PipeChat Digest #4128 - Thursday, November 27, 2003
 
18th cty barrel organ 07
  by "Andr=E9s G=FCnther" <agun@telcel.net.ve>
Augusta Holmes
  by "Andr=E9s G=FCnther" <agun@telcel.net.ve>
Re: Augusta Holmes
  by "John L. Speller" <jlspeller@mindspring.com>
Re: Re: TAO ad
  by <RMB10@aol.com>
RE: Dedications of Franck's works
  by "Storandt, Peter" <pstorandt@okcu.edu>
Re: wedding rehearsals
  by "Alan Freed" <acfreed0904@earthlink.net>
Book of fiction about organist
  by "June Edison" <junemax@insightbb.com>
Re: Book of fiction about organist
  by "M Fox" <ophicleide16@direcway.com>
Re: Book of fiction about organist
  by <DudelK@aol.com>
Re: Book of fiction about organist
  by "Malcolm Wechsler" <manderusa@earthlink.net>
New Books, Sheet Music, CDs, Videos at OHS
  by "William T. Van Pelt" <bill@organsociety.org>
Re: Book of fiction about organist
  by <Gfc234@aol.com>
Re: Book of fiction about organist
  by "Malcolm Wechsler" <manderusa@earthlink.net>
Re: Book of fiction about organist
  by <RonSeverin@aol.com>
 

(back) Subject: 18th cty barrel organ 07 From: "Andr=E9s G=FCnther" <agun@telcel.net.ve> Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2003 08:24:40 -0400   Andres Gunther agun@telcel.net.ve   18th cty barrel organ part 07 (The tune)   My first remembrance when I listened to the tune was: Hanon Piano = Exercise. Second: Kramer Piano Exercise. Third: One of Czerny's (in)famous Piano Etudes... I couldn't help myself. The tune is an endless succession of arpeggios from 1st (Tonica) to 5th (Dominante) grade and viceversa with = some diminished sepths and several trills which seemed adventurous in = comparison. Therefore it was a rather disappointing affair. What the heck had this musically poor opus to do on a Palace Clock whith such an alleged = historical background?   In 1997 I had restored an Aeolian Duo Art Player mechanism back to = original condition and the test roll played very similar succesions of scales and arpeggios. For this my rather heretic suspiction was (and still is) that = the roller could be a test roller which was installed in the organ- or left there by a former repairman. What gives to think furthermore is that the roller doesn't play the five highest notes of the organ compass, which = leds to the suspiction that it's not original and this puts a big, still unresolved questioning mark on the whole affair.   Enrique Cupello and his chief engineer put on long faces too when they = came to my workshop in May 1999 to listen to the melody. Anyway I manufactured the definitive snail roller driver and transcribed the melody in the following months, this time aided by computer software (Finale). In September 1999 Enrique sent the score and a record of a) the melody played by the barrel organ and b) the MIDI backplayed melody to France. Since = clock and organ belong to the State this was done through diplomatic ways. Mr Foussard wrote to the venezuelan embassy in France on March 05 2000:   "(...) The clock is indeed a piece of great interest. The work of Mr. Cupello deserves our congratulations, and the restoration of the barrel organ carried out by Mr. Gunther shows a high quality professionalism, = just as the difficult reconstruction of the score. We hope that we can identify it, but we will need luck for that! = Considering the music form and style, I would think it's a movement from a sonata or a concert for harp, which would match well to Louis XVI's court. His wife played this instrument which was in fashion at this time. In any event it = is not a work for keyboard. We will study the works of Cosineau and Nademan = who worked in the Court as composers. Undoubtedly other hypotheses can be managed. (...)"   Similar thoughts were expressed in the already mentioned letter from March 09 2000:   "(...) However, nothing opposes that the music itself could be French. It = is presumably a first movement of a sonata or a concerto, with sonata form: tonic to dominant and retaking, dominant to tonic and retaking; cadence. Once we could identify the score it would be interesting to reconstitute = the other cylinders carrying the other movements. The writing, at a first impression, could indicate an oevre for harp, which would match well to Marie-Antoniette,... It would be necessary to look in particular for the count of Cousineau, who was composer and harp manufacturer for the court, = or Krumpholtz, famous virtuoso who came from Vienna and get settled in Paris = in 1777... But nothing is secure, so one could also think about a piece for flute... In order to pursue the investigation, I would be very thankful to you if = you could indicate me the presence of marks I have mentioned above".   (will be ctd.)      
(back) Subject: Augusta Holmes From: "Andr=E9s G=FCnther" <agun@telcel.net.ve> Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2003 08:44:37 -0400   Andres Gunther agun@telcel.net.ve   Glenda asked:   > Who was Augusta Holmes?   The dedication says "a mon eleve"- according to that, Augusta Holmes = (accent on the 'e', not related to Sherlock Holmes :) was Cesar Auguste's pupil or student. Unless Durand made a, hrrm hrrm, *polite* change in this too <G> the passionate toccata and the intimate cantabile of this chorale suggest = a lot of things in the background :)   Tongue in cheek mooded Andres =3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D= =3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D First was the cat, then was the Orgler. The Orgler got a pet and the cat got something to wonder about.    
(back) Subject: Re: Augusta Holmes From: "John L. Speller" <jlspeller@mindspring.com> Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2003 06:09:12 -0600   Andr=E9s G=FCnther wrote:   >Andres Gunther >agun@telcel.net.ve > >Glenda asked: > > > >>Who was Augusta Holmes? >> >> > >The dedication says "a mon eleve"- according to that, Augusta Holmes = (accent >on the 'e', not related to Sherlock Holmes :) was Cesar Auguste's pupil = or >student. Unless Durand made a, hrrm hrrm, *polite* change in this too <G> >the passionate toccata and the intimate cantabile of this chorale suggest = a >lot of things in the background :) > > And I gather that Mme. Franck was not too keen on Augusta Holmes either. There is a website at http://64.147.130.71/bigbookwritings_lovelives.shtm which gives more information.   John Speller      
(back) Subject: Re: Re: TAO ad From: <RMB10@aol.com> Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2003 07:27:23 EST     -------------------------------1069849643 Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   >Monty: With the explosive value of the Euro against the USD $ I thought = it >would be a long time before a significant European organ was installed in >the US. But I was wrong. >Could you tell us what this organ is going to cost in USD$? > >Andrew Mead >Ontario, Canada     Andrew- We signed our contract back about 6 months ago or so, and the value of the = US Dollar vs. Euro was still strong, but the contract was written in US = dollars. At that time the exchange was still good. I am not at liberty to say = what the exact amount was, because the church wants to keep the amount private, = but I can tell you it was well over $1million US dollars. There are two other =   fairly large Ruffattis coming to the United States in the near future, = too. One to Naples, Florida and one to Little Rock, Arkansas, as well as a = moderately sized three manual going to New Hampshire (I think--anyway, it's somewhere = in New England). I tell you, this is a company to watch great things come = from. The days of the thin principals, very firey reed and extremely bright = mixtures are gone (St. Mary's Cathedral, Coral Ridge, Crystal Cathedral)--the new sound is rich and full and silvery, unforced but powerful. It's an = amazing transformation. Francesco and Piero Ruffatti have done some wonderful = things!!!   Monty Bennett Friendship Missionary Baptist Church Charlotte, NC   -------------------------------1069849643 Content-Type: text/html; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable   <HTML><HEAD> <META charset=3D3DUTF-8 http-equiv=3D3DContent-Type = content=3D3D"text/html; charse=3D t=3D3Dutf-8"> <META content=3D3D"MSHTML 6.00.2800.1170" name=3D3DGENERATOR></HEAD> <BODY style=3D3D"FONT-SIZE: 12pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; BACKGROUND-COLOR: = #fffff=3D f"> <DIV>&gt;Monty: With the explosive value of the Euro against the USD $ I = tho=3D ught it<BR>&gt;would be a long time before a significant European organ = was=3D20=3D installed in<BR>&gt;the US. But I was wrong.<BR>&gt;Could you tell us what = t=3D his organ is going to cost in USD$?<BR><STRONG><FONT face=3D3D"Times New = Roman=3D ">&gt;</FONT></STRONG><BR>&gt;Andrew Mead<BR>&gt;Ontario, Canada<BR></DIV> <DIV><STRONG><FONT face=3D3D"Times New Roman"></FONT></STRONG>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV><STRONG><FONT face=3D3D"Times New = Roman">Andrew-</FONT></STRONG></DIV> <DIV><STRONG><FONT face=3D3D"Times New Roman">We signed our contract back = abou=3D t 6 months ago or so, and the&nbsp;value of the US Dollar vs. = Euro&nbsp;was=3D20=3D still strong, but the contract was written in US dollars.&nbsp; At that = time=3D the exchange was still good.&nbsp; I am not at liberty to say what the = exac=3D t amount was, because the church wants to keep the amount private, but I = can=3D tell you it was well over $1million US dollars.&nbsp; = </FONT></STRONG><STRO=3D NG><FONT face=3D3D"Times New Roman">There are two other fairly large = Ruffattis=3D coming to the United States in the near future, too.&nbsp; One to Naples, = F=3D lorida and one to Little Rock, Arkansas, as well as a moderately sized = three=3D manual going to New Hampshire (I think--anyway, it's somewhere in New = Engla=3D nd).&nbsp; I tell you, this is a company to watch great things come = from.&nb=3D sp; The days of the thin principals, very firey reed&nbsp;and extremely = brig=3D ht mixtures are gone (St. Mary's Cathedral, Coral Ridge, Crystal = Cathedral)-=3D -the new sound is rich and full and silvery, unforced but powerful.&nbsp; = It=3D 's an amazing transformation.&nbsp; Francesco and Piero Ruffatti have done = s=3D ome wonderful things!!!</FONT></STRONG></DIV> <DIV><STRONG><FONT face=3D3D"Times New Roman"></FONT></STRONG>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV><STRONG><FONT face=3D3D"Times New Roman">Monty = Bennett</FONT></STRONG></D=3D IV> <DIV><STRONG><FONT face=3D3D"Times New Roman">Friendship Missionary = Baptist Ch=3D urch</FONT></STRONG></DIV> <DIV><STRONG><FONT face=3D3D"Times New Roman">Charlotte, = NC</FONT></STRONG></D=3D IV></BODY></HTML>   -------------------------------1069849643--  
(back) Subject: RE: Dedications of Franck's works From: "Storandt, Peter" <pstorandt@okcu.edu> Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2003 10:37:56 -0600   Dear all,   The writer below is represented by a recent photograph and a wonderful career summary in the December TAO. Check it out.   Peter   -----Original Message----- From: pipechat@pipechat.org [mailto:pipechat@pipechat.org] On Behalf Of quilisma@cox.net Sent: Tuesday, November 25, 2003 6:55 PM To: PipeChat Subject: Dedications of Franck's works   Actually, no, Glenda ... the original Durand edition (the "portrait"=20 one) had the dedications as Franck wanted them. For reasons I forget=20 now, Durand (or somebody) CHANGED them in the newer ("landscape")=20 edition, which most of us play from, unless you're lucky enough to have=20 the original. A number of note errors also crept into the new printing=20 .... I still have David Craighead's errata sheets clipped in the front of   one of my volumes.   Cheers,   Bud   Glenda wrote:   > Andres, thanks but I already knew that much (sounds as if Franck had > trouble deciding to whom to dedicate, doesn't it?). I guess I was > wondering whether these guys cross-dedicated to each other, thereby > sending messages or secret jokes (something I would probably do if I > composed very much). I could imagine Gigout and Franck sharing a secret > laugh over, or with, L-W, or the like. So I was wondering if there was > any documentation, i.e., past diaries or letters, intimating such. >=20 > Who was Augusta Holmes? >=20 > Glenda Sutton > gksjd85@direcway.com >=20 >=20 >=20 >=20 > "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 >=20 >=20 >=20     "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: Re: wedding rehearsals From: "Alan Freed" <acfreed0904@earthlink.net> Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2003 11:55:19 -0500   On 11/26/03 12:35 AM, "FastToccata@aol.com" <FastToccata@aol.com> wrote:   > I have them sign a contract and send me a retainer amount.   If you do weddings for non-members as well as members, does your fee structure apply to both? In the case of a wedding for members, how would you feel about the idea that members, who (presumably) have been = supporting the ministries of this congregation (possibly for many years), really = ought to benefit from those ministries without being charged for them?   Alan      
(back) Subject: Book of fiction about organist From: "June Edison" <junemax@insightbb.com> Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2003 13:33:54 -0500   Dear friends. I=B9m trying to remember the name of a book I became acquainted with 8 to 10 = y ears ago. I can=B9t remember the title; I can=B9t remember the author. But if anything in the following description rings a bell for you, I would love to track down this book. It was a book of fiction about an organist who played a tracker organ in a church. I think there was an element of mystery about the story. I heard it on audio-cassette tape which I picked up at the library. The cassettes even had musical examples of the pieces. I purchased a paper-back copy of the book as a gift around the same time. The recipient can=B9t remember getting the gift, nor does it lurk in = a dark corner of her library. I know that it was published before 1997. Any readers out there with a better memory than mine? I have looked at library and book store catalogues until my eyes pop out, and still I haven=B9t found anything promising. Help!  
(back) Subject: Re: Book of fiction about organist From: "M Fox" <ophicleide16@direcway.com> Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2003 10:46:40 -0800   My guess is that it is "Divine Inspiration," a Home Kelly mystery by = Jane Langton, published in 1993 by Viking Penguin and subsequently availab= le as a Penguin paperback.   MAF   ----- Original Message -----=20 =46rom: "June Edison" <junemax@insightbb.com> To: <pipechat@pipechat.org> Sent: Wednesday, November 26, 2003 10:33 AM Subject: Book of fiction about organist     Dear friends. I=B9m trying to remember the name of a book I became acquainted with = 8 to 10 y ears ago. I can=B9t remember the title; I can=B9t remember the author= .. But if anything in the following description rings a bell for you, I would l= ove to track down this book. It was a book of fiction about an organist who played a tracker = organ in a church. I think there was an element of mystery about the story. I heard it on audio-cassette tape which I picked up at the libra= ry. The cassettes even had musical examples of the pieces. I purchased a paper-back copy of the book as a gift around the s= ame time. The recipient can=B9t remember getting the gift, nor does it = lurk in a dark corner of her library. I know that it was published before 1997. Any readers out there with a better memory than mine? I have looked at library and book store catalogues until my eyes pop = out, and still I haven=B9t found anything promising. Help! "Pipe Up and Be Heard!" PipeChat: A discussion List for pipe/digital organs & related topic= s HOMEPAGE : http://www.pipechat.org List: mailto:pipechat@pipechat.org Administration: mailto:admin@pipechat.org Subscribe/Unsubscribe: mailto:requests@pipechat.org        
(back) Subject: Re: Book of fiction about organist From: <DudelK@aol.com> Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2003 14:49:15 -0500   Possibly "Divine Inspiration" by Jane Langton. It's set in Back Bay Boston = and the organ looks like a Fisk, possibly. Amazon says its OOP but they = have used copies available. David Krohne Washington DC  
(back) Subject: Re: Book of fiction about organist From: "Malcolm Wechsler" <manderusa@earthlink.net> Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2003 15:25:05 -0500   And my guess is that it might possibly be Schlafes Bruder, Brother of = Sleep, the author's name now escaping me. I have the book somewhere, in English, and a video of the movie, also in English, or possibly with subtitles - I can't remember now. The music is by Norbert Schneider, now known as EnJott Schneider, as in N. J., and Felix Hell plays the rather amazing Toccata, Schlafes Bruder occasionally. It is clearly one of those pieces printed on black paper with bits of white here and there. A Google search should = bring you information about, at least, the book and the film. I bought the book through Amazon, after hearing Felix play the Toccata, and the video, I got from a list member who had an extra one to sell. I believe it shows up on E-Bay sometimes. Perhaps even Amazon. The Toccata is in print, if you = really are up to incredible exertions. Watching Felix play it reminds me of the martial arts.   I have not heard of the book that Michael suggests as a possibility. His recommendation causes me to think I must look for that. Of course, he did not say he liked it!   I just checked - the author of the book is Robert Schneider - not related = to Norbert.   Cheers,   Malcolm Wechsler www.mander-organs.com   ----- Original Message ----- From: "June Edison" <junemax@insightbb.com> To: <pipechat@pipechat.org> Sent: Wednesday, November 26, 2003 1:33 PM Subject: Book of fiction about organist     Dear friends. I=B9m trying to remember the name of a book I became acquainted with 8 to = 10 y ears ago. I can=B9t remember the title; I can=B9t remember the author. But = if anything in the following description rings a bell for you, I would love = to track down this book. It was a book of fiction about an organist who played a tracker organ in a church. I think there was an element of mystery about the story. I heard it on audio-cassette tape which I picked up at the library. The cassettes even had musical examples of the pieces. I purchased a paper-back copy of the book as a gift around the same time. The recipient can=B9t remember getting the gift, nor does it lurk = in a dark corner of her library. I know that it was published before 1997. Any readers out there with a better memory than mine? I have looked at library and book store catalogues until my eyes pop out, and still I haven=B9t found anything promising. Help! "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: New Books, Sheet Music, CDs, Videos at OHS From: "William T. Van Pelt" <bill@organsociety.org> Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2003 17:10:41 -0500   New items added to http://www.ohscatalog.org within the past few days include:   DVDs of Evensong and Vespers from King's College and of the Handel Coronation Anthems conducted by Sir David Willcocks   CDs of Susan Landale, Jean-Pierre Leguay, and Frank Speller playing works= of Cesar Franck. Landale's new, 2-CD set of the major works is recorded in stellar sound on the Cavaill=E9-Coll organs at Saint-Sulpice in Paris, at Saint-=C9tienne in Caen, and at Basilique Santa Maria del Coro in San Sebastian where the organ is unaltered and almost identical to the Cavaill=E9-Coll that Franck knew at Sainte-Clotilde. Pierre Leguay plays= the Grand Pi=E8ce Symphonique and selections from L'Organiste at Notre Dame i= n Paris. Frank Speller plays Grand Pi=E8ce Symphonique, Trois Chorals, and Panis Angelicus on the Visser-Rowland organ at the University of Texas, Austin. There are several other CDs of Franck works by other artists.   There are new CDs of Langlais improvising at Ste-Clotilde and on a reside= nce organ in Germany (Motette M10371), of Cochereau improvising on Easter the= mes at Notre-Dame, and of Frederic Blanc improvising on the newly rebuilt Aeolian-Skinner at Southern Methodist University.   Also on the Aeolian-Skinner at SMU, George Baker contributes to the Cheap CDs department ($5.99 to OHS members, $6.99 to non-members, with some at $4.99) with a fine recording on Naxos (NX8554542) in that label's complet= e cycle of Dupr=E9 organ works, the new Vol. 13. Zephyrs, Improvisation o= n a theme by Stokowski (reconstructed by Rollin Smith); Six Antiennes pour le= t Temps de No=EBl, op. 48; 79 Chorales, op. 28, nos. 21-23; 36-41; Deuxi=E8= me Symphonie, op. 26; and Vision, op. 44.   There are several new books, including "Albert Schweitzer and the Bach Edition: Memoirs of a Collaboration," by Edouard Nies-Berger; "Mendelssoh= n: A Life in Music" by R. Larry Todd; *all* of the books from Go-Art; a compilation by Jesse Eschbach in 896 pages of all of the stoplists of all Cavaill=E9-Coll organs (the books are still en-route from Germany, but ar= rival is expected any day, now -- yes, the text is in English, as well as in French and German); "Charles Villiers Stanford: Man and Musician" by Jere= my Dibble; and "Max Reger and Karl Straube: Perspectives on an Organ Perform= ing Tradition" by Christopher Anderson.   Lots of new sheet music has been added today, compiled alphabetically in = the Sheet Music Department http://www.ohscatalog.org/sheetmusic.html under composers' last names. Collections are listed under "Anthologies." Organ Methods are also listed here. Two new Dover editions of music for Advent and Christmas are in the collections and also in a small department of mu= sic for this season.   And, there's lots more stuff, much of it new.   Bill      
(back) Subject: Re: Book of fiction about organist From: <Gfc234@aol.com> Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2003 17:22:49 EST   In a message dated 11/26/2003 3:32:00 PM Central Standard Time, manderusa@earthlink.net writes: And my guess is that it might possibly be Schlafes Bruder, Brother of = Sleep, the author's name now escaping me. I have the book somewhere, in English, and a video of the movie, also in English, or possibly with subtitles - I can't remember now The movie is TERRIBLE-at least in terms of organ playing. The one scene I =   remember involves a municipal organ competition. When the star of the = movie was PRETENDING to play the organ, stomping on the pedals etc....smoke started = to bellow out from under the console.....kinda tacky.   gfc   Gregory Ceurvorst M.M. Organ Performance Student Northwestern University Director of Music and Organist St. Peter's U.C.C. Frankfort, IL 847.332.2788 home 708.243.2549 mobile gfc234@aol.com    
(back) Subject: Re: Book of fiction about organist From: "Malcolm Wechsler" <manderusa@earthlink.net> Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2003 19:23:21 -0500   Gregory, Sir,   As a penance for those remarks, I hereby sentence you to learn and play = in public the Toccata, Schlafes Bruder. It's published by Schott.   Let me know when it happens, and I'll be there.   I did enjoy the movie, helped by the fact that I knew the Toccata (not = to play!!) before I saw it. It is a big fantasy, and if you see it that = way, it makes some sense, and tacky becomes less tacky.=20   Happy Thanksgiving,   Malcolm ----- Original Message -----=20 From: Gfc234@aol.com=20 To: pipechat@pipechat.org=20 Sent: Wednesday, November 26, 2003 5:22 PM Subject: Re: Book of fiction about organist     In a message dated 11/26/2003 3:32:00 PM Central Standard Time, = manderusa@earthlink.net writes: And my guess is that it might possibly be Schlafes Bruder, Brother = of Sleep, the author's name now escaping me. I have the book somewhere, in = English, and a video of the movie, also in English, or possibly with = subtitles - I can't remember now The movie is TERRIBLE-at least in terms of organ playing. The one = scene I remember involves a municipal organ competition. When the star = of the movie was PRETENDING to play the organ, stomping on the pedals = etc....smoke started to bellow out from under the console.....kinda = tacky.   gfc   Gregory Ceurvorst M.M. Organ Performance Student Northwestern University Director of Music and Organist St. Peter's U.C.C. Frankfort, IL 847.332.2788 home 708.243.2549 mobile gfc234@aol.com  
(back) Subject: Re: Book of fiction about organist From: <RonSeverin@aol.com> Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2003 19:39:40 EST   Dear Gregory:   I second the motion, learn the Toccata, Schlafes Bruder, so we can see smoke come out of your console too. <G> Felix, you be the judge as to how Greg plays it when and if he ever learns his penance, Toccata that is. <Big Grin> Tacky, well I never in all my born days! Ummm, Huuum!   Ron