PipeChat Digest #4516 - Monday, May 24, 2004
 
Re: AC Midmer-Losh to be Saved
  by "John Foss" <harfo32@yahoo.co.uk>
Re: AC Midmer-Losh to be Saved
  by "Stanley Lowkis" <Lowkis@theatreorgans.com>
Improvisation transcription
  by "Colin Mitchell" <cmys13085@yahoo.co.uk>
Midmer-Losh and trackers
  by "Colin Mitchell" <cmys13085@yahoo.co.uk>
Re: AC Midmer-Losh to be Saved
  by "Russ Greene" <rggreene2@shaw.ca>
A Plot ;-)
  by "Alicia Zeilenga" <azeilenga@theatreorgans.com>
Re: A Plot ;-)
  by <ContraReed@aol.com>
Re: A Plot ;-)
  by "Alicia Zeilenga" <azeilenga@theatreorgans.com>
seeing vs. hearing.
  by <Gfc234@aol.com>
32 resultant
  by "black" <gblack@ocslink.com>
 

(back) Subject: Re: AC Midmer-Losh to be Saved From: "John Foss" <harfo32@yahoo.co.uk> Date: Sun, 23 May 2004 12:14:09 +0100 (BST)   About 50 years ago I was fascinated by the Altlantic City organ - it was enormous and very loud, and thus particularly appealing to a 12 year old. However a friend of mine of more mature years told me that it was not in good working order, mainly because it was situated next to the sea, and the atmosphere was humid with a high salt content which attacked the action. There is an element of fascination in sheer size, and far be it for me to suggest that restoring such an instrument is not a worthwhile cause, but is it not likely to cause problems again pretty soon, and so is it really worth spending all that money on it? John Foss   =3D=3D=3D=3D=3D www.johnfoss.gr http://groups.yahoo.com/group/orgofftop/ Topics of the week : Point and Counterpoint The Never Ending Story Strauss's "Alpine Symphony" CD and DVD death     ____________________________________________________________ Yahoo! Messenger - Communicate instantly..."Ping" your friends today! Download Messenger Now http://uk.messenger.yahoo.com/download/index.html  
(back) Subject: Re: AC Midmer-Losh to be Saved From: "Stanley Lowkis" <Lowkis@theatreorgans.com> Date: Sun, 23 May 2004 12:24:12 -0500       From: John Foss <harfo32@yahoo.co.uk>   > About 50 years ago I was fascinated by the Altlantic > City organ - it was enormous and very loud, and thus > particularly appealing to a 12 year old. However a > friend of mine of more mature years told me that it > was not in good working order, mainly because it was > situated next to the sea, and the atmosphere was humid > with a high salt content which attacked the action. > There is an element of fascination in sheer size, and > far be it for me to suggest that restoring such an > instrument is not a worthwhile cause, but is it not > likely to cause problems again pretty soon, and so is > it really worth spending all that money on it? > John Foss   My question to John's question is can today's climate control systems minimize the effects of the seaside atmosphere? Plus, major damage to the organ resulted from flooding from a hurricane to the combination action, I believe. If that's true the new digital relays would not be in a flood endangered area. Any thoughts? Stan Lowkis      
(back) Subject: Improvisation transcription From: "Colin Mitchell" <cmys13085@yahoo.co.uk> Date: Sun, 23 May 2004 11:17:08 -0700 (PDT)   Hello,   I was listening, as we all do, to the superb "pipedreams" web site, and came across the beautiful, moving and fantastically musical programme dedicated to Gerre Hancock.   A thought came to me quite suddenly.   I believe I am right in thinking that Durfule wrote down some of the taped improvisations of Tournemire (??)   Gerre Hancock's improvisations are very important musically, and for anyone who wants to make a major contribution to the organ repertoire, they could do a lot worse than transcribe some of Mr Hancock's wonderful efforts.   What a fantastic musician!   Regards,   Colin Mitchell UK           __________________________________ Do you Yahoo!? Yahoo! Domains =96 Claim yours for only $14.70/year http://smallbusiness.promotions.yahoo.com/offer  
(back) Subject: Midmer-Losh and trackers From: "Colin Mitchell" <cmys13085@yahoo.co.uk> Date: Sun, 23 May 2004 11:19:22 -0700 (PDT)   Hello,   I didn't say it would be easy!   I guess one would have to prepare a recital by lifting weights and things.   :)   Regards,   Colin Mitchell UK     --- bobelms <bobelms@westnet.com.au> wrote: > Dream on Colin! Tracker action with those wind > pressures? Dream on!       __________________________________ Do you Yahoo!? Yahoo! Domains =96 Claim yours for only $14.70/year http://smallbusiness.promotions.yahoo.com/offer  
(back) Subject: Re: AC Midmer-Losh to be Saved From: "Russ Greene" <rggreene2@shaw.ca> Date: Sun, 23 May 2004 17:22:49 -0500   If they had built using tracker action, it might never have been playable!   Russ Greene       On May 22, 2004, at 7:48 PM, Colin Mitchell wrote:   > If they had built using tracker-action, it might still > be playable.    
(back) Subject: A Plot ;-) From: "Alicia Zeilenga" <azeilenga@theatreorgans.com> Date: Sun, 23 May 2004 18:26:25 -0500   Hello,   My choir and I are brewing up mischief but we could do it better with a little help.   Does anyone remember a song that goes: "Why do we tip our hats to the priest and why do we call him 'Father'?"   One of my choir members suggested that we sing it for our pastor's 11th anniversary and most of us know it, but I don't have it written down anywhere. Does anyone have the text in writing? It has been years since any of us thought about the song.   We would also be interested in finding another song for the other service, if anyone knows of anything good.     Alicia -a wicked choir director and organist      
(back) Subject: Re: A Plot ;-) From: <ContraReed@aol.com> Date: Sun, 23 May 2004 21:22:46 EDT   In a message dated 5/23/04 7:35:26 PM Eastern Daylight Time, azeilenga@theatreorgans.com writes:   << Does anyone remember a song that goes: "Why do we tip our hats to the priest and why do we call him 'Father'?" One of my choir members suggested that we sing it for our pastor's 11th anniversary and most of us know it, but I don't have it written down anywhere. Does anyone have the text in writing? >>   Try here: <A HREF=3D"http://www.setonhome.org/curriculum/lessonplans/g1_music1lp_s.pdf">= Click here: http://www.setonhome.org/curriculum/lessonplans/g1_music1lp_s.pdf</A>   Is this what you're looking for?  
(back) Subject: Re: A Plot ;-) From: "Alicia Zeilenga" <azeilenga@theatreorgans.com> Date: Sun, 23 May 2004 23:19:36 -0500   Thanks so much! Father will be amused.   Alicia Zeilenga "Santa Caecilia, ora pro nobis"     -----Original Message----- From: ContraReed@aol.com To: pipechat@pipechat.org Date: Sun, 23 May 2004 21:22:46 EDT Subject: Re: A Plot ;-)   > In a message dated 5/23/04 7:35:26 PM Eastern Daylight Time, > azeilenga@theatreorgans.com writes: > > << Does anyone remember a song that goes: > "Why do we tip our hats to the priest and why do we call him > 'Father'?" > > One of my choir members suggested that we sing it for our pastor's > 11th > anniversary and most of us know it, but I don't have it written down > anywhere. Does anyone have the text in writing? >> > > Try here: <A > = HREF=3D"http://www.setonhome.org/curriculum/lessonplans/g1_music1lp_s.pdf > ">Click here: > http://www.setonhome.org/curriculum/lessonplans/g1_music1lp_s.pdf</A> > > Is this what you're looking for? > "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 >      
(back) Subject: seeing vs. hearing. From: <Gfc234@aol.com> Date: Mon, 24 May 2004 00:52:07 EDT   Dear List:=20 All of this talk about being able to see the performer has really made me=20 think. When I attend recitals-I go for the music not the show. In situatio= ns=20 where the performer has been visable, the greatest memories I have are of gr= eat=20 organists, sitting calm, composed, erect, broad-shouldered, whilst playing t= he=20 dickens out of the most virtuosic of organ works-these performances have=20 nearly brought me to tears-on more than one occasion. In situations where t= he=20 performer is not visable-I use the time to take in the surroundings, to rid= my=20 mind of the clutter, and petty garbage of the daily grind, and to reflect on= =20 the sound. =20 All of this talk about the organ being the only instrument designed so=20 that the audience can not see the musician upsets me. Folks, the fact is th= at=20 the best instruments are trackers (let's not start a fight here, please) , a= nd=20 the consoles are placed in the best position for the machine to function wit= h=20 ease and reliability: smack dab in the middle. That is the nature of the b= e ast-and we had better not be sorry or apologize for it for a second! The or= gan=20 was not conceived to entertain idle-minded 21st century audiences-it was=20 conceived to lift up people spiritually, and to convey the innermost though= ts of=20 musicians and composers. SO...fine, have a video screen!-I don't care-but remember-music is for=20 the ears and the soul-let us remember the blind organist/composers who were=20 great innovators in our profession-for they have created some of the most co= lorful=20 music known to us... all with out being able to see! =20   These are quotes to live by: =20 Bach on his organ playing: =20 =E2=80=9CThere is nothing so remarkable about it; one need only hit the righ= t keys at=20 the right time, and the instrument plays itself.=E2=80=9D Can you say ZEN?!= ? WOW!!!   Forkel on Bach: =E2=80=9CSeb. Bach is said to have played with so easy and small a motion of= the=20 fingers that it was hardly perceptible=E2=80=A6When he wished to express str= ong emotions,=20 he did not do it as many do, by striking the keys with great force, but by=20 melodical and harmonical figures, that is by the internal resources of the a= rt.=E2=80=9D =20   Scheibe on Bach: =E2=80=9COne can hardly comprehend how it is possible for him to cross and=20= extend=E2=80=A6 his fingers and feet=E2=80=A6without=E2=80=A6displacing his body by any viol= ent movement.=E2=80=9D =20   Widor: =E2=80=9CAll unjustified movement is harmful because it is a waste of time=20= and=20 strength. Before deciding that a movement is inevitable its usefulness must= have=20 been ascertained during the period of slow practice. That period should be=20 lengthy. If you have the courage and conscience to make yourself do it,=20 considerable time will be gained, and then you will play every virtuoso piec= e in its=20 exact tempo without difficulty.   Just some thoughts,=20 cheers,=20 gfc             =20     Gregory Ceurvorst M.M. Organ Performance Student Northwestern University Director of Music and Organist St. Peter's U.C.C. Frankfort, IL 847.332.2788 home 708.243.2549 mobile gfc234@aol.com    
(back) Subject: 32 resultant From: "black" <gblack@ocslink.com> Date: Mon, 24 May 2004 00:03:14 -0500   List, In my home organ I have a 32' resultant. The rank that is used is = the 16' bourdon wired in at the relay at cc and gg together and so forth up = the pedal board. It does seem to loose its strength as one goes up the pedal board however. I guess that is the nature of the beast? Gary