PipeChat Digest #5167 - Monday, February 21, 2005
Re: Organ Voluntaries
  by "M Fox" <ophicleide16@direcway.com>
alan and sunrise service
  by "First Christian Church of Casey, IL" <kzrev@rr1.net>
Re: Organ Voluntaries
  by "Randolph Runyon" <runyonr@muohio.edu>
Re: Organ Voluntaries
  by "Beau Surratt" <Beau.Surratt@theatreorgans.com>
Organ Voluntaries...how do you plan yours?
  by "Desiree'" <nicemusica@yahoo.com>
  by <ScottFop@aol.com>
How do you plan voluntaries?
  by "Randy Terry" <randy@peacham.homeip.net>
Re: Organ Voluntaries...how do you plan yours?
  by "Harry Grove" <musicman@cottagemusic.co.uk>

(back) Subject: Re: Organ Voluntaries From: "M Fox" <ophicleide16@direcway.com> Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2005 17:56:42 -0800   >Personally I find this practice rather unusual. I find it better to = rotate between twenty or so voluntaries and play them for six >months then = find another twenty and do the same. This way I find the congregation has = a sense of familiarity with the music >and many enjoy hearing pieces they = already know..   Like many others, I keep track on a computer database (and I track hymns = on another sheet). I'm not sure I have a very good reason for my practice, = but I repeat some (not too many) favorites every year, and most every two = years or so. Looking at the things I've played so far this year, 4 were = new, 2 recycled from last year, 8 from 2 years ago, and 6 from 3 or more = years ago. If enough people rave about a piece, it certainly becomes an = annual number, but I wouldn't want to repeat anything much sooner than = that.   MAF  
(back) Subject: alan and sunrise service From: "First Christian Church of Casey, IL" <kzrev@rr1.net> Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2005 20:25:37 -0600   Alan.....you lost me on this one.........from the fact that a congregation schedules an early morning worship service on Easter Sunday, you can ascertain that you don't agree with that church's philosophy of worship?   Either you are psychic or you have an exceptionally narrow view of = worship! ;>)   Dennis Steckley Who has argued, unsuccessfully, to have the annual sunrise service at 2 = PM, and also, had one overlooking the Ohio River where frost formed on the portable keyboard!    
(back) Subject: Re: Organ Voluntaries From: "Randolph Runyon" <runyonr@muohio.edu> Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2005 21:31:35 -0500   Well, fortunately I don't have to hear it. The organ console is in the=20=   rear balcony, and no one sees me during the service, as I'm totally=20 hidden except when I'm actually on the bench. Naturally, I leave the=20 bench during the sermon. His sermons are too short for me to leave the=20=   balcony for more than a minute or two, but I do go sit in one of the=20 choir chairs behind the console, totally out of sight and read through=20=   some scores, or maybe a newspaper. It doesn't bother me all that much,=20=   as I'm paid to be there and I give good value for the money. If I had=20=   to sit up front and pretend to pay attention it would be considerably=20 harder. I'm just puzzled that the people in the church don't see his=20 canned lenten meditations as a problem. I've read that decades ago,=20 congregations would be up in arms if they thought their preachers were=20=   plagiarizing their sermons. Nowadays it seems people don't care. =20 Three years ago, he actually announced that that he was reading his=20 Wednesday Lenten sermons from this other source. It's, I think, from=20 the same outfit from which we buy the special bulletins for this Lenten=20=   series, which include a fair amount of pre-packaged responsive readings=20=   and prayers, etc. This year the theme is "The Body of Christ." Ash=20 Wednesday started with "The Ears of Christ," and we are moving to=20 different parts of his anatomy each week. It's really rather=20 disgusting. This year, I didn't hear him say that the words of the=20 sermon aren't his, but it is abundantly clear that the rhetoric of the=20=   prose these Wednesdays is not his style. And it obviously comes from=20 "Body of Christ" series. For the past year or two, recognizing that=20 preaching is not one of his strengths, the church has been hiring a=20 substitute preacher one Sunday a month, but for those services he is=20 usually also there, celebrating the liturgy even though he's not=20 preaching. It's really quite amazing to see. But I must point out=20 that the substitute preachers are usually just as bad or worse in their=20=   own way in their preaching. I don't know if the southwest Ohio ELCA=20 synod is particularly ill-favored in the pulpit or if we're just=20 getting the dregs. But after nearly four years working with him, it's=20=   pretty clear that he has no personal theology from which to write a=20 sermon. If he had a theology, he'd have a message, and he wouldn't be=20=   as reluctant to give a sermon as he has actually admitted he was. If=20 he had a message, he's seize every opportunity to proclaim it. It's=20 kind of like, "I'm not a doctor, but I play one on TV." He's not a=20 minister, but he plays one in church. I think he does see himself =20 genuinely as a pastor, but that having a message to proclaim is not=20 really part of what he sees a pastor as having to do.     Randy Runyon     On Feb 20, 2005, at 3:36 PM, Alan Freed wrote:   > On 2/21/05 12:25 AM, "Randolph Runyon" <runyonr@muohio.edu> wrote: > > > for the third year in a row my homiletically-challenged pastor is=20=   > reading > > canned sermons for the Wednesday Lenten services. =A0Too dumb to=20 > write his own. > > Oh, Randy, I'm sorry to hear that. =A0And YOU shouldn't have to put = UP=20 > with having to hear it! =A0I'm picking up a bit more on your "between=20=   > the lines" messages in your posts, and not happy about it. > > Alan > > =20 > =20=  
(back) Subject: Re: Organ Voluntaries From: "Beau Surratt" <Beau.Surratt@theatreorgans.com> Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2005 21:39:41 -0600   The story from Alan Freed that was quoted at the bottom of my post.   Beau   -----Original Message----- From: Randolph Runyon <runyonr@muohio.edu> To: "PipeChat" <pipechat@pipechat.org> Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2005 17:18:26 -0500 Subject: Re: Organ Voluntaries   > > On Feb 20, 2005, at 5:10 PM, Beau Surratt wrote: > > > Hi! > > You'll never believe, my pastor told the SAME story today in his > > sermon > > in reference to the John 3:16 text that was part of the lectionary > > readings for today. > > > > > > The same story as what? > > Randy Runyon > > > > ****************************************************************** > "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: Organ Voluntaries...how do you plan yours? From: "Desiree'" <nicemusica@yahoo.com> Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2005 20:37:32 -0800 (PST)   How do you plan your voluntaries? For February , I have been doing all French for Prelude and Postlude. In January I did as much Bach as possible. For March, Im doing Marches and Arias, with many of the arias being lyrical settings of Lenten hymns.   How do you plan yours?             __________________________________ Do you Yahoo!? Yahoo! Mail - Helps protect you from nasty viruses. http://promotions.yahoo.com/new_mail  
(back) Subject: A DELIGHTFUL AFTERNOON OF MUSIC (x post) From: <ScottFop@aol.com> Date: Mon, 21 Feb 2005 00:12:28 EST   It is Sunday, February 20.=A0 Memphis awoke today to a dark, gray and rainy=20 morning.=A0 After the standard regimen of church and post-Mass lunch with ch= oir=20 members and friends, there was to be a 3 PM organ recital.=A0 As much as I p= refer=20 such events on Friday evenings due to the sheer fatigue factor of the weeken= ds=20 in a Liturgical Parish, I got in my car and drove up Poplar Pike to Lord of=20 Life Lutheran Church.   The recitalist was Dr. John David Peterson, professor of Organ at The=20 University of Memphis (formerly known as Memphis State University).=A0 Dr. P= eterson is=20 well known in music circles and is also recognized for his beautiful and=20 scholarly edition of J.S. Bach's Orgelbuchlein, published by Concordia.=A0=20   The instrument is a two manual tracker built in 1988 by Martin Ott as their=20 Opus 42.=A0 Containing 13 stops, 16 ranks and a Zimbelstern, this instrument= is=20 one of the most versatile I have seen in a long time.   This was my first time to hear Dr. Peterson play, and I must say that I was=20 thoroughly impressed with not only his razor-sharp precision but also his=20 extremely sensitive musicality and interpretation of the music.=A0 Bravo!   The program was part of the University's annual calendar of events of the=20 Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music, and the repertoire was as follows:   O Morning Star, how fair and bright, BUX 223 (Dietrich Buxtehude)   Partita on "Jeg ser deg, O Guds lam a sta" (Conrad Baden)   Passacaglia and Fugue in c minor, BWV 582 (J.S. Bach)   Hymn Preludes for the Church Year (based on hymns in the LBW) -Advent: Comfort, Comfort Now My People (Anton Heiler) -Christmas: Good Christian friends, Rejoice (John David Peterson) -Lent: O Sacred Head (Kjell Mork Karlsen) -Easter: Morning Has Broken (Timothy Albrecht) -Pentecost: To God the Holy Spirit Let Us Pray (Alfred Baum) -Devotion: Fairest Lord Jesus (Hermann Schroeder) -Thanksgiving: We Gather Together (Gerald Kemner)   Sonata I in F minor (Felix Mendelssohn) I. Allegro moderato e serioso II. Adagio III. Andante recitativo; Allegro assai vivace   There was a nice crowd, the organ sounded fabulous and the playing was=20 outstanding in every way.=A0 There followed a very nice reception put on my=20= Lord of=20 Life Church.=A0 Despite the weather, it was a very nice afternoon of music!   Scott F. Foppiano=20 Organist and Director of Parish Music and Liturgy Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Memphis, TN=20 In te Domine speravi, non confundar in aeternum.  
(back) Subject: How do you plan voluntaries? From: "Randy Terry" <randy@peacham.homeip.net> Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2005 23:37:55 -0800   I do on occasion plan organ music so that a particular regional style is represented, but outside of that, I plan exclusively based on the hymn choices and scripture readings for the day in question.   We have a rota of services at St. Peter's. They are not as different as = the themes suggest:   1st Sunday: Children's Sunday. Biggest change here is that a true sermon is exchanged for something interactive where the kids come up front. The only reading is the gospel for the day. Our parish choir provides the choral anthem, or if we are not ready with a choir anthem the offertory is a hymn. A children's choir will be introduced this fall. Music is upbeat and drawn from the three active Episcopal music resources.   2nd Sunday: Regular Sunday with Godly Play for the kids. Music drawn from three normal Episcopal hymnals. Fijian Choir provides the = choral music.   3rd Sunday: Prayer Book Sunday. This is the most formal service of the month and the Hymns are drawn exclusively from The Hymnal, 1982, = and the parish choir presents formal choral music at the anthem and during communion.   4th Sunday: Contemporary Sunday. Godly Play. Choral music again from the Fijian Choir. Our eventual plan is to have music led by an ensemble and choose unabashedly "contemporary" pieces.   I am working on finding resources for the contemporary Sunday. My best = way of describing the music is similar to "Cursillo" music.     Since this is the 4th Sunday coming up and we don't yet have additional instruments, the music will be spirituals from LEVAS II. Accompanied in = the proper gospel style. This will give me a good idea of how things will = work out in a more or less out of the ordinary style liturgy.   These stated service outlines, conceived by the rector, play heavily in = the kind of music I do. However, I still choose music and/or spoken = liturgical elements by studying the readings from the appropriate lectionary cycle. When planning a service, the first thing I do is get my Bible and study = the readings. This practice serves several purposes. First, I will often = think of a hymn or song that is appropriate but not suggested in the "Choirmaster's Handbook" or "Hymnal Studies 5." This is especially = helpful as I don't need to pull out these publications or one of the CD-ROMS with music suggestions. Finally, it provides me with my own private Bible = study.   As I mentioned before, I try VERY hard to connect the incidental instrumental music to one or more of the hymn-tunes for the day. I don't list hymn-tune names, anthems, nor organ music titles in the bulletins, either.   +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Randy Terry Music Minister The Episcopal Church of St. Peter Redwood City, California        
(back) Subject: Re: Organ Voluntaries...how do you plan yours? From: "Harry Grove" <musicman@cottagemusic.co.uk> Date: Mon, 21 Feb 2005 07:48:45 -0000   I (attempt) to have voluntaries by a composer who has made an appearance somewhere earlier in the service - whose music we have used for an = Introit, Anthem or Hymn. It adds a little continuity of style (I believe) and also gives the more musical of the congregation the opportunity to extend their appreciation = of that composer. I always publish the Voluntaries - along with the details of the other music.   I try to have the same composer 'fore-and-aft' to preserve that same 'continuity of style' - for example, yesterday, to echo the Gospel text ....John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that = whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. we sang Stainer's "God so loved the world".   So I played short pieces by Sir John, 'fore-and-aft', taken from "The Village Organist" - published 1897, for one shilling. My father's original copy!   That's how I do it.   Harry Grove [a.k.a. a musicman working his way through a library of Victorian pieces, some of which delight the congregation and some of which are best = forgotten about]   PS- perhaps this mailing might start a new thread ..... about the price of =   organ music ?   _________________________________     ----- Original Message ----- From: "Desiree'" <nicemusica@yahoo.com> To: "PipeChat" <pipechat@pipechat.org> Sent: Monday, February 21, 2005 4:37 AM Subject: Organ Voluntaries...how do you plan yours?     > How do you plan your voluntaries?