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Paul Isom

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  1. Holiday playing

    Having bought myself a portable toaster to enable me to practice at our French house, I have been seeking out various interesting repertoire to amuse myself with my single manual (actually 2 plus imaginary pedal). I have been using my iPad a fair bit and have downloaded all volumes of Les Maitres Contemporains de l'orgue from the IMSLP. These contain some mostly unknown works by composers from all over the world. The French volumes are fantastic and contain some more obscure works by Mulet, Krieger (Toccata), Nibelle, Messerer etc. I can heartily recommend them, and the content is not restricted to just manuals only, and contained in the volumes are some pretty meaty works. I've also been hammering through the Litaize 24 pieces, Fleury 24 Pieces, Vierne 24 pieces, and also the Langalis 12 pieces as well. Can anyone explain the significance of 24 as a figure here, and are there any others who can illuminate me as to the importance of the number 24?
  2. James Lancelot

    Wonderful!
  3. Luxuriant Adagio

    Just looked out my copy of the album - it's a lovely piece, only two pages long, but has an awful lot to say for itself. My contribution to this thread: Slow Movement from Organ Sonata no. 2 - James Lyon Many works by Santeri Siimes - Finnish composer in his 30s. All terribly French romantic in flavour, some really well crafted music. Sorry, first line didn't make any sense!
  4. Luxuriant Adagio

    Just looked out my copy of the album - it's a lovely piece,money two pages long, but has an awful lot to say for itself. My contribution to this thread: Slow Movement from Organ Sonata no. 2 - James Lyon Many works by Santeri Siimes - Finnish composer in his 30s. All terribly French romantic in flavour, some really well crafted music.
  5. I have just been emptying my bank account buying some more organ music from the excellent B-Note publishers, and have come across two charming pieces by him in the form of two Miniatures (out of seven). I have located the full set of seven in a second hand music shop, but am chasing up the following and wonder if any member can help me: Introduction & Symphonic Finale Needless to say, I would be very interested in any other compositions by him for organ.
  6. As a DOA I am really proud to have sent some instruments to parishes abroad where they are really appreciated (mainly France). It is distressing that churches in this country are simply unprepared to spend the money on the instruments. For some congregations the pipe organ is a casualty of redevelopment of the building, and we have managed to re-home all instruments which have become redundant under such circumstances (and the churches have been really helpful and enthusiastic about ensuring that their organ has a future in other location), and in some cases uncovering some really quite lovely instruments into the bargain. One church in my diocese took a great leap of faith and bought a fabulous Sweetland organ instead of an electronic creation, which was lovingly installed by Peter Collins, replacing an extension organ. For the same price as a modest electronic, the parish got a simply lovely instrument which will last for a very long time. I am occasionally frustrated by parishes who fail to appreciate what they have and try to opt for the cheapest short-term solution. I have recently lost a redundant Norman and Beard organ from a hospital chapel, due to the fact that the developers bulldozed the organ, rather than have the organ removed. Despite advertising the organ, the only enquiries we had were from Australia, and each one fell flat due to funding problems Congratulations to the French on their new acquisitions, which include from my patch, a lovely small 1904 Browne, a Bates of Ludgate Hill (a real find in a church junk loft!) and a Forster and Andrews instrument. Strangely enough - no-one was interested in these organs in the UK................
  7. I am trying to complete my collection of Harvey Grace's organ music, specifically the two volumes of Ten Pieces. I have managed to cobble together Volume II, but Volume I currently eludes me. B Note publishes have produced some of Grace's pieces, but none from Volume I. Searches in secondhand shops and websites throw up a blank. Does anyone out there have Volume I? Paul
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