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  1. innate

    Henry Ley

    That’s amazing, Paul. Do you still have it? In the end it should perhaps go back to Christ Church for an honoured place in the Library.
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    Recitals for children

    Good luck, Jonathan! I’m split between suggesting “pure” organ music, originally written to move and inspire using the organ’s unique voices, and arrangements that, dare I say, might engage the children more immediately. Tunes they recognise, such as TV and film tunes, might be a good way to start and finish. I’m a little behind what children are listening to and watching, these days, but Harry Potter and the Incredibles might go down well, or (scary thought) Frozen.
  3. I’ve seen the instruments in Lyme Regis and Beaminster but heard neither. There have been rumours that both instruments are quite, um, brash but I’ve also heard that said about the beautiful instrument in St Michael and All Angels, Bedford Park.
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    Christmas music 2018

    I played Dieu Parmi Nous at the end of Midnight Mass in the Tower of London c. 1984. A Yeoman Warder switched off the power to the organ half-way through!
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    Etymology of "Chrysoglott"

    I imagine they would be prohibitively expensive but would bars made of silver or, indeed, gold, produce good tone?
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    Colston Hall

    Informative and thoughtful comments, Damian. I would be against changing a name just for change’s sake but I would support a name-change for Colston Hall. It is a fine building and I played there in a tremendous concert that marked the end of an extended education project by the English Chamber Orchestra in schools in the more deprived areas of Bristol featuring hundreds of local school children. Sadly we didn’t use the organ on that occasion either!
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    Finding Sacred Texts

    Yes, good advice from Colin re copyright texts. I’d be tempted to look in old service books eg the Liber Usualis and the Book of Common Prayer. A translation of the old English Use (probably Sarum) would be good too, but find one that’s out of copyright.
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    Last Night of the Proms 2018

    For decades BBC Radio 3 used to credit the organist in an orchestra, which was nice but not always justified by the significance of their contribution. I think some of the organists were, on occasion, slightly embarrassed. I have no idea why it ever started but it might well have had to do with just one musician’s contract and a precedent was set. Nowadays I’d be amazed if anyone were able to negotiate billing for an orchestral date. Remember when there used to be announcements at the end of TV programmes? Peter Sallis is currently appearing in Run For Your Wife at the Aldwych Theatre in London.
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    Flamboyant showpieces

    Just a few thoughts. Bach would not have knowingly broken a law on copyright infringement so had there been such a law in his day he would either have not used the music of other composers in his own compositions and arrangements or he’d have obtained the relevant permissions in advance. North America: I don’t think Canada and the USA have the same copyright laws. The USA situation is, I think, 95 years from publication. Under the older law it was possible for composers to outlive the copyright on their music eg Irving Berlin and Alexander’s Ragtime Band. Any work published in the USA before, I think, 1923 is now public domain. This is very different from the EU and, I think, Canada. Also remember that in jurisdictions with x years after the death of the composer it’s generally the case that in collaborative works, eg operas, songs, musicals, copyright subsists until x years after the death of the last collaborator to die. This affects eg some Puccini operas. The moral is to work with young and healthy lyricists and librettists if you are an old composer if you want your family to benefit most from your work as a composer.
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    New Bach Edition from Breitkopf

    I have several volumes of the NBA that are brown—both paper cover and hardback. Slightly annoyed when they changed to blue! Although the blue is harder-wearing.
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    List of beautiful English Organs

    At the risk of derailing this great main topic, this has always struck me as a very small instrument to have a 32': http://www.npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=N00539
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    Organs in Florence

    I’ve been interested in hearing this instrument in the flesh http://www.willis-organs.com/florence_general.html but haven’t had the chance yet.
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    Composing SATB

    How old was Walton when he composed his “Drop, Drop Slow Tears” Litany, about 16? That was done without a composition teacher but Walton had already been playing the Stravinsky Ballets in piano duet or two pianos with the Dean of Christ Church. And of course he’d been singing a lot of fine anglican choral music (and probably some not so good stuff) for six years day in, day out.
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    Worship songs

    I absolutely agree; I think the organ, played sensitively, can make a very positive contribution to a “mixed” consort of the type I often work with, eg trumpet, trombone, violin, cello, acoustic guitar, cajón.
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    Tackling Widor Toccata

    Don’t think of it as hard. Sure, it’s got a lot of fast notes which are supposed to be sempre staccato, but start well under speed. There are some particularly awkward patterns—I suggest you don’t settle on a definitive fingering for those straight away—get the music in your head first. Registration is awkward, don’t worry about that while your learning the notes. Some people swear by switching the hands over near the end when the LH is high up—that’s a matter of personal preference. A little as often as you can would be my recommendation. Start hands separately!