PipeChat Digest #4811 - Saturday, October 9, 2004
 
Re:   Christian Schmitt at Oslo Cathedral - review (X-post)
  by "Malcolm Wechsler \(Mander Organs\)" <manderusa@earthlink.net>
Re: Estey Flower Pot Chests
  by <Seedlac@aol.com>
Esteys
  by "Liquescent" <quilisma@cox.net>
Re: the OFF TOPIC Shoe Dropping - PIPECHATTERS AGAINST    SOCIALINJUSTICE
  by "Jan Nijhuis" <nijhuis@email.com>
Re: Organs at closed Boston Parishes
  by "Jan Nijhuis" <nijhuis@email.com>
Re: Estey Flower Pot Chests
  by <RMaryman@aol.com>
Re: Double Brass Quintet and Organ
  by "Karl Moyer" <kmoyer@marauder.millersville.edu>
OFF-TOPIC (for some): I got me a cat
  by "Liquescent" <quilisma@cox.net>
Re: OFF-TOPIC (for some): I got me a cat
  by <Gfc234@aol.com>
Re: Organs at closed Boston Parishes
  by "Noel Stoutenburg" <mjolnir@ticnet.com>
RE: Organs at closed Boston Parishes
  by "Sam Vause" <vause@cox.net>
Re: OFF-TOPIC (for some): I got me a cat
  by <OMusic@aol.com>
Re: Double Brass Quintet and Organ
  by <ProOrgo53@aol.com>
Re: Organs at closed Parishes
  by "Liquescent" <quilisma@cox.net>
Westerner seeks info on a Casavant formerly in Syracuse, NY opus 553
  by "Pat Maimone" <patmai@juno.com>
 

(back) Subject: Re: Christian Schmitt at Oslo Cathedral - review (X-post) From: "Malcolm Wechsler \(Mander Organs\)" <manderusa@earthlink.net> Date: Fri, 8 Oct 2004 20:15:24 -0400     ----- Original Message ----- From: "Jarle Fagerheim" <jarle_fagerheim@yahoo.co.uk> To: <PIPORG-L@listserv.albany.edu> Sent: Friday, October 08, 2004 5:10 AM Subject: Christian Schmitt at Oslo Cathedral - review (X-post)     > -- Christian Schmitt at Oslo Cathedral, October 6 2004 at 19:00 -- > > -- The Programme -- > Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750): Prelude and Fugue in D major, BWV 532 > Marcel Dupre (1886-1971): Variations sur un n=F6el, opus 20 (1923) > Thomas Daniel Schnee (1975-): Seefelder Pr=E4ludium (1984) > Knut Nystedt (1915-): Le Verbe Eternel, opus 133 (1993) > Frank Zabel (1968-): Concerning Coulours (premiere performance) > Max Reger (1873-1916): Chorale Fantasia on "Wachet auf", opus 52,2 = (1900) > > (This is my first-ever attempt to write a review of a recital. I hope > you all find it worthy of reading! Please forgive me any spelling and > grammar errors, as English isn't my native language.) > > Last Monday, casually surfing the website of the Goethe-Institut in > Oslo, I noted that the young German organist Christian Schmitt was to > play a recital at Oslo Cathedral two days later. As this was the week of > the Norwegian school autumn holidays, and Mr. Schmitt's programme looked > rather interesting, I decided to see if I could get a cheap train fare > to Oslo that day. And so I did - huge thanks to the Norwegian State > Railways for providing me with one of their 150th anniversary tickets! > > -- The Performer -- > Christian Schmitt was born in 1978, and studied with Leo Kr=E3mer at the > Hochschule f=FCr Musik und Theater in Saarbr=FCcken, where he graduated = with > a Diploma in 1999. He then continued his studies with Margareth Phillips > in London and James David Christie in Boston, where he achieved the > Artist Diploma in 2003. Schmitt is the winner of several international > competitions, and as the first-ever organist he was awarded the European > Culture award of the Pro Europa foundation in 2003. There's more about > him at his website, http://www.christianschmitt.de.vu. > <Big Snip>   > - Jarle Fagerheim > http://jarle.moo.no     Dear Jarle and Lists,   What a superb review of Christian Schmitt's Oslo concert! It seems indeed = to have been a fine program, full of interesting music. Had one of our excellent listmembers, known far and wide as The Pirate, been present with =   his trusty MiniDisc microphone just peeping out of his pocket, we might = have had some of this recital on Organs and Organists Online. It was not to be. =   From your description, one would love to hear some of that instrument, and =   the music as well.       Never again should you apologize for the fact that English is not your = first language! Clearly, you were born in Philadelphia, and this whole Norway existence is some sort of scam! You even tried, cleverly, I admit, to pretend to a Norwegian existence by misnaming Thomas Daniel Schlee as "Thomas Daniel Schnee." (We've only had our first frost up here in the hills!) You did fix it later. There is an article about him in John Henderson's book, but I note he does not have Frank Zabel. If there was = some biographical information about him in the program, perhaps you could pass that one on to John, hopefully in time for the new and huge edition, soon = to appear.       A great fan of Knut Nystedt is Gordon Johnson, the architect of my church, = a man with Norwegian blood in his veins, whom you met while you were here. Having been born in 1936, and often feeling a bit decrepit, I take heart from the fact that Nystedt was born in 1915, and is still going strong, enough to have attended the recital you describe. I will pass your review = on to Gordon. I know he will be interested.       "Schmitt left everybody speechless after having rocked through the final Toccata." This as your description of his playing of the incredible = Toccata, the final variation of the Dupr=E9 Variations, which is reminiscent of = what I wrote about Kent Tritle at St. Ignatius recently, and his playing of the final Toccata of the Magnificat Antiphons, also of Dupr=E9. I think I = said he was swinging through it, perhaps a bit like rocking.       Please, please do not make this your one and only review. You do it = terribly well, and it is great to learn about what is happening on the Organ = recital scene in Norway. Realize that, without you, we would forever think there = was nothing happening in your country. I heard Christian Schmitt in Atlanta a few years ago, at the Calgary International Organ Competition semifinals, and it is good to hear more about him. Three hundred, by the way, is not a =   bad crowd for an Organ recital in this country either.       After a couple of months of not writing reviews, due to many things = pressing on me, I was re-energized by hearing Kent Tritle on the St. Ignatius Organ = a couple of weeks ago, and knew I had to write again. You now inspire me further to tackle a backlog of recital notes I need to turn into reviews, including another four days of the OHS Convention which you attended with your mother, Bodil. Chris Howerter's high school graduation recital was a spirited and lovely event. Michael Murray's wild and wonderful recital at Methuen, in the presence of the Worcester P.O.E. group along with an audience of regulars, needs to be written about. You were there, too.       So, thanks much for your excellent review, full of good information, and = in excellent English without a trace of a Philadelphia accent! From the many = of us who met you and your mother in Buffalo and Worcester this summer, I = know there are many good wishes to you both. One day, we will see Einar, your father, here as well.       Cheers,       Malcolm Wechsler   www.mander-organs.com      
(back) Subject: Re: Estey Flower Pot Chests From: <Seedlac@aol.com> Date: Fri, 8 Oct 2004 20:28:07 EDT   Has any one had the experience with porous leather on Estey chests. What works just fine for round pouches, seems to have greater difficulty on the = Estey pneumatics. I have used rubber cement and a thin version of silicone gel = to put a thin coating on pneumatic leather to seal the pores.   Another tedious but important step is to replace the hinge on the = pneumatic. It must be a very light weight cotton. It too must be sealed.  
(back) Subject: Esteys From: "Liquescent" <quilisma@cox.net> Date: Fri, 08 Oct 2004 18:02:40 -0700   Wasn't one of the points about Estey organs (particularly the catalog ones) was that they were supposed to play for a VERY long time with a MINUMUM of service, but when they wore out, they really weren't engineered to be repaired/rebuilt? I remember several old-time organ techs telling me that.   The Model "L" in my mother's church played from 1915-1970 or so, survived a move in the 1940s, and was still playing when it was taken down, although there were some problems with the couplers cyphering in cold weather.   Cheers,   Bud      
(back) Subject: Re: the OFF TOPIC Shoe Dropping - PIPECHATTERS AGAINST SOCIALINJUSTICE From: "Jan Nijhuis" <nijhuis@email.com> Date: Sat, 09 Oct 2004 08:59:10 +0800   I don't believe that Bud ever asked for money, however, one could make an i= nference that money was needed and would be appreciated by whoever cared to= participate.=20   As well as =93we should be writing that denomination=94, we should also be= praying for them; likewise for Bud and his situation.=20   (And this from a very conservative viewpoint.)   ----- Original Message ----- From: noel jones <gedeckt@usit.net> Date: Fri, 08 Oct 2004 18:49:48 -0400 To: PipeChat <pipechat@pipechat.org> Subject: Re: the OFF TOPIC Shoe Dropping - PIPECHATTERS AGAINST SOCIALINJUS= TICE   <snip>=20   > This all started with Bud's situation. I haven't sent Bud any money. I= =20 > am a bit offended that he is using the list to ask for money. However,= =20 > Bud has made part of his life the preservation of a very special area of= =20 > musical/religious interest and as a result, among other things, he is=20 > out of a job due to actions of the congregation he was helping to=20 > elevate....we should be writing that denomination asking them to get off= =20 > their...well, you know what I mean. >=20 > --=20 >=20 > noel jones   -- Jan Nijhuis nijhuis@email.com --=20 ___________________________________________________________ Sign-up for Ads Free at Mail.com http://promo.mail.com/adsfreejump.htm   Su  
(back) Subject: Re: Organs at closed Boston Parishes From: "Jan Nijhuis" <nijhuis@email.com> Date: Sat, 09 Oct 2004 09:19:54 +0800   In a nice world, these churches might be sold or leased to other deominatio= ns and the instruments will be played continually. Let's hope the bulldozer= s and graders don't arrive there first.   ----- Original Message ----- From: DionDave@aol.com Date: Fri, 8 Oct 2004 13:50:55 EDT To: pipechat@pipechat.org Subject: Organs at closed Boston Parishes   > The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston is in the process of closing 82= =20 > parishes. Some of them are old parishes and surely many have pipe organs= .. Do any=20 > list members have information on these organs such as (1) are there any= =20 > notable instruments threatened and (2) what might happen to the organs in= closed=20 > parishes? Thanks in advance for replies. Dave Dion       -- Jan Nijhuis nijhuis@email.com   --=20 ___________________________________________________________ Sign-up for Ads Free at Mail.com http://promo.mail.com/adsfreejump.htm   >  
(back) Subject: Re: Estey Flower Pot Chests From: <RMaryman@aol.com> Date: Fri, 8 Oct 2004 21:40:18 EDT   In a message dated 10/8/2004 8:29:38 PM Eastern Daylight Time, Seedlac@aol.com writes: Another tedious but important step is to replace the hinge on the = pneumatic. It must be a very light weight cotton. It too must be sealed. this is correct. This is also why Estey put those big exhaust valves on = the bottom boards of each chest compartment. they de-pressurize the chest when = that stop is turned off AND they also vent the leaking book pneumatics so that = the chest is not partially pressurized, causing the weeping pipe syndrome (particularly annoying when tuning is in process.). As I stated in an = erlier post, the book pneumatics were originally covered in Zephyr skin, which becomes = very brittle as it ages.   Rick in VA  
(back) Subject: Re: Double Brass Quintet and Organ From: "Karl Moyer" <kmoyer@marauder.millersville.edu> Date: Fri, 08 Oct 2004 22:24:18 -0400   As always, the standard reference for such information is the AGO publication _Organ Plus_. It belongs in every organist's library.   Karl E. Moyer Lancaster PA   On 10/8/04 4:48 PM, "Bill Hauser" <bill.hauser@cox.net> wrote:   > I'm forwarding this request from a horn list I'm on. I thought of the > helpful folks on this list when I saw it. > I assume by 'closing number' he means postlude. Beyond that, I have no > specifics (playing time, style, etc). > Any suggestions, send to me and I'll forward them on. > Thanks. > > Bill Hauser > bill.hauser@cox.net > > > > --- > My quintet and I are playing at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco with = the > Pacific Union College brass quintet on Sunday November 7. We would like = to > play a closing number with the new organist there. Does anyone have any > recommendations for a piece to play? > > Sean > --- > > > > > ****************************************************************** > "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> >    
(back) Subject: OFF-TOPIC (for some): I got me a cat From: "Liquescent" <quilisma@cox.net> Date: Fri, 08 Oct 2004 20:02:57 -0700   Yoda, our youngest, was rescued as a newborn, and hand-raised with an eyedropper; he's now into the terrible twos, or whatever.   He's particularly fascinated with our computers; this afternoon he printed out a screen capture on Burgie's (no mean feat in itself) ...   The screen capture?   The index to Netscape's Help File (!).   I guess he's gonna teach himself Netscape next so he can send kitty-grams (chuckle).   Cheers,   Bud      
(back) Subject: Re: OFF-TOPIC (for some): I got me a cat From: <Gfc234@aol.com> Date: Fri, 8 Oct 2004 23:09:27 EDT     In a message dated 10/8/04 10:00:33 PM, quilisma@cox.net writes:     > Yoda, our youngest, was rescued as a newborn, and hand-raised with an > eyedropper; he's now into the terrible twos, or whatever. > > He's particularly fascinated with our computers; this afternoon he > printed out a screen capture on Burgie's (no mean feat in itself) ... > > The screen capture? > > The index to Netscape's Help File (!). > > I guess he's gonna teach himself Netscape next so he can send > kitty-grams (chuckle). > > Cheers, > > Bud > >   Is he related to Toonces the driving cat? LOLOL       Gregory Ceurvorst 1921 Sherman Ave. #GS Evanston, IL 60201 847.332.2788 home/fax 708.243.2549 mobile gfc234@aol.com gfc234@nextel.blackberry.net  
(back) Subject: Re: Organs at closed Boston Parishes From: "Noel Stoutenburg" <mjolnir@ticnet.com> Date: Fri, 08 Oct 2004 22:50:57 -0500   Jan Nijhuis wrote:   >In a nice world, these churches might be sold or leased to other = deominations and the instruments will be played continually. Let's hope = the bulldozers and graders don't arrive there first > In some cases they have been; I know in Chicago a couple of former churches have become "sacred spaces" for assemblies of other religions. Still, some of the buildings are so old, so large, and in such poor repair that they can not economically be used for other purposes. I know in the Chicago area, there are churches located where there were once several tens of thousands of people within a square mile, and where now there are a few hundred..   I suspect many of the instruments in these closed parishes will not be worth much, because of an absolute lack of maintenance over the years.   ns  
(back) Subject: RE: Organs at closed Boston Parishes From: "Sam Vause" <vause@cox.net> Date: Fri, 8 Oct 2004 21:29:16 -0700   Tucson, AZ diocese filed bankruptcy; this might make some instruments available there, too. --sam Sam Vause, Chandler, AZ   -----Original Message----- From: pipechat@pipechat.org [mailto:pipechat@pipechat.org] On Behalf Of Jan Nijhuis Sent: Friday, October 08, 2004 6:20 PM To: PipeChat Subject: Re: Organs at closed Boston Parishes     In a nice world, these churches might be sold or leased to other deominations and the instruments will be played continually. Let's hope the bulldozers and graders don't arrive there first.   ----- Original Message ----- From: DionDave@aol.com Date: Fri, 8 Oct 2004 13:50:55 EDT To: pipechat@pipechat.org Subject: Organs at closed Boston Parishes   > The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston is in the process of closing > 82 > parishes. Some of them are old parishes and surely many have pipe organs. Do any > list members have information on these organs such as (1) are there any > notable instruments threatened and (2) what might happen to the organs in closed > parishes? Thanks in advance for replies. Dave Dion       -- Jan Nijhuis nijhuis@email.com   -- ___________________________________________________________ Sign-up for Ads Free at Mail.com http://promo.mail.com/adsfreejump.htm   >   ****************************************************************** "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>    
(back) Subject: Re: OFF-TOPIC (for some): I got me a cat From: <OMusic@aol.com> Date: Sat, 9 Oct 2004 00:42:59 EDT   My Pekingese (my next to best friend) ran away today and we still haven't found her. She helped me so much when I was trying to learn to walk again. = I had to take her out, with me using a walker. When I fell in the apartment she =   would bark until some came. I miss her sitting in my lap while I am = typing. Lee  
(back) Subject: Re: Double Brass Quintet and Organ From: <ProOrgo53@aol.com> Date: Sat, 9 Oct 2004 00:45:28 EDT   Solemn Entry - Richard Strauss Denver Brass - Publications   note that they offer at least two different arrangers' settings (see = above)     note last item listed on their repertoire list (Widor): CBE Library  
(back) Subject: Re: Organs at closed Parishes From: "Liquescent" <quilisma@cox.net> Date: Fri, 08 Oct 2004 22:54:33 -0700   Sometimes lack of maintenance and even heating is a blessing in disguise, particularly in the case of older tracker organs.   We pulled a 27-stop (?) Koehnken & Grimm of 1898 from an RC church in Cincinnati that had been closed (and unheated) for ten years; it was still in reasonable tune when we took it down. All that had to be done to it was replace some broken trackers and rotted wooden washers, replace the pedal trackers, which were a straight run and had obviously been stepped on at some point, and releather the bellows and the feeders.   It hadn't seen a tuner in years; consequently the tops of the pipes WEREN'T mangled.   Total cost? Under $5K in the 1970s. Granted, it was a local move, and we had lots of volunteer help from the College-Conservatory of Music, but it will play for another hundred years in its new location.   About the only thing that will REALLY kill an organ in an abandoned church is high moisture and a leaky roof.   We tried to salvage a small Moller from an earthquake-damaged church in Pomona, but when I turned on the blower, water came POURING out of the windchests, and every note in the organ played at once ... the earthquake had cracked the roof above the chamber. Only the metal pipes were salvageable.   Cheers,   Bud   Noel Stoutenburg wrote:   > Jan Nijhuis wrote: > >> In a nice world, these churches might be sold or leased to other >> deominations and the instruments will be played continually. Let's >> hope the bulldozers and graders don't arrive there first >> > In some cases they have been; I know in Chicago a couple of former > churches have become "sacred spaces" for assemblies of other religions. =   > Still, some of the buildings are so old, so large, and in such poor > repair that they can not economically be used for other purposes. I > know in the Chicago area, there are churches located where there were > once several tens of thousands of people within a square mile, and where =   > now there are a few hundred.. > > I suspect many of the instruments in these closed parishes will not be > worth much, because of an absolute lack of maintenance over the years. > > ns >        
(back) Subject: Westerner seeks info on a Casavant formerly in Syracuse, NY opus 553 From: "Pat Maimone" <patmai@juno.com> Date: Sat, 9 Oct 2004 02:22:08 -0400   Dear Pipechatters,   Hope that you can help with this request.   Pat Maimone who has two weddings tomorrow at the Chapel of Our Lady Restoration, Cold Spring, NY, on a one-manual pipe organ by George Bozeman   --------- Forwarded message ---------- From: Joan Appleby <jmappleby@comcast.net> To: <patmai@juno.com> Date: Fri, 08 Oct 2004 11:24:57 -0700 Subject: seeking information on a Casavant organ opus 553 Message-ID: <BD8C2988.1055%jmappleby@comcast.net>   I am a member of AGO in Washington state. I'm doing a little memory work on the Casavant Opus 553 that was in the First Baptist Church, Syracuse, New York from 1912 to about 1970. Can you direct me to anyone who might have saved or can recall any of the details related to the life of this organ while it was in Syracuse. I understand that it is now in Jacksonville Florida at the Robert Jacoby Symphony Hall. I can find lots of information about it presently; but I was especially interested in its life in the 1950s and early 60s when I heard it in Syracuse. For example who was the organist then, were there any public concerts and articles in newspapers about the organ? Apparently it was one of the world's largest organs. Can that be true? - I remember it was large and sounded wonderful.   I know this is a stretch; but still worth a try in case there is an organ historian in your chapter. Thank you so much for your time on this.   Joan Appleby, 14821 137th Ln NE, Woodinville, WA 98072