PipeChat Digest #3552 - Tuesday, March 18, 2003
 
MacMurray College Aeolian-Skinner on CD
  by "William T. Van Pelt" <bill@organsociety.org>
RE: Review:  Olivier Latry Masterclass in NYC
  by "Emmons, Paul" <pemmons@wcupa.edu>
Farncis Booth (was Re: TCLewis)
  by "Bruce Miles" <bruce@gbmuk.fsnet.co.uk>
Re: Melbourne Cathedral
  by "Ross & Lynda Wards" <TheShieling@xtra.co.nz>
Re: Old Roman Catholic Hymn Search (X-posted)
  by "Noel Stoutenburg" <mjolnir@ticnet.com>
Re: Old Roman Catholic Hymn Search (X-posted)
  by "Alan Freed" <acfreed0904@earthlink.net>
Father Willis - con man and crook?
  by "John Foss" <harfo32@hotmail.com>
Mascioni organs
  by "John Foss" <harfo32@hotmail.com>
Re: Review:  Olivier Latry Masterclass in NYC
  by "M Fox" <ophicleide16@direcway.com>
Using Musicom for an electronic organ
  by "Nichols, Joseph A." <JAN03@mhc.edu>
 

(back) Subject: MacMurray College Aeolian-Skinner on CD From: "William T. Van Pelt" <bill@organsociety.org> Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2003 13:43:22 -0500   The 4-59 Aeolian-Skinner of 1952 at MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Illinois, is featured on a brand new CD recorded by College Organist Jay Peterson in a program of American organ works. It is new at the opening = page of the OHS Catalog website http://www.ohscatalog.org   Never altered and lovingly maintained, the organ stands as one of the very few G. Donald Harrison "signature" organs that speaks for itself and for = its builder's intent, "a landmark instrument capable of producing thrilling music," writes organist Jay Peterson in the informative CD booklet. He = plays brilliantly and knows this organ intimately, having been College Organist since 1975. Works by Dudley Buck, John Kuzma, Clarence Mader, Charles W. Ore, Leo Sowerby, John Eggert, Calvin Hampton, and Emma Lou Diemer.   Bill      
(back) Subject: RE: Review: Olivier Latry Masterclass in NYC From: "Emmons, Paul" <pemmons@wcupa.edu> Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2003 13:46:45 -0500   Steve Lawson writes:   > Some of us had never really thought about the Franck Pastorale > having an "l'orage" section, or that the best way to perform > was to dig in an be wild and "break the organ" based on > Tournemire's playing style and personality?   I heard that about Tournemire in a master class about ten years ago, at = Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, given by... let's see... oh yes, Olivier Latry :-) A recent graduate of the Juilliard School attempted to play the Improvisation on Victimae Paschali, was instantly interrupted, and never did get beyond the first couple of pages. He told = a few other attendees afterwords that he was very miffed because he didn't = get a chance to play more of the piece-- but he really had a very stiff = concept of it, thought that he should carefully play in strict rhythm, etc. I = felt sorry for him but was surprised that anyone with his credentials could get it so wrong. Latry had to explain and demonstrate how much more freely = and imaginatively it should go.   I happened to be surfing the Net just a couple days ago to see what was = out there about Tournemire (because my rector couldn't find anything: = obviously he had mis-spelled the name). Although I didn't find a large amount of information in any one place, or much that was new to me, Google retrieved literally thousands of sites with a mention. He does seem to be increasingly appreciated after decades of neglect. (It almost makes one feel avant-garde for a change: I was just a kid when I got turned onto his music at first hearing, and have never stopped loving it.) One critic = sees the influence of Indian music and other exotic elements-- and the use of bird songs, e.g. in the last movement of the Assumption suite: in other words, Tournemire paved the way for Messiaen in even more ways than we = might have acknowledged. And Messiaen knew it. He praised Tournemire's improvisations enthusiastically and once said that he couldn't imagine how anyone could ever use Gregorian chant better in instrumental composition.   Lately I have been impressed with a rural atmosphere or evocation in some = of his music; there is a sense of being out in the open air on a lovely = summer morning, as well as a sense of being in a big church radiantly but dimly = lit by stained glass windows. Indeed he loved his native Brittany, = particularly the sea shore, and retreated there every summer. Why wouldn't he take inspiration from these places for his music as well? This would be = similar to Messiaen, who didn't just imagine bird songs but actually spent much = time in fields and forests listening to them.   What did Latry say about Tournemire's personality? I would be curious to know, having heard rumors that he became somewhat unbalanced mentally and may even have committed suicide. The way things were going in the world *horrified* him. (Sound like a sympathic figure these days?) Any information about his death, other than that he drowned at his summer home in Brittany, is hard to come by. I suspect something of a cover-up.        
(back) Subject: Farncis Booth (was Re: TCLewis) From: "Bruce Miles" <bruce@gbmuk.fsnet.co.uk> Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2003 10:32:28 -0000   Colin et al,   ----- Original Message ----- From: "Colin Mitchell" <cmys13085@yahoo.co.uk> Sent: Tuesday, March 18, 2003 3:10 AM Subject: Re: TCLewis   > I must re-read the book about Northern UK > organ-builders by Dr Nicholas Thistlethwaite.......I > can't recall how much he said about A & S of Leeds, > but they certainly did a lot of work in their heyday.   I can't find any mention of this book on the web - or perhaps it's a section in another Thistlethwaite book ? Would much appreciate some more info.   I have been trying for years to get some detail on Francis Booth of Wakefield in the hope of findiing out where our 1859 organ (St John's Methodist, Market Weighton) spent the the first 19 years of its life - it just may have been his demo/exhibition organ.   Regards,   Bruce Miles     website - http://www.gbmuk.fsnet.co.uk/index.html    
(back) Subject: Re: Melbourne Cathedral From: "Ross & Lynda Wards" <TheShieling@xtra.co.nz> Date: Wed, 19 Mar 2003 07:37:37 +1200   >Please return our heritage immediately! >Colin Mitchell UK   > --- Ross & Lynda Wards <TheShieling@xtra.co.nz> >wrote: > > I have a >> piece of stone about the size of a tennis ball from >> the Norman part of >> Southwark.........   Only when you've persuaded Melbourne to (sell?) give you back the TCLewis they have, and the Sydney vast Hill.   :-)   Ross    
(back) Subject: Re: Old Roman Catholic Hymn Search (X-posted) From: "Noel Stoutenburg" <mjolnir@ticnet.com> Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2003 14:00:24 -0600       quilisma@socal.rr.com wrote:   > THIS goes back a ways (grin), and it's not in any of my old Roman > Catholic hymnals .. St. Gregory, St. Basil, Catholic Youth. > > The Latin starts: > > Adoro te, O panis caelice, > O Domine, O Deus maxime. > > (refrain) > > Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus: > Semper tibi gloria > sacra sit sub hostia! > > I'm looking for the ENGLISH, but all I can remember is: > > We thee adore, O ... Living Bread from Heaven? Holy Angels' Bread? > something something something ... <snip> Or SOMETHING like that ... = ring a bell > with anybody?   Well, I can't say as it rings a bell, but I own a copy of the = accompaniment edition of "Magnificat Hymns" (C) 1925, Buehler Printing, in which is printed, at = #58:   1) We the adore, Thou holy Angel Bread O Savior Lord, Our Souls by Thee are fed.   Refrain: Holy holy holy! Thou alone art holy! Adoration without end to the holy Sacrament.   Since it is an accompaniment edition, only the first stanza of each hymn = is printed, but some Sister wrote in verses 2 and 3:   2) O Jesus! Lord! Thou giv'st Thy Flesh and Blood to strengthen us, to be our precious Food.   3) In death's dread hour Be our Viaticum When we depart, Oh, Thou, sweet Jesus, come.   Whether these are the actual second and third verses I have no way of = knowing, but you may be able to locate a copy of the hymnal which contains all the verses, = knowing a title, and a publisher.   ns    
(back) Subject: Re: Old Roman Catholic Hymn Search (X-posted) From: "Alan Freed" <acfreed0904@earthlink.net> Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2003 15:26:43 -0500   On 3/18/03 3:00 PM, "Noel Stoutenburg" <mjolnir@ticnet.com> wrote:   > Since it is an accompaniment edition, only the first stanza of each hymn = is > printed, > but some Sister wrote in verses 2 and 3:   Yonder Sister surely had the right idea, Noel. Why would the publisher publish only one stanza? How's the organist to sing along with his choir = or congregation? (Read from two books simultaneously?) Or, if that's not done, how's he to "phrase" the accompaniment? (Memorize the text?)   Alan    
(back) Subject: Father Willis - con man and crook? From: "John Foss" <harfo32@hotmail.com> Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2003 20:48:34 +0000   Father Willis - con man and crook! JC! Colin where did you pick that info. =   from! Chapter and verse? Documented? He'll rise from the grave and sue you =   for libel I guess! Old Hope Jones got into hot water financially -and he wasn't the only organ builder to do so by any means - but I have never = heard that particular comment before. When did Col. Dixon get involved with Harrisons? pre 1912? (All Saint's Tooting?) I know this list is strongly weighted in favour of the US - but surely we have a bit of respect for the =   master's of the past. There were a lot of excellent builders pre Fr. = Willis. As I mentioned earlier today, I am very busy just now so have not got much =   spare time to do any research, but surely St Anne's Limehouse (which, incidentally I recorded for the BBC) Bridge - 1771 is a superb instrument = - Fr. Smith, (Schmidt) Jordan (numerous Cathedrals in the 18th c.) Harris, Dallam, Hunter just to name a few. Or are you just trying to wind us up? John www.johnfoss.gr         _________________________________________________________________ The new MSN 8: advanced junk mail protection and 2 months FREE* http://join.msn.com/?page=3Dfeatures/junkmail    
(back) Subject: Mascioni organs From: "John Foss" <harfo32@hotmail.com> Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2003 21:07:22 +0000   Dear list I received no response to my comment on Mascioni (founded 1829) perhaps being the oldest pipe organ building firm in the hands of the original owners, so I presume this claim is justified. Visit this link to see and hear something very special! The organ "case" (doors, really, I suppose) look as if they were the work of Caravaggio, and the sound can be = downloaded - 10 year old Benedict, who is half Italian and has featured on this list before - sat with the headphones on totally transfixed for about 15 = minutes listening to the sounds!   http://www.mascioni-organs.com/novita/Nuovi/milano.htm   The whole Mascioni web site is extremely professional and well worth a visit.   www.johnfoss.gr         _________________________________________________________________ The new MSN 8: advanced junk mail protection and 2 months FREE* http://join.msn.com/?page=3Dfeatures/junkmail    
(back) Subject: Re: Review: Olivier Latry Masterclass in NYC From: "M Fox" <ophicleide16@direcway.com> Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2003 14:12:47 -0800     ----- Original Message ----- From: "Emmons, Paul" <pemmons@wcupa.edu>   > Lately I have been impressed with a rural atmosphere or evocation in = some of > his music; there is a sense of being out in the open air on a lovely summer > morning, as well as a sense of being in a big church radiantly but dimly lit > by stained glass windows. Indeed he loved his native Brittany, particularly > the sea shore, and retreated there every summer. Why wouldn't he take > inspiration from these places for his music as well? This would be similar > to Messiaen, who didn't just imagine bird songs but actually spent much time > in fields and forests listening to them. > > What did Latry say about Tournemire's personality? I would be curious = to > know, having heard rumors that he became somewhat unbalanced mentally = and > may even have committed suicide. The way things were going in the world > *horrified* him. (Sound like a sympathic figure these days?) Any > information about his death, other than that he drowned at his summer = home > in Brittany, is hard to come by. I suspect something of a cover-up.   I think Tournemire was from Bordeaux, and Arcachon, where he died, is nearby. So by geography he would be a sunny southerner rather than a dour mystic Celtic Breton (like Langlais) or dour Norman (like Dupr=E9 and Durufl=E9). I too love his organ music, but I admit that the orchestral symphonies I've heard -- four or five of the eight -- leave me pretty = cold.   Michael Fox       > > > > > > "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: Using Musicom for an electronic organ From: "Nichols, Joseph A." <JAN03@mhc.edu> Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2003 17:25:00 -0500   This is a multi-part message in MIME format.   ------_=3D_NextPart_001_01C2ED9D.370C8E63 Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3D"Windows-1252" Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable   =3D20 Hello, my name is Anthony Nichols and I am new to the list. I =3D thought I would tell you a little about a control system called Musicom. = =3D This system also supports digitally generated, NOT SAMPLED, electronic =3D sounds. The best way I can tell you about Musicom is by sharing my =3D experience with the company.   Five years ago, Murphy First Baptist Church decided to buy a new =3D organ to replace our twenty-five year old Allen organ. My mother (the =3D organist) and I chose the Ahlborn =3D96 Galanti Organ Company as the =3D supplier of our new instrument. We had researched the Allen and Rodgers = =3D organ companies and found that of the three, Galanti was the best =3D sounding. We did not know about Musicom at the time. We also desired =3D four ranks of speaking pipes with the electronic instrument. Soon after = =3D contracting the Galanti Company to do the work, the electronic portion =3D of the organ was installed. Unfortunately, after the electronics were =3D installed and voiced, we were sadly disappointed. The Galanti had no =3D leadership capability and did not have realistic solo or ensemble sounds = =3D such as a fine pipe organ would. To make matters worse, after the pipes = =3D were installed the electronic portion of the organ did not blend at all = =3D with the pipes.=3D20   After being regretful of the choice we had made, I was very =3D fortunate to hear a digital =3D96pipe hybrid instrument that used the =3D Musicom system near our town. I say that I was fortunate, but I was also = =3D in deep depression after hearing this fine instrument because of the =3D choice we had made with the Galanti Company. The Musicom digital voices = =3D were so clean and clear, and the blend with the pipes was seamless. It =3D was just as if I was standing in front of a large pipe organ. The =3D beautiful quality of the solo stops on the Musicom instrument is rarely = =3D achieved by many pipe organ builders. Being in the room with the =3D instrument made me feel as if I was listening to an Aeolian-Skinner =3D organ.=3D20   After hearing and playing this instrument on several happy occasions = =3D we so very much wished we had chosen a Musicom system for our =3D installation. After five years of living with the Galanti organ, it was = =3D struck by lightning on March 29, 2002, totally destroying the =3D instrument. I immediately contacted Musicom=3D92s agent John Werner to see = =3D if it would be possible for him to do the repairs. Thankfully, he agreed = =3D and plans were begun for a new Musicom equipped instrument of 82 ranks =3D on three manuals. Work began immediately on the organ, which was =3D entirely custom made as are almost all instruments that use the Musicom = =3D system. It was installed on May 19, 2002, only a month and a half after = =3D we had contacted the firm thanks to the fine efforts of John Werner and = =3D his team.=3D20   We are so very pleased with the organ! Our dream for an instrument =3D that has the capability to play all repertoire and confidently lead a =3D congregation in worship has been fulfilled. With Musicom, we got much =3D more than we had ever dreamed of in the instrument and also with the =3D people involved, including Tony Koorlander, the founder of the company, = =3D who helped in the installation of our organ and Tonal Director Graham =3D Blyth. The people of Musicom are the best in the industry at making an =3D instrument suitable for your church, school or home, and are among the =3D friendliest people anyone could ever meet.=3D20   I hope you will not make the mistake that we did by going elsewhere. = =3D In our experience the organ builders who are agents for the Musicom =3D system care as deeply about their instruments as any purely pipe organ =3D builder and this love of the organ really shows in the end result. Make = =3D Musicom your choice too.   If you would like more information on the Musicom system go to =3D www.musicom-ltd.com If you would like a recording or a copy of the stop =3D list of the Murphy First Baptist Church 82 rank instrument that uses the = =3D musicom system, e-mail me at jan03@mhc.edu   Thank You,=3D20   Anthony Nichols Murphy, North Carolina 28906   ------_=3D_NextPart_001_01C2ED9D.370C8E63 Content-Type: text/html; charset=3D"Windows-1252" Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable   <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 3.2//EN"> <HTML> <HEAD> <META HTTP-EQUIV=3D3D"Content-Type" CONTENT=3D3D"text/html; =3D charset=3D3Dwindows-1252"> <META NAME=3D3D"Generator" CONTENT=3D3D"MS Exchange Server version =3D 6.0.6249.1"> <TITLE>Using Musicom for an electronic organ</TITLE> </HEAD> <BODY> <!-- Converted from text/plain format -->   <P><FONT SIZE=3D3D2>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Hello, my name is Anthony Nichols and I am new to the = =3D list. I thought I would tell you a little about a control system called = =3D Musicom. This system also supports digitally generated, NOT SAMPLED, =3D electronic sounds. The best way I can tell you about Musicom is by =3D sharing my experience with the company.<BR> <BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Five years ago, Murphy First Baptist Church decided =3D to buy a new organ to replace our twenty-five year old Allen organ. My =3D mother (the organist) and I chose the Ahlborn =3D96 Galanti Organ Company = =3D as the supplier of our new instrument. We had researched the Allen and =3D Rodgers organ companies and found that of the three, Galanti was the =3D best sounding. We did not know about Musicom at the time. We also =3D desired four ranks of speaking pipes with the electronic instrument. =3D Soon after contracting the Galanti Company to do the work, the =3D electronic portion of the organ was installed. Unfortunately, after the = =3D electronics were installed and voiced, we were sadly disappointed. The =3D Galanti had no leadership capability and did not have realistic solo or = =3D ensemble sounds such as a fine pipe organ would. To make matters worse, = =3D after the pipes were installed the electronic portion of the organ did =3D not blend at all with the pipes.<BR> <BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; After being regretful of the choice we had made, I =3D was very fortunate to hear a digital =3D96pipe hybrid instrument that used = =3D the Musicom system near our town. I say that I was fortunate, but I was = =3D also in deep depression after hearing this fine instrument because of =3D the choice we had made with the Galanti Company. The Musicom digital =3D voices were so clean and clear, and the blend with the pipes was =3D seamless. It was just as if I was standing in front of a large pipe =3D organ. The beautiful quality of the solo stops on the Musicom instrument = =3D is rarely achieved by many pipe organ builders. Being in the room with =3D the instrument made me feel as if I was listening to an Aeolian-Skinner = =3D organ.<BR> <BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; After hearing and playing this instrument on several = =3D happy occasions we so very much wished we had chosen a Musicom system =3D for our installation. After five years of living with the Galanti organ, = =3D it was struck by lightning on March 29, 2002, totally destroying the =3D instrument. I immediately contacted Musicom=3D92s agent John Werner to see = =3D if it would be possible for him to do the repairs. Thankfully, he agreed = =3D and plans were begun for a new Musicom equipped instrument of 82 ranks =3D on three manuals. Work began immediately on the organ, which was =3D entirely custom made as are almost all instruments that use the Musicom = =3D system. It was installed on May 19, 2002, only a month and a half after = =3D we had contacted the firm thanks to the fine efforts of John Werner and = =3D his team.<BR> <BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; We are so very pleased with the organ! Our dream for = =3D an instrument that has the capability to play all repertoire and =3D confidently lead a congregation in worship has been fulfilled. With =3D Musicom, we got much more than we had ever dreamed of in the instrument = =3D and also with the people involved, including Tony Koorlander, the =3D founder of the company, who helped in the installation of our organ and =3D Tonal Director Graham Blyth. The people of Musicom are the best in the =3D industry at making an instrument suitable for your church, school or =3D home, and are among the friendliest people anyone could ever meet.<BR> <BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; I hope you will not make the mistake that we did by =3D going elsewhere. In our experience the organ builders who are agents for = =3D the Musicom system care as deeply about their instruments as any purely = =3D pipe organ builder and this love of the organ really shows in the end =3D result. Make Musicom your choice too.<BR> <BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; If you would like more information on the Musicom =3D system go to www.musicom-ltd.com If you would like a recording or a copy = =3D of the stop list of the Murphy First Baptist Church 82 rank instrument =3D that uses the musicom system, e-mail me at jan03@mhc.edu<BR> <BR> Thank You,<BR> <BR> Anthony Nichols<BR> Murphy, North Carolina 28906</FONT> </P>   </BODY> </HTML> ------_=3D_NextPart_001_01C2ED9D.370C8E63--