PipeChat Digest #3882 - Friday, August 15, 2003
 
OFF-TOPIC! DELETE IF NOT INTERESTED! A *truly* astonishing series of lett
  by <quilisma@socal.rr.com>
RE: Celestes/Mixture pipes
  by "Andr=E9s G=FCnther" <agun@telcel.net.ve>
RE: crescendo pedal
  by "Andr=E9s G=FCnther" <agun@telcel.net.ve>
RE: My actual situation
  by "Andr=E9s G=FCnther" <agun@telcel.net.ve>
Divorce playing (was  Wedding music)
  by "Andr=E9s G=FCnther" <agun@telcel.net.ve>
Re: Organs and bats
  by "Colin Mitchell" <cmys13085@yahoo.co.uk>
Re: Divorce playing (was  Wedding music)
  by <Gfc234@aol.com>
RE: partial ranks
  by "Mark L. Hopper" <mlhopper@msn.com>
Re: partial ranks
  by <quilisma@socal.rr.com>
Re: partial ranks
  by <BlueeyedBear@aol.com>
DMP Classical Organs
  by "Blaine Ricketts" <blainericketts@comcast.net>
Re: DMP Classical Organs
  by <Keys4bach@aol.com>
RE: Mixtures
  by "Ameagher@stny.rr.com" <Ameagher@stny.rr.com>
Instrument of War
  by "james nerstheimer" <enigma1685@hotmail.com>
Wedding music
  by "David Baker" <dbaker@lawyers.com>
The annual Dutch dash 2003 (Part 1)
  by "Colin Mitchell" <cmys13085@yahoo.co.uk>
 

(back) Subject: OFF-TOPIC! DELETE IF NOT INTERESTED! A *truly* astonishing series of letters about "The Episcopal Situation" From: <quilisma@socal.rr.com> Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2003 10:26:15 -0700   Dear Friends,   I know this is SERIOUSLY off-topic for some of these lists, but it IS=20 truly astonishing and saddening.   In a way, it IS on-topic for organists, as I fear a "witch-hunt" will be=20 unleashed, not only against gay and lesbian people, but against anyone=20 who disagrees with their theology.   Some of these are large, wealthy churches, with full-time music staff.   Bud     ###################################     Below is a letter by a woman who attended her parish church August 10=20 for the Sunday Holy Communion Service and witnessed her rector (and the=20 procession)trample across the Episcopal flag and renounce his Episcopal=20 priesthood.   Here is the astonishing letter:   August 12, 2003   The Most Reverend Frank Griswold Presiding Bishop and Primate The Episcopal Church, U.S.A. 815 Second Avenue New York, New York 10017   Dear Bishop Griswold:   Though I am sure you are inundated with letters concerning the state of=20 the Episcopal Church, please, let me add mine to the overflow. Surely it=20 is one I need to write more than you need to read.   First, let me introduce myself by saying I am a 62 year old, life time Episcopalian who until yesterday was a member of St. Michael's Episcopal=20 Church, Richland Hills, Texas, in the Diocese of Fort Worth. My first=20 membership there was when my parents moved to Richland Hills when I was=20 eleven years old.   Though St. Michael's had been my "emotional home church", my membership=20 has not been consistent as I have moved across several dioceses with=20 educational endeavors both out of the area and out of the state. Upon=20 returning to the area to practice, I returned to St. Michael's and later=20 also attended The Anglican School of Theology for a number of years. I=20 chose not to pursue the deaconate at that time. While in Anglican=20 School, I transferred my membership to St. Gergory's in Mansfield,=20 Texas, which was a mission at that time. Fr. Philip Cooke, the rector=20 there, had been a pastoral theology professor of mine, and I became an=20 active member, diocesan delegate and Eucharistic minister. I attended there until Fr. Cooke accepted a call in California.   I returned to St. Michael's once again. I went to the 9 AM Holy=20 Eucharist, or a portion of it, there this Sunday, August 10, 2003. It=20 was a day in that church and in my life I shall never forget. The events=20 of that service trouble me greatly.   The service was late in getting underway. Fr. Deuel Smith was at the=20 back of the church. He strode down the center aisle and dramatically=20 threw the staff and flag of the Episcopal Church down on the floor at=20 the foot of the altar and then walked across it. Walking back and forth=20 across the flag he announced a change in the lessons, psalms, music,=20 etc. He announced that they would not come from the rubric of the Book=20 of Common Prayer.   The processional started and again all walked on the flag, even the=20 child acolytes, who of course had no choice. At the reading of the=20 Gospel, again a display was made of four persons walking back and forth=20 across the flag.   The sermon was extremely rancorous and dramatic about The Episcopal=20 Church. He told us he had put black tape on the word Episcopal on the=20 church signs, and a large black cover would be in place the next day on=20 the large curb side sign He informed us we were no longer an Episcopal=20 church and that he was no longer an Episcopal priest and the flag and=20 the word Episcopal would be neither seen nor spoken in that church again.   He encouraged all parishioners to wear black ribbons and to sign a=20 statement of withdrawal from the Episcopal Church. He concluded the=20 statement, walked again on the flag, and resumed the service. He=20 announced that no monies from St. Michael's would ever go to the=20 Episcopal Church, but only to support Bishop Iker. Fr. Smith's wife=20 clapped lightly several times but was not joined in this affirmation.   After The Peace Fr. Smith again returned to the lectern to read his=20 formal letter to the congregation and a letter from Bishop Iker. I will=20 include a copy of the letter that Fr. Smith read. I am sure you already=20 have many copies of Bishop Iker's letter, as I understand he had it be=20 read in all church in the Fort Worth Diocese that same day.   Fr. Smith further informed us that would wear only purple vestments=20 because of the state of his previous church, and that he would no longer=20 call himself an Episcopal priest.   Stepping on the flag again he returned to the altar to conclude the Word=20 and begin the Communion. At that point I thought it best if I just=20 quietly left the church.   Texas is notoriously a racist, sexist, white male dominant state, but nevertheless, I found this behavior exceedingly distressing, histrionic,=20 hurtful and very inappropriate. I experienced him as well beyond the=20 normal and rational limits of behavior for his role in this situation.=20 Although I readily admit I was pleased to see General Convention take a=20 stand for wider inclusion of all people, he surely has a right to=20 disagree. But he showed no pastoral concern and no loving leadership,=20 but rather adopted the usual tactics of intimidation and terrorism. I=20 detail what I witnessed in church during Holy Communion because I want=20 someone to understand the type of emotional terrorism that has plagued=20 this diocese for the last twenty years. I met Sunday night with an ELCA pastor and that was helpful to me personally.   For me this "church experience" has been soul wrenching. It is a final=20 loss I simply cannot put into words; too many feelings to clarify=20 without more time, thought and prayer. I feel I can never go to that=20 church again, as long as I am an Episcopalian. I think of the frail=20 elderly, the children and the mentally challenged in that congregation.=20 How did they experience this? I was reared in an Episcopal Church=20 atmosphere where people strongly disagreed about doctrine, practice and=20 the day to day business of the church. But, everyone when to Holy=20 Communion together and were always there for each other. The church was=20 a "safe space" for differences and there were no litmus tests. It was=20 all "God talk."   I suspect it is likely impossible for anyone in the Episcopal Church=20 national office to realize the emotional depth of the intimidation that=20 has become routine and acceptable here. My Episcopalian family and=20 friends around the country are surely at a loss to do so.   In closing I humbly ask for your consideration of the following:   (1) Please realize, as I have, that the Episcopal Church does not exist here, and in reality, has not for many years. I have seen life=20 long parishioners die without pastoral care because they refused to sign=20 the Declaration of the Episcopal Synod. I have seen sincere, educated=20 women turned away from ministry in the church. I have seen a church that=20 did not care about the problems of AIDS, racism, sexism or other social=20 justice issues. Fr. Smith is indeed correct when he said St. Michael's=20 is no longer an Episcopal Church.   (2) I ask that the Bishop, priests and deacons of this diocese be immediately removed from the rolls of the Church Pension Fund as they=20 have declared they are not under the authority of The Episcopal Church.=20 I am not na=EFve to concerns about the pension fund and church property,=20 but aren't people equally as important? Let them have the monies and=20 properties. The church is not the institutional structure.   (3) I ask that you allow Bishop Iker and his priests to leave the umbrella of The Episcopal Church, and that you immediately appoint a=20 bishop of The Episcopal Church to come here to truly establish The=20 Episcopal Church in this place. The leadership in place here clearly do=20 not consider themselves Episcopalians.   As a clinical psychologist I know that few problems are solved by=20 divorce. But, I also know that none are solved by years of emotional=20 abuse, isolation and intimidation. There are times when divorce is=20 necessary to preserve life. Obviously, Bishop Iker and his priests feel=20 as disenfranchised as do I. None of us remembers the "Good News". I know=20 that any time a group takes a prophetic and inclusive stand, there will=20 be a stiff price to pay. Please consider the debilitating pain that=20 Episcopalians here live with on a daily basis. There is no joy. Now is=20 the time for some inclusion, mercy and leadership in this place.   If you wish general information about this diocese talk with priests=20 that have left this diocese and are no longer fearful. Ask why they=20 left. [specific priest name and address omitted here]   Thank you for your time and consideration. These matters are gravely important not only to me but I believe to all the people of God - many=20 of whom are fearful to say anything.   Respectfully,     Ann Tucker, Ph.D.       ********       Saint Michael (the Archangel) Church (Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth) 3800 Popplewell Street Richland Hills, TX 76118-5199 817-595-0226         6 August 2003       Dear Friends in Christ:       By a vote of 62-45, the House of Bishops joined with the House of=20 Deputies in the Triennial Convention of the Episcopal Church meeting in=20 Minneapolis, Minnesota in assenting to the election and consecration of=20 Vicky Gene Robinson as Diocesan Bishop of New Hampshire. The election of=20 a sexually active unrepentant sinner to the office of bishop is a=20 repudiation of Holy Scripture and stands outside the accepted faith and=20 order of the Universal Church. By this action, the Episcopal Church has=20 shattered the Anglican Communion and has separated itself from the=20 Universal Church, creating at the same time a profound pastoral crisis=20 in our once beloved church and the worldwide Anglican Communion.   Bishop Iker and the Deputies of the Diocese of Fort Worth were united in their unanimous opposition to this election and consecration; your=20 Rector joins them in voicing his opposition as well. The Diocese of Fort=20 Worth has joined with other mainstream Bishops in appealing to the=20 Archbishop of Canterbury and other Primates of the Anglican Communion=20 for "godly direction and emergency intervention" on our behalf. The=20 majority of Anglican Primates have already stated they "anticipate=20 convening an extraordinary meeting . . . [to] respond to the actions of=20 General Convention".   Several months will be needed to gather the national and international leadership necessary to chart a future course of action for us. In the=20 meantime, you are reminded that none of the money you now give to Saint=20 Michael Church is passed on to the Episcopal Church - it is all retained=20 by the Diocese of Fort Worth to support the episcopate and other=20 diocesan programs. In disassociating myself from the actions of the=20 Episcopal Church, I hereby officially declare that the General=20 Convention no longer has any authority or jurisdiction in my ministry, and will no longer use the word "Episcopal" in any fashion,=20 instead referring to myself as an Anglican priest as I await direction=20 from my bishop regarding the realignment of our diocese with an Anglican=20 Province other than the Episcopal Church USA.   Yours in Christ   (Signed)   Deuel Smith, rector, St. Michael Church     FAX 817-595-0226 E-mail: stmiche@swbell.net     #######     Bishop Iker's Pastoral Letter can be read at:   http://www.fwepiscopal.org/pastoral.html            
(back) Subject: RE: Celestes/Mixture pipes From: "Andr=E9s G=FCnther" <agun@telcel.net.ve> Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2003 14:00:07 -0400   Andres Gunther agun@telcel.net.ve   Celestes usually start from tenor c on, to say Note Nr 13. Mixture breaks usually are b/c but this can vary from a builder to another. More about = this theme was written just in these days in the "Mixtures" thread.   Cheers Andres =3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D= =3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D First was the cat, then was the Orgler. The Orgler got a pet and the cat got something to wonder about.          
(back) Subject: RE: crescendo pedal From: "Andr=E9s G=FCnther" <agun@telcel.net.ve> Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2003 14:01:52 -0400   Andres Gunther agun@telcel.net.ve     > I recently read somewhere (can't remember where - getting old) about something that I did a few years ago when adding some pipe ranks to a toaster. About 1/4 to 1/3 of the way open, the crescendo should **shut off** any celeste or other undulating stops. At best, they won't even be heard and will just waste wind; at worst, they will muddy the texture. (SNIP)   Matches with I was told to *not* include celeste ranks to a crescendo or tutti from the beginning on - it will muddy the texture, exactly - and, concerning a recent thread, not to use celestes with reeds. Well, I was raised in "neobaroque" school and for this this should not be = an iron statement.   As for the original question just two thoughts: *Is the crescendo "programmable" or not? Some ones are, others not (or = it's a heck to "re-program" them).   *The irregular function of the light sequence seems to indict a dirty or wornout crescendo contact rail.   Your tech has the last word in both. Cheers Andres =3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D= =3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D First was the cat, then was the Orgler. The Orgler got a pet and the cat got something to wonder about.      
(back) Subject: RE: My actual situation From: "Andr=E9s G=FCnther" <agun@telcel.net.ve> Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2003 14:03:00 -0400   Andres Gunther agun@telcel.net.ve   Ron Severin wrote on Pipechat: Hi Andres:   I think you'll have to come to the conclusion eventually that It's time to move. (SNIP)   Well yes... at least for a time, and not "to become a millionaire" (like = so many of my countrymen who go abroad have in mind) but to enlarge my = horizon and knowledge- making a decent living aside. Things are much more complex as I could write yesterday. Nasty details are well hidden in the background and only visible to an insider and then = there are many positive things too! As Alan wrote, people in Venezuela (in all South America!) have phantastic brains and can find astounding solutions to technical problems just because readily manufactured, over night = deliverable original spare parts are not available or wickedly expensive.   Other aspect is that we always make plans and projects with great enthusiasm. The tiresome thing is that most of them don't work out, or if, it's expected from me to "join the crew". And the crew -at least its leaders- have ideas that seem to be no good... :) Meanwhile I make lemonade out of lemons as long as they don't are foul = <G>.   Cheers Andres =3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D= =3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D First was the cat, then was the Orgler. The Orgler got a pet and the cat got something to wonder about.      
(back) Subject: Divorce playing (was Wedding music) From: "Andr=E9s G=FCnther" <agun@telcel.net.ve> Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2003 14:03:30 -0400   Andres Gunther agun@telcel.net.ve     Walter Greenwood wrote on pipechat:   > That would be nice, eh? Getting hired to play for divorces would = improve our finances tremendously!   Suggested music: Play Wagner and Mendelssohn *backwards* (LOL)   AG =3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D= =3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D First was the cat, then was the Orgler. The Orgler got a pet and the cat got something to wonder about.            
(back) Subject: Re: Organs and bats From: "Colin Mitchell" <cmys13085@yahoo.co.uk> Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2003 18:34:46 +0100 (BST)   Hello,   I saw a small famly of bats in Holland, flying around in church whilst an organ recital took place.   They flew at the organ and backflipped every time, totally unphased by the sound and quite able to navigate.   Fascinating!   Regards,   Colin Mitchell UK     ________________________________________________________________________ Want to chat instantly with your online friends? Get the FREE Yahoo! Messenger http://uk.messenger.yahoo.com/  
(back) Subject: Re: Divorce playing (was Wedding music) From: <Gfc234@aol.com> Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2003 14:36:44 EDT   In a message dated 8/15/2003 12:39:41 PM Central Daylight Time, agun@telcel.net.ve writes:   > Suggested music: Play Wagner and Mendelssohn *backwards* (LOL) >   Or you could play "In Dir Ist Freude" Gregory Ceurvorst M.M. Organ Performance Northwestern University Director of Music and Organist St. Peter's U.C.C. Frankfort, IL 847.332.2788 home 708.243.2549 mobile <A HREF=3D"gfc234@aol.com">gfc234@aol.com</A>    
(back) Subject: RE: partial ranks From: "Mark L. Hopper" <mlhopper@msn.com> Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2003 14:46:31 -0400   If you've ever played the fourth movement of the Widor fifth symphony, you know that God intended string celestes to play all the way down to low = C...   :)   Mark   Mark L. Hopper Associate Minister of Music and Organist The First Baptist Church 205 West Winder Street PO Box 75 Henderson, NC 27536 (O) 252-438-3172 (H) 252-492-6774 (F) 252-438-3710 markhopper@ncol.net    
(back) Subject: Re: partial ranks From: <quilisma@socal.rr.com> Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2003 11:53:30 -0700   My point exactly (grin). Does anybody know if in fact they DO go all the way down on C-C organs? That's not a factoid I have stored away in my somewhat age-addled brain (chuckle).   Cheers,   Bud   Mark L. Hopper wrote: > If you've ever played the fourth movement of the Widor fifth symphony, = you > know that God intended string celestes to play all the way down to low = C... > > :) > > Mark > > Mark L. Hopper > Associate Minister of Music and Organist > The First Baptist Church > 205 West Winder Street > PO Box 75 > Henderson, NC 27536 > (O) 252-438-3172 > (H) 252-492-6774 > (F) 252-438-3710 > markhopper@ncol.net > > "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: partial ranks From: <BlueeyedBear@aol.com> Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2003 14:50:26 EDT   In a message dated 8/15/03 11:46:22 AM Pacific Daylight Time, mlhopper@msn.com writes:   << If you've ever played the fourth movement of the Widor fifth symphony, = you know that God intended string celestes to play all the way down to low = C... >>   if memory serves correctly, i believe the aeolian-skinner / wicks in the national cathedral has a 16 celeste in the pedal that DOES go all the way = down.  
(back) Subject: DMP Classical Organs From: "Blaine Ricketts" <blainericketts@comcast.net> Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2003 11:53:39 -0700   Does anyone know anything about these organs, or Chris Craft or Adam (not sure of last name)?   Chris was reportedly a Johannus dealer in Houston at one time.   Blaine Ricketts      
(back) Subject: Re: DMP Classical Organs From: <Keys4bach@aol.com> Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2003 15:00:42 EDT   Hi-   A small firm using many parts to put together something or another. Digital but older technology.   Nice people though.   dale in Florida    
(back) Subject: RE: Mixtures From: "Ameagher@stny.rr.com" <Ameagher@stny.rr.com> Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2003 15:04:14 -0400   Whether you go 3, 4, or 5 ranks depends in part on the size of the organ=2E= =20 For a small 20 rank organ you would go with 2 ranks but if you have 75 ranks you would want 4 or maybe 5=2E =20   Andrew   Original Message: ----------------- From: REEDSTOP@prodigy=2Enet Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2003 10:07:13 -0500 To: pipechat@pipechat=2Eorg Subject: RE: Mixtures     I would be curious to see what makes the determination=20 if you go 2, 3, 4, 5 ranks, etc=2E My first pipe organ=20 experience, the Great had a 4-rank, the Chor had a 3- rank, and the pedal had a 4-rank (also playable at 2- ranks=2E) The two organs I've played since then have=20 had 3 on each manual=2E Is the presence of a 2-2/3' on=20 the Great a factor? Both of these organs have one,=20 whereas my first one did not=2E   Jeff   "Pipe Up and Be Heard!" PipeChat: A discussion List for pipe/digital organs & related topics HOMEPAGE : http://www=2Epipechat=2Eorg List: mailto:pipechat@pipechat=2Eorg Administration: mailto:admin@pipechat=2Eorg Subscribe/Unsubscribe: mailto:requests@pipechat=2Eorg       -------------------------------------------------------------------- mail2web - Check your email from the web at http://mail2web=2Ecom/ =2E      
(back) Subject: Instrument of War From: "james nerstheimer" <enigma1685@hotmail.com> Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2003 14:27:36 -0500   I think of the organ as a W M T --Weapon of Mass Transduction.   BTW Andres, DeKalb, Illinois is pretty nice and I need someone to play for =   me on Sep. 21st. I bet you could get a job at the University here and I really do need an assistant so I can get away from here for a bit. We're finally going to do something about the organ at last! Stage one is rebuilding the console--from Moller's opus 8903, 1950's vintage. Was just =   the right size for the collection of ranks the former pastor and his oorganbilling friend put in the church. The 37 ranks including two 32's = and a big Tuba (Gregory was impressed) is unexpectedly versatile. This organ has what too many others I've encountered around here don't--a lot of Bottom. (Big tuttis too) I can't wait till we get to the voicing part which comes after we replace the Pedal's failing pitman action. We've a very gentle and dark English Great chorus topped by a four-rank = ear-bleeder. Has nice shine but just a little too much. The Choir Scharff is a = little painful too but again a nice shimmer. My favourite is the Swell = five-rank. Very low and dark but we need more of it! The chorus reeds have a lot of fire but you can't hear it because the Swell only opens 1/4--bad swell engine. Leaving the hatch to the upper level open helps some.   Come and see!   jim   O):^)   _________________________________________________________________ The new MSN 8: smart spam protection and 2 months FREE* http://join.msn.com/?page=3Dfeatures/junkmail    
(back) Subject: Wedding music From: "David Baker" <dbaker@lawyers.com> Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2003 15:34:43 -0400   > Subject: RE: Wedding musi'Henry Glass'c > From: "Emmons, Paul" <PEMMONS@wcupa.edu> > Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2003 11:59:32 -0400 > > An anthem by Patrick Hadley is based on the text: > > "My beloved spake and said unto me: rise up, my love, my fair one, and > come away. For lo, the winter is past..." >   I happen to think the Healey Willan anthem on the same text is particularly ravishing, also. David Baker    
(back) Subject: The annual Dutch dash 2003 (Part 1) From: "Colin Mitchell" <cmys13085@yahoo.co.uk> Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2003 21:52:23 +0100 (BST)   Hello,   Some people take pride in learning Dupre, or else play chess-master tournaments; others climb high mountains.     Prying Mark out of bed at 4am puts those achievements in the shade......mere trifles of ingenuity and resolve by way of comparison.   Red-eyed, sullen, unshaven and tacit, I just KNEW that the nice man in the peak-cap at the airport was toying with the idea that Mark was an international drug-dealer; but fortunately he waved us through.   "Look at the pretty clouds", was greeted with a long snoring sound, and all further attempts to fasten Mark's seatbelt proved futile as we dropped towards Schipol Airport.   Approaching Holland from over the North Sea does not exactly inspire poetry. The sand-dunes of Zandvoort soon give way to the monotonous regularity of neatly tended fields irrigated by a complex of canals.Everywhere is pool-table flat and as smooth as green baize.   Why was I not surprised by the efficiency of Schipol airport; one of the busiest in the world?   From the moment of landing, there is an obvious sense of well-ordered people going about their business with a calm but resolute confidence. The baggage porter is tri-lingual, the ticket machines work perfectly, trains run on time and everyone is helpful.Thus, within the hour, the baggage was collected, a meal eaten and the hire-car ready for use.   Forty minutes later and the bold architecture of the Rotterdam skyline was within our grasp; the light traffic moving with unimpeded flow right into the heart of this huge commercial city; the financial heartbeat of Holland and oil capital to the world.   With Europe basquing in the withering heat of an unusually hot summer, the temperature in Rotterdam was a sizzling 36 deg. C long before lunch. Our journey to Doesburg in the Arnhem district (well to the east of Holland) was going to be an ordeal.   Mark grumbled out loud, "If Jesus was the saviour of the world, why didn't he invent air-conditioning?" Staring blankly at the dashboard, he further observed, "We have a button like that on the refrigerator."   I stabbed at the button and, within a few seconds, we were travelling at 120 kilometers per hour completely blind. The windshield coated in heavy moisture and the inside of the car had gained its very own rain cloud. With my head hanging out of the side-window, we slowed to a halt at the side of the road.......   Whilst very flat, the real beauty of Holland is to be found in the pretty architecture of so many old towns and villages. Doesburg is not in the tourist guides, but here is a town of exceptional beauty, with an astonishing variety of architecture. High class shops selling antiques and other fine-art, announce that this is an up-market place of great refinement rather than a tourist spot.   Dominating the skyline is the magnificent Martinikerke which, like so many Dutch churches, has that post-reformation severity of interior style. Clear glass, every pew or chair turned to face the pulpit as well as the bible, and a naked sanctuary area. Of almost cathedral proportions, the interior has height and breadth; the acoustics magnificent.   As is often the case, Doesburg has not just one, but two organs, situated at the West end and in the chancel area. We were attending a recital given by Theo Jellema on both the largely untouched 4-manual Walcker organ at the west end, and the 13 speaking stop, two manual Flentrop dating from 1953.   My interest was very much directed towards the Walcker organ of 1914, for I had never heard an instrument made by Walcker, and yet, I live very close to the magnificent Schulze instruments which derive from the Walcker tradition. Unortunately, having got lost en route, we were late arriving, and therefore missed the two French pieces by Guilmant and Vierne; the Introduction and Allegro from the 7th Sonata, and the Etoile du Soir of Vierne.   In some ways, this was a personal blessing, for we took our places just as the Fantasia on the chorale "Wie schon leucht uns der morgenstern" (How brightly shines the morning star) by Max Reger commenced. Indeed, I had come all the way to hear Reger played on an organ contemporary with the composer, and it was an exciting moment as the organ began to play.   What were my impressions?   To be continued.......                         ________________________________________________________________________ Want to chat instantly with your online friends? Get the FREE Yahoo! Messenger http://uk.messenger.yahoo.com/