PipeChat Digest #4569 - Tuesday, June 22, 2004
 
Bill Watkins Memorial
  by <DudelK@aol.com>
40 years Kleuker organ at German LC part 01
  by "Andr=E9s G=FCnther" <rgunther@cantv.net>
Come and join in the PipeChat Chat Room tonight.
  by "Bob Conway" <conwayb@sympatico.ca>
A summer Sunday nowhere special
  by "Glenda" <gksjd85@direcway.com>
Re: 40 years Kleuker organ at German LC part 01
  by <DERREINETOR@aol.com>
 

(back) Subject: Bill Watkins Memorial From: <DudelK@aol.com> Date: Mon, 21 Jun 2004 08:59:21 EDT   The memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 10, at 11 am at Georgetown Presbyterian Church, 3115 P St. NW, Washington, DC 20007. = Memorial contributions may be made to the Music Fund at the church.  
(back) Subject: 40 years Kleuker organ at German LC part 01 From: "Andr=E9s G=FCnther" <rgunther@cantv.net> Date: Mon, 21 Jun 2004 09:26:57 -0400   Andres Gunther rgunther@cantv.net   40 Years Kleuker Organ of La Resurrecci=F3n LC, Caracas, Part 01 GERMANS IN VENEZUELA:   Sorry to begin this "by Adam and Eve" but there is no good history without some backgrounds. The history of the germans in Venezuela is far too extensive and off topic to be related in detail here, so I will give a = short overwiev.   Germans (and Austrians) are present in Venezuela since Colony times. Alexander von Humboldt visited the country in the late 1700s and was the first man who climbed Mount Avila and "La Silla" peaks at the North of Caracas; travelled through the plains and made a huge scientific = expedition to the South (Guayana) Region travelling along the Orinoco River. His impressions and thousands of specimen he recollected and analyzed scientifically filled several toms which caused a sensation and awakened = the interest in our country and its potential richness. For this reason, Alexander von Humboldt is considered a National Hero in Venezuela. As for the Austrians, they brought in the "Mannheimer Musikstil", which influenced our native composers for almost a century.   Other famous german was Dr. Teophilus Benjamin Siegert, whose ancient = barrel organ still stands in my workshop. I wrote extensively about this unique piece, its owner and its adventourous history in an earlier series.   In 1848 a group of german immigrants from the "Kaiserstuhl" region founded = a small village in the mountains at the West of Caracas: the "Colonia = Tovar". This town still exists and is populated by descendants of its founders = plus a number of "modern" germans who established their retirement or weekend homes there, although several small businessmen and artisans became permanent "colonists". The village itself has become a tourist attraction since its houses are all built in old fashioned german "Fachwerk" style which is unique in the otherwise hispano-american country.   A weird character in the repertoire was Dr. Knoche, who was one of the greatest Physicians in the Caracas - La Guaira region in late 19th cty. = Dr. Knoche (that name means "bone") lived in a mansion atop Mount Avila. He developed several poises who made him famous, and a unique momifying = method that worked so perfect that the mummies of his servants, his wife and finally himself were conserved in the mausoleum adjoined to the mansion = for many years until vandals destroyed them. Mausoleum and Mansion are = declared as landmarks and under restoration right now- the mummies of course are gone, as well the poison formulas which were kept in secret and never = noted down by "Doctor Kanoche" as he was called by the natives, for whom the correct pronunciation of many consonants is almost impossible.   Venezuelans are germanophiles, not only because of Alexander von Humboldt but due to the german's honesty, punctuality and industriousness. Gral = Juan Vicente G=F3mez, who ruled the country for 27 years, was a friend of = Emperor William II, adopted german army organisation and strategy, and encouraged the settlement of german Benedictine Monks and their agrarian educational projects with the orphans. The Benedictines still are here, and a humble servant built the organ for their new abbey in 1990.   Several businessmen came from Germany to make fortune in Venezuela. The Vollmers and the Uslars were among the earliest; the Vollmer family still owns a big sugar farm. The Gathmanns were famed jewel traders. The Blohms, who initially opened a branch of "Blohm & Voss", own the "BECO" Megastore (alike Walmart) and "EPA" Hardwares (alike Home Depot), and with these a huge import firm. German firms like Bayer, Hoechst, Telefunken, Siemens = and Mercedes Benz established filials here in the "Golden Seventies". Although they closed down after the golden times were over, the German-Venezuelan Chamber of Commerce CAVENAL sponsors heavily several Culture and Social development projects even in the present difficult times, and the present government is interested in maintain good relationships with Germany.   Speaking of culture: it is important to mention the establishment of the "Humboldt Gymnasium", our german school in Caracas; the "Humboldt Cultural Society" in conjuction with the Goethe Institut, and the "Bachakademie Caracas" founded by Mrs. Maria Guinand, a former student of Music Director Prof. Helmuth Rilling in Stuttgart. With this I finally come closer to the topic. German influence in = venezuelan music and organ building started in the late 19th / early 20th cty years. = I wrote about this matter in earlier posts, therefore I only will remind Mr. Kurt Schmeltzer who immigrated to Venezuela in 1923 and cared for the existing organs and built many new instruments for nearby 40 years.   The social and economic sequeles of World War I in Germany and the = uprising Nazi Regime after 1933 brought a wawe of german immigrants to Venezuela, along with Austrians and german-polish-austrian Jews. These two latter groups are almost considered and respected as the germans here. After WW II, a new wawe of german immigrants came in to reinforce the = German Community and its RC and lutheran congregations, and with this I come = closer to the history of our little Kleuker. Stay tuned...   =3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D= =3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D First was the cat, then was the Orgler. The Orgler got a pet and the cat got something to wonder about.        
(back) Subject: Come and join in the PipeChat Chat Room tonight. From: "Bob Conway" <conwayb@sympatico.ca> Date: Mon, 21 Jun 2004 12:21:15 -0400   This is both a reminder and an invitation to all Pipe Chatters that our regular Monday evening Pipe Chat IRC will begin as usual at 9.00 pm = Eastern Summer Time.   Everybody is welcome to join in, all the regulars as well as anyone who = has not joined in before, - Everybody Welcome!   If you are not too sure how you get on to the IRC Chat, just go to the PipeChat-l web page for easy instructions.   http://www.pipechat.org   We hope to see you all there tonight.   Bob Conway    
(back) Subject: A summer Sunday nowhere special From: "Glenda" <gksjd85@direcway.com> Date: Mon, 21 Jun 2004 13:08:01 -0500   Sunday, June 20, 2004 (I'm at a Methodist church; who knows or cares which proper it is?)   First United Methodist Church Crestview, FL   Prelude: Prelude sur l'Introit de l'Epiphanie (that's a lot of 'l's, but I'm just copying from my book) - M. Durufle Trio - Julius Reubke   Offertory: Cantilena in G - A. Foote   Postlude: Jerusalem - C.H.H. Parry   The last two Sundays that I subbed, at the Episcopal church with the toaster with stuck and burning pop-ups, were a few weeks ago. I had written a blurb about the experience, but it turned into a diatribe about organists and/or churches who do not make proper arrangements for preparing or paying their subs. Upon review and reflection, I realized it was vitriolic, even for me, albeit full of truisms. I did not submit it to the list. Thankfully for us both, I have totally lost the draft, so you will not be subjected to that list of music or the sermon. Suffice it to say I played some of everything: Handel, Elgar, Dubois, Bridge, Vaughan Williams, Bach.   However, business on the list is slow, and again I found myself subbing at a church this Sunday, so I will bore you with the details thereof. My organist friend at the Methodist church was partying in New Orleans, so I agreed to take the Sunday for him, the first Sunday for their new minister. Perhaps I should have offered to take the party for him instead.   When I was in Salt Lake last summer, the proprietor of Day Murray Music, who had an exhibit booth at which he sold music, became the target of my daily harassment. He seemed so solemn that I purposed in my heart to pry a smile, nay, perhaps a guffaw, out of him before the week was over. My Southern accent alone can do that to people. Anyway, in the course of the week I met one of his associates, Bonita, who sings in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. She was very gracious and helpful.   A few weeks ago I found her card and called her about hunting up the particular Durufle for me. I really like it, even though it is only about two minutes or so in duration. What she located was a nifty Schola Cantorum edition entitled "Preludes a l'Introit". The volume contains several interesting and short introits by noted French guys.   I was able to use the Durufle today because the organ had a nice trumpet on it in the Swell (this is the church with the Kenneth Jones 2-manual tracker). The bulletin noted only "Introit" - why confuse them? I was so pleased and proud with the result, even though the congregation was too excited talking to notice. It was the high point of my day.   The service itself went relatively well until the last hymn. The minister asked the congregation to come down to the front and sing the hymn with him, then said a prayer of benediction, then asked them to go back to their seats. People were milling around in great confusion until the minister of music told me to go ahead with the postlude. Within sight of the end of the Parry, someone told me to stop playing because the minister wanted to speak. I stopped in the middle of the piece, but the minister did not say anything. I was disgusted at having my musical reverie interrupted at all, but especially for no reason. Again chaos reigned supreme at church. People were still in disarray as I left to turn in my choir robe.   I have been re-reading Isaac Asimov at night before retiring, a charming little book I had bought years ago and lost until recently. It is entitled 'Asimov on Physics', and consists of a series of articles he wrote in the 1950s. One statement he made hit me over the head several times. In his discussion of the laws of thermodynamics and entropy in particular, he said, "As nearly as can be told, all spontaneous processes involve an increase in disorder and an increase in entropy, the two being analogous." Of course, that chapter was full of really good quotes, such as "work is never done instantaneously. It invariably occupies time."   Anyway, applied to my situation as opposed to physics in general (and what does an attorney need with physics if he can't apply it to the situation at hand), I realized that I held way too high expectations of church worship services, and have been pouring much too much energy into a black hole. One must accept the fact that entropy will increase, and that actual worship will never reach its potential. In fact, more and more these days worship seems to be a real 'sacrifice of praise', because we as corporate worshippers don't have or make the time or energy to prepare for it, much less to get it right and make it a sweet-smelling savour to the Savior.   Man, that was deep - it's actually sloshing over my boots. I hope it washes off. Gotta get back to my book to find out if Shakespeare actually increased or decreased entropy to the English language. Asimov must have been a vodka-guzzling genius, a real Stolis man.   Glenda Sutton gksjd85@direcway.com          
(back) Subject: Re: 40 years Kleuker organ at German LC part 01 From: <DERREINETOR@aol.com> Date: Tue, 22 Jun 2004 00:43:31 EDT   Andres, Very interesting history you're relating about Germans and Austrians in Venezuela, especially as relates to organbuilding, music and general = culture. As a citizen of the United States ("American" can be claimed by all from at = least the Yukon to Tierra del Fuego and beyond), it is interesting to read this history.   As both an Anglophile and an Austro-Germanophile (who speaks English as a mother-tongue and German fluently and lived and studied for many years in Austria) with cultural and ethnic ties both to England and = Austria-Hungary, I'm always delighted to see how the Mittel-Europaeische musico-cultural = aesthetic plays out in the "New World".   Looking forward to your second installment. Bill H. Boston, MA