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  2. When I was at college I auditioned to perform the Jongen Symphonie Concertante with the college orchestra, but they wouldn't hear an audition unless the orchestra part was played on the piano, and there was no reduction available, or full score available to buy. So I had to make my own transcription of the orchestra part for piano - which I subsequently improved and typeset properly. I'm very happy to make it available free of charge to anyone who wants it. (And it is a great piece - there's a good recording with the San Francisco Symphony and Michael Murray on the Ruffatti organ, for anyone who doesn't know it).
  3. Oops, I do indeed - church architecture often foxes me!
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  5. Something I overlooked when releasing the Compton tome, was to pay tribute to all those (some no longer with us) who contributed so much. Even tiny bIts of information have been useful in building up the narrative and gaining an insight into the Compton company and its achievements. So to all who have tirelessly followed what must have been the longest thread in the history of the Mander Discussion Forum, a very heartfelt Thank You. MM
  6. I think you mean "Triforium", not "Transept"!
  7. I visited Pershore Abbey this morning. The work to accomodate the new organ in the North Transept is underway with scaffolding towers in place and several men making progress with the job. There is an update from Francesco Ruffati on display stating that the work within their factory is ahead of schedule with many of the metal pipes having already been produced. The wooden pipes are next to be tackled. There is an "adopt a pipe" scheme available for anyone wishing to help with the cost. Details should be available on the Friends' website or you can visit their office just around the corner in Broad Street. The location of the organ is quite unusual being towards the West end of the transept but on having a good look around it really appears to be the only place available without some piece or other of beautiful stained glass being obscured, especially those at the West end. I'm not 100% sure but I think that the speakers for the current electronic instrument are on the same side as the new organ but in the galleries a bit further East. The console is currently on the South side which would currently give a decent sound to the organist so maybe the new one will be similarly placed.
  8. I've just reminded myself.....if that is possible..... that there is a rather nice Piano/Organ concerto thingy, written by Flor Peeters, which I've never heard live. It was recorded many moons ago by Ron Perrin and his wife Mary (piano)....probably at Ripon when he was there. I think I've got the LP somewhere. It isn't in the stratosphere technique wise, and it's well worth looking at it. I have the music as well........somewhere. 😕 MM
  9. I also recall a recital by Jane Parker-Smith at Leeds Town Hall, during a massive storm. Simon Lindley greeted me at the door and said, "Sorry about the heavy wind obbligato!" MM
  10. For all the transcriptionistas out there, THIS is how to do it! One console.....a few different instruments....one heck of a technique. You could also listen to this while eating a Pizza, but I digress,
  11. Thanks so much for this. Now searching Iberian Organs on Google you've opened up the can of mysteries. https://www.thediapason.com/content/early-iberian-organ-design-and-disposition has some interesting information about the disposition of the typical instrument. Not wanting to bore everyone in asking questions of interest perhaps only to the most obsessive of organ nerds I'll merely quote a passage which opens up some technical differentiation that looks rather fascinating to me, and perhaps leave others to ask the questions that perhaps all of us may or may not like to know the answers to - In my opinion looking sideways at lineage of other heritage can be really magic in bringing to life instruments as well as other interpretations, and giving expansion to sources and areas of enthusiasm. Best wishes David P
  12. Whilst I've played a fair number of Spanish instruments, and performed on a few, I had a substantial interest in them in an earlier incarnation. I wouldn't, however, claim to be an expert. There is an entity known by some as the 'Iberian organ'. Yes, there are similarities between the instruments of these neighbours: horizontal reeds (not solely of a fanfare-type); an undeveloped pedal department; many instruments are one-manual; divided stops on the manuals; wide-scale principal stops, measured as above; a panoply of cornet-type stops; Epistle and Gospel organs in many larger buildings. I'm sure I've forgotten lots, but this will do for a start. The music has, as might be expected, a marked individuality. Sombre Tientos (with meandering solos, in right or left hand and on a variety of stops) and coruscating battle-scenes (with flashing Trompetas - not, by any means, all en chamade) are two of the most characteristic. I blame E Power Biggs, and a certain LP, for my interest !
  13. 😉 Not at all! But are there experts on historic Spanish organs here? I've been fortunate enough to be able to look at a simulation of one or two and haven't been able to make much of a head or tail of them. What similarities and potential differences are there between the typical 18th century early 19th century Portuguese instrument and the Spanish? Best wishes David P
  14. Success! Thank you Colin - and glad it's selling well!
  15. Mea culpa - possibly. One of the translations of Cheio is 'stuffed'. This is why I assumed what I assumed. For two neighbouring and related languages, Portuguese is very different from Spanish. Perhaps I should stick to the latter.
  16. Thanks so much. That makes sense. Another puzzle is that the largest pipe of each organ is said to be 7m tall . . . Bottom note on keyboard is C. In addition to ranks labelled 12 there's a Dozena. 8ft or 12th? Then a Quinzena so assume 15th. Then there's fun with the Cornets . . . Corneta real VI Corneta Corneta eco (echo perhaps) And rhyming with that a Rebecao Corneta Inglesa - V and VI versions Some Cimbala seem intriguing too, accompanied by Recimbala and Sobrecimbala. . . At Porto I was able to sneak a visit to the console of the monastery organ and photograph the stops of a more conventional nature than the set of 6. Best wishes David P
  17. Rather than designate stop lengths in feet, the Portuguese, uniquely, I think, do so in 'palmas', or hand palms, the span from the tip of the thumb to the tip of the little finger, nominally 8 inches. Thus, 12 palms equal 8ft and 24 palms are 16 ft.
  18. You were beaten to the draw. I've re-listed it again. I go out to the shops and come back to a scene of chaos. The demand is far higher than I anticipated, I'm afraid.
  19. Colin - I just tried to buy it using the new listing, and I'm told it is no longer available in the quantity I require (ie, one)
  20. Someone really messed it up, by bidding higher than the Buy it now price, which means that it has to run as an auction for the next 5 days. However, not to be outsmarted, I've listed it again slightly differently (which circumnavigates the rules of e-bay ). Just search for COMPTON ORGANS. However, there is a further problem, in that a whole paragraph is missing on p126 (I wonder if anyone has noticed?) What I'm doing is burning a new CD and sending that out, and hopefully, I can send out replacements for those who have already got the disc. (Quite an expensive file error!) If anyone who has bought a disc would like to save me money, they could contact me via e-mail, and I can send the corrected file back via e-mail. I'm on camitch49@yahoo.com MM PS: There's one on ebay currently.
  21. No. 'Stopped' in Portugese is parado (parada). Cheio (cheia) means 'full' whilst aberto (aberta) is, indeed, 'open' But what the difference between a flautado di cheio (full flute) and a flautado di aberto (Open Flute) is, I'm not sure!!
  22. Thanks. I thought Aberto was open and Cheio looked like stopped . . . until I saw Cheio IV and Cheio V with Cimbala IV and Recimbala IV And what do the 12 and 24 mean? Presumably the Flautado is a more flutey sort of Diapason like the French. And what might be a Flauto Romano? The appear to be quite exotic animals . . . Best wishes David P
  23. Hi AJJ Just click on the "Buy it Now" button on the eBay page. That's what I did & had no problems, CD arrived within a couplle of days. Every Blessing Tony
  24. MM, can you assist please? I would like a copy of your Compton book CD. I have logged onto ebay but am unclear how to get a firm order in without entering into a bidding race. Much thanks A
  25. Thank you SO MUCH for the pointer to Mafra. What an amazing place it is - a palace generally unknown that's the equal of Versailles and, yes, six organs in one Basilica designed to be played together. Quite a spectacle. Perhaps one day it might be possible to hear them in person. Other organs in other places have similar en chamade trumpets and oboes. Notably at the university town of Coimbra and in Porto also. Coimbra https://www.centerofportugal.com/poi/st-michaels-chapel-of-the-university-of-coimbra/ 1737 https://myportugalholiday.com/coimbra-portugal/igreja-santa-cruz-coimbra-monastery-church.html - rather an extraordinary claim made there . . . The instrument at the Mosteiro de São Bento da Vitória in Porto is exceptional. The restoration of the six Mafra organs was sponsored by Barclays Bank and won the Europa Nostra Award in 2012 for conservation. A DVD and book is available about the organs with specification of each instrument. If of interest I'll copy out some specs. My knowledge of Portuguese being non-existent what does "Flautado de 24 aberto" and "Flautado de 24 cheio" mean? No doubt others may find others, recordings and specifications but these instruments are clearly a genre worthy of attention. Best wishes David P
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