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Peter Godden

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  1. Chocolat. If I remember rightly, in this most authentic French village church, a local lady started to play the 'armonium, but we were regaled with rank upon rank of glittering mixturework.
  2. Dr Head, organist of St Mary's Cathedral Edinburgh may years ago, had many academic hoods to go with his degrees. When he was playing for services, Mrs Head would sit on the bench with him, & during the course of the service change his hood several times over. Many clergy today, myself included, have tried to pare down the quantity of holy clothes we wear. Unless absolutely necessary, I now simply wear a cassock-alb, accompanied by a stole if the service is a sacrament. It is possible to play in this fairly loose-fitting garment. I see no reason at all for someone who is simply playing th
  3. If nachthorn is still looking for a pedalboard, I have a 32-note radiating concave on my Jubilate 332 which I might consider exchanging for a straight one, following a trip to the continent and playing a few organs there. Phone me on 01673 860856, as I rarely come onto the discussion site. Peter Godden
  4. I grew up in Formby & played this organ's predecessor at length. I think the building must have the dullest non-acoustic of any I've ever met. The previous organ was foul - the fact that it was buried deep in a chamber was possibly its most or only redeeming feature. Around 1970 we tried to liven it up a little. It is my guess (merely my guess) that a little quite gentle & refined upperwork in the new organ was an attempt to deal with the appalling acoustic problem. Peter Godden
  5. As one who grew up on Merseyside in the '60s, able to attend monthly recitals at SGH for either 3d or 6d, I forget which, & now in the Diocese of Lincoln, I think I can honestly say that SGH knocks the "harmonium" (Dr Philip Marshall) at Lincoln into a cocked hat. SGH was brilliant, loud, exciting, & noted national and international recitalists made glorious music on it. Regre was much in vogue, never my favourite composer, but players like Noel Rawsthorne & Brian Runnett communicated great sense out of it. Jeanne Demessieux improvised a symphony in a ball gown & high heels. Ha
  6. Try singing "What a friend" to Blaenwern. It turns it into something completely different.
  7. Peter Godden Only came across this site recently, not a frequent visitor. Born Merseyside 1947. Studied music at Leeds university, organ with Donald Hunt, was organist at the Hostel of the Resurrection Leeds. PGCE Cambridge. 14 years teaching music & being organist at successively St Augustine's Edgbaston, St Peter-in-Thanet Broadstairs, St Andrew's Cathedral Inverness. 2 years at Lincoln Theological College. Since then I haven't really been able to escape from the Diocese of Lincoln. Now looking after 5 tiny country parishes with a variety of organs, 2 of which hold BIOS Histo
  8. My interest in St maximin is as a French classical organ - I've just obtained a copy of a fascinating book dating from 1954 about the restoration at the time. I think the Liszt fanfare comes off well, & it sent me hunting for the CD from which it came. Here I was treated to a few bars of Piece Heroique, which sounded distinctly odd! http://www.voiceoflyrics.com/gr/014/014_e.html. I have 2 further thoughts, An old LP of Robbie Cleaver playing Gilbert & Sullivan at Manchester Town Hall, & treating "A policeman's lot is not a hppy one" as a duet between a Tuba and a big Trompette. Ra
  9. yes, I have. Generally, very well played indeed. But I wish Mr Fletcher had warned us about Latry's decision to interpolate a sort of mini-cadenza at the end of Piece Heroique. It is, shall we say, an "error of judgement". Franck's (fine) ending needs no further inflation. Peter Godden
  10. I too remember Noel Rawsthorne playing this a lot in and around Liverpool in the '60s, something of a party piece. The OUP version he edited with his Liverpool Cathedral registration in mind, but he certainly used to play it elsewhere with the repeat an octave higher (thereby encouraging me to do the same, which I still do). The glissando "crept in". His first recording, on a 1965 Ryemuse 7" EP, is played staright, but he puts in the glissando on the 12" LP from the following year. The LP has recently been reissued on CD by Priory, also every track on the EP except the Mushel on a different C
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