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Malcolm Farr

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  1. Hi all, How about this "little" instrument - It's just a little of the beaten track, being in the Land Down Under; it's kinda sorta Anglophone, if you can understand Orshtrayun; and it was built just a few years before 1985 - The Grand Organ of Sydney Town Hall, William Hill & Son 1890, 5 manuals + pedal, 126 stops.
  2. Thank you, Colin - I don't know the St Mary's, Southampton instrument at all, so was quite unaware of the disposition of its Great Organ. In a rather loose way, I suppose that one could say that Willis III's diapasons and reeds only Great Organ "tonal ideal" is fulfilled in the Great 1st Division at Westminster Cathedral. But of course the full resources of the Great include the Flutes at 16'. 8' and 4' on the 2nd Division; and in any case, wasn't it the Harrison firm rather than Willis which divided the Great there? Rgds, MJF
  3. Very well done, Contrebombarde! If one can't have a pipe organ, then go for the ant's pants, the bee's knees of virtuals... Since it's beyond the bounds of this discussion board, may I send you a PM about your installation? Kind regards, MJF
  4. Hi all, I have a friend who has transferred some music to tablet, and on trying it I found it quite difficult, most particularly as the size of the device was rather smaller than the printed page and thus not friendly to my aging eyes, and, as Choir_Man notes, light conditions change between venues such that paper seems to have an advantage. (I used it in two churches with quite different conditions.) Innate also notes problems in switching between portrait and landscape. Copyright is of course a real issue - and, I think, the biggest one. I suppose the ideal would be a non-reflecti
  5. And just as there are organs where the Harmonic Flutes do blend, I've also come across a couple where draw stops labelled "Stopped Diapason" sounded much more what I would expect from Lieblich Gedackts. Nice enough stops in their own right, but not a solid basis for any chorus. I don't know if this is just mis-labelling, or if they were totally a different conception of what a Stopped Diapason should be. Cheers mjfarr3006
  6. Thanks, AJJ - that's a really interesting article by Stephen Bicknell, and explains a fair bit. I'll just have to digest it in terms of what I was hearing on my acquaintance's H******** set-up. And Innate - yes, that makes a lot of sense in hindsight, doesn't it? I mean, why else would they both have been called Diapasons?... Cheers mjfarr3006
  7. Hi All, I have been wondering about something I read recently about drawing diapasons and flutes together, and hope that someone may be able to provide an explanation. Going through some ancient things in The Musical Times, I came across a letter to the editor in vol. 77 no. 1120 (June 1936), written by Henry Willis III in which he stated as follows at p. 543: "It can be laid down in the most definite manner that Harmonic Flutes do not blend with Diapasons, that any open flutes are undesirable, but that correctly voiced Stopped Flutes are capable of successful combination. Why? The
  8. Hi all, Does anyone know if there are any voluntaries on Saint Patrick's Breastplate other than Stanford's Sonata Celtica, 3rd Mvt. and the Prelude by Richard Peek? Rgds, MJF
  9. Oh dear, no more disparagement of the organist's daughter... and no more limericks after this one. (I can't help myself, really...) It seems I've been terribly rude To the daughter of old Buxtehude. My apology's given. May I come come back if'n I show a more kind attitude? Rgds MJF
  10. How about: A very plain maid once was tied To her father's post, as the bride Of him who'd succeed The old chap -- oh, indeed It explains why he never retired! Rgds (skulking away with tail between legs), MJF
  11. Hi AJJ, I don't have an answer to this, but I did note something in the Brompton Oratory entry in NPOR which may (or may not?) be relevant. After mentioning the ordinary pistons below the specification proper, the entry says, "plus 'advance' and 'retreat' pistons". I've never seen anything referred to as 'advance' or 'retreat' pistons before; what are they? Are they Walker specials? Rgds, MJF
  12. Oops! There's a good start - I thought I was in General Discussion rather than The Organ and Its Music. Dear Mander moderator - is there any way of moving the thread to the General Discussion forum? Rgds, MJF
  13. Hi all, Given the ever-growing Youtube thread, I wondered if we might have a parallel one for Soundcloud (albeit that I've not long discovered it, so I don't know yet how much organ music is there). To start (assuming there is an interest in continuing), here's a link to Jonathan Hope playing Joseph Bonnet's Op. 10 No. 1, "In Memoriam Titanic", at Southwark Cathedral: https://soundcloud.com/jonathan-hope/joseph-bonnet-1884-1944-in Great performance, wonderful organ, very atmospheric piece. Kind regards, MJF
  14. Hi all, On a recent trip to Sydney, three organs came to my attention, and their respective circumstances got me thinking, or at least questioning. The 1st was a middling 2-manual instrument in a largish church with capacity for some few 100s of people. I went to the 10am service with my brother-in-law and his wife, and was rather dismayed that the total attendance was only about 40 people, quite a number of whom were clearly well past retirement age. My brother-in-law conceded sadly that it may not be too long before his parish is merged with a more vibrant one in a neighbouring sub
  15. Re-reading Henry Willis' comment above, he says that "Mr Willis used to go a step further ... and make the removable side from perspex or framed glass (as at Hereford)". I assumed that the reference to "Mr Willis" was to Willis III because it was he, as I understand it, who added the 32' reed to the Hereford organ; and perspex was introduced in the '20s, I think. So was I correct in taking the reference to "Mr Willis" as one to Willis III, rather than to Father Willis (which would have taken us back to the period I was musing about)? Rgds, MJF
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