PipeChat Digest #5334 - Friday, May 13, 2005
RE: tuning stability
  by "Randy Terry" <randy@peacham.homeip.net>
Re: Organ nonsense
  by <Justinhartz@aol.com>
Re: Bats in your belfry
  by <Justinhartz@aol.com>
Re: Bats in your belfry
  by "HammondH100" <h100series@pacbell.net>
RE: Shieling
  by "David Scambler" <dscambler@bmm.com>
Re: improvisation, organ design and standards (digest 5330)
  by "John Foss" <harkat@kat.forthnet.gr>

(back) Subject: RE: tuning stability From: "Randy Terry" <randy@peacham.homeip.net> Date: Thu, 12 May 2005 21:19:35 -0700   Oh, I'd recommend under all circumstances to leave the doors closed and locked at all times if possible! I missed something out there, I guess.     The organ at my church has not been tuned since 2002, other than a touch = up here and there, and while it will definitely be getting a scratch tune = this fall from a professional, in our case where the whether is temperate and there is no central heat and air (radiant floor heat that just gets the chill off) it has proved to be more stable if left alone. Nothing will = help in the heat of the summer - I don't have to use the reeds, so when they = are off pitch, I don't!     Cheers,   Randy     +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++   Randy Terry   Music Minister   The Episcopal Church of St. Peter   Redwood City, California   _____   From: pipechat@pipechat.org [mailto:pipechat@pipechat.org] On Behalf Of blueeyedbear@aol.com Sent: Thursday, May 12, 2005 4:58 PM To: pipechat@pipechat.org Subject: Re: tuning stability     <snip>   basically, i'm getting a little miffed at being told by a former organist = to leave the doors open when i really don't want to, and am looking for some support for my case.     scot            
(back) Subject: Re: Organ nonsense From: <Justinhartz@aol.com> Date: Fri, 13 May 2005 01:39:54 EDT   Please forgive me if someone posted these before.   The Great Auditorium organ at Ocean Grove, New Jersey has a "FLAG" stop which turns on the lightbulbs which create the waving American Flag.   An E.M. Skinner organ I used to play in had a replacement console with a piston labeled "F.O." -- which stood for "Full Organ".   Justin  
(back) Subject: Re: Bats in your belfry From: <Justinhartz@aol.com> Date: Fri, 13 May 2005 01:52:41 EDT   Your post brought back a memory....   A few years ago, I played my first recital on the 1846 Ferris organ in =   Round Lake, New York. An organbuilder friend of mine, Ken Wolfe (who now voices for Fisk) = was in the audience that night. Apparently, as I played the opening notes of the recital, a bunch of = bats flew out of the gothic case of the organ. Ken was still laughing after the performance. Charles Addams would have loved it.   Cheers, Justin  
(back) Subject: Re: Bats in your belfry From: "HammondH100" <h100series@pacbell.net> Date: Thu, 12 May 2005 23:03:15 -0700   How about Gomez Addams ? ;)   At 10:52 PM 5/12/2005, you wrote:   > Charles Addams would have loved it. > >Cheers, >Justin   Donald R. Resor Jr. T. W. & T. C. Svc. Co. http://go.to/tonewheels Carillon Web Ring http://g.webring.com/hub?ring=3Dthecarillonwebri Organ Builders and Dealers Web Ring http://u.webring.com/hub?ring=3Dorganbuildersand "That was so terrible, I think you gave me cancer!" LOL  
(back) Subject: RE: Shieling From: "David Scambler" <dscambler@bmm.com> Date: Fri, 13 May 2005 16:36:16 +1000   R.H. wrote: > I have always wondered: does your email name have some significance? I have > never heard of a shieling...   I thought a shieling was two siexpences!     dave  
(back) Subject: Re: improvisation, organ design and standards (digest 5330) From: "John Foss" <harkat@kat.forthnet.gr> Date: Fri, 13 May 2005 10:49:22 +0300   Yes, Bob, I appreciate that you went on to mention that there were fine players in other parts of Australia - though I was under the impression = that you were emphasising the general situation there - ".....making my point =   again this may apply to the USA but not to Australia......." - now you are =   Australian and live there so obviously know more about the situation there =   than I do - it is a very big country - the sixth largest in the world - = but the population of 20,000,000 or so seems to produce a disproportionate number of fine organists. I may have been lucky in hearing Michael Dudman play over 40 years ago now at Grimsby Parish Church - he was just practising - but I had never heard an organ played like that before. One occasion Bob Griffiths and I were staying with Michael, and after Choral Evensong we repaired to the local pub in true ecclestiastical tradition. This may be reminiscent of Colin Mitchell's North Country organ ramble stories, but later in the evening we went back to St James (Grimsby is in the North of England!) where Michael entertained us with stories and = music, during the course of which we must have wandered on to the subject of = skills called for in the job of organist. Somehow or other this led to Michael's =   playing the Reubke Sonata from memory whilst transposing it up a semitone. = I appreciate that this is not a skill often called for in the playing of a service, but the ability to transpose and improvise is a useful one, = surely? Quite apart from anything else, it helps the congregation sing hymns which =   they might otherwise find uncomfortable. Sorry - you are quite right - I meant Thomas Heywood.   To answer Colin's point ".... It would be a mistake to assume that the French are unique in the improvisational abilities.....they are not!" I = was actually making this point as well. I said that improvisation on a = symphonic scale was an art form perhaps most highly developed in the French School, but I do appreciate that it is also practised to a high standard = elsewhere. It is probably the fact that there are recordings of organists such as Cochereau, transcriptions by Durufle of Tournemire and genral perceptions that brings this to our attention. Norway is another country where a = school of improvisation exists - I don't know whether this is a fairly recent development - no doubt one of our Norwegian members can tell us - but Jon Kristian Fjellestad, who has pretty unfettered access to the Nidaros Cathedral organ, has sent us several interesting improvisations both on = this instrument and the organ in Hamar Cathedral. He says thay are inspired by these particular organs in these buildings, and certainly a good organ in = a rich acoustic lends itself to such creativity. Once you start playing instinctively you then begin to think about structuring your = improvisation. The French don't only improvise toccatas! Langlais improvised a Prelude = and Fugue on John Ireland's tune to the hymn "Come Down O love divine" at Holy =   Trinity, Sloane Street in 1971, and Marie Claire Alain a Theme and Variations at the Royal College of Organists in the late 1960's. And to do =   it well is not so easy, I think.     John Foss http://www.organsandorganistsonline.com/about.htm http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/orgofftop/