PipeChat Digest #4426 - Saturday, April 10, 2004
RE: Suite Gothique...
  by "John Foss" <harfo32@yahoo.co.uk>
Re: Assistance Needed Again
  by "Alan Freed" <acfreed0904@earthlink.net>
Easter postludes
  by "Robert Eversman" <highnote@mhtc.net>
Easter prelude
  by "Richard Hazelip" <rhazelip1@yahoo.com>
Re: Easter postludes
  by "Margo Dillard" <dillardm@airmail.net>
  by "Glenda" <gksjd85@direcway.com>
Disqualifying attack. (Was: Recital program critieria (Was: Elementary Sc
  by "Felix Hell" <hell-felix@t-online.de>
Easter postludes
  by "Emmons, Paul" <PEMMONS@wcupa.edu>
Just a Reminder about IRC
  by "Administrator" <admin@pipechat.org>
  by "jch" <opus1100@catoe.org>
Re: Easter prelude
  by "Alan Freed" <acfreed0904@earthlink.net>
Re: Disqualifying attack and this has been going on for a long time.
  by "T.Desiree' Hines" <nicemusica@yahoo.com>
  by "Mike Gettelman" <mike3247@earthlink.net>
Re: Assistance Needed Again
  by <RMaryman@aol.com>

(back) Subject: RE: Suite Gothique... From: "John Foss" <harfo32@yahoo.co.uk> Date: Fri, 9 Apr 2004 10:50:36 +0100 (BST)   Oh yes, you're right, Paul! They were an unruly and jealous lot and much given to argument and marital infidelity! I think I have done Boellmann a favour, John Foss   Paul Emmons wrote: Scramble just a little higher up Mount Olympus, and you might have to stop playing the organ altogether, like many celebrated singers, pianists, conductors, etc. who'd never go to an organ recital on the grounds that there's no worthwhile music for that instrument, at least since Bach. But I'm afraid I'd find life entirely confined to the rarefied air and cramped real estate at the pinnacle to get boring. As did the gods of yore, evidently: isn't that why they kept coming down and bothering the human race so much? :-)     =3D=3D=3D=3D=3D www.johnfoss.gr http://groups.yahoo.com/group/orgofftop/ Topics of the week : 90% in favour of a change of government Spring in the air     ____________________________________________________________ Yahoo! Messenger - Communicate instantly..."Ping" your friends today! Download Messenger Now http://uk.messenger.yahoo.com/download/index.html  
(back) Subject: Re: Assistance Needed Again From: "Alan Freed" <acfreed0904@earthlink.net> Date: Fri, 09 Apr 2004 08:28:11 -0400   On 4/9/04 2:36 AM, "mack02445" <mack02445@comcast.net> wrote:   > The consensus seem to be it is the Columbia U Chapel organ.   Which I think is usually called "St. Paul's Chapel" (104 ranks, I think, mostly Aeolian-Skinner?) on the Columbia campus--but not to be confused = with the "St. Paul's Chapel" affiliated with Trinity Church Wall Street--both = on Lower Broadway.   Alan    
(back) Subject: Easter postludes From: "Robert Eversman" <highnote@mhtc.net> Date: Fri, 9 Apr 2004 09:54:36 -0500   Kind of on the subject of the Boelmann (which I LOVE too!) I am playing = the Gigout Toccata this Easter, I had reservations at first since it is in a minor key and a bit like monster music, but I love the way it builds from soft to a triumphant blast of sound ultimately in a major key. The church has a very live acoustic too which allows the tempo to be a little more controllable (I don't take it slow, but I have heard some recordings that make it all sound like a blurr!; speed for speed's sake) To many, this piece is something that can be played as an after thought = but I can assure you I had to work ! esp. the mid section in Db with lots of accidentals and somewhat overlapping hands. The congregation loves stuff like this otherwise I would not inflict it upon them but of course my main purpose is to offer God my best. Good luck to everyone on the list with = all the music you have planned. Robert Eversman, Heritage Congregational = Church, Madison, WI highnote@mhtc.net          
(back) Subject: Easter prelude From: "Richard Hazelip" <rhazelip1@yahoo.com> Date: Fri, 9 Apr 2004 08:45:54 -0700 (PDT)   FWIW, and when I have time and the organ to play it, I like to play the = "Choral" movement from Vierne II. The organ I play now will not play it = well, so I haven't trotted it out the last three years. Nevertheless, the = music presents emotions from dark foreboding to absolute joy, and has been = received well every time I played it. Richard Hazelip    
(back) Subject: Re: Easter postludes From: "Margo Dillard" <dillardm@airmail.net> Date: Fri, 09 Apr 2004 12:04:45 -0500   My traditional Easter postlude is "In Dir is die Freude" - J.S. Bach orgelbuchlein. That and "Komm, Heiliger Geist" from the 18 Great on Pentecost Sunday are pretty much my only annual "repeaters". Everything else I wait at least 2 years to repeat, unless it is a special request, and I try to keep over 50% new music I've never played before. -- Dr. Margo Dillard Organist, FUMC, Lewisville, TX Musical Feast Choral Society Dillard Piano & Organ Studio    
(back) Subject: AGO From: "Glenda" <gksjd85@direcway.com> Date: Fri, 09 Apr 2004 12:07:34 -0500   The AGO is many things to many people. Its aspirational goals are what keep me a member. Because I love the organ, I want to draw more people to it, interest young people in seriously considering it, encourage more churches and buildings to install organs, raise the salaries and working conditions of its members, and provide educational and playing opportunities. I also want to see, hear and play more organs and meet more people like myself. Although there are ways to do this outside the AGO, I find that it is one of the most effective vehicles.   As a past dean and sub-dean, I can tell you the AGO is no better than most organizations, churches, unions, and what-not. It is only as strong as its weakest link. Members span the microcosm of the universe: arrogant, pedantic, serious, fun-loving, lazy, diligent, control-freak, friendly, reserved, hateful, Godly, devilish, exceptional, average-joe, mediocre, procrastinating, busy, and a million other characteristics.   My experience has been exceptional, in that my chapter is full of the most wonderful people. My problem has been the lack of interest in furthering the goals outlined above. They seem to be content to get together so many times a year, eat, and play little ditties and sing anthems to each other. I must say that when David was here I felt we were going in directions that meshed with my interests and energies. And I still believe that one can contribute to the continued existence of the organ community and be an organist without trying to make a living doing it, and that is one of the keys to the organ's future. You don't need to carry a degree or be able to play Boellman.   The AGO has so many facets that one can easily get involved, and there are not so many members that one cannot find a niche. In some chapters, persons are rewarded with officer or member-at-large positions just for coming to all the meetings. However, the thing is full of PEOPLE, and there will always be conflicts and turf skirmishses. One has to choose one's battles in life, and decide what is important and worth fighting for.   I'll just bet that in every organization of which you are a member, there is at least one a--h--- (did I spell that right?). The AGO is no exception. Get over it. Get past it. Make a difference.   Speaking as The Good Bitch of the South (a lifetime non-elective position),   Glenda Sutton gksjd85@direcway.com            
(back) Subject: Disqualifying attack. (Was: Recital program critieria (Was: Elementary School Organist/ Boellmann Toccata, etc.)) From: "Felix Hell" <hell-felix@t-online.de> Date: Fri, 09 Apr 2004 19:40:12 +0200   Dear listmembers and friends,   because of a huge pile of books on my desk - 4 more weeks until the commencement at Curtis!! - I did not clean up my mailbox completely. So I saw part of the discussion about the Boellman Toccata, and that a listmember from Aiken, SC, was somewhat involved in it. But I did not take note of the shocking attack towards Tony Desiree Hines. That is all very sad, and am proud of all listmembers who took this tasteless and cruel offense towards Desiree personal and as an attack towards all of us. One think Good Friday is teaching us is that still too many of us look away. Thanks to David Scribner for his courageous decision, and his public statement. Tony Desiree, I don't know you, but you can count on me that my program in Aiken, SC, next year will be very different from my usual programs. Watch for it!   Felix Hell Philadelphia, April 9 (Good Friday), 2004   > > Felix Hell wrote: > >> Dear Dan, >> >> don't worry about this at all. Last Friday in Gettysburg, PA, I had >> a piece in my concert program, which is technically very easy, but it >> is simply wonderful music. It was a short choral prelude by Johann >> Gottfried Walther on "O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden". >> I hereby assure you, and all my fellow listmembers, that I will >> continue to set up my programs from the musical point of view >> only, always bearing in mind the appropriateness of the program for >> the respective organ (no Langlais, Litaize,or Alain on an Andover >> tracker, e.g.) >> with one exception: I feel strongly tempted to put the >> Boellmann-Toccata on the program of my recital of May 15, 2005, which >> will >> be at St. John's United Methodist Church in (guess where?) Aiken, >> North Carolina :-) But, seriously speaking, I love that piece, which >> I heard >> the first time on a CD in a dazzling performance by Olivier Latry at >> Notre Dame (recorded 1993), and then became one of my first pieces >> of this genre. I performed it first in December 1995, and it turned >> me on while playing it. It still does, btw. As to the technical >> difficulty >> of the piece, it's all quite relative. I still would love to hear it >> performed properly by people who so easily say that it is not >> demanding enough and therefore not >> appropriate to meet their high performance level. Olivier Latry felt >> obviously not above the piece and recorded it. Jus a few thoughts. >> >> Felix >> >> dan wrote: > > > > "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: Easter postludes From: "Emmons, Paul" <PEMMONS@wcupa.edu> Date: Fri, 9 Apr 2004 16:02:25 -0400   Feeling a little overwhelmed in other areas these days (including = having a choir to direct for the first time in about ten years) I'm = afraid I'm not attempting particularly brilliant music on the two-manual = Allen this time around.   Prelude: Dawn, by Cyril Jenkins-- after I had earlier suggested it to = someone looking for ideas. This is *very* chromatic and probably = sentimental-- a little more, even, than I had remembered-- but as = examples of the type go, perhaps above average in quality. Alexander = Schreiner did not disdain to record it in the company of much Vierne = etc. Even the title assures us that this is program music: in this = situation the program would very plausibly be the three Marys visiting = the tomb at dawn in sorrow, then in confusion, and finally recognizing = the risen Lord. Easter dawn is, after all, the most important and = evocative dawn since God said "Let there be light." In that spirit I = think that the piece is rather eloquent. =20   Postlude: on Victory [the closing hymn, "The Strife is o'er"], by C.S. = Lang. This is from a six-volume (green covers) series of seasonal = hymn-tune voluntaries published by Novello in the 1960s. They're all by = thoroughly middle-of-the-road, workaday contemporary composers. The = music is tonal and mellifluous but festive, usually (or should I say = unusually) well-crafted, and more difficult than sight-reading material, = at least for me. As most of these composers were not major or = innovative figures, nor was the whole school of composition in which = they were formed, one might be pleasantly surprised at the competency = and solidity of the counterpoint and texture compared to much of the = equivalent organistic Gebrauchtsmusik published today. I'm not = apologetic at all for playing it, except that as a postlude it is = admittedly on the short side. I should probably get the Boellmann = Toccata ready (emergency music!) as an encore.    
(back) Subject: Just a Reminder about IRC From: "Administrator" <admin@pipechat.org> Date: Fri, 9 Apr 2004 15:13:57 -0500   Although this is Good Friday and some people might off playing for services the regular Friday night PipeChat "Live Chat" on IRC will happen tonight as usual.   If you haven't connected to the IRC Chat before and would like directions on how to do it please go to the IRC Web page on the PipeChat Site - http://www.pipechat.org/irc.html   Hope to see a few of you there tonight   David -- **************************************** David Scribner Owner / Co-Administrator PipeChat   http://www.pipechat.org mailto:admin@pipechat.org  
(back) Subject: Re: AGO From: "jch" <opus1100@catoe.org> Date: Fri, 09 Apr 2004 15:39:05 -0500   At 12:07 PM 4/9/04, you wrote:   >The AGO is many things to many people. Its aspirational goals are what >keep me a member. ...... >, and provide educational and playing >opportunities. I also want to see, hear and play more organs and meet >more people like myself. Although there are ways to do this outside the >AGO, I find that it is one of the most effective vehicles. > > >The AGO has so many facets that one can easily get involved, and there >are not so many members that one cannot find a niche. In some chapters, >persons are rewarded with officer or member-at-large positions just for >coming to all the meetings. However, the thing is full of PEOPLE, and >there will always be conflicts and turf skirmishses. One has to choose >one's battles in life, and decide what is important and worth fighting >for.   Having been a member of volunteer organizations over the years...I can concur with Glenda's comments. The organizations I have been involved run the gamut from restoring and running trolley cars to restoring and exhibiting pipe organs. They all have one common trait...they attract folks interested in the particular endeavor who quickly come to believe that giving of their time gives them a certain vested interest on how things should be run. One has to decide whether the organization and its' goals are worth some of the aggravations. Looking at the = positives for the AGO, one of them is the Pipe Organ Encounters which its various chapters sponsor to attract =   young people to the pipe organ. There is an interest to be nurtured in spite of what the misguided "egg heads" at Northwestern believe. The FOX VALLEY chapter is hosting a POE this June and they have already filled up the available slots for the POE. It is thanks to such organizations as AGO that we have an opportunity to attract young people to this instrument we all love. I am happy to report that the Chicago area =   theatre organ chapter (CATOE) is sponsoring three of the 37 attendees to this POE. Many of asked, what can be done to attract young people to the organ....here is one opportunity.   regards,   Jon C. Habermaas    
(back) Subject: Re: Easter prelude From: "Alan Freed" <acfreed0904@earthlink.net> Date: Fri, 09 Apr 2004 18:16:07 -0400   On 4/9/04 11:45 AM, "Richard Hazelip" <rhazelip1@yahoo.com> wrote:   > The organ I play now will not play it well, so I haven't trotted it out t= he > last three years.   Richard, is that like Ansel Adams complaining that his camera doesn=B9t take good pictures?   JUST KIDING! Been looking for a chance to bite back at you after LAST week= ! Tee hee and har har. Anyway: Enjoy as best you can.   Alan    
(back) Subject: Re: Disqualifying attack and this has been going on for a long time. From: "T.Desiree' Hines" <nicemusica@yahoo.com> Date: Fri, 9 Apr 2004 15:30:44 -0700 (PDT)   Felix (giggle) Thank you so much. This has gotton to the point that I am calling an = attorney and getting a restraining order against this person. A few years ago while studying at a college in the south, I was looking to = go study with Stephen Roberts. During my application process to Western = CT, he was sent a very inflamatory email regarding my abilities and said = that things may warrant the entrance of the NAACP. It looks like it has = hit the fan again. but this time, I have lots to go with.   By the way you mentioned Latry playing the Boellmann. This is a VERY True story I was practicing it for a program at Northminster Baptist Church in = Jackson, MS the same day before Latry was to close the AGO Regional = convention. When I was dont, I heard applause. I turn around and its this = beautiful frenchman...Olivier Latry. I spoke with him in french...he said = "Tu joue tres bon!" (You play very well!) It has been a very emotional anf trying few days for me, especially since = I discover more and more scarry things about this person. BUT I do have = the validation that people are still trying to halt my career. Thanks to all of you who have called me and emaile me. Your support is = truly appreciated.     From Desiree' T. Desiree' Hines Chicago, IL 60610 ---------------------------- For Compositions by Desiree' Frog Music Press www.frogmusic.com ------------------------------- FOR CONCERTS BY DESIREE' http://concertartist.info/bios/hines.html   --------------------------------- Do you Yahoo!? Yahoo! Small Business $15K Web Design Giveaway - Enter today  
(back) Subject: Re: AGO From: "Mike Gettelman" <mike3247@earthlink.net> Date: Fri, 09 Apr 2004 18:41:49 -0400   Greetings, Considering it is the local chapter of AGO that is sponsoring Felix's appearance in my town in May, I have nothing but heaps of praise, platitudes, and gobs of bowing and scraping to them, and all those who support this fine group. Though the Janke tracker at Berea United Methodist Church is not be my first choice of instruments on which to introduce Felix to all my local friends (I would rather have him at Severance Hall or on the Oberlin Fisk), I'm sure he will find resources in the Janke that no one imagined possible. You cannot imagine my excitement at having him here. This will be just my second contact with the local AGO. The first was an organ crawl in the mid Northern area of Ohio that introduced me to a 19th century Felgemaker, several Wilhelms, and a nice Schantz. Even though I am not an organist, I was warmly recieved by all present, and made to feel a part of their activities. I intend to settle down with one of the local chapters if I ever find some spare time from chasing Felix all over the country. The AGO is one of the most important organizations we have for introducing new organ enthusiasts to the wonder and the music of pipe organs. Each chapter is very different, so if you have had a bad experience with a single chapter, take the time to seek other chapters in your area if they are available. You might be surprised to find the reception totally different from one to the other.   Cheers Mike Gettelman    
(back) Subject: Re: Assistance Needed Again From: <RMaryman@aol.com> Date: Fri, 9 Apr 2004 19:18:35 EDT   In a message dated 4/8/2004 6:02:23 PM Eastern Daylight Time, mack02445@comcast.net writes: Was this perhaps recorded in the Columbia Chapel? I am really curious now. I asked Biggsie years ago but it has now slipped from my memory. Any information would be appreciated. If memory is correct, the record in question was recorded at St. George's Church in NYC...a rather large and ecelctic M P Moller organ which I am = told soundes beter on the record than it does/did in person.   Rick in VA