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AJJ

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  1. Schoenstein's 'electric-pneumatic' system in the USA seems to be well regarded amongst enthusiasts for the work of that company - I have not played one myself but Jack Bethards has some very persuasive ideas (both mechanically and tonally) and certainly amongst some players (students of Thomas Murray etc. especially) this action is felt to provide an effective and musical link between player and pipe. AJJ
  2. Sorry - 1st attempt at setting out the composition of the above stop was decidedly dodgy so I redid it - my submission is now corrected - not quick enough for M.Lauwers though!!. AJJ
  3. It might be interesting (in the context of the above) to hear the effect of the mixture shown below - on the newish Walt Disney Concert Hall organ by Rolsales/Glatter Goetz in LA - in the 'Bombarde' division. There is also a large quint mixture starting at 2-2/3 pitch. Note 1: 1-3/5, 1-1/3, 1-1/7, 1, 8/9 Note 15: 2, 1-3/5, 1-1/3, 1-1/7, 1, 8/9 Note 27: 2-2/3, 1-3/5, 1-1/3, 1-1/7, 1, 8/9 Note 43: 4, 2-2/3, 1-3/5, 1-1/3, 1-1/7, Note 47: 4, 2-2/3, 2, 1-3/5 Note 51: 8, 4, 2-2/3, 2 Note 61: 8, 4, 2-2/3, 2 The stop is actually called Compuestas and the IVth Manual on this instrument is titled Llamarada - terminology possibly to suite the Hispanic roots of city and builder. The 'write up' in The American Organist mag. (Jonathan Ambrosino) says that the stop gives 'clang and added richness' - there are also high pressure reeds and principals - all enclosed in what must surely be some sort of 'super swell' division. AJJ
  4. My former teacher used to play the Toccata - not easy but effective. 'Out of my league though! AJJ
  5. AJJ

    August Gern

    This should get you to the new NPOR set up: http://npor.emma.cam.ac.uk AJJ ps See also the NPOR entry for St Thomas the Apostle, Lymington, Hants. for another example of the Brindley patent console arragements - there is a photo too. http://npor.emma.cam.ac.uk/cgi-bin/Rsearch...ec_index=N11407
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    August Gern

    Paul Joslin (also the Historical Organs Certificate Coordinator for BIOS) is the man you want - he has done much research work on Gern - try contacting him via the BIOS website: http://www.duresme.org.uk/BIOS/hocs.htm At the bottom of the page are his details and an email link. Also - the NPOR will give you an interesting page-worth of Gern organs in the UK if you use the builder search facility. AJJ
  7. ''I remember hearing a spectacular recording made of this instrument in (I think) the late '60s or early '70s. It was part of a large English organ LP series, with one LP per organ. Beverley Minster was on one of those LPs. Unfortunately, I cannot remember the name of the organist. But I do remember one stand-out track, I think it was a tocatta, possibly by Howells on "Von Himmel Hoch". Does anybody else remember this recording?'' Alan Spedding (currently still in charge of music at Beverley) was playing - the piece concerned is by Garth Edmundson. I still have a copy of the LP..somewhere.... but at present nothing to play it on! AJJ
  8. And Naji Hakim at Farnborough Abbey (CC/Mutin ?) on the following Sunday - 3.00pm - what's on Saturday? AJJ ps Could we persuade Mr Mander to run a 'Concerts' option? - there seem to be enough of us reading here.
  9. This looks to be a superb asset for St Peters and the IOF - just one thing - on the news section of the Mander website - should the Seventeenth read 1-3/5, are the Great couplers missing and is there possibly another 4' on the Swell in the St Peter's spec? AJJ
  10. [ At least one is - published by Banks of York in a volume of manuals only music edited by John Scott Whitely from York Minster. AJJ
  11. Where does this leave Blackburn then? AJJ
  12. AJJ

    English Cathedral Music-

    We seem to have gone miles away from the cathedral music thread but the 1867 Vowles where I play is very much the same as the above - 8OD, 8Claribel, 8Dulc, 8VdiG, 4Princ, 4Flute, 2Fifteenth, 8Hautboy plus 16Pedal - all enclosed except OD and Bourdon. Amazingly versatile despite TC stops and odd pedal dimensions etc. - I would not change a thing and the church is about to pay for a restoration! Are we starting another line of discussion or do we need to get back to the point? AJJ
  13. AJJ

    English Cathedral Music-

    Point taken - I agree here! AJJ
  14. AJJ

    English Cathedral Music-

    It is one of the few organs that I have ever just sat down at ('visiting choir again - sometime ago now) drew the stops I hoped would work for some before the service music and found that they did! Having been in and out of St Albans now since the late 1960s either a member of the above visiting choir (from about as far south in the diocese as one can get) or because of a Godson as ex Head Chorister there (his father is still amongst the tenors) I can vouch for Mr Lucas' sentiments - in the right hands the H & H there can be a fantastically versatile and exciting musical instrument. Try visiting the Organ Festival to find out! AJJ
  15. AJJ

    English Cathedral Music-

    The same could be said to occur at parish level where if I am not careful my Rector (whose musical taste is generally beyond reproach) could have me leaping up and down between the organ in the chancel and a keyboard at the head of the nave depending on the musical leanings of particular parts of the service. Anything that involves the 'auto rhythm backing' he plays himself however!! AJJ
  16. Interestingly one of the best recordings I have of Choral Evensong repertoire with some fantastic organ 'backing' in the psalms is on a CD called 'Show Yourself Joyful' recorded in St Pauls Church, K Street, Washington - the whole thing is directed by Jeffrey Smith (now at Grace Cathedral San Francisco) - the organ is a large 4 man. Schoenstein with much romantic voicing and the sort of multiple swell boxes one associates with this builder including 32' reeds under expression and real strings etc. The nearest thing over here is I suppose St Mary Redcliffe in Bristol. AJJ
  17. The Lewis organs at Southwark Cathedral and Kelvingrove Gallery, Glasgow both exhibit this sort of diversity. The 32/16 Posaune and 16/8 Bombarde ranks on the Pedal at Southwark are especially fine on a lowish wind pressure. One can but imagine what Southwark might sound like on an open west or transept gallery! AJJ
  18. It sounded quite superb today on Choral Evensong - as did the choir. AJJ
  19. I sang with a visiting choir during the 1970s rebuild while I seem to remember that none of the main organ was in use. The powers that be had parked the 'Willis on wheels' on the north side, choir end of the Dome area and we used that instead. It worked surprisingly well and at times one could almost think that the main organ was playing. AJJ
  20. The mind boggles as the ramifications of this but please - let's not start a new thread! AJJ
  21. Marcus Sealy the Assistant Orgainst at Bath seems to manage to accompany week in week out without too much trouble on the Klais and certainly, singing there in the early 90s with the organ in its previous manifestation I can testify to some strange things that went on then. As with Adrian Lucas' description of Worcester I remember some strange registrations needing to be used to make things sound right. On one occasion various bits and pieces (including the Positive 2') were coupled down at the start of the Britten Te Deum to make the Pedal sound as if it were all playing in sync. When I was able to play it then it was certainly noticable that all was not well - to look inside revealed a a total lack of organisation generally with pipes on chests all over the place and a real mixture of actions and voicing. As page-turner for Peter King playing the 'almost new' Klais some time ago now it seemed to me then that tonally and action-wise things were certainly much more positive and immediate - altogether an exciting noise with some lovely soft effects. As perhaps with Worcester - the people who lived with the instrument had very definite views on what should be done and whatever one feels about the work going abroad the instrument as it now stand has personality and above all seems to do what is required of it. AJJ
  22. It was both enlightening and a relief to read Adrian Lucas' posting as it seems to me that quite a large ammount of recent dialogue about Worcester on this list has bounced back and forth somewhat without going anywhere much. The whole project has (as one might expect) been throughly thought through by people involved in the daily musical life of the cathedral with due consideration to the 'contexts' of both old and new instruments and a first rate organ builder engaged. We should congratulate them on a daring solution that will hopefully provide for all their needs and furnish the cathedral with something that will not cause problems for their successors. We also need to have have some faith in the fact that they do know what they are doing and look forward to hearing the results of their deliberation and Kenneth Tickell's work in the Quire and whatever else goes on in the nave. AJJ
  23. Put Orgue-l into Google and follow the links etc. - it's quite a good list to subscribe to. AJJ
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