co.uk> Sent: 05 June 2002 14:37 To: "PipeChat" <pipechat@pipechat.org> Subject: Re: Burning Organists       > > -----Original Message----- > From: pipechat@pipechat.org [mailto:pipechat@pipechat.org] On Behalf = Of > cmys13085@blueyonder.co.uk > > 6. Bach before the mast. George Malcolm. Has anyone ever > recorded this.....if not, why not?) >   Yes - it's on 'Organ Favourites from Sledmere House' - Simon Lindley = playing a much-modified 1928 Binns. Amphion PHI CD 505.   Bruce Miles.         "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: NYC suggestions--off topic From: "M Collins" <mcoll@panix.com> Date: Fri, 7 Jun 2002 14:46:49 -0400 (EDT)   On Fri, 7 Jun 2002 JerryM8319@aol.com wrote:   > Can anyone suggest some Manhattan restaurants for an upcoming trip?   I'll second the recommendation for River Cafe (under the Brooklyn Bridge on the edge of Brooklyn Heights. Reservations are a must, and it's not cheap.   Also, you may want to check out www.zagat.com, with short reviews of most every restaurant in NYC, including price ranges. Searchable by many criteria.   --- Matthew Collins NYC/Brooklyn/Delhi NY        
(back) Subject: I am stunned! From: <cmys13085@blueyonder.co.uk> Date: Fri, 7 Jun 2002 21:40:13 +0100     Hello,   One of the great treasures of the UK is BBC Radio 3; a radio station = which does not compromise quality for the sake of popularity.....hence, = we get full versions of even the most obscure music.   I suppose we all get to the point where very little is new or even = exciting......we've heard most things before in various guises.   This week, I was driving down to London on the Motorway (Freeway) and = turned the radio on....the News, Light Music, the cassette player and = "Messiah". Now, for very god reason, I seldom listen to Radio 3 whilst = driving.....I find myself concentrating on the music too much and it = slows me down. However, the light music was ghastly and everything else = was heavy "pop" music. I have even got sick of listening to "Messiah". = So in desperation, I switched to Radio 3.   I was just in time to hear the name "Durufle" in the same sentence as = the name "Dupre"......I perked up and yanked the volume control. Now, I = didn't get all the details of the performance which then followed, but I = did catch the title of the work and a few background details to the = music.   The excerpt was from Dupre's Choral Setting "France in Calvary", which = begins with a turbulent clamour for the death of St.Dennis. Apparently = written to celebrate the 200 year anniversary of Joan d'Arc's martyrdom = and the celebration of restoration at Rouen (Dupre's favourite organ of = course); this was absolutely stunning music with a complex and thrilling = organ part.   After hearing endless Anglican Music (usually constrained by service = requirements and the words of the Prayer Book) this was continental = music "par excellence".   It struck me that, not only was the singing absolutely superb, the organ = was very authentic "French - Cavaille-Coll"....absolutely awesome music.   Apparently, it was a preview of a new recording which will become = available at some point in the future.   All I can say is, "Order a copy as soon as you can!"   Has anyone else come across this music or heard it sung/played?   Regards,   Colin Mitchell UK            
(back) Subject: Slightly off-topic: looking for children's choir in Pullman, WA From: <patmai@juno.com> Date: Fri, 7 Jun 2002 18:13:17 -0400   Greetings, Pipechatters, Are there any organists in the Pullman, WA, area who also direct or accompany a fine children's choir? A director from Choralist would like to hook up a nearly nine-year-old boy with a choir that would suit/ perhaps challenge him. Please reply to Linda Beaupre labeaupre@rogers.com . Regards to all from the currently sunny Hudson Valley of NY,   Pat Maimone Post Chapel III/57 Aeolian-Skinner/Moeller/Gress-Miles West Point, NY   -----Original Message----- From: Linda Beaupr=E9 [mailto:labeaupre@rogers.com] Sent: Friday, June 07, 2002 12:12 AM To: Choral List Subject: looking for a children's choir near Pullman, WA   Tonight I auditioned an almost nine-year-old boy who started out in full chest tone singing "Take me out to the ball game" in no discernible key. By the end of the 10-minute audition he was singing in head tone up to a high F# and tuning about 85% of the time. He was thrilled to be told that I would accept him to my training choir programme. We then found out that he would be moving before the next choir season!   He'll be moving to Pullman, in the state of Washington. Does anybody know of a children's choir there that might suit him? Thanks!   Linda Beaupr=E9 Music Director of Guelph Youth Singers (and) Bach Children's Chorus labeaupre@rogers.com   ________________________________________________________________ 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: Slightly off-topic: looking for children's choir in Pullman, WA From: "Alan Freed" <acfreed0904@earthlink.net> Date: Fri, 07 Jun 2002 18:16:43 -0400   On 6/7/02 6:13 PM, "patmai@juno.com" <patmai@juno.com> wrote:   > Greetings, Pipechatters, > Are there any organists in the Pullman, WA, area who also > direct or accompany a fine children's choir? A director from > Choralist would like to hook up a nearly nine-year-old boy with > a choir that would suit/ perhaps challenge him. > =20 > Please reply to Linda Beaupre labeaupre@rogers.com . > =20 > Regards to all from the currently sunny Hudson Valley of NY, >=20 > Pat Maimone > Post Chapel III/57 Aeolian-Skinner/Moeller/Gress-Miles > West Point, NY >=20 > -----Original Message----- > From: Linda Beaupr=E9 [mailto:labeaupre@rogers.com] > Sent: Friday, June 07, 2002 12:12 AM > To: Choral List > Subject: looking for a children's choir near Pullman, WA >=20 > Tonight I auditioned an almost nine-year-old boy who started out in full > chest tone singing "Take me out to the ball game" in no discernible key. > By the end of the 10-minute audition he was singing in head tone up to a > high F# and tuning about 85% of the time. He was thrilled to be told that > I > would accept him to my training choir programme. We then found out that > he > would be moving before the next choir season! >=20 > He'll be moving to Pullman, in the state of Washington. Does anybody know > of a children's choir there that might suit him? > Thanks! >=20 > Linda Beaupr=E9 > Music Director of Guelph Youth Singers (and) Bach Children's Chorus > labeaupre@rogers.com >=20 > ________________________________________________________________ > 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/. >=20 > "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 >=20 Check out what used to be Washington State College, Pullman; but which is now probably Washington State University, Pullman. Music Dept., of course. If there's ANYthing, such folks should be able to steer you.   Alan    
(back) Subject: RE: Moller Drawknobs From: "STRAIGHT" <STRAIGHT@infoblvd.net> Date: Fri, 7 Jun 2002 22:09:11 -0400   I made the suggestions to him. I don't know what year that one is, but the one I play is a 1923. A couple of the tops did come off, but cleanly, and we just glued them back on. They're in fine shape. Loved that "corpse-colored"!   Grins, Diane S.          
(back) Subject: Re: Moller Drawknobs From: "John L. Speller" <jlspeller@mindspring.com> Date: Fri, 07 Jun 2002 22:20:18 -0500   TubaMagna@aol.com wrote: In the > 1940s and 1950s, there was some kind of bad plastic mix and the knobs > actually shrink, crack, and can disintegrate upon contact.   It's amazing how much they can shrink. I have actually come across examples of these plastic knobs that have shrunk to less than half their original diameter!   John Speller  
(back) Subject: Re: Moller Drawknobs From: "Douglas A. Campbell" <dougcampbell@juno.com> Date: Fri, 7 Jun 2002 20:51:15 -0400   Moller Drawknobs ( and many others, for that matter) can be obtained very easily from:   HESCO 720 N. Mulberry Street Hagerstown, MD   (301) 739-5911     Douglas A. Campbell Skaneateles, NY   ________________________________________________________________ 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/.