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Martin Cooke

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  1. I'm bound to say that I think both work very well. I haven't tried 4ft pedal reed down an octave - I guess that's the more comfortable option. No 4ft pedal reed at church (and at home I have to couple down from the Great or Swell unless there is one hidden in my 'library' that I haven't yet discovered. However, on my church instrument good old HW III provided his traditional 'Swell Octave to Pedal' so that saves the day.
  2. Hi Damian - a couple of things I've read recently suggest that Dame Ethel probably intended an 8ft reed in the pedal. See here, for example. And I agree re those stretches!!
  3. Yes, so am I, and wish I lived closer. Very good of Robert Sharpe to come on here and explain things, all of which makes perfect sense to me at this particular time. The Ethel Smyth chorale prelude that is being played at the start of the Evensong clip that Robert has posted, is the one alluded to by me in another post. The original Novello score has the left hand in alto clef, but it is available on IMSLP transcribed suitably for non-alto clef readers and is worthy of attention along with her more striking chorale prelude on Erschienen ist der herrlich Tag for Easter.
  4. If I have understood things correctly from the YM website, today was just a temporary measure - a blessing - so that the organ could come back into use officially, as it were, rather than wait for Easter Day when there is to be a full dedication. I thunk it's all to do with Lent and the fact that the Minster is still closed until next Sunday. Something like that, anyway.
  5. Yes, drat! Though actually, the IMSLP versions are dated 2019 and I did my transcription a while ago.
  6. Some interesting things going on... The RCO and the Society of Women Organists have announced that this Sunday will be Woman Composers' Day and they are encouraging organists to play a piece by a female composer and flag it up on a website with a hashtag. I am playing three pieces before the service on Sunday by women: The PrÀludium in F major by Fanny Hensel (Mendelssohn), an Ethel Smyth chorale prelude that I have transcribed to avoid the alto clef, and the Maria von Paradis Sicilienne... though, actually, on reading up about it this I gather this may be by a man! Then, via her twitter feed, Anna Lapwood is playing a piece by a woman composer every day in March - just type "Anna Lapwood twitter" and follow your nose to the hashtag. So far we have had some Emma Louise Ashford, a delightful piece by Ghislane Reece-Trapp which will be included in a new Stainer and Bell volume of organ music by women that Anna Lapwood is working on, and, today, a slow movement from Florence Price's Organ Sonata.
  7. Yes, I entirely agree - a super little item. Actually, the Communion 'went on a bit' yesterday, and I snuck in a performance of an Alcock piece just published by Fagus in their album - new Edwardian Preludes volume - http://fagus-music.com/composers/edwardian.htm. Does anyone else play the Rutter Elegy? I closed, on Ash Wednesday evening, with Thalben Ball's Edwardia. I had not played it before and although the title didn't really fit the occasion, I felt the nature of the piece did - just on swell strings with the Octave coupler.
  8. I played it on Ash Wednesday. Today I played Howells Set 1 No 1; Whitlock Canzona; Malcolm Archer Hymn Prelude on Aus der Tiefe; Craig Phillips Hymn Prelude on Caithness; Paul Drayton Pavane; Rowley Chorale Prelude on Hollingside and Rutter Elegy.
  9. This new album, edited by John Scott Whiteley, has much to commend it. There is lots that is new and just a very few things that most of us will have known before. There are some excellent (unsurprisingly) arrangements of piano, instrumental and choral music by JSW himself, but also organ music that hasn't seen the light of day for a while. I can see myself wanting to play and use every piece in this new volume.
  10. This is a beautiful and slightly unusual piece and I am really pleased that I snapped up a copy of it on eBay last year without knowing it. I just happened to see that there is another copy available on eBay now - I'm sure you'd be pleased to have it in your repertoire and it's very straightforward. It wasn't written for organ but is in an arrangement by Jennifer Bate. (Perhaps I should make clear that I don't have a shop of eBay!!)
  11. Very nice, Thierry - thank you for sharing this with us. Is it possible to have a PDF of this, please?
  12. Yes, that's right, Owen - this is the Dubois piece, cited above - Marche des Rois Mages - the held note supposedly representing the star. I think the composer actually specifies 'une gomme' to be used to fix the note!
  13. Just wondering if any forumite has a copy of this little volume that they no longer want? It is no longer available new and though I thought I had secured a pre-loved copy from Abebooks, it appears to have been sold from under me! Perhaps PM me if you might be able to help. Good prices paid, etc, etc!! 😁
  14. Don't know the Souster, S_L, must investigate... there is the Dubois 'three kings' piece and also a short piece by Noel Rawsthorne that requires this pencil jamming technique. By the way, the whole recital is well worth watching. Uranus is totally captivating and it closes with the Duruflé Prélude et Fugue sur le nom d'Alain. One of the great things about all these recitals is that one is brought up close and personal to the player and the console and can see what's going on. The other two recitalists have, as far as I could tell, used only the chancel divisions, but Simon Johnson used dome resources yesterday, opening on the Trompette Militaire. You can't see the dome chorus stop knobs from the camera/phone angle, but one can notice the pedal stops pop in and out (even if you can't read them) as they are right on the LH side of the picture. There was also some delicious Herbert Brewer and some Ravel yesterday.
  15. Just watching Simon Johnson's Sunday afternoon recital from St Paul's - the first he's played in the current series commemorating 150 years of the 1872 organ. He's just opened with his arrangement of Holst's Uranus and has used his nose several times to play a note whilst his hands have been full! Thoroughly recommend this series of recitals involving all three organists.
  16. Thinking about tessitura and the change over the years... I wonder what brought this about (the change). I have seen Easter Hymn in D major somewhere which, of course means a top F sharp. but the only 'high' hymn I remember back in Ancient and Modern Revised days is Austria in F.
  17. I wonder, Rowland, if this is the letter I remember reading by Christopher Dearnley... I think someone had previously criticised the review perhaps speaking of 'spilt milk' but CHD followed up wondering if it 'tasted more of sour grapes.' Something along those lines... but it may have been about a different scenario.
  18. I've heard it that the Tickell organ's electrical problems have now been fixed by Nicholsons. Great to hear... and I haven't forgotten the wonderful day by day photo history that Adrian Lucas gave us of this installation which we all enjoyed. Let's hope that all goes well now for this instrument and that we will hear news of the development of the transept organ one day.
  19. It has been announced on our host's facebook page (here) that they are to rebuild this instrument with new casework in chancel and transept, and a new 32ft Sub-bass. A great start for the new company - well done to them!
  20. Ah, Carey Humphries - now there was a gent. Very good to see mention of him, Rowland.
  21. Yes, I love that sort of thing.
  22. But is it working at the moment?
  23. I have had no nexus at all with KM, but have a number of his albums in which there are some real treasures - I think of two pieces my Dom Gregory Manor, some excellent pieces by June Nixon, Alan Viner, Philip Moore, Christopher Tambling, Malcolm Archer, Stanley Vann, Noel Rawsthorne, to name but a few. His publications have frequently been maligned, but, I feel, unfairly. OK, I wouldn't buy his Bach or Mendelssohn editions, but there is much that is very valuable. More recently, I've come across new albums were produced which seemed to contain little new material, so you can end up with a volume of music which you already have in an older and different guise. OK, in amongst some of the treasures there is some that is less good - but isn't that always the case with albums?
  24. Thank you, all. One of our number has kindly and helpfully provided a much clearer score and thumbing is one answer or, I can use my Organ Master shoes and play a triad with my right foot for a middle section. All under control!
  25. Thanks David - no, I don't think that will work on this occasion - but is a trick I used in transcribing Howells' A spotless rose and Leighton's Lully, lulla for organ. They work very well like that though the Leighton needs a 2ft solo stop on the pedal - luckily I have swell and choir octave to pedal stops that help fulfil that function!
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