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Fiffaro

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  1. I have bookmarked "The Organ Forum" to move over to if/when this forum is no longer accessible. Because of the way this forum is set up, I would often read it without logging on as we only need to log on to post. That might be a reason for the figures mentioned above. (Another forum that I'm a member of requires members to log on in order to view some of the content, so I am normally logged on when I browse that forum.) I have used this forum to search for useful information and thus am hopeful that the posts here will not be lost. I assume that this forum will be accessible until the due
  2. How does your wife cope with the frequencies of the harmonics of piano strings being so noticeable wacky and the need to accommodate this when tuning? Does she prefer listening to instruments where the harmonics are more 'in tune' such as harpsichord or organ?
  3. Something to keep in mind when selecting a hearing aid is that all digital aids have some delay between receiving the sound into the aid's microphone and output a sound into your canal. This is unavoidable as their processing transforms the signal from the time domain to the frequency domain where the signal processing takes place and back into the time domain to be fed into your canal. This process relies on storing a small amount of sound before initiating the transformation on it - input and output buffers. This delay can be minimised but not eliminated, and for people who find the lat
  4. Also responding to John's suggestion: "For example, most churches - perhaps brighter upper work to enable older people to hear it; university colleges - hold back on the strong upper work so as not to deafen the younger ones." With age related hearing loss (presbycusis) and with most forms of hearing loss, we also need to remember that the sound pressure level that causes discomfort reduces. In other words, younger people tolerate louder sounds before experiencing discomfort than older people. Thus, we might need to refrain from 'letting fly' if we are using a particularly powerful instru
  5. Towards the end of a thread on registration assistants a number of board members expressed interest in the recording of Anton Heiller's performance of Reger's Wachet auf. I added a comment at the end of the thread about the crowd funding effort to cover the cost of remastering and producing a CD but, judging by the lack of responses to my post, it was probably too far down an unrelated thread. In the meantime, the crowdfunding campaign has ended, close enough to the goal for the release of the CD to go ahead. More information can be found at a new site: https://anton-heiller.com
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    I was made aware, by Christa Rumsey, who translated Peter Planyavsky's biography of Heiller, that there is a project underway to remaster this recording and to release it on CD. I understand that the mastertapes have been obtained and copyright taken care of. At the time of writing this, the fund raising effort to cover the costs is short of its target (4,200 Euro) by 250 Euros. More information can be obtained at: https://www.leetchi.com/c/anton-heiller-cd-edition David
  7. This organ (1997-1998) is located in the chapel of Trinity College, the University of Melbourne. More information about this instrument can be found at: https://www.ohta.org.au/organs/organs/TrinityMelbUni.html The polyphone lies alongside where the organist enters the gallery and provides an inviting surface for all sorts of items to be placed. I had to move a box from off the mouth some years ago when I went to play there.
  8. Wow! Lot's of ideas! So many thanks and much appreciated. Some I know but hadn't thought of in this context and many to have a listen to, such as Parry's Blest Pair of Sirens, that I don't know. Sumsion's They that go down to the sea in ships is the first unknown suggestion I listened to. How could I not have come across it before! 😊 Handsoff, Stainer's time might be coming. There has been a performance of the Crucifixion in recent times in Melbourne, Australia. I'd like to think we are at the forefront of the revival rather than the tail-end of musical fashion.
  9. I have been asked for suggestions for a work or works that would be suitable for performance by a collection of school choirs, ranging from auditioned to open to any student, with ages from around 11 years 18. The work will be performed in the Melbourne Town Hall where we are hoping to utilise to best effect the substantial organ there. Information about the organ is provided on the following Organ Historical Trust of Australia web page: https://www.ohta.org.au/organs/organs/MTH.html A number of years ago, this school performed Britten's Saint Nicolas, with some help from staff members a
  10. I am so sorry to hear that. Life can be challenging enough without having to experience such unnecessary nastiness. I hope our hosts were helpful in limiting the problem.
  11. Best wishes, Tony. I was fortunate many years ago, when I was laid up in bed for almost two months, that this forum and a home building forum provided me with many hours of distraction and very useful educational material. I've only followed three forums closely, and all three are no longer as active as they once were. I think that partly this is exhaustion of possible topics. I suspect that, particularly in the case of the technical (mainly computing) forum I followed, that this is a result in an increase in poor manners. Thankfully, I haven't seen the unbelievable venom exhibited in tha
  12. You can change the interface language to English by clicking where the flag and the words "Sprache auf Englisch umschaltung" are in the right hand side menu.. Back in the days when I was involved in software development, I pushed for options like this to be in the target language. Always made much more sense to me.
  13. I play for a Roman Catholic college whose chapel is attractive to couples wanting to marry. We have some very strict guidelines covering the music (e.g. no recorded music) but the Jesuits are happy enough for the traditional Wagner and Mendelssohn to be used. Our argument is that the original associations have been replaced, and these pieces are now associated, by the vast majority of people, with weddings. If all that originated from the secular and pagan and was assimilated into the Christian tradition were removed from the RC church, we would be much the poorer for it.
  14. I have rather small hands but can manage this. My fifth finger holds down the A most of the time while being in front of the keys rather than above. Towards the end of the sixteenth notes when I start using my thumb more than once in each group (Page 43, System 2, Bar 1, Beat 2) I then move my fifth finger back to the top of the key surface. I've attached a copy with some fingering in in case it is of interest, although I know everyone's hands are different. Vierne Carillon Fingering.pdf
  15. What cat wouldn't be attracted to the music of Messiaen? All that bird song...
  16. I'm visiting the UK briefly and will play the Lewis in Southwark Cathedral on Monday, 15th September, at 1:10 pm. The program consists of Mendelssohn's Sonata 1, three of Heiller's Danish Chorale preludes, and Fleury's Prélude, Cantilène et Final. Fleury has been mentioned a few times on this forum. I don't know if any of the forum members are based in London and able to attend a lunchtime concert, but you would, of course, be most welcome to attend, and, if you do come, please say hello afterwards. David
  17. I second this vote for Bine's recording, although, Bazuin, I sometimes think her outer movements would sometimes benefit from a little more drive or aggression.
  18. Some general thoughts, mostly based on helping a student who also wanted to purchase such an instrument for home practice. Do the normal checks that you'd expect to do on a pipe organ. For example, check the depth of the switch on point on the keys and the pedals. One new, Alan organ we tried had markedly varying switch on depths that were annoying for me as a player. The salesperson did not think that these were adjustable. I've also heard salespeople indicate that each individual note can be adjusted, only to find out, when asked to, in one case, drop the volume of a particular note
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