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  1. In the Orthodox and Eastern Catholic churches, this blessed bread is referred to as the Antidoron. Paul
  2. OK; that makes it clear that our difference is more because you are addressing changes in temperature with constant (absolute) humidity, rather than my thinking of changes in humidity with constant temperature. For interest, note also that figure 2 in my second link suggests that at frequencies below about 300Hz and 20°C, the absorption is higher in the very driest air - but RH that close to zero is not common... Paul
  3. Wrong way round; the absorption of sound reduces with increased humidity as water vapour is less dense than air. Simple account Scholarly account Calculator Which is good, because most instruments have wooden parts which suffer if kept too dry! Paui
  4. Not forgetting (though not solo) Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle. Paul
  5. I'm not sure about that (re tuning), as the difference between equal and historic tunings is so much more apparent on organs, with their held tones, than on pianos, with their dying tones and greater amount of inharmonic sounds. This is presumably the reason that unequal tunings persisted in the organ world longer than anywhere else. But maybe you just meant that the sonic effect of the organ is such as to distract from such considerations till they are pointed out, which may also be true. Paul
  6. I find that piano simulator (just from listening to their samples) rather unconvincing, and their organ version is much worse - not remotely near the same league as the one we all know the name of. Paul
  7. I have barely had time yet to do more than sample (but you'll find my name in the list of subscribers ) Fugue State's other organ recordings and DVD sets are uniformly excellent, and I also recommend their Maximum Reger set. Paul
  8. My wife's top-end hearing aids have effective limiters to prevent over-amplification of loud noises (which could damage her eardrums). These are good enough that they do not cause problems or interfere with intelligibility in normal use, even in the music program.
  9. The pedal does have a couple of harmonics of 32' though, which would give gravitas in louder registrations - though not that quiet purring that some English organs are so good at. I remember the old organ at Ch Ch Oxford being a good example; but the present organ there also has no 32' (but it's much smaller than that Klais). Paul
  10. Bartok Bluebeard's Castle? The organ is required for the climax at the fifth door, but what's more can't be omitted because it also has a four-bar solo near the end. The other problem there is the matter of whether the opera house has a grand organ anyway... The Solo Alto part in Bruckner's Te Deum is also very bad value on a per-note basis. Paul
  11. My son, now a pianist, briefly also played the organ. He learnt on the Rieger at Christ Church, Oxford, and a local chamber organ. When I took him to Winchester College at the age of 12 for a pre-application visit during which he got to show off his skills, he was sat at the organ in the chapel - the one prior to our hosts' provision, a Normal & Beard of 1908 at the west end with the console in the choir. He had not been warned about the delay, I suspect - certainly had never had a chance to experience it. As he launched into a bit of Bach, a look of sheer horror appeared on his face, but he managed to keep going and finished in more-or-less good order - at which point he burst into tears! He did subsequently return and got a music scholarship. Paul
  12. I'm struck by how similar (on paper) this is to the Willis/H&H organ of Christ Church Cathedral (pre-Rieger...), which was a fine accompaniment instrument. Most obvious differences are that Oxford had tierce mixtures, and less 16-ft reed tone on manuals (Gt had 8, 4 reeds, and Sw had Double Oboe). Oxford also had a couple of harmonic flutes, a 16 ft on the Choir, a heavy OD... Paul
  13. My wife's are also currently Phonak - and they have a music program; it's a bit more complex than some because she has very delicate eardrums and requires a limiter as well to prevent physical damage. Previously she had been using Siemens, and before that Resound (they were the ones that first convinced her that throwing money at the problem was actually worth while).
  14. My wife has top-end hearing aids, and has kept near the best available for a couple of decades now. With each update she finds that she can hear more things that she was previously unable to hear; with her latest she has started hearing birdsong which previously she could not. She has always enjoyed music, and is conscious that her newer hearing aids have helped her appreciation of it. Paul
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