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    • This looks to be a lovely instrument.  At the bottom of the web page (beneath Home) click on “Zurück” to find a wealth of modern and historic Dutch organs - along with two English invaders by Forster and Andrews and a much older Longman and Bates.  I suspect that there are hundreds more Dutch organs on this website.
    • A couple of times a year the Anglican parish which my wife attends, which usually meets in a school, borrows the Dorpskerk (lit. village church) in Voorschoten, especially for a 9 Lessons and Carols service, to which all are welcome. As this is so different from any Dutch service, there's a pleasing amount of local interest and attendance, so when playing I do prepare some nice last verses, and perhaps a few arrangements in between. But the nature of the organ has led me to play arrangements without big registrations - it seems to work better to have a nice plenum and just leave it alone, and let the progression and harmonies speak for themselves. To an extent, of course, the instrument dictates this, having no swell, no celestes, no 32', no registration aids, and an awkward pedal arrangement, but it nevertheless enables the same effect of emphasising whatever the intention of the last verse is without showing off - I hope! And the instrument which has all of these "shortcomings" but which is still such a joy to play English music, last verses and all, on is https://www.orgelsite.nl/kerken22/voorschoten.html
    • Very much enjoyed the "last verse" arrangements.  Did big last verses go "out of fashion"?   It seems that some organists do them and others don't. Are they considered vulgar? (bearing in mind that good taste is the enemy of great art). The Abbey organ certainly seemed to make its presence felt....
    • This from the Piporg-L archive of Tuesday 6 May 1997:   Tom in Feenix wrote:   >>I have been told the word Chrysoglott is taken from old Greek and means silver tongue.   --Actually, Gold! Likewise, Chrysostom means Gold Mouth. Greek word for silver is Argurion, like Latin Argentum.   --Jonathan the pedantic Chicago
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