PipeChat Digest #4172 - Wednesday, December 24, 2003
 
Re.: BEST WISHES TO YOU ALL
  by <Hell-Felix@t-online.de>
Congregational Participation in "The Dubois"
  by "Charlie Lester" <crlester@137.com>
RE: my usual Christmas offering
  by "Mark Turnbull" <mark.turnbull@bbc.co.uk>
Dubois - biographie =3D?windows-1252?Q?p=3DE9tite?=3D
  by "Charlie Lester" <crlester@137.com>
Re: Wesley Choral Song and Fugue (X-POST)
  by "Roger Brown" <roger2@rogerbrown.no-ip.org>
 

(back) Subject: Re.: BEST WISHES TO YOU ALL From: <Hell-Felix@t-online.de> Date: Wed, 24 Dec 2003 07:34:50 +0100   Sorry for submitting a message with contained a lot of non written signs and/or letters. Here is the message again, hopefully with no such errors. Hans-Friedrich Hell     Dear listmembers and friends,   Those of you, who enjoy our Holiday Season greetings year after year on another personal greeting cards, will probably miss them this year. In a time of limited funds and high expenses we thought, that this year we will greet our friends in a different way: we will do it simply by e-mail. We do it hereby using this wonderful list. And we do it personally to all of our friends, whose e-mail addresses we have. All other friends, who don't have an e-mail address, will continue to receive our written personal greetings. Of course, such way we saved quite a bit of money, which we decided to use to support our common profession. This way we divided the eralier budgeted, but now saved money on production- und mailing expenses and made three donations in favor of:   the American Guild of Organists the Organ Historical Society the organ department of The Curtis Institute of Music   Today, on Christmas Eve 2003 (Heiliger Abend 2003) we look gratefully back to another year in Felix's career. It was busy as ever, here and there even a little bit troublesome, in particular in the course of Felix's education, where we had to make a severe decision. In this regard we might have even hurt some feelings. If so, we both, Felix and I, hereby humbly ask for forgiveness.   We are very blessed to have the continuing personal and praying support of a growing circle of friends. In particular we thank Dr. John Weaver, Dr. Martin Jean, and Donald Sutherland, who have accompanied and guided Felix the last semester so competently and wizely as his teachers and friends.   Together with our whole family Felix and I enjoy this Holiday Season again. And, besides all joy, we certainly will take our time and contemplate about mystery of Christmas, and its consequences on our lives. But the calendar goes on, and for Christians things are getting quite serious soon after Christmas. Above all joy today: Good Friday is not too far away. Between Palm Sunday's "Hosanna" and the "Crucify" of Maundy Thursday are only a few days.   Think about that, if you have the opportunity to make your decision, whether to continue to support a friend or to withdraw your support, whether to understand the different thinking persons or to judge about them, whether to approve or disapprove the different from your believings, whether to analyse the reasons for a different faith or to categorically condemn it, and, finally, whether to love or to hate. Sometimes it might be a surprise, that the person(s) we hate might be closer to us than we might think.   Merry and Peaceful Christmas to all of you and your loved ones.   Hans-Friedrich Hell Felix Hell                
(back) Subject: Congregational Participation in "The Dubois" From: "Charlie Lester" <crlester@137.com> Date: Tue, 23 Dec 2003 23:14:13 -0800   Well, you good and glorious folks have given me a good and glorious idea: I am going to end the performance of the work with the congregation singing the chorale along with the choir. [And, yes, in English ... duh!]   I agree that enough "folks in the pews" are familiar with it to be able to carry the melody, then the choir can sing the harmony.   I might even be really daring, and have it sung a cappella.   Wow.   Poor taste? Maybe. Tacky? Possibly. Schmalzy? Surely. Incredibly moving? Indubitably.   I'm -already- getting teary-eyed and goose-bumpy.   ~ ~~~ ~~~~~~~ Charlie Lester    
(back) Subject: RE: my usual Christmas offering From: "Mark Turnbull" <mark.turnbull@bbc.co.uk> Date: Wed, 24 Dec 2003 07:44:19 -0000   hi jonathan. have you done any cd's? i would love to hear them, and may= be even play them on my programmes on bbc radio in england. mark turnbu= ll mark.turnbull@bbc.co.uk   -----Original Message----- From: pip= echat@pipechat.org [mailto:pipechat@pipechat.org] On Behalf Of Jonathan = Orwig Sent: 23 December 2003 18:19 To: rodgersorganusers; PIPORG-L@li= stserv.albany.edu; PipeChat Subject: my usual Christmas offering = Well, friends, it's once again that time... Every year for the las= t few I've been offering a free sample of my music to the lists I'm on= as a Christmas gift... this year is no exception, as I am offering my= Trio on Joy to the World. I usually send out the PDF, but I simply do = not have time to answer the emails this year (I got over 200 requests= last year!) I'll be sending out a URL this year instead, and ask t= hat you let me know if you enjoyed the music. There also will be link= s to 2 possible renditions (mp3 files) so you can hear what I have don= e to it registration-wise Watch your email later today! Jona= than Orwig Riverside, California USA     BBCi at http://ww= w.bbc.co.uk/   This e-mail (and any attachments) is confidential and may= contain personal views which are not the views of the BBC unless specif= ically stated. If you have received it in error, please delete it from = your system. Do not use, copy or disclose the information in any way no= r act in reliance on it and notify the sender immediately. Please note t= hat the BBC monitors e-mails sent or received. Further communication w= ill signify your consent to this.    
(back) Subject: Dubois - biographie =3D?windows-1252?Q?p=3DE9tite?=3D From: "Charlie Lester" <crlester@137.com> Date: Wed, 24 Dec 2003 00:03:55 -0800   Gathering materials and doing research for the "Seven Last Words," I discovered a few things about Dubois that I did not know. (Guess I was sleeping that day in Music History.)   I knew of his affiliations with St. Clothilde and the Paris Conservatory but did not know of the almost-incestuous scandal that ultimately led to his resignation from the Conservatory.   Here's a brief bio I tacked together from here-and-there bits to run in the printed program, that you might find interesting:   --------------------   Th=E9odore Dubois (1837-1924) was an important organist, composer and teacher of music in Paris during the 1860s. In 1861 he was awarded the prestigious Prix de Rome for composition. He studied at Reims and the Paris Conservatory where he later was the director from 1896-1905. He composed four operas, a large-scale ballet, several oratorios, a Requiem Mass and many orchestral pieces. At age 59 he became director of the prestigious Paris Conservatory. To this day his treatise, Notes et =C9tudes d=92Harmonie (Notes and Lessons in Harmony) is highly regarded as an important resource for harmonic practice in the Romantic Style.   Charles Gounod, Gabriel Faur=E9, Camille Saint-Sa=EBns, and Dubois were French contemporaries (although Dubois was overshadowed by his fellows). He succeeded Saint-Sa=EBns as organist at the Church of the Mad=E9laine in 1877, and was highly regarded as an excellent music teacher.   Dubois' leadership of the Paris Conservatory was directly followed by Faur=E9 (1905 to 1920), partly as a result of a scandal. While a student of the Conservatory, Maurice Ravel had applied for and failed three attempts to win the coveted Prix de Rome. The works he submitted were judged too "advanced" by ultraconservative members of the jury. Eventually, indignant protests were published: Liberal-minded musicians and writers, including the musicologist and novelist Romain Rolland, supported Ravel. As a result, the director of the Conservatory, Th=E9odore Dubois, was forced to resign -- his place was taken by Faur=E9, with whom Ravel had studied composition.   -------   The Seven Last Words of Christ was first performed at the Church of Saint Clotilde in Paris in 1867 where Dubois was the choirmaster.   The work is presented in eight movements: an introduction for soprano and orchestra followed by a movement for each word uttered by Jesus Christ from the cross. The last movement ends with a hymnic prayer set in homophonic style much like a choral at the end of a cantata from the 18th century.   Dubois originally scored the work for full orchestra [two flutes, two oboes, two clarinets, two bassoons, two horns, three trombones, strings, organ and percussion], chorus and soloists. He later revised the work, reducing the orchestration to include only organ, timpani and harp =97 the version most often heard.   The beauty of his compositional style lies in its simplicity. Instead of elaborate, complex structures, his "mini-masterpiece" is delightfully approachable =97 a charming and moving "period piece" brimming with 19th century flavor.      
(back) Subject: Re: Wesley Choral Song and Fugue (X-POST) From: "Roger Brown" <roger2@rogerbrown.no-ip.org> Date: Wed, 24 Dec 2003 20:44:54 +1100   Hello Beau,   Wednesday, December 24, 2003, 5:25:48 PM, you wrote:   > Does anyone know where I can find the S.S. Wesley Choral Song and > Fugue??? I have the Choral Song sep. but can't find the fugue anywhere. = I > just listened to a great recording of it by Ken Cowan at St. Luke's in > Evanston (JAV Recordings Strikes the Gold Mine AGAIN!) and realized that > the fugue is very nice too.   I have a Novello copy from about 1980 - Cat No. 59 0212 06   -- Regards, Roger   Roger Brown roger2@rogerbrown.no-ip.org http://rogerbrown.no-ip.org http://member.melbpc.org.au/~robrown/