PipeChat Digest #3790 - Monday, July 7, 2003
 
Peter Conte July 4 Concert at Washington Cathedral (very long!)
  by <DudelK@aol.com>
Re: versets on the psalm-tones or the church modes?
  by "Jonathan Orwig" <giwro@adelphia.net>
Re: OHS 2003, First Full Day - VERY LONG
  by "Malcolm Wechsler" <manderusa@earthlink.net>
Re: OHS 2003, First Full Day - VERY LONG
  by "Malcolm Wechsler" <manderusa@earthlink.net>
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  by "Tyler Robertson" <brad_taylor32@hotmail.com>
 

(back) Subject: Peter Conte July 4 Concert at Washington Cathedral (very long!) From: <DudelK@aol.com> Date: Sun, 6 Jul 2003 23:45:28 EDT     --part1_b6.1f844772.2c3a46d8_boundary Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   Disclaimer: I am not sufficiently technically astute to write a = full-fledged critical review of this performance. What you will get is a "report," = along with some of my impressions and/or reactions.   Whether it was the performer, the venue, the fact that there isn't much = going on the morning of July 4 in Washington, or good publicity, a substantial crowd assembled in Washington Cathedral for the annual July 4 recital = given this year by Peter Richard Conte of Wanamaker Organ and St. Clement's and = Longwood Gardens fame. The crowd appeared to be largely the sort of people who = don't necessarily go to organ concerts and maybe even don't go to church a great = deal. It was reasonably well behaved except for the ubiquitous cellphone interruptions and a couple of kids in the back whose parents didn't have = sense to take them out. And to my surprise, there were a number of local organists in = the crowd.   When I first arrived in Washington in the 70s, I often went up to the cathedral, when Paul Callaway was presiding and Francis Sayre was dean, so = you were usually safe in expecting good music and good preaching. In recent years I = have mostly avoided the place for a variety of reasons, including the legendary =   rudeness of many of the ushers who seem to feel that the cathedral is = their private turf and those who show up for services or concerts are = interlopers who must be disciplined rather than welcomed. That was once again the case on Friday, and I wondered why I bothered, except that I was curious to see = what Peter Conte would do with that instrument and the room.   The layout of the organ and the cathedral's acoustics do not create the = best possibility for the listener. Depending on where you are seated, the organ = can sound quite different and various divisions can be dominant over others. = That said (perhaps too much said), let us move on to what was a very good = concert and worth making the schlep up to Mount St. Alban on a very hot Friday morning.   The program opened with singing two verses of The Star Spangled Banner. = The registration seemed a bit thick where I was sitting - in the center of the = nave a few rows beyond the crossing - and I would have expected a few splashes = of party horn or other emendations.   The first real piece, the overture to Candide was lively and sparkly and = full of vitality with lots of interesting exploration of the instrument.   That was followed by the Ives Variations on America, played in what I = guess would be called a rather straightforward style that reminded me of the = first Biggs recording of the piece. I've grown rather tired of the piece, but = this was a very fine reading.   There followed the singing of America, but it was introduced with the = Gordon Jacob fanfare from the Elizabeth R. coronation service . . . except that instead of just leading up to the first notes of the verse there followed = some kind of interpolation that threw some of us off. Again, the registration was rather thick and there were no cheap tricks or thrills. But after the = intro, it seemed more like we should have been singing God Save the Queen.   Ralph Kinder's "In Springtime" is probably familiar to those who remember those wonderful Schreiner and Asper solo albums from the Motab. From where = I was sitting, it sounded like the manual parts had been reversed through much = of it; a friend who was sitting in the Great Quire had the same impression.   Dudley Buck's Variations on "The Last Rose of Summer" provided a welcome demonstration of some of the organ's lovely softer combinations and solo = stops. It was one of the highlights of the program.   I have never been a Sowerby fan and I think I only heard "Comes Autumn = Time" once before, played by Robert Elmore at the Academy of Music in = Philadelphia in 1964. The program notes conveyed the interesting fact that Sowerby = wrote the piece in a single afternoon two days before its premiere at Fourth Presbyterian. This piece and Peter's playing of it could almost make one a = Sowerby convert.   Then came the "Name That Tune" segment in which we had a "pop" quiz to identify 10 Disney ditties. I did fairly well, getting 6 of them. These = ran the gamut of styles and registrations and showcased the theatrical side of = Peter's playing. They were all fun, but "When You Wish Upon a Star" and "Zippity = Do-Dah" stand out as being particularly notable and well suited to the organ and = the room.   For the finale, he did a rousing and vigorous rendition of The Stars and Stripes Forever, including the famous piccolo part. Can't miss with that, especially in Washington!   There was one encore, "When Johnny Comes Marching Home," but by then most = of the crowd was up and about and talking loudly.   All in all, I would give Peter Conte very high marks for programming and performance. It's not quite the Wanamaker sound, but it was mostly a very = fine (and fun) way to kick off the July 4 celebration. And it did clearly = demonstrate that for whatever reason, there is still an audience for this kind of = program in the nation's capital on a major holiday.   The program indicated that the concert was being recorded for a CD by JAV, = so you will be able to judge for yourself at some point.   Among upcoming concerts to note, Michael Kleinschmidt will be playing on = July 20 and there will also be a performance with the Cathedral Choral Society = and the National Symphony including the Jongen Symphonie Concertante (don't = have the date at hand). You can check out the whole summer festival offering at =   www.cathedral.org.   And now back to my distinguished colleagues and good friends Glenda and Malcolm.   And lest I forget, if you happen to be in Philadelphia, by all means make time to head over to Lord & Taylor and hear Peter on the Wanamaker organ. = Every time I get up there the organ sounds better than it did the previous time = and by the sheerest coincidence he programs something or other that is totally =   ravishing to hear.     --part1_b6.1f844772.2c3a46d8_boundary Content-Type: text/html; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable   <HTML><FONT FACE=3D3Darial,helvetica><FONT SIZE=3D3D2 = FAMILY=3D3D"SANSSERIF" FACE=3D =3D3D"Arial" LANG=3D3D"0">Disclaimer: I am not sufficiently technically = astute t=3D o write a full-fledged critical review of this performance. What you will = ge=3D t is a "report," along with some of my impressions and/or reactions.<BR> <BR> Whether it was the performer, the venue, the fact that there isn't much = goin=3D g on the morning of July 4 in Washington, or good publicity, a substantial = c=3D rowd assembled in Washington Cathedral for the annual July 4 recital given = t=3D his year by Peter Richard Conte of Wanamaker Organ and St. Clement's and = Lon=3D gwood Gardens fame. The crowd appeared to be largely the sort of people = who=3D20=3D don't necessarily go to organ concerts and maybe even don't go to church a = g=3D reat deal. It was reasonably well behaved except for the ubiquitous = cellphon=3D e interruptions and a couple of kids in the back whose parents didn't have = s=3D ense to take them out. And to my surprise, there were a number of local = orga=3D nists in the crowd.<BR> <BR> When I first arrived in Washington in the 70s, I often went up to the = cathed=3D ral, when Paul Callaway was presiding and Francis Sayre was dean, so you = wer=3D e usually safe in expecting good music and good preaching. In recent years = I=3D have mostly avoided the place for a variety of reasons, including the = legen=3D dary rudeness of many of the ushers who seem to feel that the cathedral is = t=3D heir private turf and those who show up for services or concerts are = interlo=3D pers who must be disciplined rather than welcomed. That was once again the = c=3D ase on Friday, and I wondered why I bothered, except that I was curious to = s=3D ee what Peter Conte would do with that instrument and the room.<BR> <BR> The layout of the organ and the cathedral's acoustics do not create the = best=3D possibility for the listener. Depending on where you are seated, the = organ=3D20=3D can sound quite different and various divisions can be dominant over = others.=3D That said (perhaps too much said), let us move on to what was a very good = c=3D oncert and worth making the schlep up to Mount St. Alban on a very hot = Frida=3D y morning.<BR> <BR> The program opened with singing two verses of The Star Spangled Banner. = The=3D20=3D registration seemed a bit thick where I was sitting - in the center of the = n=3D ave a few rows beyond the crossing - and I would have expected a few = splashe=3D s of party horn or other emendations.<BR> <BR> The first real piece, the overture to Candide was lively and sparkly and = ful=3D l of vitality with lots of interesting exploration of the instrument.<BR> <BR> That was followed by the Ives Variations on America, played in what I = guess=3D20=3D would be called a rather straightforward style that reminded me of the = first=3D Biggs recording of the piece. I've grown rather tired of the piece, but = thi=3D s was a very fine reading.<BR> <BR> There followed the singing of America, but it was introduced with the = Gordon=3D Jacob fanfare from the Elizabeth R. coronation service . . . except that = in=3D stead of just leading up to the first notes of the verse there followed = some=3D kind of interpolation that threw some of us off. Again, the registration = wa=3D s rather thick and there were no cheap tricks or thrills. But after the = intr=3D o, it seemed more like we should have been singing God Save the Queen.<BR> <BR> Ralph Kinder's "In Springtime" is probably familiar to those who remember = th=3D ose wonderful Schreiner and Asper solo albums from the Motab. From where I = w=3D as sitting, it sounded like the manual parts had been reversed through = much=3D20=3D of it; a friend who was sitting in the Great Quire had the same = impression.<=3D BR> <BR> Dudley Buck's Variations on "The Last Rose of Summer" provided a welcome = dem=3D onstration of some of the organ's lovely softer combinations and solo = stops.=3D It was one of the highlights of the program.<BR> <BR> I have never been a Sowerby fan and I think I only heard "Comes Autumn = Time"=3D once before, played by Robert Elmore at the Academy of Music in = Philadelphi=3D a in 1964. The program notes conveyed the interesting fact that Sowerby = wrot=3D e the piece in a single afternoon two days before its premiere at Fourth = Pre=3D sbyterian. This piece and Peter's playing of it could almost make one a = Sowe=3D rby convert. <BR> <BR> Then came the "Name That Tune" segment in which we had a "pop" quiz to = ident=3D ify 10 Disney ditties. I did fairly well, getting 6 of them. These ran the = g=3D amut of styles and registrations and showcased the theatrical side of = Peter'=3D s playing. They were all fun, but "When You Wish Upon a Star" and "Zippity = D=3D o-Dah" stand out as being particularly notable and well suited to the = organ=3D20=3D and the room.<BR> <BR> For the finale, he did a rousing and vigorous rendition of The Stars and = Str=3D ipes Forever, including the famous piccolo part. Can't miss with that, = espec=3D ially in Washington!<BR> <BR> There was one encore, "When Johnny Comes Marching Home," but by then most = of=3D the crowd was up and about and talking loudly. <BR> <BR> All in all, I would give Peter Conte very high marks for programming and = per=3D formance. It's not quite the Wanamaker sound, but it was mostly a very = fine=3D20=3D (and fun) way to kick off the July 4 celebration. And it did clearly = demonst=3D rate that for whatever reason, there is still an audience for this kind of = p=3D rogram in the nation's capital on a major holiday.<BR> <BR> The program indicated that the concert was being recorded for a CD by JAV, = s=3D o you will be able to judge for yourself at some point.<BR> <BR> Among upcoming concerts to note, Michael Kleinschmidt will be playing on = Jul=3D y 20 and there will also be a performance with the Cathedral Choral = Society=3D20=3D and the National Symphony including the Jongen Symphonie Concertante = (don't=3D20=3D have the date at hand). You can check out the whole summer festival = offering=3D at www.cathedral.org.<BR> <BR> And now back to my distinguished colleagues and good friends Glenda and = Malc=3D olm.<BR> <BR> And lest I forget, if you happen to be in Philadelphia, by all means make = ti=3D me to head over to Lord &amp; Taylor and hear Peter on the Wanamaker = organ.=3D20=3D Every time I get up there the organ sounds better than it did the previous = t=3D ime and by the sheerest coincidence he programs something or other that is = t=3D otally ravishing to hear.<BR> <BR> </FONT></HTML> --part1_b6.1f844772.2c3a46d8_boundary--  
(back) Subject: Re: versets on the psalm-tones or the church modes? From: "Jonathan Orwig" <giwro@adelphia.net> Date: Sun, 6 Jul 2003 21:16:54 -0700   Bud,   I'm off on "holiday" for a couple of weeks, but I'll slog through the Les maitres when I get back... there's GOT to be SOMEthing in one or more of those 8 Volumes that you could use...   Be well...   Jonathan ----- Original Message ----- From: <quilisma@socal.rr.com> To: <anglican-music@list.stsams.org>; "organchat" <organchat@egroups.com>; "PipeChat" <pipechat@pipechat.org> Sent: Sunday, July 06, 2003 6:30 PM Subject: versets on the psalm-tones or the church modes?     > Does anyone know of collections of SHORT versets based either on the > psalm-tones and/or the church modes? My chanter is complaining of the > long Psalms during communion, and I'd like to break them up, but with > something better than just my noodling around in Mode iv (grin). I have > seen things like this over the years; I think I even owned some at one > point; but they're long-gone and I can't remember what they were, or who > wrote them. > > THANKS! > > Cheers, > > Bud > > > "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 > >     --- Outgoing mail is certified Virus Free. Checked by AVG anti-virus system (http://www.grisoft.com). Version: 6.0.496 / Virus Database: 295 - Release Date: 7/3/03    
(back) Subject: Re: OHS 2003, First Full Day - VERY LONG From: "Malcolm Wechsler" <manderusa@earthlink.net> Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2003 01:23:01 -0400   ----- Original Message ----- From: "Rodney Myrvaagnes" <rodneym@attglobal.net> To: <PIPORG-L@listserv.albany.edu> Sent: Sunday, July 06, 2003 9:17 PM Subject: Re: OHS 2003, First Full Day - VERY LONG     > I may send more replies, if I think there are gaps in Malcolm's report. > > Rodney Myrvaagnes J36 Gjo/a >   To which I add a hearty Amen and Please Do! There will be gaps, I am sure. However, I am glad I did not know about those cow stomachs!   Malcolm      
(back) Subject: Re: OHS 2003, First Full Day - VERY LONG From: "Malcolm Wechsler" <manderusa@earthlink.net> Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2003 01:29:07 -0400   ----- Original Message ----- From: "Rodney Myrvaagnes" <rodneym@attglobal.net> To: <PIPORG-L@listserv.albany.edu> Sent: Sunday, July 06, 2003 9:21 PM Subject: Re: OHS 2003, First Full Day - VERY LONG     > On Sat, 5 Jul 2003 23:43:07 -0400, Malcolm Wechsler wrote: > > >As for Lititz, where the next three recitals took place, here is a = quote > >from one of the many Websites devoted to the place: "Located in the = heart of > >beautiful Lancaster County, Lititz has an eclectic history dating well > >beyond its founding by Moravian missionaries in 1756. Situated among = the > >rolling hills, quiet streams and lush farmlands of Pennsylvania Dutch > >Country . . . . . ." > > Another footnote: Lititz was the home of those little mousetraps old > geezers will remember, with the wooden base and copper-plated wire > working parts. It was also the home of Wilbur Buds, chocolate candies > that my PA-born sister-in-law likes. > > Rodney Myrvaagnes J36 Gjo/a > > Dear Rodney,   Quite a number of conventioneers actually were well acquainted with Wilbur Buds, which are reputed to be the true origin of the Hershey's Kiss, and = are considered much superior. Anyway, a number of good natured people brought bags of the stuff onto the bus and were kind enough to share. It really is quite nice. It sounds better to have a Kiss than a Bud, but what's in a name, anyway.   Malcolm        
(back) Subject: From: "Tyler Robertson" <brad_taylor32@hotmail.com> Date: Mon, 07 Jul 2003 03:29:23 -0500   <html><div style=3D'background-color:'><DIV></DIV> <P>Hi everyone, </P> <P>I'm new to the list and am looking for some information, or reviews = rather on electronic organs. Our organ committee will soon be viewing both = Baldwin ("church organ systems")&nbsp;and Allen three manual organs. I = have quite a bit of info on Allen organs, but have looked around a bit for = some on Baldwins. Aside from some obvious things I've noticed from playing = the Baldwin organs I would like some more specific information on why they = cost only a fraction of the price of an Allen. Any "dirt" you can give me = on them would be much appreciated! Thansk!<BR><BR><BR>Tyler W. Robertson = </P> <DIV></DIV>Organist, Handbell Choir Director,First United Methodist = Church, Temple, TX <DIV></DIV>Organist, Baylor University Concert Choir <DIV></DIV>Organist, Accompanist, Baylor University Women's Chorus <DIV></DIV> <DIV></DIV></div><br clear=3Dall><hr>Tired of spam? Get <a = href=3D"http://g.msn.com/8HMLENUS/2734??PS=3D">advanced junk mail = protection</a> with MSN 8.</html>