PipeChat Digest #2842 - Wednesday, May 8, 2002
 
RE: Messiaen  spelling links
  by <cmys13085@blueyonder.co.uk>
Re: Organist goes spastic
  by <Myosotis51@aol.com>
Who's Crying 'Fire' in this crowded theatre?
  by "Bob Richardson" <bob@peak.org>
Re: Organist goes spastic
  by "joanne rickards" <jovorick@earthlink.net>
NYC festivities yesterday
  by "Dr. Jonathan B. Hall" <jonathan@jonathanbhall.com>
Felix Hell charms, conquers, and awes
  by <Wurlibird1@aol.com>
Re: Messiaen  spelling links
  by "Del Case" <dcase@puc.edu>
Home pipe Organ on HGTV
  by <Cremona502@cs.com>
Re: Felix Hell charms, conquers, and awes
  by "Malcolm Wechsler" <manderusa@earthlink.net>
Re: Home pipe Organ on HGTV
  by "Stanley Lowkis" <nstarfil@attbi.com>
Re: Felix Hell charms, conquers, and awes
  by <RonSeverin@aol.com>
Re: Felix Hell charms, conquers, and awes
  by "Hugh Drogemuller" <hdrogemuller@sympatico.ca>
Re: Felix Hell charms, conquers, and awes
  by <Wurlibird1@aol.com>
joke
  by "Marika E. Buchberger, LRPS" <marika57@earthlink.net>
 

(back) Subject: RE: Messiaen spelling links From: <cmys13085@blueyonder.co.uk> Date: Tue, 7 May 2002 10:51:42 +0100     Hello,   In my recent posting concerning MessIAEN, I consistently got the = spelling of his name wrong.....I apologise.   However, it prompted me to pass a few "organ" names through my MSN = spell-checker, with fascinating and sometimnes amusing results as = follows:-     Messiaen - Messiah Messianic Messiest   Harrison (as in Harrison & Harrison) - Garrison (That famous build = quality obviously!)   Midmer-Losh - (I like this one!) Misleading Muddier Slush = Gosh!   But the one I liked best was:-   Robert Hope-Jones - Jokes Tones and Gongs     Delightful!   Regards,   Colin Mitchell UK    
(back) Subject: Re: Organist goes spastic From: <Myosotis51@aol.com> Date: Tue, 7 May 2002 10:24:17 EDT   gksjd85@access.aic-fl.com wrote:       > Let's see - tuna or turkey with giblets?=A0 That Sheba > stuff looks pretty > good.   Go for the duck, Glenda!   I am sorry your position as organist has come to an end. I understand the=20 pain of moving on, even when we KNOW it's for the best.   I am thinking of you.   Vicki Ceruti  
(back) Subject: Who's Crying 'Fire' in this crowded theatre? From: "Bob Richardson" <bob@peak.org> Date: Tue, 7 May 2002 08:00:38 -0700 (PDT)   (Interesting article on city bureaucracy vs. massive residence organ project...)   From The Oregonian, Tues May 7, 2002 http://www.oregonlive.com/news/oregonian/index.ssf?/xml/story.ssf/html_stan= dard.xsl?/base/news/10207725871906798.xml            
(back) Subject: Re: Organist goes spastic From: "joanne rickards" <jovorick@earthlink.net> Date: Tue, 07 May 2002 14:18:31 -0400   Very nice service, and great speaker from Atlanta. Little shorter than usual. Thank God   Glenda wrote: > > I'm trying hard not to be low tonight. We had a bit of a scene after > court this afternoon - my volunteer, provoked, said something untoward > to a parent after losing a hearing, which we already knew we were going > to lose (the judge had ruled two weeks ago). The attorney for the > parent acted his usual unprofessional self in his characteristic attempt > to preen in front of his clients. I was trying to steer the volunteer > into the privacy of my office so that she could do a post-mortem and > compose herself in private, when she proceeded to tell me what she did > in the hallway. When I quietly and tactfully suggested that she > shouldn't have done that, but it was OK and understandable (bad move on > my part, I realize), she went hysterical and snatched up her files, > giving them to the coordinator and saying she couldn't do it anymore and > quit. I tried to calm her, but then ended up sending the coordinator > out with her to be the good cop. > > Well, this scene was on my mind when I went to the church, and I had > trouble practicing at all, even though I have four more Sundays. > Therefore, I started boxing up my organ music, some of my best friends > in the world that I will not part with. I filled up three big document > boxes, then ran out. Everything else will probably fit in one more box. > > I looked at those boxes and thought, "The last 17 (almost) years of my > musical life can fit into four document boxes, unlike my legal life > (also almost 17 years)." I didn't cry, but felt very empty. > > Someone pour the bourbon quick while I go feed the kittens. Thanks for > listening - no response is necessary. I'll go eat some cat food with > them and I'll feel better. > > Let's see - tuna or turkey with giblets? That Sheba stuff looks pretty > good. > > Glenda Sutton > > "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: NYC festivities yesterday From: "Dr. Jonathan B. Hall" <jonathan@jonathanbhall.com> Date: Tue, 7 May 2002 12:18:03 -0700 (PDT)   Hi, List!   I tried to send this earlier--my email program tells me I failed, but please forgive me if I am now repeating myself!   I wanted to share with the List the fun time the New York City Chapter of the American Guild of Organists had last night out on the Hudson River, on our "nearly annual" spring boat cruise!   We chartered "The Half Moon," a trim little vessel named after Henry Hudson's own ship. There was a cash bar, a nice buffet, and pleasant company as we sailed around Manhattan. Even the dance floor got busy for a while--till we passed close to the Statue of Liberty and every case-hardened New Yorker on the boat, myself among them, clustered on the forward deck and gazed on her in silence...amazing, the effect she has!   Oh, well, that was all I had to report today. It was a great time, and a fittingly joyous ending to a successful program year. Our chapter's website is www.nycago.org--you should check it out.   Best,   Jonathan NYC     __________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Yahoo! Health - your guide to health and wellness http://health.yahoo.com  
(back) Subject: Felix Hell charms, conquers, and awes From: <Wurlibird1@aol.com> Date: Tue, 7 May 2002 16:02:25 EDT   Hello to all,   What a glorious weekend! Three concerts, two artists, three widely = different organs, and two states. It was a pipe organ junkie's treat and perhaps I = can share with all of you my impressions of superb performances. I do so with =   apologies to Malcolm Wechsler who writes such splendid reviews. This is = my first attempt at doing this, Malcolm (and probably my last), so please be gentle. :-)   Friday night, Felix Hell made his first of two Oklahoma City appearances = on the 100-plus rank Reuter at Westminister Presbyterian. Driving up from Texas, I arrived at the church about an hour early. Shortly thereafter, Felix and Hans Hell arrived. Not wanting to interfere with any last = minute preparations, I went forward to excuse myself and neither Felix nor Hans would have any of it. They wanted to visit and we did, for about ten = minutes before I felt even more conspicuous and intrusive. Felix is extremely outgoing, inquisitive, and a pure delight to know. There is not one shred = of arrogance in this youngster and apart from his unquestioned talent, he is just another fun-loving teenager who obviously adores people and that fact = is so completely genuine. Herr Hell, the senior, is equally engaging and cordial. This assessment was to be validated two nights later.   The program opened with Bach's Fantasy and Fugue in G Minor. It was = flawless and the contrasts in registration gave the work a clarity not often heard. = Felix set a tempo which was restrained but not hesitant, which allowed = every facet of this great work to be heard and savored.   Mendelssohn's Sonata No.3 in A Major followed. It, as with the Bach, was clear, distinct and thoughtful in its interpretation. With so much to = choose from in ranks, Felix made all the right choices in registration which = allowed the work to bloom in the large sanctuary.   Guilmant's Sonara No.1 in D Minor carried the program to intermission. Again, the tempi of the various movements was just ideal and allowed the entire work to be heard with clarity and distinctivness. Equally at home with French and Baroque, the young Maestro charged into the Finale with restrained aggressiveness. He kept the reeds on a leash until the final blaze of triumph. The old Patriarch of contemporary French composition = would have been extremely pleased with Felix's performance of his great work. = For certain, the audience was well pleased and was discovering that all they = had heard about Felix Hell was a considerable understatement.   Bach's Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor opened the second half of the program. It was a stunning performance and devoid of the modern tendency = to hurry Bach's works. The registrations were perfect and clarity of the = voices was distinct.   Franck's Chorale No. 1 in E Major was a treasure. It was ethereal in its opening but not lush nor syrupy due to Felix's judicious application of Strings and Celestes. There were a few pipes not yet housebroken and registration changes on the fly corrected these deficits quite = efficiently. The young artist managed to weave a tapestry to be remembered with this popular composition.   Norbert Schneider's Toccata "Schlafes Bruder" was an interesting foil for = the more familiar works of the program. This rather avante garde composition = was heard for the first time by me and commentary is left to those who better understand the composition and its inspiration. The work is almost = sinister in its form and Felix had complete mastery of the presentation.   Next were two works by Liszt, the first being Adagio (Consolation) which = made full use of the Antiphonal Division. It was delicate and fragile in character with Felix extracting those qualities from the Reuter. The situating of this work between the modernistic Schneider and what was to follow seemed an ideal transition.   The program ended with Liszt's Prelude and Fugue on B-A-C-H. Here, Felix used his genius to make a statement in dynamics. From the opening pedal theme to the work's conclusion, one was sent soaring on extremes of tonality =   and amplitude but all in perfect coordination. The repetitive theme of = this composition was kept alive and without monotenous boredom which often = besets recurring passages. Felix again exhibited complete mastery of the work, = the organ, and a special understanding of registration. It was an awe = inspiring performance of a popular work that received special attention from this amazing young artist.   For Encore, Felix returned to the romantic and orchestral qualities of the =   Reuter with Vierne's Finale from Symphonie No. 1. It is apparent that he =   has an affection for the contemporary plus a charming sense of humor. = With the pedal's third return, the precocious bent of youth resulted in a short =   improvisation of "I've Been Working On The Railroad." This brought = chuckles and smiles only briefly. The same tune is also the theme of "The Eyes of Texas Are Upon You," symbolizing the hated University of Texas Longhorns, arch-enemy of the University of Oklahoma Sooners. The audience was quick = to forgive and Felix was briefed on the spirited rivalry between the 'Horns = and the Sooners following the concert.   In addition to the satisfaction that the concert brought in terms of musicality, I feel that I have met and made a new friend. But I am not alone. The same charm and genuine nature of Felix Hell is shared with all =   who meet him and you just want to take him home with you. His skills and technique, still developing, are marvels to behold. There was = satisfaction in departing as I knew that I would get to enjoy his genius again Sunday. =   For now, it is on to Wichita for a concert on the four manual, 38 rank New =   York Paramount Wurlitzer (Crawford's organ) which Clark Wilson will = perform. Comments on this concert will be posted to the appropriate list.   The Sunday concert at Messiah Lutheran's 3-28 Schantz will be posted = later. It was equally memorable, leaving one to monitor Felix Hall's concert = agenda for the next occasion when his appearances will be within driving = distance.   Best wishes, Jim Pitts        
(back) Subject: Re: Messiaen spelling links From: "Del Case" <dcase@puc.edu> Date: Tue, 07 May 2002 13:44:59 -0700     cmys13085@blueyonder.co.uk wrote: > > Hello, > > In my recent posting concerning MessIAEN, I consistently got the = spelling of his name wrong.....I apologise. > > However, it prompted me to pass a few "organ" names through my MSN = spell-checker, with fascinating and sometimnes amusing results as = follows:- > > Messiaen - Messiah Messianic Messiest     One of my students, who is a Messiaen fan, frequently wrote it as "Messy Ann." I am sure there are those who would think this is a particularly appropriate way to spell it.   My spell checker story relates to the pastor of the Catholic Cathedral for this diocese where I was filling in for a year while the regular Music Director took a Sabbatical.   I began the letter "Dear Msgr. Gaffe" (his correct name and title) The spell checker wanted to write "Dear Monstrous Gaff."   Del W. Case Pacific Union College  
(back) Subject: Home pipe Organ on HGTV From: <Cremona502@cs.com> Date: Tue, 7 May 2002 22:31:58 EDT     --part1_d6.163c640c.2a09e81e_boundary Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   Tonight at 1am EST on Fantasy Open House in HGTV there is a home in Washington state with a huge pipe organ. The place and the organ are wonderful. The organ is from the old Grumman's (sp) theatre. Don't = miss it!   Bruce in the Muttestery of St. Dogmael with the Baskerbeagles http://members.tripod.com/brucon502 "Snuffer--The Lighthouse Beagle" is now in print (she even visits a pipe =   organ!!) Please visit: <A = HREF=3D"http://www.visionsuccess.com/BC2053">http://www.visionsuccess.com/B= C2053</A>   --part1_d6.163c640c.2a09e81e_boundary Content-Type: text/html; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   <HTML><FONT FACE=3Darial,helvetica><FONT SIZE=3D2 FAMILY=3D"SANSSERIF" = FACE=3D"Arial" LANG=3D"0">Tonight at&nbsp; 1am EST on Fantasy Open House = in HGTV there is a home in Washington state with a huge pipe = organ.&nbsp;&nbsp; The place and the organ are wonderful.&nbsp;&nbsp; The = organ is from the old Grumman's (sp) theatre.&nbsp;&nbsp; Don't miss = it!<BR> <BR> Bruce in the Muttestery of St. Dogmael<BR> with the Baskerbeagles&nbsp; http://members.tripod.com/brucon502<BR> "Snuffer--The Lighthouse Beagle"&nbsp; is now in print&nbsp; (she even = visits a pipe organ!!)<BR> Please visit:&nbsp; </FONT><FONT COLOR=3D"#0000ff" = style=3D"BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffffff" SIZE=3D1 FAMILY=3D"SANSSERIF" = FACE=3D"Arial" LANG=3D"0"><A = HREF=3D"http://www.visionsuccess.com/BC2053">http://www.visionsuccess.com/B= C2053</A></FONT><FONT COLOR=3D"#000000" style=3D"BACKGROUND-COLOR: = #ffffff" SIZE=3D2 FAMILY=3D"SANSSERIF" FACE=3D"Arial" LANG=3D"0"> = </FONT></HTML>   --part1_d6.163c640c.2a09e81e_boundary--  
(back) Subject: Re: Felix Hell charms, conquers, and awes From: "Malcolm Wechsler" <manderusa@earthlink.net> Date: Tue, 7 May 2002 22:42:56 -0400   Dear Jim,   Thanks for your nice comments about my dribblings. I can write reasonably well, particularly about a topic about which I am passionate in the extreme, and just by virtue of being venerable if not yet ancient, I have gathered some knowledge of the organ playing game, but people tend to think of me as a kind of semi-official reviewer because I started doing it first. It began, as I know I have written before, with all the wonderful stuff that was happening at the Portland, OR OHS Convention quite a few years ago. Every time someone like yourself says something like "I can't write like Malcolm," they then proceed to write something really superb, as you have done with your review of Felix just now. And, as others have done, you have tried to get out of your responsibility to do more by suggesting that this was your first and possibly last review. Well, you are stuck. You cannot leave us hanging about Felix's second recital at Messiah Lutheran, which will be a different program, and I really hope you will from this time forward, for better or worse, describe anything else that you hear.   As for Felix's interpolations in the Vierne Finale, I suggested to Hans on the phone while they were down there that if they got a copy of the song "Oklahoma" from the musical, the opening phrase might just be made to fit. Felix could manage it, even if he had to use a shoe horn. There wasn't time, unfortunately. That might well have brought down the house. I wonder about Waltzing Matilda for the upcoming Australian tour!   All the best,   Malcolm ----- Original Message ----- From: <Wurlibird1@aol.com> To: <pipechat@pipechat.org> Sent: Tuesday, May 07, 2002 4:02 PM Subject: Felix Hell charms, conquers, and awes     > > For Encore, Felix returned to the romantic and orchestral qualities of the > Reuter with Vierne's Finale from Symphonie No. 1. It is apparent that he > has an affection for the contemporary plus a charming sense of humor. With > the pedal's third return, the precocious bent of youth resulted in a short > improvisation of "I've Been Working On The Railroad." This brought chuckles > and smiles only briefly. The same tune is also the theme of "The Eyes of > Texas Are Upon You," symbolizing the hated University of Texas Longhorns, > arch-enemy of the University of Oklahoma Sooners. The audience was quick to > forgive and Felix was briefed on the spirited rivalry between the 'Horns and > the Sooners following the concert. > > The Sunday concert at Messiah Lutheran's 3-28 Schantz will be posted later. > It was equally memorable, leaving one to monitor Felix Hall's concert agenda > for the next occasion when his appearances will be within driving distance. > > Best wishes, > Jim Pitts >          
(back) Subject: Re: Home pipe Organ on HGTV From: "Stanley Lowkis" <nstarfil@attbi.com> Date: Tue, 07 May 2002 22:48:52 -0400   http://www.pstos.org/instruments/wa/gig-harbor/johnson.htm Here is a web page about the history of the organ.   My VCR will be watching at 1AM. Thanks Bruce!   There are several very good CDs recorded there.   Stan    
(back) Subject: Re: Felix Hell charms, conquers, and awes From: <RonSeverin@aol.com> Date: Tue, 7 May 2002 22:57:31 EDT   Dear Malcolm:   Is there anything this young man (Felix) can't do? He'll probably win his competition hands down later this month. It is in May isn't it? Nobody could be nicer to do coverage for than him. I still would like to bring him home with me. :)   Ron Severin  
(back) Subject: Re: Felix Hell charms, conquers, and awes From: "Hugh Drogemuller" <hdrogemuller@sympatico.ca> Date: Tue, 07 May 2002 23:20:01 -0400   At 10:57 PM 07/05/2002 -0400, you wrote: >Dear Malcolm: > >Is there anything this young man (Felix) can't do? He'll probably win >his competition hands down later this month. It is in May isn't it? >Nobody could be nicer to do coverage for than him. I still would >like to bring him home with me. :) > >Ron Severin       >Ron, I don't think you can count on it. I sometimes wonder if the judging of =   organ playing competitions is in the same league as the judging of Olympic ice skating!!   HD    
(back) Subject: Re: Felix Hell charms, conquers, and awes From: <Wurlibird1@aol.com> Date: Tue, 7 May 2002 23:16:48 EDT   Malcolm Wechsler writes:   > Well, you are stuck. You cannot leave us hanging >about Felix's second recital at Messiah Lutheran, which will be a >different program, and I really hope you will from this time forward, >for better or worse, describe anything else that you hear. <<   Thank you for your kind comments and encouragement, Malcolm. I shall = indeed post on the Messiah Lutheran concert, perhaps tomorrow. The delay is = caused by the untimely death of my bird. I shall explain. Recently I moved to RoadRunner as my ISP and during my absence this weekend, the modem died. = No doubt the result of a devious plot by Wilie Coyote. At any rate, its = fixed now and I can write of Felix's second concert and look forward to doing = so. The brain is far too tired this evening to compose intelligently so I beg = for understanding and patience.   Best wishes, Jim Pitts  
(back) Subject: joke From: "Marika E. Buchberger, LRPS" <marika57@earthlink.net> Date: Wed, 08 May 2002 02:59:17 -0400   A minister was preoccupied with thoughts of how he was going to ask the congregation to come up with more money than they were expecting for repairs to the church building.   Therefore, he talked with the organist to see what kind of inspirational music she could play after the announcement about the finances to get the congregation in a giving mood.   "Don't worry," she said. "I'll think of something."   During the service, the minister paused and said, "Brothers and Sisters, we are in great difficulty; the roof repairs cost twice as much as we expected, and we need $4,000 more. Any of you who can pledge $100 or more, please stand up."   Just at that moment, the organist started playing, "The Star Spangled Banner."   -- ***************************************************** Healthcare references for everyone. "Recipient of the year 2000 Featured Site Award at healthAtoZ.com" http://home.earthlink.net/~marika57/m_erika.html   Internet Safety Lessons. Must reading for everyone. http://home.earthlink.net/~marika57/safetylessons.html *****************************************************