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Dafydd y Garreg Wen

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  1. Holy Trinity Coventry

    From the S. Mary's website: http://www.stmarysstafford.org.uk/the-stafford-harrison.html
  2. 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/
  3. 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!):
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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")?
  7. Happy Birthday, Francis

    Hear! Hear! Multos annos!!
  8. 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"
  9. 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.
  10. Music desks

    Music desks without these are the work of the devil. What possible excuse is there for inflicting them on keyboard players? And yet they are not uncommon.
  11. Youtube

    I suspect the root of the matter is different playing traditions and styles. I wasn't trying to be funny or rude when I commented that I didn't at first recognise the piece. Although the British organ tradition generally is somewhere between the German and the French (and influenced by both), in Mendelssohn it is perhaps closer to the German - which is unsurprising when one considers his involvement with, and influence on, British music making.
  12. Decent Vivaldi Gloria Edition needed urgently

    I note that O.U.P. on its website describes its edition as having "an orchestral reduction for rehearsal purposes". The implication seems to be that it was not designed for accompanying a performance.
  13. Youtube

    I must admit I didn't recognise the piece at first. I thought it was something from the French repertoire rather later in the century! But perhaps that's how it's normally played in France.
  14. Decent Vivaldi Gloria Edition needed urgently

    There are two different Ricordi editions, which doesn't help. There are lots of minor differences in the accompaniment (phrase marks mostly), and in some places the actual notes differ. I tend to agree with Vox Humana about manuals only. It's years since I accompanied it, but looking at my copy I see that I played Domine Fili on the manuals - with pedals coupled but no stops for assistance where necessary.
  15. Psalters

    A lot depends on how the bookseller has catalogued an item and precisely what search terms one uses. I find the best place to start is here: https://www.bookfinder.com/ Not only does it search a wide range of sites (including, but not confined to, Amazon, ABE and ebay) but - somewhat counterintuitively - it often throws up copies that don't show up if one goes straight to a particular bookselling site and queries it directly. Worth trying it for music too: coverage is much less comprehensive than for books, so it's more hit and miss, but it quite often throws up a bargain or that elusive item one has hunted for in vain.