PipeChat Digest #4253 - Monday, February 2, 2004
 
Dedication Concert in Dallas
  by "Jim Watkins" <jwwatkin@airmail.net>
RE: Bach's Trio Sonatas
  by "Emmons, Paul" <PEMMONS@wcupa.edu>
Re: University Organ Enrollment
  by "Colin Mitchell" <cmys13085@yahoo.co.uk>
Easter TRUMPET(S) & Organ
  by "Fran Walker" <fwalker@northwestern.edu>
Re: Bach Trio Sonatas - Which is more difficult?
  by "Tom Jones" <tomj@netpath.net>
Malcolm Archer b. 1952
  by <ProOrgo53@aol.com>
Church organists behaving badly
  by "David Scribner" <david@blackiris.com>
Re: Malcolm Archer b. 1952
  by "bgsx" <bgsx52@sympatico.ca>
BAD NEWS!!!  Fwd: Northwestern University Organ Music Degree  Programs
  by "Fran Walker" <fwalker@northwestern.edu>
 

(back) Subject: Dedication Concert in Dallas From: "Jim Watkins" <jwwatkin@airmail.net> Date: Mon, 02 Feb 2004 05:01:21 -0600   The first of three dedication concerts will be held this Sunday, February 8th, at 7pm for Goulding and Wood Opus 41 at Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church, = Dallas Texas.   The concert will feature the premier of a new anthem by Bob Chilcott (composer conducting) for choir, organ and brass. Also on the program are =   the Jongen Toccata, the Rutter Gloria, an anthem composed for the church's =   50th anniversary by Paul Leddington Wright (that composer also = conducting), Parry's "I Was Glad" and other neat stuff.   The organist will be Annette Albrecht, a superb musician and organist of the church.   Ceremony will be kept to a minimum as everyone will have come to hear the organ, not speeches.   The organ is new, installed in Sept-Nov, 2003 and, with the church's much improved acoustics, really quite good. It will be featured in Diapason this month.   It's free, come hear!   Jim Watkins    
(back) Subject: RE: Bach's Trio Sonatas From: "Emmons, Paul" <PEMMONS@wcupa.edu> Date: Mon, 2 Feb 2004 08:36:28 -0500   The sixth is definitely the most difficult.   It seems to me that they go pretty much in numerical order, easy to = difficult; although some people say that no. 5 is one of the easier = ones. There is probably not much difference among the first five, but = the 6th is on a different plane.      
(back) Subject: Re: University Organ Enrollment From: "Colin Mitchell" <cmys13085@yahoo.co.uk> Date: Mon, 2 Feb 2004 06:49:55 -0800 (PST)   Hello,   A well thought out post, and one which I think deserves a wider response, at risk of flying into philosophical meanderings.   I immediately asked myself a question.....what is society?   Is it a collection of individuals who "do their own thing" or a collective entity which subscribes to a particular cultural environment?   I can only comment on the UK, but I feel sure that many of the points I raise will apply equally to other countries.   I was born a few years after the end of WW2 (1949 to be precise) and growing up in those post war years, in spite of certain deprivations and shortages, society seemed somehow "together". Public services worked, the buses ran on time, families were functional rather than dysfunctional, kids were naughty (as always) but "nice" by and large.....above all, there was a sense of belonging to a dsiciplined community. If my parents had to go anywhere, almost any family would look after my brother and myself, and the doors were usually unlocked throughout the day.   I suppose, using a broad brush, it is possible to paint a canvas of society which had, at its roots, a sense of religion, morality and duty.   Of course, there were terrible prejudices and injustices.....black people were somehow "monkey-like" or "strange". Gay people were evil and law breakers. The mental hospitals were not good places to end up. There were very few laws governing employment rights and working conditions.....etc etc.   However, society was "together" by and large, and the one spin-off from this was a superb selective (largely single sex) education system (if rather brutal) and, more importantly, a free movement of thinking and ideas right across all levels of society. Even Military officers knew how to mingle with ordinary people and ordinary people had both respect and appreciation for the brightest and best of society. Consequently, everyone had the opportunity to find their place in society, and to develop accordingly.   I know two children who could not be more different, but who attend "special" schools because of learning difficulties. Both are just about 14, and one is on the verge of a total mental breakdown because of a dysfunctional family of whom he is terrified. The other, now getting lots of attention and someone to encourage him, is really "taking off". Both were virtually illiterate and one could not even tell the time until I taught him.   THAT would never have been allowed when I was their age!   I would argue, that in the absence of true religion and perhaps even military service, the common denominator to-day is the "pop culture" we see and hear everywhere.....in shopping precincts, on TV and Radio, in films and now in church.   Indeed, dare I suggest that "pop" has now replaced religion as "the opium of the masses?"   Against this background, I wonder why I am not surprised when adolescents turn to drugs, and escape into a world of pharmaceutical fantasy.....the ultimate in "instant gratification". Then I look at Holland, where they still have a good education system, a sense of belonging to a community and a mutual respect and tolerance hardly matched anywhere else in Europe.....doesn't it start with the teaching of the young?   I don't know the answers, other than to "get involved" with kids like I described, and give them a bit of hope and a shoulder to cry on when they need it. Perhaps that is the only answer!   I met someone from Holland recently.   Out of a very large, very clean truck emerged a very clean, very tall young man with blond hair. Working in transport, I had to talk to him, and then we spoke in English about life, the universe and everything. I mentioned Holland, and the fact that I go there every year like it is a second home. I was bowled over when, on mentioning the fact that I was an organist, this young truck driver asked me if I knew St Bavo,Haarlem.   He was actually quite moved when I told him that I had played the organ there. He told me how he often listened to organ music on the move, and how he would love to be able to play the instrument. He then wrote in perfect English, discussed various things in perfect English, had a flawless grasp of maths and proved to be very, very interesting.....not bad for a humble mid-twenty something year old Dutch truck driver!!   Perhaps our greatest "mission" is to educate people.   The neighbours thought I had finally gone barking mad the other day, when the kid so much "on the edge" and myself, danced by the window to "Danse Macabre".......what does it remind you of?   "Graveyards and skeletons", he replied as he danced (quite brilliantly) and laughed.   Music is such a powerful means of communication, for in that brief moment of musical madness, the kid, my partner Mark and myself all learned something. The kid found out he could laugh, I discovered that he could be "reached" and Mark (a former professional dancer) discovered that the kid has a fantastic natural talent.....Wow!   Good luck with "educating" people Peter....you never know what it can do until it happens.   Regards,   Colin Mitchell UK     Peter Isherwood wrote:-   > > Having just finished at Westminster, a > school that has close to > 35 organ principals.......   The result is a society that no longer waits > to open its eyes and ears > to something different, new, or old. Everything is > of instant value, or none > at all.   > Advocacy is the word... I see myself as a > music educator... and I plan > to incorporate the organ into my teaching in one way > or another.     __________________________________ Do you Yahoo!? Yahoo! SiteBuilder - Free web site building tool. Try it! http://webhosting.yahoo.com/ps/sb/  
(back) Subject: Easter TRUMPET(S) & Organ From: "Fran Walker" <fwalker@northwestern.edu> Date: Mon, 02 Feb 2004 09:24:27 -0600   Dear Friends,   Any ideas for Easter anthem for choir, organ and one or two trumpets? = Last year we did "Awake the Trumpet's Mighty Sound" by Handel.   Thanks! Fran Walker (fwalker@northwestern.edu) Organist, North Shore United Methodist Church 213 Hazel Avenue, Glencoe, IL 60022-1775 847-835-1227; fax 847-835-1243 http://www.gbgm-umc.org/northshoreumc/        
(back) Subject: Re: Bach Trio Sonatas - Which is more difficult? From: "Tom Jones" <tomj@netpath.net> Date: Mon, 2 Feb 2004 14:52:44 -0500   I agree with you, Colin, and always at least investigate the possibility of repeating ornaments when themes recur. It's a great help in bringing out the structure of the music.   Regards, Tom Jones   > Look at the ornamentation of the first section of the > slow movement, and then see what happens to the adagio > theme in the next. It is a more or less perfect > inversion of the opening theme, sans ornamentation. > > Now, the only way of inverting the thing properly, is > to carefully mirror the ornamentation of the first > section! > > > Furthermore, the best performance practice seems to be > where every tiny nuance of phrasing is mirrored > faithfully throughout, even on the pedals.      
(back) Subject: Malcolm Archer b. 1952 From: <ProOrgo53@aol.com> Date: Mon, 02 Feb 2004 15:32:33 -0500   If anyone knows a very beautiful piece of music for organ titled = "Cantilene" by Malcolm Archer, and if it is available singly or in a = collection, please contact me privately.   The LIVE365 Internet program ADAGIO for ORGAN information lists "New Music = for Organ," but I presume that is a CD title, rather than a published = (notation) collection title.   For any who are unaware of Internet radio, there are four or five = specifically Organ programs which play 24 / 7. The initial site address, = where you may search for genre and other values of interest individually, = is www.live365.com   GOD be praised!   Dale G. Rider Independence, MO, USA  
(back) Subject: Church organists behaving badly From: "David Scribner" <david@blackiris.com> Date: Mon, 2 Feb 2004 15:26:20 -0600   http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/3451683.stm   ENJOY!!!  
(back) Subject: Re: Malcolm Archer b. 1952 From: "bgsx" <bgsx52@sympatico.ca> Date: Mon, 02 Feb 2004 17:43:42 -0500   ProOrgo53@aol.com wrote:   > If anyone knows a very beautiful piece of music for organ titled > "Cantilene" by Malcolm Archer, and if it is available singly or in a > collection, please contact me privately.   http://www.kevinmayhewltd.com/church_music/withpedals.html   it is in the collection "New Music for Organ" book 1 click the little square to the right      
(back) Subject: BAD NEWS!!! Fwd: Northwestern University Organ Music Degree Programs From: "Fran Walker" <fwalker@northwestern.edu> Date: Mon, 02 Feb 2004 16:51:38 -0600   Not a good day for the church music world. Fran   >Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2004 23:37:22 -0600 (CST) >X-IP: 129.105.188.136 >X-Phforward: V2.6@snap (northwestern.edu) >To: fwalker@northwestern.edu >From: nusmweb@northwestern.edu >Reply-to: announcements@northwestern.edu >Subject: Northwestern University Organ Music Degree Programs >X-MIME-Autoconverted: from 8bit to quoted-printable by=20 >snap.it.northwestern.edu id i0V5bMnm016383 >X-MIME-Autoconverted: from quoted-printable to 8bit by=20 >merle.it.northwestern.edu id i0V5bUhc001069 > >Dear Northwestern School of Music Alumnus/Alumna: > >As you may already be aware, the School of Music has recommended to the=20 >Provost that degree programs in organ be discontinued. This recommendation= =20 >came after thorough review of the program and consultation with the=20 >elected School of Music Faculty Executive Committee, and must be formally= =20 >approved by the Provost of Northwestern in accordance with the=20 >University=92s principles of faculty governance. We anticipate that this=20 >will occur. Thus, out of a desire not to disappoint any prospective=20 >students, we have suspended the acceptance of applications for organ=20 >degree programs. > >The recommendation was based on the combination of low demand =AD for=20 >example, no undergraduate majors have enrolled in the program since 2000 = =AD=20 >the fact that the one faculty member who teaches organ music on a=20 >full-time basis will be leaving Northwestern this year, assessment of the= =20 >likelihood of the organ program=92s achieving recognized excellence, and= the=20 >need to allocate the school=92s resources wisely. > >There currently are 11 students who are majoring in organ in all levels =AD= =20 >undergraduate, master=92s, and D.M. =AD representing less than 1% of the=20 >students enrolled in the School of Music. Enrollment in organ has been=20 >declining at Northwestern for the past decade, mirroring a national trend. > >It is important to note that all organ majors will be able to finish in=20 >the degree program in which they are currently enrolled, provided they=20 >make normal progress to their degree. The school will, of course, honor=20 >its responsibility to provide enrolled students the courses and quality=20 >instruction necessary to complete their degrees. In addition, the music=20 >school will continue to offer instruction in organ for students who wish=20 >to study on a non-degree basis. > >I am mindful of the tradition of organ study at the Northwestern School of= =20 >Music, which is why we have given this decision a great deal of thought.=20 >The Northwestern University School of Music is one of the top musical=20 >institutions in the country. We can maintain =AD and improve upon =AD that= =20 >level of excellence by focusing our efforts and our resources in those=20 >areas where we are strongest and that are central to our mission. Given=20 >national enrollment trends in organ study and the specific issues we face= =20 >here, we believe it is unlikely that Northwestern would be able to sustain= =20 >a high-quality program. > >I realize this is a difficult issue for all concerned, and it is not a=20 >recommendation that I make easily. However, I believe that the long-term=20 >interests of the School of Music require us, as stewards of this great=20 >institution, to take this step. > >Thank you for your continued interest and support of the Northwestern=20 >University School of Music. > >Sincerely, > >Toni-Marie Montgomery >Dean >School of Music