PipeChat Digest #3827 - Wednesday, July 23, 2003
 
My "Last" Recital
  by "MARAUDER" <kmoyer@marauder.millersville.edu>
Re: My "Last" Recital
  by <Innkawgneeto@cs.com>
Re: I QUIT! (x-posted)
  by "Walter Greenwood" <walterg@nauticom.net>
Church iniquities
  by "John Foss" <harfo32@yahoo.co.uk>
 

(back) Subject: My "Last" Recital From: "MARAUDER" <kmoyer@marauder.millersville.edu> Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2003 23:21:51 -0400   Dear On-line Friends,   This sorta reminds me of John Dowland (1563 - 1626) great English lutenist, who published his Third and Last Book of Ayres and then = published his Fourth Book of Ayres. Well, maybe if he can do it, I can do it, too.   Seems that I played my "last" recital back in 1998 at the time I = retired from the public recital scene, but two events urged me out of "recital retirement": the OHS convention and the 20th annual summer recital on = tha=3D t marvelous 1 - 10 w. pedal E. & G. G. Hook in Orwell VT, a series in which = I played the first and second years and then also the tenth year, at which time I recorded there. (Half of Raven label OAR-290 "As the Dew From Heaven Distilling" is there; the other half is at the 1859 Hook in North Easton, a marvelous instrument I assume we'll hear in OHS 2005 = convention.) The kindly Orwell folks issued an invitation I decided to take up to play the 20th sumemr recital as well, and it'll happen on the night of 3 August--and then I plan to slink back into "recital retirement" and get = on with several research/publication projects.   So if anyone is free and in or near Vermont, gather up a few rotten tomatoes, take pitching practice, and come for the carnival. :-) It's always fun at least to meet folks who share ideas on these internet discussions lists. And they always have nice goodies after the programs, too.=3D20   My good wife Carolyn will join me in the Rheinberger Op. 150 No. 6 Adagio and Fugue for Violin and Organ, a WONDERFUL piece, and Dr. Thomaz Rzeczycki, the cellist husband of an Orwell native, will also assist, playing a bit of unaccompanied Bach from the G-Major vc suite and two = short Handel works with organ.   Some of the organ music will slightly "stretch" the organ, something I tend to enjoy doing:   Joseph Bonnet : Vatiations de concert, Op. 1, (but omitting one = variation which absolutely demands two manuals; and part of the pedal cadenza must transfer to the manuals, since the pedals have only two octaves) (No, it won't sound quite as good as St. Eustache in Paris, where Bonnet played!!)   Bach: Prelude and Fugue in G, BWV 541 (a wonderful sound on that instrument)   Franck: Chorale in E Major, but omitting the long "variation" of the opening section, which again demands two manuals. (No, it doesn't exactly sound like Cavaill=3DE9-Coll, but beautiful sound is beautiful sound, = whether it's completely authentic or not. It's one of my very favorite organ = works and a special work with which to close the program.)   A few light works, too: "The Entertainer" (Joplin), "As the Dew From Heaven Distilling" (the sign-off music from the old-time Mormon Tabernacle Choir radio broadcasts; the title piece on my CD as well); and Romance sans paroles (also Joseph Bonnet; a light, elegant piece). And we're going to sing "God Of Our Fathers," text of which was written in = 1876 in nearby Brandon VT, and "The Star-Spangeled Banner," all three stanzas. Even though it's staunch Red Sox territory, maybe I can tell the audience about the glories of the Baltimore Orioles, whose Oriole Park at Camden Yards is very near to where Francis Scott Key wrote that text. Hey, it's almost as much fun to see the O's play as to see the Mariners, esp. when Jamie Moyer is pitching for the Mariners!! :-)   The 20 years of annual summer recitals have brought an amazing entourage to this marvelous little organ, including Peter Stoltzfus, Peter Sykes, Charlie Callahan, Kevin Parizo, Rosalind Mohnsen, Earl Miller (in whose memory my CD is issued), etc., etc. (I'm embarrassed not to be able to recall all of them.)   Let's hope for a cool night.   Der alte pensionierte Kappelmeister Karl E. Moyer in Lancaster PA    
(back) Subject: Re: My "Last" Recital From: <Innkawgneeto@cs.com> Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2003 23:43:40 EDT   Sounds wonderful Mr. Moyer. I wish i could sneak up there to hear you. Best wishes.   Neil by the very balmy bay    
(back) Subject: Re: I QUIT! (x-posted) From: "Walter Greenwood" <walterg@nauticom.net> Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2003 00:11:07 -0400   I will tell them EXACTLY what I think.   > From: <quilisma@socal.rr.com> > Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2003 18:29:13 -0700 > > Oh, sorry! It's > > http://www.stmatthewsacc.com/ > > If you go to "contact us", there are also some e-mail addresses, should > anyone feel called to comment on this situation (chuckle). > > Cheers, > > Bud    
(back) Subject: Church iniquities From: "John Foss" <harfo32@yahoo.co.uk> Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2003 08:03:26 +0100 (BST)   Dear list, I have never previously told all of this particular story, but, in the light of Bud's experience, it may be relevant. Some years ago (around 1969) I was appointed Organist and Choirmaster at Holy Trinity Church, Sloane Street, London. Described by John Betjeman as "Chelsea's noblest house of prayer", it is home to a fine 4 manual Walker organ and has a distinguished musical tradition. After I had been there two years the Vicar announced at a PCC meeting that the church was to be demolished and a block of flats built on the site. No prior warning of this plan had been given, presumably to avoid the risk of opposition. I was completely taken by surprise, and was the sole opponent to this motion at the meeting. Although I did not know this to be the case, due to this opposition the church authorities were unable to proceed with their plan without the agreement of the consistory court - which they would be unlikely to get. In fact the very suggestion produced an outcry in many circles, including articles in Private Eye and the leading London newspapers. A week or so later the vicar of the church, the Rev Basil Carver, who I had always got on well with, phoned me up at 11 o'clock at night to inform me that "I did not fit in" and "he felt I should resign." He had obviously been put up to it by Lord Cadogan. It was late at night, I was under cosiderable stress teaching music at a London school, (class music teaching is exhausting!) and I had to decide what to do. Frankly, I decided that the energy required to fight on two fronts was too much, and I resigned. However the church still stands as a result of my opposition. I was also having a battle at the school I was teaching at. There were three members of staff and I was the junior one, and I felt that the workload had been unfairly distributed. I expected to teach some of the more demanding classes, but not all of them. My timetable was approximately the same as the other two staff members combined, and involved teaching 450 children a week as well as being a form master. I told the director of music that I would carry out my contractual obligations but nothing else - a personal work to rule.I would not accompany the choral society rehearsals, or undertake any other work, such as arranging exam entries etc. For three weeks I did not speak to either the director or his assistant, though I did my job to the best of my ability. After three weeks the Director apologised - he said I was absolutely right and re-arranged the timetable on a fair basis. Eventually I left class teaching to concentrate on private teaching - I think I am better at this. One of my percipient students, now in senior management at BBC TV, agreed with me. He had been in my form at school and also learned the organ with me, so he was well placed to judge. This reflects back to the post I made about talented children last week. There were three boys of outstanding ability in this class at school, and they have remained life long friends. One of them won the law prize at Oxford, coming first in the finals. He, with another boy from this class, won the Observer Mace Debating Competition and is now one of the five leading barristers in London as well as being a governor of the school. Another won a scholarship at King's College Cambridge, and on graduating was offered a place on the BBC management training course, a course which only accepted 7 out of over 1,000 graduate applicants. The third is now Senior Marketing Manager of Microsoft. They all had organ lessons with me, and used to come and work for me in their school holidays, including organ building (rebuilding St Mary of Eton, Hackney Wick), recording - at The Royal Albert Hall, for example, where the permanent staff complimented them on being "the best team we have had here - and that includes the BBC!", record production and concert promotion. This was when they were schoolboys. All I did was tell them what was to be done, provide them with the equipment, then leave them to get on with it! I did not interfere unless help was absolutely essential, which it rarely was. They were - and are - highly professional in their approach. Everything they have achieved is as a result of their ability and efforts, but any success I may have had as a teacher is, I believe, because I have faith in my students. I expect them to work hard and I encourage them to excel. I was lucky in having had good teachers myself, so I am able to tell them what to do to achieve good results, but only they can achieve them. John Foss www.johnfoss.gr http://groups.yahoo.com/group/orgofftop/   ________________________________________________________________________ Want to chat instantly with your online friends? Get the FREE Yahoo! Messenger http://uk.messenger.yahoo.com/