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Paul Morley

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    Apart from my family and very catholic tastes in music, as a listener, performer and aspiring composer: theology, fell walking, theatre, Tudor history, Indian food and malt whisky.
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    UK 5-manuals?

    St George Stockpot received a 32' reed in an extensive rebuild by Rushworth during the early 80s
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    Buckfast Abbey

    Presumably there are ranks on the latter that can be played in New Jersey and heard in Devon.
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    The 1908 Organ Of Ely Cathedral

    The following may be of interest: http://orgue.free.fr/of662.html A very different tonal concept from an early 20C Harrison, of course.
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    This link explains http://www.gewalcker.de/gewalcker.de/opusdiabolo.htm
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    Notre Dame - inaugural recital after restoration

    ...so a performance entirely faithful to the composer's intentions....!
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    Superb performance and instrument, I agree. For the record, which are your best and second best?
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    The "Ten Pieces" for organ

    Fair enough. How about on my list substituting a Wagner transcription (preferably by a 19C German organist) for the Reger? Also, if one wished to make my list less Franco-German, a transcription of an Elgar P&S or one of Walton's coronation marches could replace the Mozart.
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    York Minster organ pipes for sale

    Am I being a tad cynical, or is the Ebay lot possibly a case of someone trying to cash in on an urban myth? If they don't sell, might we see them repackaged as having come from an organ played by Handel?
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    The "Ten Pieces" for organ

    True. Nevertheless, the music provision in this school is first-rate.
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    The "Ten Pieces" for organ

    A few weeks ago, my son's class teacher asked the children if they knew any French words or phrases. My son (aged 7) volunteered 'Jeux de combinasion'.
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    The "Ten Pieces" for organ

    You might be surprised at what children will listen to, enjoy and understand, so long as they are not told that it's 'hard'. For a long time I used the noisiest bits of 'The Rite of Spring' as a basis for a Yr 7 (age 11) composition project. Comments after first hearing included, 'That's really scary. I like it'. 'Was that from "Jaws"?' 'That can't be right. Cavemen didn't have violins.'
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    The "Ten Pieces" for organ

    How about these: Buxtehude - Praeludum in G minor Bach - Passacaglia & Fugue in C minor Bach - CP 'O mensch bewein dien sunde gross' Mozart - Fantasia in F minor Mendelssohn - Sonata VI Franck - Chorale No 3 Reger - Phantasie & Fugue on 'BACH' Messiaen - L'Asenscion Ligeti - Volumina Swayne - Rif Raff Bonus tracks...BWV 565 & Widor V
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    RFH Organ

    Are you telling us that an organ recital audience has included at least one person who should not really have been allowed out on their own?
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    Trompe l'oeil organs

    Here is a link to a picture http://www.kcoa.co.uk/Mereworth_002.jpg
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    Winter weather

    ....the motley collection of human blowers who used to lounge for centuries outside churches of all sizes, waiting for an organist to turn up. As late as the 1920s they were to be seen outside Notre Dame in Paris...At least that enormous instrument would not have been at the mercy of power outages in those days. No, just the unions...