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Paul Isom

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  1. I think that the rather fine Orgue de Choeur has survived (apart from the console which was destroyed). It is unusually large for such an instrument. I have an excellent recording of the organ works of Rene Vierne played by the current titulaire which is well worth buying.
  2. I have just heard in the news that there has been a serious fire at Nantes Cathedral: https://www.leparisien.fr/faits-divers/nantes-violent-incendie-dans-la-cathedrale-18-07-2020-8354811.php Another tragedy in France in addition to Notre Dame, Paris and Soissons. https://www.musiqueorguequebec.ca/orgues/france/nantescsp.html
  3. Thank you - I found the impulse music one. It turns out that it is also published by Bardon as well. I have both albums on order!!!
  4. I've just heard Daniel Cook playing the Alcock - Impromptu in G on his Youtube channel and would really like to get hold of a copy. There are two impromptus on IMSLP, one in Ab, the other in D (contained in 'The Organ). This one does not seem to appear anywhere. Does anyone have a copy that they might be able to scan for me??
  5. I've been doing one of those completely fruitless tasks of trying to sort my music out. It's supposed to be in alphabetical order but still seems to be a mess. My organ music covers a wall of around 12' long by 6' high, so there's an awful lot of music (and I have still run out of room for all my Bach, the letter M and N) - and another trip to Ikea is needed! In amongst the music I found a wonderful piece by George Henschel - Prelude on a Hymn of All Saints (published by Crescendo Music Publications). It was written for Walter Vale who was Director of Music at All Saints, Margaret Street. The basis for the piece is the tune for the hymn 'In our day of thanksgiving'. It is a wonderful piece with the tune cleverly woven in the texture of the piece. There is more than a nod to JSB in the writing and it's generally beautifully crafted. There is also an extra arrangement for brass an organ included with the piece. Crescendo have a fascinating catalogue. Highly recommended! Needless to say, my music library is still in chaos!
  6. Elphaba Music's Amazon storefront can be found at the following link. Just type in 'Organ' in the search and a whole new world will open up in front of you! https://www.amazon.co.uk/s?me=A2JBLM8OC7TA11&marketplaceID=A1F83G8C2ARO7P There is wealth of what seem to be Novello reprints, in fact all sorts of stuff. Delatour's link is here: http://www.editions-delatour.com/en/ There is a very good search engine here. I can also recommend Emile Bourdon's pieces and also those of Ermand Bonnal from this publishers. Also rather fine are a number of Lionel Rogg books (choral preludes and smaller pieces). I have an email address for Barry Jordan (publisher of the Dickinson): theorganists@talktalk.net
  7. The Preludes and Fugues are great fun and are at various standards, some more challenging to play than others. The Fugues on the Theme 'FUGUE' are eminently playable. I also found some other pieces by A. J. Pritchard (sometime organist of St John's Wood Church) which are rather lovely. Other finds with Elphaba Music were a pile of Vernon Griffiths, Pierre Cholley and much much more!
  8. Lockdown hasn't all been bad and it's allowed me to do some fairly serious music retail therapy thanks to Amazon and various other outlets. Two completely new composers for me are Alfred Dickinson and Ernest L. M. Pritchard. The Dickinson I found through listening to the excellent Youtube videos of Graham Barber. It is published by Barry Jordan music and available through the Leeds Organists Association. It's really lovely stuff - really indulgent! I found an outlet through Amazon called Elphaba Music and discovered a wealth of fascinating music (I cannot tell you how much money have spent with this outfit!). The real find for me has been the music of Ernest L. M. Pritchard (not A. J.). There isn't much, but what there is of great substance and is for the most part fairly tricky. In John Henderson's book he appears slightly dismissive of the really chromatic nature of the music (think Rowley on steroids). There is a Sonata in minor, Prelude, Postlude and a Fantasia, all worth trying. I understand that there was a Chester connection which might explain the dedicatee. Next on my list is Stephane Delplace, much of whose music is written in the Bachian style. There are two volumes each of thirty Preludes and Fugues, a series of Fugues on the theme 'FUGUE', Pieces d'Orgue, Non-Toccata and Fugue in F, (Edition Delatour) and Aria (unpublished). I have really enjoyed limbering up with Delpalce's music. The Aria sounds wonderful but is a real pig to play. Here is a fine recording from St Clothilde, Paris. Enjoy!
  9. Here is a photo of the organ at the Reformed church in Middelstum which I play on a fairly regular basis. It's a fine organ with the console on the side and the stops above the head. Logic suggests that the layout of the stops is purely for simplicity of construction. There are two stops which shut off the wind to each manual which enables the player, or rather the assistant to make changes at an appropriate moment. I have to confess that I hate having a page turner or console assistant even on an organ like this. The last occasion I had to play this organ, I seem to remember that I had to play Stanford in G, Parry - I was glad and numerous other typically English pieces, together with a slow movement from WIdor 2. Playing an organ like this really teaches you economy in registration. The stops draw out a long way too which is a real pain. The Pedalboard was a swine too - toes only, no heels at all. Another stop on our most recent sojurn was to Anloo where I had the opposite problem. Everything widely spaced, pixie pedalboard and manuals, sharp pitch as well. The pitch was interesting with Stanford in G (we sang an Anglican choral evensong at their request) being played a semitone sharp. Curiously the Prestant stopknob on the Hoofdwerk was almost bent sideways towards the organist! The most comfortable organ on the trip was the Marcussen at the Doopsgezinde kerk in Groningen with a superb layout and one of the most comfortable pedalboards I have ever played. The slightly daunting prospect was sharing the stool with one of the organists from the Martinikerk. It was ok as her voluntary came from a Mahew organ album, so there's hope for us all!
  10. Does anyone know this particular offering from his Six Pieces? If you have access to a score of this I'd be very interested. The player has sadly just died....... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrztCovv6t0&feature=share
  11. I have just come across the following television programme on the restored organ in St Stephan's Cathedral, Vienna. I can't imaging the BBC producing a programme like this..... https://tvthek.orf.at/profile/Eine-Riesenorgel-fuer-den-Stephansdom/13891546/ORF-III-Spezial-Eine-Riesenorgel-fuer-den-Stephansdom/14048094 Enjoy!!!
  12. A long shot! I am visiting Breda next week for a meeting and will have a few hours to kill afterwards. Does anyone know of any decent book and music shops in the vicinity?
  13. The latest three books to pop through my letterbox are: Organ Building in Georgian and Victorian England - Thistlethwaite The House of Brindley - Hughes Wilkinson and Sons of Kendall - a history by Alan Mason The first two tomes come at a hefty price tag, and as expected the Thistlethwaite book is a scholarly book detailing the history of Gray and Davison. The Hughes book is a great read, chock full of information on the company and organs of Brindley and Foster. The Wilkinson book is beautifully produced and is astonishing value for money at £20 inclusive of P & P. It’s an easy read with details of the history of Wilkinsons and their organs together with stoplists. There are many photos, including a large colour set at the back of the book. All highly recommended.
  14. I’m waiting for my disc to arrive - how did you manage to load it on the Kindle?
  15. Toccata on a Ukrainian carol by Gerald Near (carol of the bells).
  16. The latest music to drop through my letterbox has been from B-note music publishers. It consists of two pieces by Bairstow - the first piece 'Legend' is not quite a luxuriant adagio, but has some real wow moments. From a personal perspective, I think that it is much better than the more well-known works. It's chock full of drama and harmonic twists. Definitely worth a go! I've also had a pile of music by Lothar Graap arrive. It's all rather nice approachable stuff, some of it really quite lovely. You can hear many of his pieces played by another fine composer, Carson Cooman on Youtube. I'm currently waiting for a volume of fairly substantial quiet pieces by Cooman to arrive.
  17. Widor 2 - both slow movements too.
  18. Not forgetting Reger's lovely Ave Maria too.
  19. Thanks for this. A search and a fun bit of downloading has thrown up a few pieces of Oldroyd that I didn't know: A Canticle (Deus Misereatur) Prelude in F#minor Contemplation Neither of the pieces are very long, but all rather lovely in their own right. I really should have known these pieces as I served as temporary organist at St Michael and all Angles, Croydon for about a year following the departure of the DOM and before the late Michael Fleming's arrival. I was a great honour to preside over the rather fine organ, although the staircase often left me with stars in front of my eyes after running up there after communion! While it's not a 'luxuriant adagio' Oldroyd's Fantasy-Prelude is also worth a look, although it's mainly quite robust in nature. On the high church tack, I believe there is some organ music by Walter Vale (All Saints, Margaret Street) floating around as well. Please keep the suggestions coming, I'm having a great time searching, printing and playing!!!
  20. I simply love the Rowley items. Are there other composers that have such an extraordinary command of harmony? He takes remarkable chances and always makes it back home. I've placed an order for some archive copies of of Ernest Bryson's organ music which is also rather nice, although less luxuriant. Many thanks for pointing the direction to the Rowley pieces, and please keep them coming, especially more stuff like this!!
  21. I’m very pleased to say that the Meursault organ is undergoing a complete restoration and is due to be finished by Pentecost 2020. It originally started it’s life with Concerts Colonne in Paris. For years the parish thought the organ had come from a circus and took some persuading on my part that it had come from a theatre/concert hall. There is a big question mark over who built the organ, if Charles Mutin just installed the organ and added his name. The pedalboard is 30 notes but the Soubasse only goes up for 25 notes. It’s all a bit of a mystery! The organ is quite extraordinary and reaches every corner of the building with a warm sound. It doesn’t just do loud, and is a joy to play for a recital or service. The recordings on the website are pretty poor (at least the playing is) , and the organ was malfunctioning in a major way with the reed ventil turning itself off and the swell shutters randomly closing. All are welcome to stay in our house where there is a key to the Meursault organ hanging next to the one for the boite de lettres! PM me if you want further details about renting the house.
  22. Paschen have a few interesting small organs: http://www.paschen-kiel.de/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Helsinki-Sibelius-Dispo-1.pdf http://www.paschen-kiel.de/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Honkanummi-Dispo-1.pdf http://www.paschen-kiel.de/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/174malmi-disposition.pdf http://www.paschen-kiel.de/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/172-kauklahti-disposition.pdf
  23. It’s been fascinating reading the various permutations of the dream specifications. I have long been fascinated with small organ design and there have been many articles on this, the most recent in the BIOS annual book by Relf Clarke. Here is a fascinating essay in small organ design by Fisk for a small chapel: http://cbfisk.com/opus/opus-149/ My little Mutin-Cavaille Coll at Meursault has the following outrageous stoplist: MANUAL 16 Bourdon 8 Montre 8 Flute Harmonique 8 Salicional 4 Prestant III Plein Jeu 16 Tuba Magna 8 Trompette 4 Soprano PEDAL 16 Soubasse This organ is extremely versatile and in a very shallow case - only the width of the console, which swell shutters on front and back of the case. To player this organ is very very loud, but in the church it is a marvellous sound. So, within a 12 speaking stop maximum, who can come up with a versatile liturgical/house organ. Tonal variety is top of the wish list - even undulating ranks are allowed. The organ must have mechanical action. Have fun.
  24. Can anyone point me in the direction of a copy of Ernest Bullock - Rhapsody No.1 in C major please? I've just come across Rhapsody No. 2 in my library and would be interested in locating number 1.
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