PipeChat Digest #4697 - Monday, August 16, 2004
 
[LONG] Lawn mowers, middle age and pilgrimages, Part 2 of 2
  by "Glenda" <gksjd85@direcway.com>
Question/suggestions
  by "Travis L. Evans" <tlevans95@charter.net>
Re: Question/suggestions
  by <ContraReed@aol.com>
Re: Question/suggestions
  by "Travis L. Evans" <tlevans95@charter.net>
Re: Question/suggestions
  by "Liquescent" <quilisma@cox.net>
CHristmas music for strings
  by "Liquescent" <quilisma@cox.net>
Re: CHristmas music for strings
  by "John L. Speller" <jlspeller@swbell.net>
Re: CHristmas music for strings
  by "Liquescent" <quilisma@cox.net>
 

(back) Subject: [LONG] Lawn mowers, middle age and pilgrimages, Part 2 of 2 From: "Glenda" <gksjd85@direcway.com> Date: Sun, 15 Aug 2004 12:22:01 -0500   Lawn mowers, middle age and pilgrimages Part 2 of 2   Anyway, where was I? My friend from Miami, the 'ax-murderer' as I call him (another story for another day when people are sitting around a table drinking heavily), e-mailed me - he was going to be in Tallahassee on government business. He wanted to see and hear some organs. So on Tuesday afternoon I left work early and met him halfway in Marianna to show him the David Moore at St. Luke's Episcopal (http://www.pensacola-ago.org/organs/stlukemari.html). I had not played this instrument in a few years, because I had no court or other business in Marianna (I once told someone over there that there were only three things worth experiencing in Marianna: a huge house in town which has now been converted to the Chamber of Commerce, this organ, and the exit ramp to I-10 going west. Of course, there were the humongous real burgers and meatloaf at the Rec, but for all I know that joint is a strip bar now).   I was saddened by the lack of maintenance on the organ. It was badly out of tune, even though the room was comfortable temperature-wise. The manuals and pedalboard were rickety and clattered something awful. I had always heard about some organ performer who could play any instrument smoothly without extraneous sounds - bet he never sat at this one. I was quite distressed at the condition of the instrument. So my friend suggested we go back to St. A's, the organ which he had heard before.   Because he was going to be in Tallahassee Friday and I had the day off, I made arrangements for console time at two instruments over there. In the meantime Tropical Storm Bonnie struck, and Hurricane Charley was hard on her heels. I fretted about canceling my appointments in Tallahassee because of the uncertainty over the weather. I didn't hear from my friend, so assumed he had flown the coop back toward home and family to prepare for the storm.   Friday dawned bright and fair, a cool breeze whipping around, and the sky clear. I had still debated canceling the trip to Tallahassee and just going in to work, but it was a beautiful day, and suddenly I wanted to play the organ. So I took off, driving the 125 miles to downtown capital city, where the skies were gloomy and overcast.   When I arrived at First Presbyterian Church, the church secretary was gracious and accommodating. I walked into the church, pristine white with touches of black trim here and there, where stood the Taylor & Boody (http://www.pensacola-ago.org/organs/1stprestall.html). Momentarily I wondered what I was doing there - I didn't care for playing this organ four years ago when the chapter did a crawl in the city. The keys and pedalboard were too short, small and stubby, there was no piston, cancel, or swell shutter, only a set of doors to manually open and close overhead for expression. The pedalboard was straight with little bitty black keys. And who was to say I wouldn't clatter and clunk all over this one like I did with the David Moore?   The organ beckoned, "Come over here, Glenda - hey, you, over here." I was surprised - it didn't speak with a stilted New England accent, or a haughty false British one. So I obediently walked over, turned it on and changed my shoes. All my objections faded when I sat down. The action was fluid and easy. I could fully relax and make music without clattering or clanging. I didn't find the doors or the pedals the least intimidating, and played well. Of course, there were no witnesses, so you have to take my word for that.   I finally dragged myself away in time to turn in the key to the church secretary, and blew an hour at Borders while awaiting my next appointment. I found a classic Dave Brubeck CD and an old George Benson (with the long version of "This Masquerade"), and a horrible CD of 'house music', something my friend said he liked. After five minutes of listening to it, I was more than ready for Brubeck.   I made it to Trinity Methodist Church (http://www.tumct.org/music/Organ%20Corner.htm) a little early, and met the organist, Elizabeth Dejeunesse (not exactly sure of the spelling). Back in 2000 when we had the organ crawl I did not get to play this organ, and was looking forward to spending time with it. I was able to walk around the cavernous room while she played the Dorian toccata. Because the organ pipes are in twin chambers facing each other and the choir area, the gallery provides a most mellow sound, but the best blending is about the middle of the room. The windows over the altar are compelling, all colors and golden figures.   Just as I was putting on my shoes, my friend showed up. He was trapped in Tallahassee, because the interstates going south were closed due to Hurricane Charley's imminence. His wife and daughter were staying with family in Orlando.   My angst settled over me like a wet blanket. I could sense his frustration and anxiety over his family and his inability to get to them, and I was anxious for them and friends downstate. He informed me that the storm, which was a strong Category 2 early that morning when I last checked, had strengthened to a Category 4. Although I played for two hours, mainly to take his mind off his dilemma, I don't remember much of it. I think I enjoyed the organ, but I was too busy worrying. I do remember that the 32 foot extension was to die for, and thinking the hautbois wasn't Franckish enough, but then who am I to judge? I remember wanting a drink in the worst way, not a good feeling in a Methodist church.   By the time I returned home that night I was exhausted, and fell onto the couch listening to the damage reports and waiting word from Orlando, where my friends and his family were bracing for the storm and 110-mile-per-hour winds. Next weekend Rick and I go to Jackson, Mississippi, to the dedication of the Quimby organ at First Baptist Church. List member Sand Lawn is joining us there. Therefore, I must be careful not to get arrested for killing or maiming anyone this week, because I don't want to miss it. And I hope Tropical Depression No. 5 (a/k/a Earl) doesn't get in my way - it could get nasty.   Glenda Sutton gksjd85@direcway.com          
(back) Subject: Question/suggestions From: "Travis L. Evans" <tlevans95@charter.net> Date: Sun, 15 Aug 2004 18:11:06 -0500   I've decided that for our christmas concert the choir is going to do the = Vivaldi Gloria w/ strings. I'm looking for something for the strings to = do alone prior to the Vivaldi. I'm contracting the musicians so I'd say = pretty much anything is doable.   Travis
(back) Subject: Re: Question/suggestions From: <ContraReed@aol.com> Date: Sun, 15 Aug 2004 19:49:12 EDT   In a message dated 8/15/04 7:11:59 PM Eastern Daylight Time, tlevans95@charter.net writes:   << I'm looking for something for the strings to do alone prior to the Vivaldi. >>   There are several 'Christmas sinfonias' by Baroque composers you could do = (I think the most famous one is Corelli)(IIRC). Or you could do the strings =   only movement from "Messiah".   Richard Spittel  
(back) Subject: Re: Question/suggestions From: "Travis L. Evans" <tlevans95@charter.net> Date: Sun, 15 Aug 2004 20:26:53 -0500   One bit of additional info, I'm only going to have 2 violins, viola, = cello, and string bass, will have a trumpet and oboe as well for the vivaldi     Trav ----- Original Message ----- From: <ContraReed@aol.com> To: <pipechat@pipechat.org> Sent: Sunday, August 15, 2004 6:49 PM Subject: Re: Question/suggestions     > In a message dated 8/15/04 7:11:59 PM Eastern Daylight Time, > tlevans95@charter.net writes: > > << I'm looking for something for the strings to do alone prior to the > Vivaldi. >> > > There are several 'Christmas sinfonias' by Baroque composers you could = do (I > think the most famous one is Corelli)(IIRC). Or you could do the = strings > only movement from "Messiah". > > Richard Spittel > > ****************************************************************** > "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 > List-Subscribe: <mailto:pipechat-on@pipechat.org> > List-Digest: <mailto:pipechat-digest@pipechat.org> > List-Unsubscribe: <mailto:pipechat-off@pipechat.org> > >      
(back) Subject: Re: Question/suggestions From: "Liquescent" <quilisma@cox.net> Date: Sun, 15 Aug 2004 18:42:56 -0700   Corelli Christmas Concerto Grosso, of course (grin) ... or one of the Handel Organ Concerti.   Or, if you want a different style, make a three-movement sonata out of some of the Mozart Church Sonatas:   C Major - pick one E flat Major C Major - pick another one   The ones that call for trumpets and drums can be done without, or you can play the trumpet parts on the organ (with RESTRAINT ... NOT the party horn) (chuckle).   Cheers,   Bud   Travis L. Evans wrote:   > I've decided that for our christmas concert the choir is going to do the =   > Vivaldi Gloria w/ strings. I'm looking for something for the strings to =   > do alone prior to the Vivaldi. I'm contracting the musicians so I'd say =   > pretty much anything is doable. > > Travis      
(back) Subject: CHristmas music for strings From: "Liquescent" <quilisma@cox.net> Date: Sun, 15 Aug 2004 18:45:29 -0700   There's also the Symphonie de(s?)Noels by De La Lande (?) ... we played it from a Kalmus score and parts ... but you have to pick and choose ... it's ENDLESS (grin). Be sure to WRITE in the notes inegales for the instrumentalists ... they won't have a CLUE.   Cheers,   Bud      
(back) Subject: Re: CHristmas music for strings From: "John L. Speller" <jlspeller@swbell.net> Date: Sun, 15 Aug 2004 22:00:28 -0500   In my experience the organists don't either. Obviously at least you do.   John Speller   ----- Original Message ----- From: "Liquescent" <quilisma@cox.net> To: "PipeChat" <pipechat@pipechat.org> Sent: Sunday, August 15, 2004 8:45 PM Subject: CHristmas music for strings     Be sure to WRITE in the notes inegales for the > instrumentalists ... they won't have a CLUE.      
(back) Subject: Re: CHristmas music for strings From: "Liquescent" <quilisma@cox.net> Date: Sun, 15 Aug 2004 21:00:33 -0700   Roberta Gary piled us all in the car and took us to Choate School to study French baroque with Bernard Lagace one summer. That launched a whole French baroque choral season at Old St. Mary's the following fall, culminating with the first North American performance of Charpentier's Mass for two choirs and two orchestras on Easter Day.   The inegale is absolutely the life of the music ... it makes it somewhat stilted to write it out for the fiddles, but you can vary it from tying the first two eighths of a triplet in slow things to double-dotted eighths followed by 32nd-notes in fast things. It's actually VERY expressive.   Cheers,   Bud   John L. Speller wrote:   > In my experience the organists don't either. Obviously at least you do. > > John Speller > > ----- Original Message ----- > From: "Liquescent" <quilisma@cox.net> > To: "PipeChat" <pipechat@pipechat.org> > Sent: Sunday, August 15, 2004 8:45 PM > Subject: CHristmas music for strings > > > Be sure to WRITE in the notes inegales for the > >>instrumentalists ... they won't have a CLUE. > > > > > ****************************************************************** > "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 > List-Subscribe: <mailto:pipechat-on@pipechat.org> > List-Digest: <mailto:pipechat-digest@pipechat.org> > List-Unsubscribe: <mailto:pipechat-off@pipechat.org> > >