PipeChat Digest #4480 - Monday, May 3, 2004
Re: Small instruments and boring playing.
  by "MusicMan" <musicman@cottagemusic.co.uk>

(back) Subject: Re: Small instruments and boring playing. From: "MusicMan" <musicman@cottagemusic.co.uk> Date: Mon, 3 May 2004 08:53:29 +0100   How true, Will.=20 Sometimes the discussions about registration are just so much = 'pie-in-the-sky' to the average player who has to face the 'average' = instrument Sunday-in and Sunday-out. =20 Perhaps this is the 'true' test of musician-ship - that of being able to = make some fundamental decisions of re-arrangement 'on-the-fly' and = produce a competent, interesting and musically satisfying performance = within the (sometimes severe) limitations imposed by the instrument = itself. =20 I remember an excellently qualified Brass peripatetic teacher (capable = of playing Swing, Orchestral, and Salvation Army) who influenced me = towards the absolute learner and beginner having the choice of the best = quality instruments available.=20 The logic was ..... "An excellent player can obtain a reasonable sound = out of a mouth-piece, hose-pipe, and funnel (or tun-dish, to you and = me)...... "A good player can obtain a reasonable sound out of a poor = quality instrument. ...... "But an inexperienced player needs all the = help that they can get, and so should have the best instrument to help = start them on their way." It was sound advice (what else would a musician give?) and the proof of = the pudding was the number and quality of players who developed as a = result. =20 It can be said that somewhat of the same is true of organists:=20 if you have a de-lux instrument in which everything to assist you is = instantly available - and works - and where the appropriate or required = registration is at hand, pieces become so much easier to perform (and = the challenge that much less). =20 Us 'average' organ players (that is, players of average organs) have to = rely that much more on our executive ability and upon our ear to = determine the most appropriate registration. =20 We are far from average. =20 Harry [MusicMan] Grove =20 PS. WHAT a good spec. is given for the 'average' English Parish organ = ..... it far outweighs that of my poor beast - but then, most of the = ranks have a good quality tone to them and are pleasant to listen to. -----Original Message----- From: Will Light <will.light@btinternet.com> To: 'PipeChat' <pipechat@pipechat.org> Date: 02 May 2004 18:51 Subject: RE: Small instruments and boring playing. =20 =20 Oh yes =96 a =93typical=94 UK parish church organ.=20   My example probably oversteps the mark of typicality when I give it = a Trumpet on the Great. More likely to be an ancient Keraulophon or an = asthmatic Clarinet =96 if indeed there is a reed on the Great at all.=20   I wonder if Tony Newnham, who works on data entry of the NPOR can = tell us what the real =93average English organ=94 is? =20   =20   Will=92s made-up typical English Parish Church Organ: (Tony =96 = please correct me if I=92m wrong about this!)   =20   Pedal:   Bourdon 16   Bass Flute 8   =20   Great:   Open Diapason 8   Stopped Diapason 8   Gamba 8   Principal 4   Flute 4   Fifteenth 2   Trumpet 8   =20   Swell:   Open Diapason 8   Lieblich Gedact 8   Echo Gamba 8   Voix Celeste 8   Gemshorn 4   Piccolo 2   Cornopean 8   =20   Couplers:   Swell to Pedal   Great to Pedal   Swell to Great   =20   2 combination pedals to Great (not adjustable)   2 combination pedals to Swell (not adjustable)