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David Murray

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  1. . Am I thinking along the right lines in equating le bon goût with grace and elegance, or am I way off beam?[/font] .....[hopefully, with my reply this time !!]........I think your basic premise about le bon gout is absolutely correct Vox, but I would also add "appropriateness" ie knowing when to use inegales and the degree of inequailty that should be used to reinforce the mood/Affekt of the piece. Best summary of the historical info on this and how to apply I've found is in Laukvik Historical Performance Practice on the organ [Carus] - this book is a mine of information and an excellent primer for already technically-competent players
  2. Well as far as 17th century is concerned, a glockenspiel was a fairly common feature of large organs. It would be used in celebratory music eg a Pedal Glock could be used to great effect in Bach's In dir ist Freude [Orgelbuchlein]....
  3. Passau is biggest by far. Article on the Jann organ at Waldsassen plus spec in Orgelfuehrer Deutschland Bd 1 published Baerenreiter. Also Jann website www.jahnorgelbau.de - it's their opus 153
  4. The Grand Choeur, Sicilienne, Fanfare and Gothic March are all possible - Grand Choeur probably the most effective.
  5. Apparently he's going back into full-time study at the RNCM ....and it's not organ he's studying ...
  6. Brilliant, Pierre ! Duly ordered ! I've got no excuse - I'll have to learn the damn thing now ! Thanks Barpfeife
  7. This famous piece, published by HW Gray Publications, has been out of print for years and there seem to be no plans for a reprint. i can't find a copy anywhedre - nothing in RCO Library and it doesn't feature in any current second-hand music lists that I'm aware of... Does anyone of the whereabouts of a copy or would any Discussion Board member be willing to sell/lend me a copy for appropriate recompense? Thanks Barpfeife
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    The Cathedral was struck by lightning a few weeks ago - all the electrics melted and damage to the control systems of the organ is reckoned to be fairly irretrievable. As a temp measure the Cathedral are hiring a big Rodgers [3 man]. It arrives today. Hopefully this will add impetus to the commissioning of a new instrument....
  9. ...........no but it is of early Italian. "Principal celestes" is surly just another name for a Piffaro which came as fairly standard on the main division of late renaissaince and early baroque Italian instruments .... If it is voiced correctly with the 8'principal it would be ideal for pieces like Frescobaldi Toccata chromatica [Fiori musicali].
  10. It's from Grunenwald's Second Suite, Paul....published Leduc but long out of print. The Second Suite also contains a good Toccata, and the First Suite [which is in print] is well worth exploring as well.
  11. I'm sure AJJ is right in surmising that the pedal divide facility was introduced as an inprovisation aid, but there are some piece which really benefit from using it. For example Dupre Angelus [published 1936] ; the whole pf the opening section ofthis piece is double-pedal with the right foot continuously repeating a high E [representing a tolling bell] whilst the left foot plays an independent bass-line in the bottom octave of the pedalboard. It seems to cry out for pedal divide - as then you can register the tolling high E appropriately and save it "clogging" up the texture by having to use the same 16+8 bourdons as the true bass requires. bpf
  12. Just on a point of info - the organ used for Haitink/LPO RVW Antartica wasn't St Augustine Kilburn but Methodist Central Hall Westminster {in another life I worked for EMI]. But Yes St Augs was a favourite EMI recording venue for many recordings up until the last eight years or so. Its used less now because of unpredictable outside noise partic from the surrounding flats.
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