PipeChat Digest #4574 - Tuesday, June 22, 2004
 
Fw: PipeChat Digest #4570 - 06/22/04
  by "Karl Watson" <kw35@si.rr.com>
 

(back) Subject: Fw: PipeChat Digest #4570 - 06/22/04 From: "Karl Watson" <kw35@si.rr.com> Date: Tue, 22 Jun 2004 20:44:21 -0400     ----- Original Message -----=20 From: "Karl Watson" <kw35@si.rr.com> To: "PipeChat" <pipechat@pipechat.org> Sent: Tuesday, June 22, 2004 8:30 PM Subject: Re: PipeChat Digest #4570 - 06/22/04     > That's easy. It's Melchiorre Mauro-Cottone. Hope I spelt that right. I > think the instrument is a cinema job, maybe in NYC. I saw this picture i= n > my teacher's old (1920's) American Organist magazines when I was a kid. Also > heard Dr.McCurdy make jokes about M-C & that luminous stop console. At one > time, there was one at 1st Baptist, Philadelphia. His (Dr.McC's) student= , > Walter Baker, gave it quite a work-out in the late 40's. > > > ----- Original Message -----=20 > From: "PipeChat" <pipechat@pipechat.org> > To: "PipeChat" <pipechat@pipechat.org> > Sent: Tuesday, June 22, 2004 7:50 PM > Subject: PipeChat Digest #4570 - 06/22/04 > > > PipeChat Digest #4570 - Tuesday, June 22, 2004 > > Re: WNC > by <RMaryman@aol.com> > Re: A summer Sunday nowhere special > by "F. Richard Burt" <effarbee@verizon.net> > Secular Text > by "Lowell Johnson" <ljohn1247@yahoo.com> > Re: WNC 64' > by <ProOrgo53@aol.com> > 40 Years Kleuker organ of German LC part 02 > by "Andr=E9s G=FCnther" <rgunther@cantv.net> > Re: 40 Years Kleuker organ of German LC part 02 > by "F. Richard Burt" <effarbee@verizon.net> > Re: Glenda's summer Sunday nowhere special > by "Peter Underwood" <pgunderwood@wol.co.za> > Anglican funeral rites > by "Raymond H. Clark, Quilisma Publications" <quilisma@cox.net> > Felix Hell appointed "Distinguished Organist in Residence" at Lutheran Th > by "Hans-Friedrich Hell" <Hell-Concerts@t-online.de> > Re: Anglican funeral rites > by "Bob Conway" <conwayb@sympatico.ca> > RE: Glenda's summer Sunday nowhere special > by "Glenda" <gksjd85@direcway.com> > Another "mystery organist" > by "Phil Stimmel" <pca@sover.net> > > > ---------------------------------------------------------------------- > > Subject: Re: WNC > From: <RMaryman@aol.com> > Date: Tue, 22 Jun 2004 05:59:27 EDT > > In a message dated 6/20/2004 11:09:55 PM Eastern Daylight Time, > jhumbert@ptd.net writes: > Afterwards, I went to greet Mr. Swager and see the console. > I noticed the 64' Bombarde Basso. Question: Is this a resultant, a > stopped pipe or a full-length pipe? Also, is there no 32' reed on the > organ? I thought I saw one on the console, but do not see it on the > website's stoplist. > The "Bomb" 64 ( controlled by a toe-stud) is a legit reed set of pipes down > to note FFFFF#, then it is electronic for the bottom 6 notes. And there is > a > 32' reed stop, because the bombard basso is an extension of a pre-existin= g > rank > of pipes. the 64' "octave" was done in the 1973(ish) renovation of the > organ. > > Rick in VA > > ---------------------------------------------------------------------- > > Subject: Re: A summer Sunday nowhere special > From: "F. Richard Burt" <effarbee@verizon.net> > Date: Tue, 22 Jun 2004 06:04:38 -0600 > > Good Morning, Glenda: > > During one of my extended volunteer staff ventures for my own > church, I was in charge of the sound support system. Our new > pastor asked me to play CDs of "upbeat music" duirng the long > interlude between dismissal of the various Sunday School classes > all over the church campus and the arrivals of those intending to > particiapte in the "service." > > This was done successfully the first Sunday and I had it all > timed carefully so that the organist could begin the prelude > music on the organ as scheduled by the musicians who laid > out the order of service. All went well. > > The second Sunday, I was into the playing of the "upbeat" > music CDs when two of the leading women of our church > came to me and leaned close to "stage whisper" their > disdain for the "upbeat" music. One simply said, "Turn this > music off. We want to talk." > > I got the message, ...loud and clear. <grins> > > The new pastor did not learn about my dismissal of the > "upbeat" music addition until several weeks later, when > he wanted to know why it was missing. I told him the > story. End of story. He never asked for it again. > > F. Richard Burt > > > . > > > > ---------------------------------------------------------------------- > > Subject: Secular Text > From: "Lowell Johnson" <ljohn1247@yahoo.com> > Date: Tue, 22 Jun 2004 05:20:15 -0700 (PDT) > > Many organ pieces have associated sacred text such as > "Sonata on the 94th Psalm" I am looking for organ > compositions that have an associated secular text. > > Thanks, Lowell > > > ---------------------------------------------------------------------- > > Subject: Re: WNC 64' > From: <ProOrgo53@aol.com> > Date: Tue, 22 Jun 2004 11:49:19 EDT > > NOT TO BE FORGOTTEN: > > It was standing room only, the concluding service (in WNCathedral) -- the > 1982 AGO National Convention. I was standing, my back resting against on= e > of the > mammoth-size stone/concrete pillars, in the "left" transcept. > > Judith Hancock was presenting the Prelude: Willan's "Introduction, > Passacaglia and Fugue." All too soon came the last few measures . . . an= d > then the > final chord. The pillar against which I was resting and the floor beneath my > feet > MOVED. Were my ears deceiving me? No! Neither was my sense of motion. I was > moved, as well, to my very core. > > In those few seconds in "real time" (which became an experience in eternity > for me and I'm certain for many, many others present), I was forever marked > with an undeniable realization that not only does GOD live, but GOD loves > humankind (each and every one of us) and blesses us daily with unspeakabl= e > gifts of > beauty all about us: not the least of which is music > . . . and the organ which enables chords, harmonies, and combinations of > hundreds of individual pipes singing together undergirded by incredible bass > tones > (an occasional 64' pedal pipe) which grab us as nothing else can. > > D. G. Rider > Independence, MO > > ---------------------------------------------------------------------- > > Subject: 40 Years Kleuker organ of German LC part 02 > From: "Andr=E9s G=FCnther" <rgunther@cantv.net> > Date: Tue, 22 Jun 2004 12:05:00 -0400 > > 40 Years Kleuker Organ of La Resurrecci=F3n LC, Caracas, Part 02 > BRIEF (Off topic) HISTORY OF THE GERMAN LUTHERAN CONGREGATION IN VENEZUEL= A > > It is important to remember that Venezuela was a 100% spanish catholic > country until well advanced 20th cty. Ultra-conservatism and strong reserves > against protestantism in every denomination was the hallmark of the Churc= h > and the People until 1966; and RC was the "Official Religion" of Venezuel= a > until 1999. Therefore, most of the protestants who came to the country in > the 19th cty converted to catholicism, out of need to join a church and get > their children baptized, or for Social Acceptance*. > > This situation caused some alarm in the "Motherland", and the idea to > establish a protestant Mission in Venezuela was taken seriously into > consideration. After a first failed attempt in 1865 to join the german an= d > danish protestants in Caracas into a congregation, the year 1893 is > considered the true foundation year of the "German Preacher Congregation in > Caracas". The founding of the congregation was encouraged by the then > Ambassador of the German Empire, His Excellency Duke von Kleist-Tychow. I= n > the 1870s Gral Guzman Blanco had achieved a definitive division between > Church and State, and State-support for projects like this was easier to > get. Therefore, the venezuelan government of General Joaquin Crespo > supported actively that initiative. > Nevertheless the Congregation had very hard times to face. They still wer= e a > minority of foreign protestants in a 100% hispanic and catholic country. > Ecumenism was a far away dream. The country's affairs in that time didn't > make things easier: Continuous riots, coup d'etats, economic ups and downs; > the harsh climate; Malaria, Yellow Fever and Pest Epidemies; finally Worl= d > War I and the subsequent Fall of the German Empire... the German Preacher > Congregation in Venezuela had all but a smooth time but survived all the > difficulties due to the fact that there always was a strong character there > to hold it together. Music activities were strongly supported and > appreciated although the congregation had to struggle. I will come back t= o > this in a later installment. > > The hardest time for the German Preacher Congregation however was the WW II > time. Gral. G=F3mez, the old germanophile, had died in 1936. His succesor= s > turned all diplomatic, military and business relationships to the USA for > several (understandable) reasons. Thus, Venezuela was on the Allied side and > the government took away properties of german citizens, among them the whole > inventory and Treasure Funds of the German Preacher Congregation, which, as > all german associations, was dissolved and dispersed. German business firms > went under Venezuelan Administration and german citizens came under House > Arrest or were interned in camps. However, due to the inherent germanophily > of the Venezuelans and the general understanding that many of them were > asylants and rather victims of a bad historic circumstance they lived in > more freedom than in other surrounding countries. > > When WW II was over the german immigration in Venezuela reached an absolute > peak, and the need for an organized Pastorate for the immigrants became > urgent. The Lutheran World Federation (USA Chapter)** re-joined the Germa= n > Preacher Congregation, and in 1952 a German-American Pastor, Dr. Heinrich > Falk, was sent to Venezuela with the commitment to raise the German Preacher > Congregation into a solid status. > At that time, several former problems had smoothed out in fortunate manner. > After the WW II Oilboom Venezuela had become a modern country and was way > up. Protestantism had spreaded and became a more acceptable affair. The > government handed back goods and business firms to german citizens and > organisations. The immigration had brought architects, musicians, > businessmen and arts-and-craft workers enough to support the renewed > congregation actively with workforce, membership and money. > Rvd. Dr. Heinrich Falk was a jewel. Between 1952 and 1957 he worked day and > night to raise the funds and build a Congregational Center in the newly > founded suburb "La Castellana" nearby Chacao at the East Side of Caracas. > Incidentally the Center stands on the grounds of the former "San Felipe" > Plantation from where Alexander von Humboldt had started his Expedition t= o > Mount Avila and "La Silla" 200 years earlier***. It contains the church ("La > Resurreci=F3n" LC), a chapel, a house for the Pastor and other facilities= .. At > instance of the LWF the center had to be shared by a german, a hungarian, a > scandinavian, a letonian, an english speaking and a spanish speaking > congregation. Later on, the English speaking congregation became > independent****. The other congregations remain at "La Resurrecci=F3n" center. > "Iglesia Luterana La Resurrecci=F3n" was dedicated in 1957. In January 19= 59 > Dr. Falk died suddendly from a massive stroke due to overwork and > exhaustion. His succesor, Rvd. Dr. Joachim Ernst, inherited little more than > a brand new but empty shell, and between 1961 and 1965 he had to see for the > installation of linings, ceiling, lightening, vent system, pews, altar, > furniture... and the organ! In 1968 the German Preacher Congregation was > re-named into "St. Michael's Congregation", and always had the mayority i= n > membership and wealth (therefore the "Lion's Share" in maintenance expenses > of the Center too). > > In the "Golden Seventies" a huge number of young german business people came > to Venezuela taking advantage of the "Petro-Dollar-Flood" and the > establishment of german firms there. The congregation had a steady growth= , > and her tasks comprehended not only the Pastorate for the germans but > ecumenism since 1966 (with the active support of the Benedictines and later > the German Catholic Mission); active part in the foundation of the IELV > (Evangelical Lutheran Church of Venezuela), Social Welfare projects and > Culture activities, the latter based on music as usual in lutheran > tradition. In these years there were up to two concerts each month in the > church and the tasks became so many that for a time the congregation had to > be leaded by two pastors and a vicar! Some setback came in after the Golden > Years were over. Nevertheless in 1993 the Congregation celebrated her 100th > anniversary with great enthusiasm. > > Right now the congregation faces a serious contraction, however. After three > decades of incredible economic growth the country is in political turmoil > and misery anew. The young business people went back to Germany when the > Golden Times were over and the german firms closed down their filials in the > late 1980s and 1990s. The german immigrants who raised the Center and the > Congregation in the 1950s and 1960s grew old and died. Most of their > German-Venezuelan descendants emmigrate, back to Germany or to the USA. The > remaining "young people" marry into hispanic families, and their children > barely speak german and join spanish speaking lutheran congregations (which > BTW are spreading). This situation has reached a point that St. Michael's > German Lutheran Congregation is in growing need of hands and money. > > With this off topic background in mind I finally will come to the on-topi= c > history in the next installement! Stay tuned... > _____________ > *Even in the late 1950s and early 1960s, to get into a RC Educational > Institute and to get certain Positions it was mandatory to have a Baptism > Certificate from a RC parish. "It's better for the boy to be a catholic i= n > this country", my (lutheran) father said. For that I am RC. Ironically, I > work mostly for the Lutherans now... and nobody asks for my baptism > certificate! > **Please correct me if these terms are not accurate. The United Christian > Church in Caracas was founded in 1940 by the US-American community. The > mentioned efforts of the LWF were concentrated and started from there. Th= e > UCC in Caracas still exists and houses an Allen. > ***The old sugar and coffee plantations at the East Side of Caracas went > broke when urban development in the late 1940s raised Real Estate costs & > taxes. The "Este" suburbs Altamira, La Castellana and "Caracas Country Club" > became the home of the High Society, the Oil Millionaires and the foreign > Business People. > ****They were mostly Missouri Synode Lutherans, and established their church > and school in other part of Caracas. This congregation was dissolved in the > mid 1990s when most of the members left the country due to the uncertain > situation. > =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. > > > ---------------------------------------------------------------------- > > Subject: Re: 40 Years Kleuker organ of German LC part 02 > From: "F. Richard Burt" <effarbee@verizon.net> > Date: Tue, 22 Jun 2004 10:12:49 -0600 > > Hello, Andres: > > This is a most interesting development of life among immigrants to > Venezuela. Thank you. > > F. Richard Burt > Dorian Organs > > > . > > > > ---------------------------------------------------------------------- > > Subject: Re: Glenda's summer Sunday nowhere special > From: "Peter Underwood" <pgunderwood@wol.co.za> > Date: Tue, 22 Jun 2004 20:05:00 +0200 > > I was interested in Glenda Sutton's remark: > > "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." > > Of late, I have attended funeral services in the traditions of several > Christian denominations. Quite the worst have been those held in Anglica= n > churches that have adopted one of the revised liturgies. There is little > sense of worship because the officiant seems to be conducting a committee > meeting: "please turn to paragraph 45 . . . we shall continue on page 36= . .. > . now we shall sing hymn number . . ." and so on. No flow, no awe, the only > sacrifice being of one's patience. The contrast was to be found in a > Presbyterian church, where the minister conducted us seamlessly through the > service, relying upon our good sense to follow the form of service, already > clearly laid out, and sing the hymns in the right place -- that is, when > introduced by a phrase on the organ. He allowed one addition that, for me, > set the seal upon the service as a "sweet-smelling savour" -- silence. > > > ---------------------------------------------------------------------- > > Subject: Anglican funeral rites > From: "Raymond H. Clark, Quilisma Publications" <quilisma@cox.net> > Date: Tue, 22 Jun 2004 13:11:01 -0700 > > The MAIN problem with Anglican funeral rites is that they haven't been > done correctly since (probably) WWII, at least not in the USA. > > The Chant and Service Book (Hutchings, Parish Press, 1899) was the most > widely-used book of service music in the American Episcopal Church prior > to 1940. I found MANY copies of it in SMALL Episcopal churches across > the country with the music for the rites WELL marked up and used. > > That's Problem #1: it's a CHORAL service, REQUIRING the presence of a > CHOIR, not just an organist or an organist and a soloist. There was a > time when parish choirs (large and small) turned out for funerals as a > matter of course, both in the US and the UK. > > It's a self-fulfilling prophecy: "Oh, we can't get the choir to come out > for funerals," so the family is never offered the OPTION of having the > choir. But nobody ever ASKS the choir. I asked mine; they said "sure;" > that was the end of it. > > St. Matthew's had less than 200 communicants and a choir of about a > dozen when I started there. The rector wanted it (VERY important); I > started it; that was it. Rector locutus est; causa finita est (grin). > The choir sang for ALL weddings and ALL funerals. Period. Not all of > them sang all the time, but I could count on having four parts. > > Over and over again people came to me and said, "I couldn't IMAGINE > having a choir at a funeral (or a wedding), but it was WONDERFUL." > > Problem #2: the music is no longer easily available, and it really > hasn't been written in ORGANIZED fashion for the new rites. > > I put together a HEFTY choirbook of about a hundred and fifty 8 1/2 x 11 > pages with EVERYTHING written out in full for the OLD rite: Burial > Office with all the Psalms, the Requiem Mass, the Absolutions, and the > Committal Service (which we sang in the church unless the cemetery right > up the street was the burial site ... then the choir went to the > cemetery as well). > > One of these days I'll tackle the new rite (chuckle). > > Problem #3: a lot of parishes don't have the staff or the expertise to > put together an integrated service-booklet with EVERYTHING in it --=20 > words AND music. We did; we had a template; all we had to do was drop in > whatever hymns the family requested. The service music (including the > Sentences, the Psalms, the Ordinary of the Mass, etc.) was already there. > > Congregational participation isn't a problem with an integrated booklet > in people's hands, but, in fairness, at funerals (at least), a lot of > people have told me they'd just as soon sit or kneel quietly and listen > to the choir sing the service. Modern liturgical fetishes aside, there's > nothing WRONG with that. Singing favorite hymns can be emotionally > wrenching too. So they don't sing; they just listen. > > Weddings are usually populated by (pardon me) unwashed pagans who > haven't a CLUE what's going on, though at weddings of communicants where > the congregation from the parish was present, they sang just like they > did on Sunday. But in any case, we put the booklets into their hands. > > Problem #4: the reverend clergy (surprise!). I doubt there are a dozen > Episcopal priests under the age of 60 who would know (or care to LEARN) > how to conduct the full Anglican funeral rites. Even omitting the > Absolutions (which are an anglo-catholic thing ... they're not in the > Prayer Book), you still have to know what you're DOING to make it flow. > > Problem #5: there's no place and no book for an organist to GO to to > LEARN how to do it ... all the stuff exists, but pulling it TOGETHER is > a MAJOR chore. We sang it from hand-written manuscripts and photocopies > for three years; it took me the better part of another year to typset it > in Sibelius. > > *I* knew it because I grew up in an anglo-catholic parish where it was > still done; my Rector was English, and an organist. And, addressing > another issue, NOTHING was EVER announced ... EVER. There was a > service-bulletin, and a hymn-board. People managed. No liturgical > traffic cop was needed (grin). > > Cheers, > > Bud > > > > ---------------------------------------------------------------------- > > Subject: Felix Hell appointed "Distinguished Organist in Residence" at > Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg > From: "Hans-Friedrich Hell" <Hell-Concerts@t-online.de> > Date: Tue, 22 Jun 2004 23:17:33 +0200 > > Dear listmembers and friends, > > it is with great pride to announce that Felix has been named > Distinguished Organist in Residence at the > Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettyburg. The respective press release > of LTSG you will find below. > As to now, Felix will begin his duties in September this year. For all, > who are interested in details, please feel > free and mail me privately. > > Humbly and gratefully submitted > > Hans-Friedrich Hell > > * > LUTHERAN THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY AT GETTYSBURG* > FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE LTSG-04-50c June 16, 2004 > CONTACT: John Spangler 717-338-3010 > ________________________________________ > > *LUTHERAN THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY AT GETTYSBURG NAMES FELIX HELL > DISTINGUISHED ORGANIST IN RESIDENCE * > <<...>> GETTYSBURG, PA- The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg > announced this week that the young German Organist Felix Hell will > become the seminary's first Distinguished Organist in Residence. > > Mr. Hell, who at 18 years of age has recently become the youngest organ > major graduate in the history of the Curtis Institute of Music in > Philadelphia, plays more than 60 organ concerts a year to packed, > enthusiastic audiences all around the world. > > The prodigious and prolific performer will continue to play for Music, > Gettysburg! two times per year on the 38 rank Andover Organ, Opus 84, > one of the most striking features of the Seminary chapel. As > Distinguished Organist in Residence, Mr. Hell will also teach organ on > the Gettysburg instrument, and organize master classes. > > "I fell in love with this instrument the first time I played [the > seminary's Andover organ]" said Mr. Hell. He continued "It so > wonderfully plays the whole repertoire of J. S. Bach and other composers > of the Baroque era. And, even more important, it is an almost ideal > instrument for learning and teaching." > > Dr. Stephen Folkemer, an excellent organist in his own right, and Music > Director for the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, assisted > in establishing the arrangement. Folkemer said that in the four times > Felix Hell has played for Gettysburg audiences and in more than 350 > public concerts around the world, "he has amazed his audiences with not > one dazzling masterpiece, but concerts full of them. Whereas most > organists play one of these difficult masterpieces for a recital, Felix > Hell plays one after another and makes it look easy." > > In this year alone, the Mr. Hell will perform more than 60 organ > concerts in America, Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia and Europe. > The young musician began to play the piano at age seven, took his first > organ lessons at age eight, and within a year was on duty in his first > performance in a liturgical setting at a Roman Catholic High Mass on > Easter in 1994 and gave his first solo recital abroad. > > Beginning in September 2004, Mr. Hell will be available once a week at > the seminary. His next performance in Gettysburg will be January 30^th , > as a part of the 25^th anniversary season of*/ Music, Gettysburg!/* He > will also offer a recital in May of next year. > > Felix Hell spent a year at the Juilliard School in New York on a full > tuition scholarship. He recently completed his bachelors' degree through > study at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he studied > with Dr. John Weaver, then chair of the organ departments both of > Juilliard and the Curtis Institute, and Mr. Alan Morrison. Mr. Hell will > next study for his Master of Music degree and his Artist Diploma at the > Peabody Institute, the oldest conservatory in the USA, now associated > with Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. > > Mr. Hell has recorded six critically acclaimed CD's and his music has > been broadcast several times by the nationally distributed program > "PipeDreams" of Minnesota Public Radio in addition to several radio > programs in Germany, the Netherlands, England, and Australia. > > The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, the oldest of the eight > seminaries of the 5.2 million member Evangelical Lutheran Church in > America, prepares women and men to be outreach oriented public > theologians and mission leaders. It provides programs in continuing > studies, advanced theological education, and specialized educational > programs for informed lay persons, ordained and other rostered leaders, > and high school youth. > > > /Music, Gettysburg!/ is a free concert series featuring international, > regional and local musical artists supported by both the Lutheran > Theological Seminary and the wider Gettysburg community. > > > > ---------------------------------------------------------------------- > > Subject: Re: Anglican funeral rites > From: "Bob Conway" <conwayb@sympatico.ca> > Date: Tue, 22 Jun 2004 17:14:43 -0400 > > At 04:11 PM 6/22/2004, Bud wrote: > > >That's Problem #1: it's a CHORAL service, REQUIRING the presence of a > >CHOIR, not just an organist or an organist and a soloist. There was a > >time when parish choirs (large and small) turned out for funerals as a > >matter of course, both in the US and the UK. > > > >It's a self-fulfilling prophecy: "Oh, we can't get the choir to come out > >for funerals," so the family is never offered the OPTION of having the > >choir. But nobody ever ASKS the choir. I asked mine; they said "sure;" > >that was the end of it. > > Bud, 'et al', > > I am reminded of my somewhat misspent youth as a choirboy at St.Matthew's > Church, London, back in the 1930's. We were expected to be present for > weddings and funerals, - it was part of the business of being in the choir. > > Funerals were almost always during school hours, which meant at least the > morning or afternoon off school, - a decided advantage! Mitigated. to som= e > extent, by the fact that we got the basic pay only for the funeral, about > sixpence, - which would have been worth about ten cents American. > > Now weddings were another story! We got the huge sum of half a crown > (roughly equivalent at the time to half a dollar), - and that was huge, > sometimes even more if the Best Man was dishing out tips all round! We > didn't mind having to give up a weekend afternoon for such lucrative > pickings! > > As for the music, our Organist, Dr. Boulter, had made up choir books for > both the weddings and funerals, and we simply sang whatever the family > wanted us to sing. The Vicar, Dr. Matthews, was a kindly old gentleman who > left all the music to the Organist and Choirmaster, there was never any > dispute about that. > > Incidentally Bud, St. Matthews was High Anglican, - as my Grandmother use= d > to say, "Higher than a kite"! Unfortunately, it was an early casualty > during the War, when Hitler's bombers demolished it one Wednesday > night. We were all transferred to the neighbouring parish of St. Paul's, > Rossmore Road, London, - but it was so Low that very few of the > parishioners came, and we, the choirboys were out of our depth with the > lack of real music to sing! As it was, my voice broke very soon after, and > that was that! > > There was only an organist at my Father's funeral, but he did very well and > played all the music that we had asked for. But that was at a Cemetery > Chapel near Rugby, where I doubt that they had ever been asked for anything > remotely "High". My Mother was High Church, and she got all the trimming= s > in the local Parish Church. > > I suspect that those days are gone for ever, - even back home in England. > > Bob Conway > > > ---------------------------------------------------------------------- > > Subject: RE: Glenda's summer Sunday nowhere special > From: "Glenda" <gksjd85@direcway.com> > Date: Tue, 22 Jun 2004 17:55:58 -0500 > > Amen to Peter's post. I'm appalled at the seeming illiteracy in > congregations - why bother with a bulletin because no one reads it and > we get constant announcements ("let's turn in our hymnals/BCP to") and > modifications. When I was a regular organist, I placed a small > paragraph in the bulletin explaining the selection of music as to the > scriptures, Sunday and/or season, because I believed that music was part > of the worship. That may be the problem in the places I sub - music is > background noise, sort of a piano bar. That's sad. > > Glenda Sutton > gksjd85@direcway.com > > > -----Original Message----- > From: pipechat@pipechat.org [mailto:pipechat@pipechat.org] On Behalf Of > Peter Underwood > > Of late, I have attended funeral services in the traditions of several > Christian denominations. Quite the worst have been those held in > Anglican > churches that have adopted one of the revised liturgies. There is > little > sense of worship because the officiant seems to be conducting a > committee > meeting: "please turn to paragraph 45 . . . we shall continue on page 36 > . . > . now we shall sing hymn number . . ." and so on. No flow, no awe, the > only > sacrifice being of one's patience. The contrast was to be found in a > Presbyterian church, where the minister conducted us seamlessly through > the > service, relying upon our good sense to follow the form of service, > already > clearly laid out, and sing the hymns in the right place -- that is, when > introduced by a phrase on the organ. He allowed one addition that, for > me, > set the seal upon the service as a "sweet-smelling savour" -- silence. > > > > > ---------------------------------------------------------------------- > > Subject: Another "mystery organist" > From: "Phil Stimmel" <pca@sover.net> > Date: Tue, 22 Jun 2004 19:11:57 -0400 > > Hello all- > I have another photo I need help with. Can anyone tell me who the organist > is in this picture? > http://www.esteyorgan.com/MysteryOrganist.html > > Phil Stimmel > > The Estey Pipe Organ > www.esteyorgan.com > > > > ---------------------------------------------------------------------- > End of PipeChat Digest > > "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 > Subscribe/Unsubscribe: mailto:requests@pipechat.org >   >