PipeChat Digest #3659 - Wednesday, May 7, 2003
 
Re: Outdoor Organs: some more
  by "David Scribner" <david@blackiris.com>
Re: Outdoor Organs: one more
  by <harrym@epix.net>
Re: Outdoor Organs
  by "Alan Freed" <acfreed0904@earthlink.net>
Re: Outdoor Organs: some more
  by "Alan Freed" <acfreed0904@earthlink.net>
Re: Outdoor Organs: some more
  by "jch" <opus1100@catoe.org>
Happy Birthday
  by <DudelK@aol.com>
Re: Outdoor Organs
  by "Shelley Culver" <sec_oboe2002@excite.com>
Re: Outdoor Organs: some more
  by "Del Case" <dcase@puc.edu>
Chautauqua organ
  by "Shelley Culver" <sec_oboe2002@excite.com>
Re: Outdoor Organs
  by "David Scribner" <david@blackiris.com>
Re: Outdoor Organs
  by "Alan Freed" <acfreed0904@earthlink.net>
Garden City Cathedral
  by <TRACKELECT@cs.com>
Re: Garden City Cathedral Roosevelt
  by <TubaMagna@aol.com>
Re: Garden City Cathedral
  by "Sand Lawn" <glawn@jam.rr.com>
Roosevelt III/35 to be destroyed
  by <TubaMagna@aol.com>
Brahms....Herr today and gone  tomorrow?
  by "Colin Mitchell" <cmys13085@yahoo.co.uk>
Re: Brahms....Herr today and gone  tomorrow?
  by "Alan Freed" <acfreed0904@earthlink.net>
Outdoor Pipe Organs
  by <TheOrganst@aol.com>
Re: Brahms....Hear today <G>
  by "David Scribner" <david@blackiris.com>
Re: Outdoor Pipe Organs
  by <Swedish5702@aol.com>
Re: Brahms....Hear today <G>
  by <patmai@juno.com>
 

(back) Subject: Re: Outdoor Organs: some more From: "David Scribner" <david@blackiris.com> Date: Wed, 7 May 2003 06:13:28 -0500   At 11:42 PM -0400 05/06/03, Stan Yoder wrote: >Surprised no one has mentioned the Episcopal cathedral at Garden >City, Long Island (or did I miss?) It used to have a division or >more in the tower with shutters to the outside that could be >activated. Was Roosevelt the builder?   I don't know about the Garden City organ but I do know that the EM Skinner at the Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco can be "opened up to be heard outside in the courtyard. There is a large panel frieze over the main doors to the museum that can be cranked open to allow the organ to be heard outside. There is also a "Military Trumpet" (I think that is the name of the stop) along with a large set of Chimes in the Entrance Arch into the courtyard. So although the organ isn't really installed outdoors it can be heard from an outdoor setting.   I also seem to remember something being said about the ability of moving the console outside of the front doors of the museum for an outdoor recital but I am not completely sure about that point.   All of this coming from a remembrance of a San Francisco AGO program that I attended while visiting SF, held at the Legion of Honor shortly after the organ was restored/redone by Ed Stout some years ago. Maybe there is a local San Franciscan on the list that can give more updated/correct information than I can along with giving an update of the status of the Opus 500 / Waterfront Pavilion project.   David  
(back) Subject: Re: Outdoor Organs: one more From: <harrym@epix.net> Date: Wed, 7 May 2003 9:31:53 -0400   Another one that has always fascinated me - the WurliTzer at Roosevelt = Memorial Park in southern California.   From the website of the organist:   "On February 18, 1925, the Wurlitzer Factory shipped it's "Opus 998", a 4 = manual, 17 rank pipe organ in 12 freight cars, to Gardena, California. = The cost to the cemetery was approx. $50,000. A year went into its = building. Wind pressures are 10, 25, 35, and 50 inches. The organ itself = is contained in a 3 story, 6 room building, centered in the Cemetery. The = console is 75 feet away from the organ house and 10 feet underground. The = console is covered with a copper and glass top. Sections of the cover = open to reveal the organist sitting at the console. There is also a = window that opens to allow the organist to hear the instrument more = clearly. The reason for the console location is the extreme volume that = is produced by the organ. At one time the organ had a listening radius of = 5 to 10 miles."   http://members.aol.com/theorganst/Page1.html    
(back) Subject: Re: Outdoor Organs From: "Alan Freed" <acfreed0904@earthlink.net> Date: Wed, 07 May 2003 09:56:54 -0400   > This message is in MIME format. Since your mail reader does not = understand this format, some or all of this message may not be legible.   --B_3135146214_8108041 Content-type: text/plain; charset=3D"ISO-8859-1" Content-transfer-encoding: quoted-printable   On 5/7/03 1:25 AM, "Eric McKirdy" <eric@jazzyeric.com> wrote:   > On 5/6/03 12:27 PM, Alan Freed said something about: >=3D20 >> > Who's Eric? >=3D20 > Hi... I=3DB9m Eric. >=3D20 >=3D20 > Hi, Eric! I thought you might be just a figment of Shelley=3DB9s = imagination=3D .. > But you ARE in my address book, so I guess you are REAL. Glad to know = yo=3D u. >=3D20 > Alan > www.stlukesnyc.org >=3D20 >=3D20 >=3D20 >=3D20     --B_3135146214_8108041 Content-type: text/html; charset=3D"ISO-8859-1" Content-transfer-encoding: quoted-printable   <HTML> <HEAD> <TITLE>Re: Outdoor Organs</TITLE> </HEAD> <BODY> <FONT FACE=3D3D"Times New Roman">On 5/7/03 1:25 AM, &quot;Eric = McKirdy&quot; &l=3D t;eric@jazzyeric.com&gt; wrote:<BR> <BR> </FONT><BLOCKQUOTE><FONT FACE=3D3D"Times New Roman">On 5/6/03 12:27 PM, = Alan Fr=3D eed said something about:<BR> <BR> &gt; Who's Eric?<BR> <BR> Hi... I&#8217;m Eric.<BR> <BR> <BR> Hi, Eric! &nbsp;I thought you might be just a figment of Shelley&#8217;s = im=3D agination. &nbsp;But you ARE in my address book, so I guess you are REAL. = &n=3D bsp;Glad to know you.<BR> <BR> Alan<BR> www.stlukesnyc.org<BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> </FONT></BLOCKQUOTE><FONT FACE=3D3D"Times New Roman"><BR> </FONT> </BODY> </HTML>     --B_3135146214_8108041--    
(back) Subject: Re: Outdoor Organs: some more From: "Alan Freed" <acfreed0904@earthlink.net> Date: Wed, 07 May 2003 10:17:19 -0400   On 5/7/03 7:13 AM, "David Scribner" <david@blackiris.com> wrote:   > I don't know about the Garden City organ but I do know that the EM > Skinner at the Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco can be > "opened up to be heard outside in the courtyard. There is a large > panel frieze over the main doors to the museum that can be cranked > open to allow the organ to be heard outside. There is also a > "Military Trumpet" (I think that is the name of the stop) along with > a large set of Chimes in the Entrance Arch into the courtyard. So > although the organ isn't really installed outdoors it can be heard > from an outdoor setting.   In that sense, like the Spreckles, except that the Palace contains a lot more than JUST the organ, of course.   My listening to the Legon of Honor organ was in the mid-50s, long before it= s restoration; my memory is that, like the one in Temple Emanuel (same city) it was horribly muffled, buried behind thick stone walls or something. Except that at the Palace if you touch some of those stones, you discover that they are made of CLOTH, through which the organ is speaking. But stil= l very muffled. Nowadays, maybe not. I hope. >=20 > I also seem to remember something being said about the ability of > moving the console outside of the front doors of the museum for an > outdoor recital but I am not completely sure about that point.   So "The Thinker" could noodle on it? >=20 > All of this coming from a remembrance of a San Francisco AGO program > that I attended while visiting SF, held at the Legion of Honor > shortly after the organ was restored/redone by Ed Stout some years > ago. Maybe there is a local San Franciscan on the list that can give > more updated/correct information than I can along with giving an > update of the status of the Opus 500 / Waterfront Pavilion project. >=20 Ask and you shall receive. Good friend in San Francisco, Jim Lokken of piporg-l, reports:   Well, the stuff about Austin Op. 500 is old news here. I've been down in Brooks Hall, under the plaza across from the City Hall, and helped some AGO types pull back the plastic sheets covering the organ pipes in storage. Mos= t of the organ looks O.K. The 32' Open Diapason (wood) is nearly indestructible except by fire, made as it is of 3" thick clear pine of a quality that is not available these days. Some of the 32' Violone pipes of the fa=E7ade are dented and have split seams, so look not so good. I suspect they could be fixed in a proper pipe shop. =20 Personally I doubt the wisdom of an outdoor installation along the Embarcadero. Too noisy. Weather. No acoustic ambiance to let the sound "bloom." Even so, the Austin guy tells me that it's a near-twin of the Spreckles Pavilion organ in San Diego, a remarkably successful outdoor installation. =20 End quote.   Alan    
(back) Subject: Re: Outdoor Organs: some more From: "jch" <opus1100@catoe.org> Date: Wed, 07 May 2003 09:21:05 -0500   At 10:17 AM 5/7/03 -0400, you wrote: >Personally I doubt the wisdom of an outdoor installation along the >Embarcadero   I would have to agree....the similarity between this proposal and the Spreckles ends with the organs...the Spreckles organ is in Balboa Park which is not near the water....The climate in San Diego is rather dry. The =   Embarcadero is the San Francisco waterfront right on the bay...a much different situation.   jch      
(back) Subject: Happy Birthday From: <DudelK@aol.com> Date: Wed, 07 May 2003 10:48:21 -0400   to the late great Johannes Brahms, born this day in 1833. Though his = output for the organ was modest, he left us some of the most magnificent = music of all time.  
(back) Subject: Re: Outdoor Organs From: "Shelley Culver" <sec_oboe2002@excite.com> Date: Wed, 7 May 2003 11:20:24 -0400 (EDT)       >Hi, Eric! I thought you might be just a figment of Shelley=92s = imagination. But you ARE in my address book, so I guess you are REAL.   Hmmmm, a figment of my imagination? Like an imaginary friend? Now guys, = sometimes my imagination goes a little wild, but I left all the imaginary = friends at home when I came to college ;)   Shelley   _______________________________________________ Join Excite! - http://www.excite.com The most personalized portal on the Web!  
(back) Subject: Re: Outdoor Organs: some more From: "Del Case" <dcase@puc.edu> Date: Wed, 07 May 2003 09:21:42 -0700       David Scribner wrote: >   EM > Skinner at the Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco snip There is also a > "Military Trumpet" (I think that is the name of the stop) along with > a large set of Chimes in the Entrance Arch into the courtyard. snip     E.M. Skinner is quoted as having said that he "wanted the arch trumpet to be heard in downtown San Francisco." Maybe on a quiet night with the wind blowing the rignt direction? ? ?   Del W. Case Pacific Union College  
(back) Subject: Chautauqua organ From: "Shelley Culver" <sec_oboe2002@excite.com> Date: Wed, 7 May 2003 12:56:49 -0400 (EDT)       Well, all my noise about outdoor organs has earned me a tour of the = Chautauqua organ, courtesy of the company who maintains it. Maybe then I = can figure this outdoor organ thing out, and tell Eric how it works too = (Eric my non-imaginary buddy!). I think i really like this list!   Shell         _______________________________________________ Join Excite! - http://www.excite.com The most personalized portal on the Web!  
(back) Subject: Re: Outdoor Organs From: "David Scribner" <david@blackiris.com> Date: Wed, 7 May 2003 12:25:36 -0500   At 9:56 AM -0400 05/07/03, Alan Freed wrote: >On 5/7/03 1:25 AM, "Eric McKirdy" <eric@jazzyeric.com> wrote: > >On 5/6/03 12:27 PM, Alan Freed said something about: > > > Who's Eric? > >Hi... I'm Eric. > > >Hi, Eric! I thought you might be just a figment of Shelley's >imagination. But you ARE in my address book, so I guess you are >REAL. Glad to know you. > >Alan >www.stlukesnyc.org   Actually Alan - If you joined in on the PipeChat IRC sessions on Mondays and Fridays you would have "met" Eric since he shows up there.   David  
(back) Subject: Re: Outdoor Organs From: "Alan Freed" <acfreed0904@earthlink.net> Date: Wed, 07 May 2003 13:41:53 -0400   On 5/7/03 1:25 PM, "David Scribner" <david@blackiris.com> wrote:   > Actually Alan - If you joined in on the PipeChat IRC sessions on > Mondays and Fridays you would have "met" Eric since he shows up there.   Good idea, David. And that day may YET come. (But my trompette d'etat sounds Taps at about 7 p.m. these days.)   Alan    
(back) Subject: Garden City Cathedral From: <TRACKELECT@cs.com> Date: Wed, 7 May 2003 14:05:00 EDT     --part1_18.2fea3012.2beaa4cc_boundary Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   The Roosevelt, which I understand was the first electric action organ in = the US, was replaced long ago. The last I heard they had a Cassavant which may =   have since been replaced.   Alan B   --part1_18.2fea3012.2beaa4cc_boundary Content-Type: text/html; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable   <HTML><FONT FACE=3D3Darial,helvetica><FONT SIZE=3D3D2>The Roosevelt, = which I un=3D derstand was the first electric action organ in the US, was replaced long = ag=3D o. The last I heard they had a Cassavant which may have since been = replaced.=3D =3D20 <BR> <BR>Alan B</FONT></HTML>   --part1_18.2fea3012.2beaa4cc_boundary--  
(back) Subject: Re: Garden City Cathedral Roosevelt From: <TubaMagna@aol.com> Date: Wed, 7 May 2003 14:30:36 EDT   The 115-stop Roosevelt was immense, divided between the tower and the chancel. Although the divisions were near each other in size, stops were = not necessarily duplicated. The FOUR 16' flues on the Great were each of a different design and construction. Great and Pedal reeds and mixtures, in typical Roosevelt fashion, were also enclosed. Because of the special = nature of the design, the firm gave it five(!) opus numbers, 66 through 70: = Chancel Organ, Tower Organ, Echo Organ, Chapel Organ, and Chime Action (I'm not making this up, you know).   I believe a substantial Schlicker installation succeeded it, but I do not know if or how much of the Roosevelt was retained.   The Casavant instrument has probably been in there about two decades.   Sebastian M. Gluck New York City  
(back) Subject: Re: Garden City Cathedral From: "Sand Lawn" <glawn@jam.rr.com> Date: Wed, 7 May 2003 13:52:16 -0500   This is a multi-part message in MIME format.   ------=3D_NextPart_000_0034_01C3149F.DED28500 Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3D"iso-8859-1" Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable   The Cathedral of the Incarnation in Garden City, LI, NY was home to a =3D Roosevelt, built under Opus numbers 66 to 70 in 1879. This was four =3D manuals, 136 ranks. There is some question whether or not the Tower =3D division was actully installed... apparently the Treasurer of the church = =3D disappeared with some of the organ funds. Apparently the organ was very = =3D buried with little tonal access. It was replaced by Casavant, #1069 and = =3D reduced in size. In 1962 the Casavant was replaced by a four manual 117 = =3D rank Schlicker. This was replaced in 1986, again by Casavant, #3607. =3D The current organ is four manuals and 103 ranks.   Sand   ------=3D_NextPart_000_0034_01C3149F.DED28500 Content-Type: text/html; charset=3D"iso-8859-1" Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable   <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN"> <HTML><HEAD> <META http-equiv=3D3DContent-Type content=3D3D"text/html; =3D charset=3D3Diso-8859-1"> <META content=3D3D"MSHTML 6.00.2800.1106" name=3D3DGENERATOR> <STYLE></STYLE> </HEAD> <BODY bgColor=3D3D#ffffff> <DIV><FONT face=3D3DArial size=3D3D2>The Cathedral of the Incarnation in = =3D Garden City,=3D20 LI, NY was home to a Roosevelt, built under Opus numbers 66 to 70 in =3D 1879.&nbsp;=3D20 This was four manuals, 136 ranks.&nbsp; There is some question whether =3D or not=3D20 the Tower division was actully installed... apparently the Treasurer of = =3D the=3D20 church disappeared with some of the organ funds.&nbsp; Apparently the =3D organ was=3D20 very buried with little tonal access.&nbsp; It was replaced by Casavant, = =3D #1069=3D20 and reduced in size.&nbsp; In 1962 the Casavant was replaced by a four =3D manual=3D20 117 rank Schlicker.&nbsp; This was replaced in 1986, again by = Casavant,=3D20 #3607.&nbsp; The current organ is four manuals and 103 =3D ranks.</FONT></DIV> <DIV><FONT face=3D3DArial size=3D3D2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV><FONT face=3D3DArial size=3D3D2>Sand</FONT></DIV> <BLOCKQUOTE=3D20 style=3D3D"PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px; MARGIN-LEFT: 5px; =3D BORDER-LEFT: #000000 2px solid; MARGIN-RIGHT: =3D 0px">&nbsp;</BLOCKQUOTE></BODY></HTML>   ------=3D_NextPart_000_0034_01C3149F.DED28500--    
(back) Subject: Roosevelt III/35 to be destroyed From: <TubaMagna@aol.com> Date: Wed, 7 May 2003 15:18:26 EDT   Ladies and Gentlemen:   A critically important III/35 (with four preparations) Roosevelt organ = from 1890 will be destroyed very shortly. The pipework shows little evidence of =   ever being tuned since its final voicing and tonal finishing, making it = one of the most important unaltered historical documents in American organbuilding history.   Various people have been trying to save this organ for at least a decade, = to no avail. This is not one of those "last-minute" things that should have = been handled -- from what I understand, the search for a new home has been on = for years. The building has been vacant for at least forty years, and has been =   sold, soon to be hit by the wrecking ball, organ and all.   My own firm has twice attempted to place this instrument, once with a = major university, and once with a private individual, both of whom could not = make the commitment at the last moment. We were so close, that photographic surveys were made, and pipemakers' marks recorded. A tremendous amount of time and money has been spent on building crates for the pipework -- for = an organ that now looks like it is going down with the building. If our = second possibility has a reversal of fortune at the last moment, he gets it, of course, but it looks grim at this point.   IF YOU KNOW OF ANYBODY WHO IS INTERESTED IN SAVING THIS EXCEPTIONALLY RARE =   DOCUMENT, have them call me, NOW. I am leaving for Leipzig on the 19th of this month, and I do not know if we even have time to save this instrument = at this late date.   This is for serious enquiries from people who actually have been looking = for an organ and have access to the funds needed to save it NOW -- this is no longer a long-term or speculative venture. Even if they cannot rebuild the =   organ now, at least this pipework can be crated and stored. It is an expensive undertaking, and worth the effort. There are fewer Roosevelts = in the world than there are Rembrandts and Vermeers. Think about it. This is your art form. We would rather not partake in an artistic violation of = ethics by splitting the organ up -- it should be saved as a substantial and important historic reference document. Is your college, university, = church, museum, or well-off friend in need of a pipe organ and a good deed to = their credit?   Sebastian M. Gluck New York City (212) 608-5651 (917) 749-0827 (cellular telephone)  
(back) Subject: Brahms....Herr today and gone tomorrow? From: "Colin Mitchell" <cmys13085@yahoo.co.uk> Date: Thu, 8 May 2003 01:00:23 +0100 (BST)   Hello,   I have a wonderful memory for useless facts, but I once met an organist who, as a little boy, had played the piano for Brahms!   The organist was a Mr Shackleton Pollard; a former organist and choirmaster at Halifax parish church, who lived well into his 90's and died perhaps 20-25 years ago.   However, I can never understand why the UK classical world seems to have abandoned Brahms in its programming. How such greatness can be treated as a disposable fashion-object is beyond me. Perhaps we live in a more frivolous age, and Brahms' music is too much of an intellectual challenge.   Of course, the same could be said of organists and Max Reger..........our day will come!   Is Brahms still heard regularly in America?   Regards,   Colin Mitchell UK         --- DudelK@aol.com wrote: > to the late great Johannes Brahms, born this day in > 1833. Though his output for the organ was modest, he > left us some of the most magnificent music of all > time.     __________________________________________________ Yahoo! Plus For a better Internet experience http://www.yahoo.co.uk/btoffer  
(back) Subject: Re: Brahms....Herr today and gone tomorrow? From: "Alan Freed" <acfreed0904@earthlink.net> Date: Wed, 07 May 2003 20:21:46 -0400   On 5/7/03 8:00 PM, "Colin Mitchell" <cmys13085@yahoo.co.uk> wrote:   > > Is Brahms still heard regularly in America? > Oh, I think so. Not "INfrequently" anyway. Requiem. Alto Rhapsody. I can't comment on frequency of performance, but since things are familiar, they must be played SOMEwhere (on the radio or whatever).   Alan    
(back) Subject: Outdoor Pipe Organs From: <TheOrganst@aol.com> Date: Wed, 7 May 2003 21:30:33 EDT     --part1_6e.2da3de3d.2beb0d39_boundary Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   As the organist and curator of the Roosevelt Memorial Park in Gardena, CA, = I can add that this particular organ may not be the biggest or the oldest, = but it certainly is the loudest. Many of the 17 ranks are on 50" of pressure, = the rest being on 30-35. Please visit my website and see for yourself.   http://members.aol.com/theorganst/Page1.html   Kyle B. Irwin Organist - Curator Roosevelt Memorial Park   --part1_6e.2da3de3d.2beb0d39_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">As the organist and curator of the Roosevelt = Memorial=3D20=3D Park in Gardena, CA, I can add that this particular organ may not be the = big=3D gest or the oldest, but it certainly is the loudest. Many of the 17 ranks = ar=3D e on 50" of pressure, the rest being on 30-35.&nbsp; Please visit my = website=3D and see for yourself.<BR> <BR> http://members.aol.com/theorganst/Page1.html<BR> <BR> Kyle B. Irwin<BR> Organist - Curator<BR> Roosevelt Memorial Park<BR> </FONT></HTML> --part1_6e.2da3de3d.2beb0d39_boundary--  
(back) Subject: Re: Brahms....Hear today <G> From: "David Scribner" <david@blackiris.com> Date: Wed, 7 May 2003 20:46:56 -0500   This afternoon, on our local classical station that we listen to at the shop, the announcer mentioned that Brahms was the FIRST major composer to have his voice recorded by the Edison Company. She also said that you could search for the "Voice of Brahms" on the web to find the recording.   If you go to: http://www.measure.demon.co.uk/sounds/Brahms.html you can hear his voice and also hear him playing part of his Hungarian Dance #1. The quality is a bit poor but it is a historical recording!   ENJOY!   David  
(back) Subject: Re: Outdoor Pipe Organs From: <Swedish5702@aol.com> Date: Wed, 7 May 2003 22:29:05 EDT     --part1_1ca.9315944.2beb1af1_boundary Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   Kyle: I was unaware of this Mighty Wurlitzer and I appreciate your sharing the site with me. I was fascinated by all the information provided and it hurts to hear of = its condition. Have you considered asking the ATOS for help in your endeavor? Best, Craig J. in Pa.   --part1_1ca.9315944.2beb1af1_boundary Content-Type: text/html; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable   <HTML><FONT FACE=3D3Darial,helvetica><FONT COLOR=3D3D"#000080" SIZE=3D3D2 = FAMILY=3D =3D3D"SANSSERIF" FACE=3D3D"Arial Cyr" LANG=3D3D"0"><B>Kyle:<BR> I was unaware of this Mighty Wurlitzer and I appreciate your sharing the = si=3D te with me.<BR> I was fascinated by all the information provided and it hurts to hear of = it=3D s condition.<BR> Have you considered asking the ATOS for help in your endeavor?<BR> Best,<BR> Craig J.&nbsp; in Pa.</B></FONT></HTML>   --part1_1ca.9315944.2beb1af1_boundary--  
(back) Subject: Re: Brahms....Hear today <G> From: <patmai@juno.com> Date: Wed, 7 May 2003 22:32:38 -0400   Hello, David and PipeChatters,   Thanks for the website of the playing of Johannes himself. I look forward to clicking on it and listening tomorrow. >Wed, 7 May 2003 20:46 David Scribner <david@blackiris.com> writes: > This afternoon, on our local classical station that we listen to at > the shop, the announcer mentioned that Brahms was the FIRST major > composer to have his voice recorded by the Edison Company. She also > said that you could search for the "Voice of Brahms" on the web to > find the recording. En route home tonight after listening to the West Point Middle School (grades 5-8) Spring Band and Choir Concert, I was delighted to hear the familiar strains of the Brahms Requiem on the one public FM radio station, WNYC-FM, 93.9 in the NYC metro area.   It brought back memories of previous performances auf Deutsch, from the New Jersey All-State Chorus of the late sixties which sang the second movement at first to my piano accompaniment, then later to a full orchestra of talented NJ high schoolers. Also, it was a joy to sing the "Requiem" by today's birthday boy along with the "Creation" of Haydn under the direction of Robert Shaw with the Pittsburgh Symphony in the summer of 1972 at the Philadelphia Orchestra's summer home at Ambler, PA.   Yes, I have played the official organ part at the First-Park Baptist Church (which has a 1927 Austin 3-manual with principal chorus added in the late 1950's- early 1960's) in Plainfield, NJ, for the entire work, with a freelance orchestra under the direction of the late F. Louis Hooker. I have also played the full piano reduction of "How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place" on the organ since senior year in high school.. That stood me in good stead one morning at First Park Baptist, when I realized that my score was not with me at the organ console in the gallery high above all the singers. I trusted my memory and played sans musique.   How many of us have played the entire work or excerpts on the orgel? How recently have you played one of the 11 Chorale Preludes of Brahms? April 27 at the Post Chapel I played his "O Welt, ich muss dich lassen" for the prelude and with 10 seconds notice, his "Schmuecke (sp?) dich, O liebe Seele" for the selection during the offering.   Regards to all from the rainy, thunderstorm-laden Hudson valley,   Pat Maimone Post Chapel, West Point, NY Oct 1975 - June 2003 III/57 Aeolian-Skinner/Moeller/Gress-Miles patmai@juno.com   ________________________________________________________________ The best thing to hit the internet in years - Juno SpeedBand! Surf the web up to FIVE TIMES FASTER! Only $14.95/ month - visit www.juno.com to sign up today!