PipeChat Digest #3769 - Wednesday, June 25, 2003
 
Octopods
  by "First Christian Church of Casey, Illinois" <kzrev@rr1.net>
19th-c. organ sonatas in d (X-posted)
  by <lindr@cch.com>
Review of SLC AGO Closing Gala Concert
  by "David Carter" <davidorganist2002@yahoo.com>
 

(back) Subject: Octopods From: "First Christian Church of Casey, Illinois" <kzrev@rr1.net> Date: Tue, 24 Jun 2003 09:52:38 -0500   When I first heard the term, octopod, I did a web search, and came across articles defining it rather precisely as a small British organ of one or two ranks (rarely, three), normally all at 8' pitch with no couplers or unification. So to me, that is what I think of when I hear "Octopod."   The lovely small 19th and early 20th century American trackers are NOT octopods under that definition, and I quite agree that they are lovely, charming, and versatile instruments. In fact, there are a heck of a lot of churches that ought to be looking at them instead of buying something new.   Dennis Steckley        
(back) Subject: 19th-c. organ sonatas in d (X-posted) From: <lindr@cch.com> Date: Tue, 24 Jun 2003 13:05:52 -0500   For some reason, I've played a number of organ works in d minor over th= e past few months and plan to continue into the summer with two works I w= ant to mention here.   I've been planning to work up the first movement of Johann Gottlob T=F6= pfer's Sonata in D Minor and have just programmed it for a postlude this comin= g Sunday. This is so fine (as, indeed, is the whole 3-movement work) that= I almost don't want to share this "insider" information with anyone who doesn't know it--I want to keep it to myself. T=F6pfer's dates are 1791= -1870, and this is a wonderful Classical-to-early-Romantic medium-difficult wo= rk that should not be missed. My copy is published by M=F6seler--the very = first selection in the series "Orgelmusik der Klassik und Romantik," copyrigh= t 1975.   Recently I bought John E. West's (1863-1929) Sonata in D Minor. My copy= is volume 10 (released 2001) in the series "Orgelmusik aus England und Amerika," published by Dr. J. Butz Musikverlag. My attitude toward West= , prior to this acquisition, had been rather lukewarm. This piece, writte= n in 1895, is IMHO certainly worthwhile. The first movement is especially go= od, and its second theme is stronger and less sentimental than (apologies) = that of Guilmant's in Op. 42. The finale has a fine D-Major fugue in it.   The editor (Dr. Wolfram Syr=E9) of my West sonata "links West's sonata = with a few great [d-minor] organ sonatas of the 19th century ..." and mentions= the T=F6pfer and Guilmant along with that of Charles Harford Lloyd (1886, Novello). Okay folks, I'm stumped. I'd never heard of it and wonder if anyone out there can confirm that it does stand tall alongside these 3 other works. If so, I wonder if it's available through Novello as a reprint. I've gone that route before on a number of Lemare works and am=   willing to do it again for one more good piece.   Thanks to all who can shed some light,   Robert Lind =      
(back) Subject: Review of SLC AGO Closing Gala Concert From: "David Carter" <davidorganist2002@yahoo.com> Date: Tue, 24 Jun 2003 21:10:28 -0700 (PDT)   Dear Pipechatters - For what it's worth, here's a link to a review of the AGO Concert at the = LDS Conference Center: http://deseretnews.com/dn/view/0,1249,510034555,00.html   David Carter In getting-hotter Sacramento CA   __________________________________ Do you Yahoo!? SBC Yahoo! DSL - Now only $29.95 per month! http://sbc.yahoo.com