PipeChat Digest #4659 - Saturday, July 31, 2004
 
OHS Organs review 05
  by "rgunther@cantv.net" <rgunther@cantv.net>
REPRINT OHS  Organ review 02
  by "rgunther@cantv.net" <rgunther@cantv.net>
(off topic) OHS reviews - apologies
  by "rgunther@cantv.net" <rgunther@cantv.net>
Re: (off topic) OHS reviews - apologies
  by "Mike Gettelman" <mike3247@earthlink.net>
Toys R Us Jingle
  by "First Christian Church of Casey, Illinois" <kzrev@rr1.net>
Re: Toys R Us Jingle
  by "David Evangelides" <davide@theatreorgans.com>
"Nutcracker" Celesta Part
  by <TubaMagna@aol.com>
Re: "Nutcracker" Celesta Part
  by "bgsx" <bgsx52@sympatico.ca>
Re: OHS Organs review 05
  by <ScottFop@aol.com>
My apologies to the list...Re: OHS Organs review 05
  by <ScottFop@aol.com>
Re: "Nutcracker" Celesta Part
  by "Andy Lawrence" <andy@ablorgans.com>
RE: "Nutcracker" Celesta Part
  by "Paul White" <paulwh@optusnet.com.au>
 

(back) Subject: OHS Organs review 05 From: "rgunther@cantv.net" <rgunther@cantv.net> Date: Fri, 30 Jul 2004 08:54:03 -0400   The last full convention day started with St Stephen RCC (shrine of St Jude's) Garret House Organ from 1860. This is a very special valuable in = my opinion. "Wonderful, even in its present bad condition" is my remark on my notes, and its comprehensive restoration to match the already restored facade is a must. Failures are mostly due to dirt as I could note in a short glance... unfortunatedly I didn't have more time but for a short glance, if any, at all organs we visited. Congratulation to Bruce Stevens for his skillfull mastering of the instrument despite the failures, mostly on the reedwork. The reeds thenselves are in mint condition, but dirt and the battered resonators don't allow a stable tuning.   Then, we made a long short trip to Boston (NY, NOT Mass :), a suburban location located in an idyllic landscape, and with a 1901 Felgemaker, beatifully restored and relocated in St John the Baptist RC Church. The organ fits surprisingly well to its accoustically all but ideal environment, which shows the skills of the firm who made the job in 1994 (Tenerowicz Pipe Organ Svc, Buffalo).   Baker Memorial UMC in East Aurora, NY houses another E. Skinner, restored by Schlicker. The beautiful sight of the organ is substancially spoiled by a bundle of loudspeakers which are suspended from the ceiling at a perhaps accoustiaccly ideal but visible all but ideal point. This organ feels most happy with romantic repertoire despite the Mixture III and Schlicker's Waldflute 2' (which replaced a former Aeoline) trying to impose a "Klangkrone"which somehow doesn't fit well with the rest of the instrument however.   The organ of Our Lady of Pompeii RCC in Lancaster, NY has one of the most interesting histories: It was moved, restored and relocated -under surveillance of Parsons Pipe organ Builders- from First Methodist = Episcopal Church in Cortland, NY to its present location by the parishioners of the church, who are very proud of their work with all the justice, and displayed a graphic report of the admirable job. The Moller organ matches to perfection, both visually and tonally, to its new environment.   Finally we come to the closing recital at St Joseph's Cathedral, Buffalo; 1876 Hook & Hastings Op 828, with its history full of spectacular details, which began with its acquisition -the organ was built for the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia- and spans over more than a century of genial alterations, patchwork, accidents and mysteries, and ends with the recdent restoration by Andover Organ Co. The detailed history can be shown in the last issue of "The Tracker" and the Organ Handbook 2004. What should I say- the organ in its present condition is spectacular, both visually and tonally; as demonstarted by Ken Cowan. Here we had = opportunity to tour inside the organ, which is not only neatly rebuilt following the due restorations guidelines, butwith its amp0le catwalks, solid ladders = and easily-to-get parts is designed for a special maintenance-friendly environment. The organ builders don't have to go on diet fror three weeks before they can do a job there, and given the size and disposition of the instrument this is an absolute must. Unfortunatedly my back flight to Miami started very early the next morning, so I couldn't take advantage of Andover Organ Co's offer to make an extra tour into the instrument for = more details. =D6tro dia sera"as we say in Venezuela (means: in another opportunity I will). I will for sure.   With this I come to an end of this series, looking forward to visit many OHS conventions more in the future and keep in contact with all the new friends I made there. In Miami I was greeted by a nice thunderstorm with lots of lightnings and Orages at Tutti le Registri, and the airport had to be closed shortly after the plane came in. I felt surprisingly alone after spending a week with so many organ = people...   Yours Andres   First was the cat, then was the Orgler. The Orgler got a pet, and the cat got something to wonder about.        
(back) Subject: REPRINT OHS Organ review 02 From: "rgunther@cantv.net" <rgunther@cantv.net> Date: Fri, 30 Jul 2004 09:38:59 -0400   I got complanits about part 02 of this series missing. Inded I got no automatric back confirmation from pipechat, so I guess it didn't arrive. There it goes again...   Friday July 16 started with the Hook & Hastings Op 1429 (2889) organ ar St Anthony Of Padua RCC. No good, I regret to say. The choir loft is too low for the organ, the church room is a cube with awful accoustics. The organ did its best, but didn't come thru at all. What a pity for this historic and otherwise well restored instrument.   The more delightful was the surprise that awaited us at St Francis Xavier RCC's Hermann Schlicker's Opus 2 (1932). Today, Scklicker is widely known as a "Neobarroque"organ builder, but he started from the Symphonic Organ concept, and this early instrument is unique for that and showas the evolution of its builder. The Church has a good accoustics and the organ a warm, characterful sound. Although the instrument is in overall good condition an overhaul is due right now. I must acknowledge here the organist Tom Trenney who gave the recital with a french style improvisation. He is one of the gifted young talents we need so badly here. Congratulations and keep on the good work!   At Church of the Ascencion, Episcopal, we had the opportunity to listen to a vintage Kimball, and I had trhe oppotrunity to review my bad opinion about this brand (based on some horrible electriums and small pianos we = had to deal with in Caracas). Kimball's pipe organs are classy, however, as demonstarted by Stephen Roberts, whom I finally could meet personally = after so many years of email friendship. The organ's restoration is in progress right now (By Kegg OB), and Mr Charles Kegg gave us an interesting view about the quality of the instrument which resisted extensive water damage for many years in a lecture the next day. The sound of this 1934 Kimball = is surprisingly Reform-oriented for that time and spans a broad dynamic = range. Unfortunatedly I was seated at an accoustically bad place and had to use the old "Ear cupping" trick to appreciate the instrument.   Westminster Presbyterian Church houses two A/S organs, one in the Holmes Chapel and one in the church itself. I won't tell much about A/S, other people have done that before, and what is told is true. Two recitals demonstrated us the eclecticism of A/S organs: Lorez Maycher in the Holmes Chapel with a barroque to modern repertoire, and the brilliant recital by Felix Hell demonstrated the excelleny of these organs for late romantics, specially Max Reger. Felix himself made a step forward in his artistic career as I could notice. Specially the Chorale Nr 02 by Cesar Franck and Franz Liszt's "Ad Nos" showed a matured interpretation.   But this long day wasn't over with Felix' recital and a further thrilling experience was ahead. Stay tuned...   Andres   First was the cat, then was the Orgler. The Orgler got a pet, and the cat got something to wonder about.    
(back) Subject: (off topic) OHS reviews - apologies From: "rgunther@cantv.net" <rgunther@cantv.net> Date: Fri, 30 Jul 2004 10:39:23 -0400   Dear listmembers,   I just noticed with a mix of horror and amusement the lots of "bugs" that are in my recent rewievs of the organs we visited at the OHS convention.   Champions should give results, not excuses; but I am sitting on a unsteady chair in front of a lended PC with a new Windows system I am learning to manage. I access my CANTV.net account via broad band/high speed connection and must write directly on line. The text window shows me the letters in a size I need a microscope to read them. My time is limited because I have = to accomplish with lawyer's and financial consultant's appointments in a = city where you are done if you get lost searching for an adress... and this = poor "Venezolano recien llegado" (newcomer from Venezuela) gets lost quite frequently!   For all this I have no time (and no microscope :) to edit my writings in = my usual accurate manner, but I saved them already in WORD format for a = future edition.   Nevertheless I hope that someone enjoyed the stuff, however. I remain = with you all   Anderes   First was the cat, then was the Orgler. The Orgelr got a pet, and the cat got something to wonder abut.    
(back) Subject: Re: (off topic) OHS reviews - apologies From: "Mike Gettelman" <mike3247@earthlink.net> Date: Fri, 30 Jul 2004 11:19:12 -0400   Dear Andr=E9s, In truth, I find that my own champions do not occupy the completely = sterile world of absolute accuracy and vermin free editorial. I find it much more interesting and far easier to relate when the author allows himself a = modicum of freedom and relaxation. This attitude gives the reader the sense that = the author is human, and that his writing is not machine like or robotic in = any sense. So, cast away your apologies and your aspersions that you are not = champion, for it is your proactive effort to share and inform that is important. The style in which you do this is charming. To share the words of one of my = very sage parents: "son, if you aren't making mistakes, then you aren't trying = to do anything at all". Cheers Mike     "rgunther@cantv.net" wrote:   > Dear listmembers, > > I just noticed with a mix of horror and amusement the lots of "bugs" = that > are in my recent rewievs of the organs we visited at the OHS convention. > > Champions should give results, not excuses; but I am sitting on a = unsteady > chair in front of a lended PC with a new Windows system I am learning to > manage. I access my CANTV.net account via broad band/high speed = connection > and must write directly on line. The text window shows me the letters in = a > size I need a microscope to read them. My time is limited because I have = to > accomplish with lawyer's and financial consultant's appointments in a = city > where you are done if you get lost searching for an adress... and this = poor > "Venezolano recien llegado" (newcomer from Venezuela) gets lost quite > frequently! > > For all this I have no time (and no microscope :) to edit my writings in = my > usual accurate manner, but I saved them already in WORD format for a = future > edition. > > Nevertheless I hope that someone enjoyed the stuff, however. I remain = with > you all > > Anderes >    
(back) Subject: Toys R Us Jingle From: "First Christian Church of Casey, Illinois" <kzrev@rr1.net> Date: Fri, 30 Jul 2004 10:30:49 -0500   Anybody got the music (or a source) for the Toys R Us jingle-"I don't want to grow up-I'm a Toys R Us Kid."?   Dennis Steckley   "Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened."--Dr. Seuss        
(back) Subject: Re: Toys R Us Jingle From: "David Evangelides" <davide@theatreorgans.com> Date: Fri, 30 Jul 2004 10:21:59 -0600   I seem to recall this is taken from a Peter Pan musical.   Davide E   On Fri, 30 Jul 2004 9:37am, First Christian Church of Casey, Illinois wrote: > Anybody got the music (or a source) for the Toys R Us jingle-"I don't > want to grow up-I'm a Toys R Us Kid."? > > Dennis Steckley >     David E   David Evangelides Fulfillment Manager International Bible Society 719-867-2729 (Sent by wireless T-Mobile Sidekick)  
(back) Subject: "Nutcracker" Celesta Part From: <TubaMagna@aol.com> Date: Fri, 30 Jul 2004 13:16:49 EDT   Ladies and Gentlemen: If anybody on board has a copy of the famous Celesta part from "The Nutcracker" would they please contact me privately? I am frequently asked to demonstrate one of our restored pneumatic Celestas, and think this would be a fun way to do it, rather than insipid, =   arpeggiated improvisations that sound like bad introductions to "dream = sequences" in grade-B movies.   Sebastian   ..  
(back) Subject: Re: "Nutcracker" Celesta Part From: "bgsx" <bgsx52@sympatico.ca> Date: Fri, 30 Jul 2004 14:04:01 -0400     > Ladies and Gentlemen: If anybody on board has a copy of the famous > Celesta part from "The Nutcracker" would they please contact me > privately? I am frequently asked to demonstrate one of our restored > pneumatic Celestas ...   There's a pdf here:   http://www.sheetmusicarchive.net/single_listing.cfm?composer_id=3D42   maybe the direct url will work ... or maybe not:   http://www.sheetmusicarchive.net/compositions_b/tchnsdsf.pdf   Perhaps a piano arrangement would be more suitable.   There seem to be a few versions available here, but I don't know anything about this website ...   http://www.pianofiles.com/      
(back) Subject: Re: OHS Organs review 05 From: <ScottFop@aol.com> Date: Fri, 30 Jul 2004 14:04:43 EDT   Hello Andres   It was great meeting you last week at the OHS convention in Buffalo. I = look forward to viewing the CD you gave me and learning more of you and your = work.   Maybe I missed something, but did you review the Shea's concert with the Wurlitzer organ? I would very much like to read your comments, if you = would be so kind as to send them to me. Thanks so much and take care.   -Scott   Scott F. Foppiano Cantantibus organis Caecilia Domino decantabat.  
(back) Subject: My apologies to the list...Re: OHS Organs review 05 From: <ScottFop@aol.com> Date: Fri, 30 Jul 2004 14:10:06 EDT   That last email was meant to be private. So sorry.   -Scott   Scott F. Foppiano Cantantibus organis Caecilia Domino decantabat.  
(back) Subject: Re: "Nutcracker" Celesta Part From: "Andy Lawrence" <andy@ablorgans.com> Date: Fri, 30 Jul 2004 23:38:05 -0500   Dorothy Papadokos played a bunch of nutcracker pieces (she's famous for often playing these at her recitals) on the big Austin in Portland, Maine one summer. Its all on the live CD for that summer (sorry, forget which year, maybe '99? Unfortunately I'm not seeing it on the foko.org = website). She plays the part you are talking about on the celesta. Very cool! She = is one who arranged the pieces... don't know if she's ever actually written them down, or if she just has them in her head, but if so, perhaps you = could contact her? Now that she's left the big Apple I'm not sure where she is now, but someone on here probably knows how get ahold of her.   Andy     On Fri, 30 Jul 2004 14:04:01 -0400, bgsx wrote > > Ladies and Gentlemen: If anybody on board has a copy of the famous > > Celesta part from "The Nutcracker" would they please contact me > > privately? I am frequently asked to demonstrate one of our restored > > pneumatic Celestas ...     A.B.Lawrence Pipe Organ Service PO Box 111 Burlington, VT 05402 (802)578-3936 Visit our website at www.ablorgans.com  
(back) Subject: RE: "Nutcracker" Celesta Part From: "Paul White" <paulwh@optusnet.com.au> Date: Sat, 31 Jul 2004 16:12:38 +1000   What about Frederick Hohman's transcription?   -----Original Message----- From: pipechat@pipechat.org [mailto:pipechat@pipechat.org] On Behalf Of bgsx Sent: Saturday, 31 July 2004 4:04 AM To: PipeChat Subject: Re: "Nutcracker" Celesta Part     > Ladies and Gentlemen: If anybody on board has a copy of the famous > Celesta part from "The Nutcracker" would they please contact me > privately? I am frequently asked to demonstrate one of our restored > pneumatic Celestas ...   There's a pdf here:   http://www.sheetmusicarchive.net/single_listing.cfm?composer_id=3D42   maybe the direct url will work ... or maybe not:   http://www.sheetmusicarchive.net/compositions_b/tchnsdsf.pdf   Perhaps a piano arrangement would be more suitable.   There seem to be a few versions available here, but I don't know anything about this website ...   http://www.pianofiles.com/       ****************************************************************** "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>