PipeChat Digest #4725 - Sunday, August 29, 2004
 
Re: Groningen Holland......Lager than life
  by "Octaaf" <octaaf@charter.net>
Bagpipes & A Plea To Listers
  by "terry hicks" <Terrick@webtv.net>
 

(back) Subject: Re: Groningen Holland......Lager than life From: "Octaaf" <octaaf@charter.net> Date: Sat, 28 Aug 2004 23:12:40 -0500   Yes, paying the fee's can be a hassle, but it's worth it. Recommend = taking one of the "Organ Tours" ... access is part of the "package", much like = and Organ Crawl. I've only heard recordings of the Martinikerk organ. At the time I visited the Nederlands, the organ had been removed for restoration. The Zwolle organ ... now I could have been content to expire on the bench. Magnificent instrument!!!   Tim   ----- Original Message ----- From: "Shelley Culver" <culverse@westminster.edu> To: <pipechat@pipechat.org> Sent: Saturday, August 28, 2004 8:04 PM Subject: Re: Groningen Holland......Lager than life     > I loved this post!! > > I went to Groningen in June 2003, and was absolutely amazed by the > Schnitger organ there! Colin is right -- it's beautiful. I was not > fortunate enough to play it; I've heard the Dutch charge people quite a > bit of money to play it. However, I would, someday, love to have the > chance to play it, even for a short time. I have a poster of Martinikerk > Schnitger that usually hangs on my bedroom door (it's packed right now, > for our return to Mother Faire Westminster tomorrow morning). > > At the end of the same trip, I spent a night in Haarlem, in a hotel > right across from St. Bavo. The church was under construction, or > something, but we snuck in to just look at the organ. The construction > workers started yelling at us in Dutch, but we pretended to be dumb > Americans. ;) > > Some of the other Schnitgers in Northern Germany are certainly worth a > trip to. I suggest Cappel, Stade, and Norden, although I do love the one > in Dedesdorf too! > > Thanks again, Colin :) > > Shelley > > >>> cmys13085@yahoo.co.uk 08/28/04 5:58 PM >>> > Hello, > > I have just enjoyed the most extraordinary day, > hearing the most wonderfully restored Schnitger at the > Martinikerk in Groningen. > > Do you know, I was so IGNORANT of the historic region > of Groningen, but considering that it is the far North > of Holland, and my journey to-day has taken me around > 350 miles from Rotterdam and back again, I have some > excuse. > > It isn't the fact that the region is rich in > original/re-built or fully restored Schnitger > instruments (both Arp and Frans Casper Schnitger) but > the fact that some of the other instruments go back to > the late Gothic period, and some are 19th follow-ons > from the Schnitger/Groningen tradition...absolutely > astonishing! > > When I return home in the middle of the coming week, > it will have been very much a Schnitger pilrimage this > time, though I will be hearing St.Laurent's, Rotterdam > (Marcussen) and I have already been to St.Bavo, > Haarlem. > > Hopefully, the Schnitger at Zwolle will be the > highlight of this year's "Dutch Dash," but who > knows,it may be a recital on a Batz organ which gets > the top vote? > > I will write more on my return. > > Regards, > > Colin Mitchell UK > > > > > > > > > _______________________________ > Do you Yahoo!? > Win 1 of 4,000 free domain names from Yahoo! Enter now. > http://promotions.yahoo.com/goldrush > > ****************************************************************** > "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> > > > > ****************************************************************** > "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: Bagpipes & A Plea To Listers From: "terry hicks" <Terrick@webtv.net> Date: Sat, 28 Aug 2004 22:21:04 -0700   Regarding pipers - as long as I am getting paid my full fee, it doesn't bother me if a couple wants bagpipes. I always warn it will be loud in the church, and suggest the pipers should be outside. In my current job, the pastor (who is Irish) has forbidden bagpipes inside because he "wants to keep what hearing he has" and "it is an instrument meant for the highlands". Bless his heart!!   Regarding my plea/request. I ask that we use more restraint in off-topic comments. If someone makes a cute/humorous quip in a post, do we need endless threads on the comment? Sometimes, I feel this list is used like a "live" chat room, and not as a means of exchanging ideas about the organ or related topics.   I can understand why people unsubscribe from this list when having to wade through several irrelevant (even if clever) posts.