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  1. Visibility of pipe organs on the internet

    You could use a US-based VPN to achieve this (vel sim).
  2. St. Peter's, Rome

    Not the only bit of S.C. that has been "interpreted liberally", e.g.: "[. . .] the use of the Latin language is to be preserved [....] The Church acknowledges Gregorian chant as specially suited to the Roman liturgy: therefore, other things being equal, it should be given pride of place in liturgical services." If I'd had a penny for the number of times I've read/heard that Vatican II abolished "the Latin Mass" I'd be a rich man.
  3. Hull Minster Organ Appeal

    It wasn't in good condition when I played it a few years ago. The parish had explored the possibility of restoration, but the cost was prohibitive. Several of the bulbs in the stop controls had blown and not been replaced, and some stops simply weren't working (but they might - or might not - light up). This made playing for Mass with minimal rehearsal time rather "interesting". The distance between console (half way down south aisle) and pipework (east end of north aisle), with the congregation in between, didn't help either. At times it was hard to tell whether a stop was not working, or was just inaudible. A shame that the instrument was not in a better state and that restoration seemed unlikely.
  4. Hull Minster Organ Appeal

    All Saints', Weston super Mare
  5. Norman & Beard Question

    Dr Pykett can probably give us chapter and verse on the history of the doubling idea - and a complete explanation of why it doesn't work.
  6. Norman & Beard Question

    But compare S. George's Hall, Liverpool, for a less extreme instance at the same period: http://www.npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=R01924 I think the underlying (erroneous) idea was that you got more volume by duplicating ranks. The problem in York which they were trying to address was how to fill such a vast space with sound. Weren't some of the duplicated ranks east-facing and others west-facing?
  7. Holy Trinity Coventry

    From the S. Mary's website: http://www.stmarysstafford.org.uk/the-stafford-harrison.html
  8. Holy Trinity Coventry

    Press report on closure of S. Thomas' church: http://www.leighjournal.co.uk/news/13626631.Vicar_hopes_community_can_look_to_the_future_after_church_closes/
  9. Early Metronomes

    I've had a quick look at the 1966 Temperley article. It is seventeen pages long, and goes into some detail, considering such questions as whether the timings are distorted by cuts or missed repeats, and includes works by Mozart, Haydn and Handel as well as Beethoven. As you say, Temperley's view is that the tempi implied do not greatly differ from modern (i.e. 1966) ones. It is worth noting that, as Temperley relates, Smart had played for Haydn, and had met Beethoven, with whom he discussed tempi (though note Smart's caveat!):
  10. Early Metronomes

    It's easy to forget that so much of what we think is obvious (e.g. what a metronome marking means) is in fact arbitrary and conventional. To someone in a different age/culture things may look quite different. There's nothing implausible in the idea that a nineteenth-century musician confronted by a "fast" metronome marking would just shrug his shoulders and say, "Ah, one of those people who counts a double beat," and adjusted accordingly, and this was so "obvious" that no-one ever thought to note the possibility down. Just as a contemporary reading an early paper by Cavaillé-Coll would realise he was counting one way, and reading a later paper that he was counting the other way. Even so, it would be nice if there were some concrete evidence for the hypothesis! In acoustical physics one can prove that an anomalous method of counting was employed; in the more subjective area of musical tempi, alas, that's not so.
  11. Early Metronomes

    That's very interesting. There are precedents for such a way of counting. Those who have learned Latin may have wondered why a Roman mile (mille passus, i.e. 1,000 paces) appears to be roughly half a modern one (taking a yard as a bit more than a pace). If they had an intelligent Latin teacher it will have been explained to them that the Romans counted as a pace the interval between one foot touching the ground and the next time it did (i.e. a double pace by our reckoning). Nor is confusion/ambiguity a thing of the past. Even today problems have been known to arise because a mathematician who may have devised an algorithm starts counting from 0, but the engineer implementing it starts from 1.
  12. Early Metronomes

    There is the hypothesis that some people considered a single beat of the metronome to consist of the time it took, not for the pendulum to reach the other side (one click), but for it to return to its original position (two clicks). This would (obviously) give markings like the Samuel Wesley one that appear exactly twice as fast as they should be. This has been advanced as an explanation for the fact that Reger's original metronome markings seem very fast and Straube's editions of his work (apparently issued with Reger's approval) tend to halve the markings. Snags for this hypothesis: 1. Lack of any contemporary evidence for this. 2. This method would get very confusing in compound time. 3. One could imagine Beethoven and Sam Wesley confronted with a novel device coming up with an idiosyncratic way of using it, but surely by Reger's time such anomalies would have been squeezed out. Thought: Is there any contemporary evidence of a sufficiently hard nature to shed light on these questions (e.g. "This piece/movement took 5 min 34 sec to perform")?
  13. Happy Birthday, Francis

    Hear! Hear! Multos annos!!
  14. Music desks

    And/or drill a pilot hole. The advice at www.piano-tuners.org is: "Care must be taken when fitting bookholders to music trays that have not had them fitted before. You must make a pilot hole. We use a 2.5mm drill"
  15. Music desks

    Easily available here at £4.50 a pair: https://www.piano-tuners.org/piano-accessories-shop/piano/brass-piano-bookholders-38.html Postage at £3 is a bit steep, but the total cost of £7.50 isn't too bad. Haven't been able to find them cheaper.
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