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About iy45

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  1. This brings back memories. Back in 1976 I spent a few months filling-in playing the organ in what is now Harare Cathedral. I played the Cocker one morning after the Sunday Eacharist, and as I finished two of the choir men came to the console to tell me that they'd been in Cocker's choir at Manchester. Fortunately, they didn't make any invidious comparisons! Ian
  2. There's a short paragraph in John Henderson, which I'm loath to quote for copyright reasons.. Ian
  3. Could it, perchance, have been E Power Biggs? I remember some Sweelinck in St George's Hall, Liverpool where the antiphony between chorus reeds and tubas seemed ever so slightly inauthentic? Ian
  4. At the risk of stirring a hornet's nest ... surely, the Neopolitan chord at bar 285 cries out for a cadenza. Ian
  5. One eminent current Cathedral DOM claimed around the time of his appointment never to have played a note on the organ. Ian
  6. Didn't Andrew Lucas give a first-hand account somewhere on this Forum? Ian
  7. And "Bristol Suite", based on the same tune and published by Novello in 1977.
  8. I think I'm responsible for introducing the notion that metal pipes are more expensive than wooden ones. I really don't know, and I was just making presumptions about the costs of material and labour. I guess the expert answer would be on the lines of "It all depends on ...", but is there a rule of thumb answer to the question of which tends to be cheaper? Ian
  9. Flor Peeters' Op 74 is a "Concerto for Organ and Piano". Years ago, I lived in hope of finding a pianist who would play it with me but it never happened - and now it's much too late! Ian
  10. Wouldn't it be because metal pipes are much more expensive than wooden ones (aren't they)? Ian
  11. It's a Hinrichsen publication (it says No. 355 on the cover). It has the first movement of the Pastorella, the Jig Fugue, and the Fugue on a theme of Corelli. Ian
  12. I've long thought that the organ contribution to the last variation of the Enigma is an aspect of the self-portrait. Ian
  13. I once, as a teenager on an organ crawl, found myself seated at the console in Ampleforth Abbey. I played the first few notes of BWV564, then I heard the first few notes of BWV564, then I gave up! Ian
  14. I agree entirely with Colin. But what really annoys me is the sound of a harpsichord jangling away in Bach's church music. It should surely always, always be the organ. (Lights blue touch paper and retires to a safe distance.) Ian
  15. I too thought - somewhere in the depths of my memory - that it was only the outer sections that derived from the wedding march, but when I checked I found the Little quote above; it's not my field, but his introduction in the Novello edition certainly suggests that he knows what he's talking about. Either may, my question remains: what on earth was Mendelssohn thinking about when he combined a wedding march with a penitential chorale? Ian
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