PipeChat Digest #4043 - Thursday, October 9, 2003
 
Re: Funny letter, Cinti Museum Center
  by "Bigaquarium" <Bigaquarium@netzero.net>
re:REHEARSING WITH ORGAN AND SINGING FLAT
  by "Steve Gilson" <sgilson@sympatico.ca>
Billy Joel played the organ?
  by "Mike Franch" <mike6514@hotmail.com>
Re: REHEARSING WITH ORGAN AND SINGING FLAT
  by "F Richard Burt" <effarbee@verizon.net>
Re: Funny letter, Cinti Museum Center
  by <Gfc234@aol.com>
Re: Funny letter, Cinti Museum Center
  by <Gfc234@aol.com>
Re: Funny letter, Cinti Museum Center
  by <quilisma@cox.net>
Wed Noon Recital: Madison, WI
  by "Mike Franch" <mike6514@hotmail.com>
Re: Funny letter, Cinti Museum Center
  by <TubaMagna@aol.com>
Re: Funny letter, Cinti Museum Center
  by <DudelK@aol.com>
Re: Wed Noon Recital: Madison, WI
  by "Alan Freed" <acfreed0904@earthlink.net>
RE: Funny letter, Cinti Museum Center
  by "Emmons, Paul" <PEMMONS@wcupa.edu>
Re: Funny letter, Cinti Museum Center
  by "Tom Hoehn" <thoehn@theatreorgans.com>
Re: Funny letter, Cinti Museum Center
  by "bobelms" <bobelms@westnet.com.au>
RE: Funny letter, Cinti Museum Center
  by "Mari" <mreive@tampabay.rr.com>
Re: Funny letter, Cinti Museum Center
  by "Bigaquarium" <Bigaquarium@netzero.net>
Re: Funny letter, Cinti Museum Center
  by "Dick Metzger" <dick@netreach.net>
Re: bach's chaconne for unacc. vln
  by <MFoxy9795@aol.com>
Grant Meyers R.I.P.
  by "jch" <opus1100@catoe.org>
RE: REHEARSING WITH ORGAN AND SINGING FLAT
  by "Jeff White" <reedstop@charter.net>
Music Search  (X-POSTED)
  by "Tom Hoehn" <thoehn@theatreorgans.com>
 

(back) Subject: Re: Funny letter, Cinti Museum Center From: "Bigaquarium" <Bigaquarium@netzero.net> Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2003 06:43:40 -0400   > "Cincinnati Museum Center... is seeking to establish a group of four or > five "on call" organists to play the 1929 E.M. Skinner symphonic concert > organ in the rotunda for special events.... Applicants should be well > versed in patriotic and light cocktail music   Good morning chatters!   Good grief! When I read that I thought it was just a pretend letter, are they serious? Lounge Lizard music on a E.M. Skinner... Not only = does it concern me deeply for the poor organist(s) that might play that organ, but I fear for the organ itself. Someone who feels that way about organs and organ music could easily be swayed by a builder wanting to = "toasterize" the organ. Imagine 200 "digital" voices being added complete with theatre organ stops for "cocktail" music.   There is a poor E.M. Skinner in Tennessee that was original. It has = now been rewired with a new console and a ton of "digital" voices. What the builders neglected to do was to re-leather the organ and repair the pipes. Just wait until those pouches start to tear and the reservoirs hiss. "But the organ was just restored!" Yeah right.   = -Nate   "The Picky Preservationist Apprentice"      
(back) Subject: re:REHEARSING WITH ORGAN AND SINGING FLAT From: "Steve Gilson" <sgilson@sympatico.ca> Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2003 09:01:46 -0400   Hi gang,   I'm sure this list has everyone from PhD's in choral conducting to first year organ students to builders etc, but Scott's post about flat singing = is something that we all have had to deal with at some point or other, I'm sure.   I have a real "thing" about pitch. I have worked only with volunteer = choirs for the past 15 years, and have been a bass and/or baritone section leader for larger groups and have managed to get them all singing without going flat (well, almost all the time! :-)) by using some or all of the = following tricks:   1. Section rehearse one part with the other parts singing a "drone" on the tonal centre. This can be a bit strange in certain styles of music, but it helps keep "home base" in mind and forces good intonation   2. Sing all thirds sharp and push all minor sevenths flat. Lock all bass/tenor perfect fifths and keep them locked.   3. Be very watchful for any inversions that leave the basses on the third = of the chord. They will go flat for sure if they don't hike up their socks   4. Confidence, confidence, confidence. Most volunteer church choirs are pushed to learn music at a fairly quick pace. Even though they seem to = know all the notes, if they are not really comfortable, they will go flat.   5. Go back to basics. The choir I am presently directing has always sung well, but they were afraid of accapella singing. I worked some exercises = to boost their confidence. Try S.S. Wesley's Blessed be the God And Father, just the first page. Great block harmony, not too far out of anyone's = range, full of all the "traps" that will kill pitch. Again, find the thirds, lift them a little sharp, and lock those fifths!   Most of this is basic stuff, and I know I tended to ignore it or take it = for granted. One conducting workshop I took called "tune it or die!" really opened my eyes to going back to the basics of tuning and listening.   Happy tuning,   Steve   Steve Gilson organist and choirmaster St. Andrew's Presbyterian St. Lambert, QC    
(back) Subject: Billy Joel played the organ? From: "Mike Franch" <mike6514@hotmail.com> Date: Wed, 08 Oct 2003 10:17:13 -0500   Billy Joel played the organ for the opening tune "State of Grace" on his Storm Front album?   Anyone know what organ it is?   Mike Franch Madison, WI   _________________________________________________________________ Help protect your PC. Get a FREE computer virus scan online from McAfee. http://clinic.mcafee.com/clinic/ibuy/campaign.asp?cid=3D3963    
(back) Subject: Re: REHEARSING WITH ORGAN AND SINGING FLAT From: "F Richard Burt" <effarbee@verizon.net> Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2003 11:14:14 -0500   Good Morning, Scott: In addition to what Steve Gilson said: I remember growing up in a choral tradition where our director urged us, ...again and again..., "Sing on top of the pitch. In my own work I tried to encourage the people to also "listen" to what their voices were doing. Seems that singers should do this instinctively, but "listening" is a mental and vocal discipline. It has to be instilled, encouraged, and expected (by you). Assuming you are singing four-part harmony at times, encourage them to listen for those moments when all voices are perfectly tuned. There is a certain overtone phenomenon that takes place in those moments that is beautiful. For people not accustomed to singing in tune, they don't know what that perfectly-tuned sound is, or what it feels like. Just a quick story. I started with a small church outside Houston in the mid-1960s. We had a dozen children who could sing. They became my first choir. As we grew and it became desirable to actually have people singing in the choir loft, ...other than just to encourage the congregation to sing, I started an adult choir. We had the full range of vocal problems from an older woman with a huge wobble in her voice to people who never ever sang with vibrato in their lives. Country people in every respect. We were rehearsing about a year and a half later and that perfectly in-tune condition settled in. I had them hold the chord and listen. Their eyes grew wide with awe. They had experienced it for the very first time. From that moment on, they were a new kind of choir, listening to every chance to capture that wonderfully in-tune sound that built an overtone structure of its own. Be patient. They have a long-tolerated set of bad vocal habits. Good singing starts in the brain, so go there first. Talk about intonation. Give them simple exercises where they can experience it. Then, gradually let them know you expect this from them all of the time, but enforce it kindly. They are volunteers, and you need the very best they can do. F. Richard Burt Dorian Organs ..  
(back) Subject: Re: Funny letter, Cinti Museum Center From: <Gfc234@aol.com> Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2003 14:43:04 EDT   As disrespectful as it is, I bet she gets at least 100 applicants. Just another example of how people treat musicians like lowly dogs. Its = disgusting.    
(back) Subject: Re: Funny letter, Cinti Museum Center From: <Gfc234@aol.com> Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2003 14:49:46 EDT   one more.... It sure would be funny to play along with the request, get hired, then = play the works of Messiaen, and Jehan Alain. For more perky events, you could = play the Alain Trois Dances. For traveling music, you could play any 20th = century music employing isorhythm-LOLOL In the classic film Animal House there is = a line that comes to mind: "Don't get mad, get even!" btw...I wonder who is = on the PANEL?    
(back) Subject: Re: Funny letter, Cinti Museum Center From: <quilisma@cox.net> Date: Sat, 08 Nov 2003 12:00:52 -0800   Hmmm ... half-empty, or half-full?   The organ has been preserved and (presumably) restored.   They want it played regularly.   It's in a SPLENDID acoustical environment.   I don't see any MUSICAL boundaries being violated ... the organ is in a SECULAR environment. Debate has RAGED on these pages from time to time about how to re-popularize the pipe organ and bring it back into the "mainstream."   I'd see it as an opportunity, and hang the money and the rest of the nonsense.   If I still lived in Cincinnati, I'd go play it. I can just IMAGINE "Autumn Leaves" in those acoustics with those Skinner flutes and the harp (chuckle) ... I know that building well.   Besides, getting your foot in the door might lead to some formal evening concerts of REAL organ music (grin).   Cheers,   Bud Clark San Diego CA USA       Gfc234@aol.com wrote:   > As disrespectful as it is, I bet she gets at least 100 applicants. Just =   > another example of how people treat musicians like lowly dogs. Its > disgusting. >      
(back) Subject: Wed Noon Recital: Madison, WI From: "Mike Franch" <mike6514@hotmail.com> Date: Wed, 08 Oct 2003 13:59:54 -0500   WEDNESDAY NOON RECITAL   LUTHER MEMORIAL CHURCH Madison, Wisconsin   Bruce Bengtson - organ   October 8, 2003   Tuba Tune in D Major (1929) C.S. Lang   Five Variations on = Bernhard Lewkovitch Jesu, meine Freude (1973)   Prelude, Fugue and Variation Cesar Franck (1822-1890)   Concerto in C Major J.S. Bach arr. for organ (1685-1750)   ____________________________________________________ Mike Franch Madison, WI   _________________________________________________________________ Instant message during games with MSN Messenger 6.0. Download it now FREE! = http://msnmessenger-download.com    
(back) Subject: Re: Funny letter, Cinti Museum Center From: <TubaMagna@aol.com> Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2003 15:17:46 EDT   If one IS to find a silver lining, there may be a rather accomplished, =   serious organist who would get a kick out of a change of venue, change of = menu, and a good time, if they really do enjoy playing for entertainment. If they tire of playing Tunder's Partita on "Mein Gott, Oy Vey, Mein Gott" on their II/6 Strudel, and want to play Gershwin, Porter, The = Beatles, and the Overture to My Fair Lady on a Skinner for fundraisers for a pittance, shouldn't we be begrudgingly thankful that a fine American pipe organ in a = secular setting is being heard? All of the usual issues pop up here -- poor compensation, the = perceived alleged waste of talent, the organist-as-trained-monkey outrage. But how = many of us know professional opera singers who also sing with "big bands" at = swank hotels and clubs? Conservatory-trained pianists who play for wedding receptions, maintaining class and style through both repertoire and = performance? We can always draw the line (there was an entire decade during which I =   refused to play "Feelings" at weddings, but once DID concede to play "Send = in the Clowns" as a processional, because they had no concept of the irony of = their request). Such "gigs" are only worth it if they are enjoyable and one can = put the job in context. It just might be more fun than 17 masses per Sunday on =   the ailing tube model in the lower church for 100 bucks a week...   Sebastian M. Gluck New York City  
(back) Subject: Re: Funny letter, Cinti Museum Center From: <DudelK@aol.com> Date: Wed, 08 Oct 2003 15:38:05 -0400   In a message dated 10/8/2003 3:17:46 PM Eastern Daylight Time, TubaMagna = writes:   > It just might be more fun than 17 masses per Sunday on > the ailing tube model in the lower church for 100 bucks a > week...   Wow! I thought it was still $2 a Mass, $2.50 if you sing the responses = into a mike! Where can I cash in on these big-buck jobs? Must be New York = City where they pay lots of money for organists!  
(back) Subject: Re: Wed Noon Recital: Madison, WI From: "Alan Freed" <acfreed0904@earthlink.net> Date: Wed, 08 Oct 2003 17:17:47 -0400   On 10/8/03 2:59 PM, "Mike Franch" <mike6514@hotmail.com> wrote:   > WEDNESDAY NOON RECITAL > > LUTHER MEMORIAL CHURCH > Madison, Wisconsin > Mike, I'm interested to hear how it went. Attendance? Hopes for continuation and improvement? I'm just really pleased when good things = like this happen in God's country. (I've spent almost NO time in Madison, but Wisconsin and Minnesota are home territory to me.)   Alan    
(back) Subject: RE: Funny letter, Cinti Museum Center From: "Emmons, Paul" <PEMMONS@wcupa.edu> Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2003 17:29:22 -0400   Basically, I would like to agree with Bud, except for his idealism re = forgetting about the money.   There is nothing inherently insulting in the phrase "guaranteed minimum = payment". What if the guaranteed minimum =3D $500?   If I were qualified and living in the area, I'd certainly throw my name = into the hat if the "guaranteed minimum" were at least $200 a shot, for = no more than twenty minutes of playing, and more for longer periods or = any particularly high-profile events such as a radio or TV broadcast. = That I am not qualified to play in anything like a theater-organ style = or to improvise well is something I now regret. People who can do so, = especially on short notice and without preparation on a large = instrument, have my *great* respect and deserve to be reimbursed well = for that skill.   What would union wages be for such engagements? We should certainly = accept nothing less.   >We will make time for the selected organists to become familiar with = the instrument=20 when first appointed. After that, there will be little opportunity for=20 practice and many of these events will have to be played without=20 additional access to the instrument for preparation. As many of these=20 events are planned at the last minute, the individuals need to be=20 flexible in availability and ability to adapt to the musical needs with=20 little preparation or advance notice. =20   I would chafe mainly at this dearth of practice privileges. The letter = is unclear as to whether they would be routinely denied or begrudged as = a matter of course, or only whether they might seldom be possible within = a few days of a given event. Much hangs upon the interpretation of = these clauses as to the center's true attitude towards the organ and = those who play it. =20   Among other considerations, it should be considered *essential* for a = self-respecting organist in a self-respecting venue to perform on the = instrument with confidence that things are in working order and without = unpleasant mechanical surprises. If their idea of "flexibility" means = cheerfully accepting whatever one might be able to coax from a = sporadically used instrument that is discovered to be out of tune, = ciphering, and otherwise only half functional, then hang the lot of 'em!            
(back) Subject: Re: Funny letter, Cinti Museum Center From: "Tom Hoehn" <thoehn@theatreorgans.com> Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2003 19:29:53 -0400   Everyone is ranting about "popular music" being played on a Skinner. = What's the big deal? In St. Petersburg, Florida we have the Palladium Theatre, a former Christian Science Church, with a 4m/60+ (i believe) rank = E.M.Skinner. They have a weekly organ concert in October and January. They look for organists to come and play for 1 hour on the given day. Publicity is in place, the organists come and play and the audience gets tea and cookies. The artist dujour gets $150. The repertoire ranges from cocktail lounge lizard stuff (Satin Doll, etc) to Broadway to classics. I performed there last January and did the lounge lizard/Broadway stuff -- sounded pretty good. So what's the big deal?   The city owns the instrument -- they keep it maintained, it gets used in public, people are entertained and it's free to the public. The only = thing that wasn't mentioned in the original post was is there any compensation = for the musician....??????     Tom Hoehn, Organist http://theatreorgans.com/tomhoehn Roaring Twenties Pizza and Pipes (substitute)(4/42 Wurlitzer) First United Methodist Church, Clearwater, FL (4/98 Ruffati/Wicks/Rodgers) CFTOS/Manasota/OATOS/HiloBay/CIC-ATOS/VotS-ATOS/Dairyland-ATOS/AGO ----- Original Message ----- From: <quilisma@cox.net> To: "PipeChat" <pipechat@pipechat.org> Sent: Saturday, November 08, 2003 4:00 PM Subject: Re: Funny letter, Cinti Museum Center     > Hmmm ... half-empty, or half-full? > > The organ has been preserved and (presumably) restored. > > They want it played regularly. > > It's in a SPLENDID acoustical environment. > > I don't see any MUSICAL boundaries being violated ... the organ is in a > SECULAR environment. Debate has RAGED on these pages from time to time > about how to re-popularize the pipe organ and bring it back into the > "mainstream." > > I'd see it as an opportunity, and hang the money and the rest of the > nonsense. > > If I still lived in Cincinnati, I'd go play it. I can just IMAGINE > "Autumn Leaves" in those acoustics with those Skinner flutes and the > harp (chuckle) ... I know that building well. > > Besides, getting your foot in the door might lead to some formal evening > concerts of REAL organ music (grin). > > Cheers, > > Bud Clark > San Diego CA USA > > > > Gfc234@aol.com wrote: > > > As disrespectful as it is, I bet she gets at least 100 applicants. = Just > > another example of how people treat musicians like lowly dogs. Its > > disgusting. > > > > > "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: Funny letter, Cinti Museum Center From: "bobelms" <bobelms@westnet.com.au> Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2003 08:06:16 +0800   And turn another several hundred people off the organ for ever? Strange reaction to a suggestion that an organ in a secular building be used regularly. The action of the committee in asking for players should be encouraged I would think. In presenting music to the public do we always have to be paid? Bob Elms.     ---- Original Message ---- From: Gfc234@aol.com To: pipechat@pipechat.org Subject: Re: Funny letter, Cinti Museum Center Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2003 14:49:46 EDT   >one more.... >It sure would be funny to play along with the request, get hired, >then play >the works of Messiaen, and Jehan Alain. For more perky events, you >could play >the Alain Trois Dances. For traveling music, you could play any >20th century >music employing isorhythm-LOLOL In the classic film Animal House >there is a >line that comes to mind: "Don't get mad, get even!" btw...I wonder >who is on >the PANEL? >    
(back) Subject: RE: Funny letter, Cinti Museum Center From: "Mari" <mreive@tampabay.rr.com> Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2003 20:11:52 -0400   Tom, Point taken, but I don't believe it's free to the public anymore. $5 pp isn't much, but it's still money. At our lunch time series (which this = time 5 out of 10 recitals are organ) are free but for $5 you get a decent lunch afterwards. Mari St Peter's Cathedral St Pete   -----Original Message----- From: pipechat@pipechat.org [mailto:pipechat@pipechat.org]On Behalf Of Tom Hoehn Sent: Wednesday, October 08, 2003 7:30 PM To: PipeChat Subject: Re: Funny letter, Cinti Museum Center     Everyone is ranting about "popular music" being played on a Skinner. = What's the big deal? In St. Petersburg, Florida we have the Palladium Theatre, a former Christian Science Church, with a 4m/60+ (i believe) rank = E.M.Skinner. They have a weekly organ concert in October and January. They look for organists to come and play for 1 hour on the given day. Publicity is in place, the organists come and play and the audience gets tea and cookies. The artist dujour gets $150. The repertoire ranges from cocktail lounge lizard stuff (Satin Doll, etc) to Broadway to classics. I performed there last January and did the lounge lizard/Broadway stuff -- sounded pretty good. So what's the big deal?   The city owns the instrument -- they keep it maintained, it gets used in public, people are entertained and it's free to the public. The only = thing that wasn't mentioned in the original post was is there any compensation = for the musician....??????     Tom Hoehn, Organist http://theatreorgans.com/tomhoehn Roaring Twenties Pizza and Pipes (substitute)(4/42 Wurlitzer) First United Methodist Church, Clearwater, FL (4/98 Ruffati/Wicks/Rodgers) CFTOS/Manasota/OATOS/HiloBay/CIC-ATOS/VotS-ATOS/Dairyland-ATOS/AGO ----- Original Message ----- From: <quilisma@cox.net> To: "PipeChat" <pipechat@pipechat.org> Sent: Saturday, November 08, 2003 4:00 PM Subject: Re: Funny letter, Cinti Museum Center     > Hmmm ... half-empty, or half-full? > > The organ has been preserved and (presumably) restored. > > They want it played regularly. > > It's in a SPLENDID acoustical environment. > > I don't see any MUSICAL boundaries being violated ... the organ is in a > SECULAR environment. Debate has RAGED on these pages from time to time > about how to re-popularize the pipe organ and bring it back into the > "mainstream." > > I'd see it as an opportunity, and hang the money and the rest of the > nonsense. > > If I still lived in Cincinnati, I'd go play it. I can just IMAGINE > "Autumn Leaves" in those acoustics with those Skinner flutes and the > harp (chuckle) ... I know that building well. > > Besides, getting your foot in the door might lead to some formal evening > concerts of REAL organ music (grin). > > Cheers, > > Bud Clark > San Diego CA USA > > > > Gfc234@aol.com wrote: > > > As disrespectful as it is, I bet she gets at least 100 applicants. = Just > > another example of how people treat musicians like lowly dogs. Its > > disgusting. > > > > > "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 > >     "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: Funny letter, Cinti Museum Center From: "Bigaquarium" <Bigaquarium@netzero.net> Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2003 20:40:54 -0400   Hi chatters,   Does anyone have/know of recordings of more popular music being played = on non-theatre organs? I'd be interested to hear what it sounds like.   = -Nate   "The apprentice who asks, where'd everybody go?"      
(back) Subject: Re: Funny letter, Cinti Museum Center From: "Dick Metzger" <dick@netreach.net> Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2003 20:56:04 -0400   Nate,   Lyn Larson did a "theatre" concert on the Wanamaker Organ, last Wanamaker Organ day. Not sure if it was recorded.   Dick Metzger TOSDV     > Hi chatters, > > Does anyone have/know of recordings of more popular music being = played on > non-theatre organs? I'd be interested to hear what it sounds like. > > > -Nate >      
(back) Subject: Re: bach's chaconne for unacc. vln From: <MFoxy9795@aol.com> Date: Wed, 08 Oct 2003 21:35:30 -0400   There is a transcription by Brahms for the piano left hand. it is in the = back of my Kalmus Brahms piano pieces vol. II (i think - the one with Op. = 76, 79, 116, 117, 118, etc. etc.) Merry Foxworth   =B4=A8=A8)) -:=A6:- =B8.=B7=B4 .=B7=B4=A8=A8)) ((=B8=B8.=B7=B4 ..=B7=B4 -:=A6:-   An excerpt from Robert Giddings "Musical Quotes and Anecdotes", published in Longman Pocket Companions: "There let the pealing organ blow, To the full-voiced choir below, In service high, and anthems clear, As may with sweetness, through mine ear, Dissolve me into ecstasies, And bring all Heav'n before mine eyes". John Milton - Il Penseroso (1632).   Open Door Realty Boston, MA 02131 617 469-4888 x207 877 865-1703 toll free http://www.opendoorrlty.com/     a few years ago i heard a recording of bach's chaconne for unaccompanied violin played as an organ transcription. i don't recall who played it, = but the announcer said it was transcribed around 1898. does anybody know who did = it (it wasn't lemare) and most importantly, does ANYBODY have the score??   thanks,   scot  
(back) Subject: Grant Meyers R.I.P. From: "jch" <opus1100@catoe.org> Date: Wed, 08 Oct 2003 21:54:25 -0500   It is always sad when we have to report the passing of a friend. Grant Meyers, longtime member and supporter of CATOE and the Theatre Historical Society has passed away. I will provide more information when it is = available.   Jon    
(back) Subject: RE: REHEARSING WITH ORGAN AND SINGING FLAT From: "Jeff White" <reedstop@charter.net> Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2003 23:46:06 -0500     > I remember growing up in a choral tradition where our > director urged us, ...again and again..., "Sing on top > of the pitch.   My high school choir director once made a statement that it is better to sing in a "sharp" key instead of a "flat." In other words, give the = pitches in E Major instead of E-flat Major, or A Major instead of A-flat Major. = Any truth to this? He said that the keys with sharps tend to be brighter, and hence easier to stay in pitch. I'm curious to your reaction on that.   Jeff    
(back) Subject: Music Search (X-POSTED) From: "Tom Hoehn" <thoehn@theatreorgans.com> Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2003 03:13:31 -0400   Lists:   I am looking for the music to Brazilian Sleighbells by Percy Faith -- preferably in a keyboard reduction of some kind. Thank you in advance.   Tom Hoehn, Organist http://theatreorgans.com/tomhoehn Roaring Twenties Pizza and Pipes (substitute)(4/42 Wurlitzer) First United Methodist Church, Clearwater, FL (4/98 Ruffati/Wicks/Rodgers) CFTOS/Manasota/OATOS/HiloBay/CIC-ATOS/VotS-ATOS/Dairyland-ATOS/AGO