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  1. Appointments 2

    Congratulations for George Ford! http://www.dioceseofleedsmusic.org.uk/news/fullstory.php?newsid=208
  2. Andriessen: where to find sheet music?

    And with a shameless plug for anyone interested in this repertoire: http://www.brilliantclassics.com/articles/a/andriessen-the-four-chorals-and-other-organ-music/ Personally I'd place the four chorals in the top draw of repertoire for our instrument and no harder to play than anything Franck wrote.
  3. Mushel Toccata

    Mushel's Complete Organ Music is released next month Second CD down on list here: http://www.dioceseofleedsmusic.org.uk/recordings/
  4. Mushel Toccata

    Neither the Peters or Russian editions contain any glissandos! The Russian edition has a little more guidance in the way of registration and manual changes, and is unique in having the final fugue as well as Aria and Toccata. I agree it is a pity neither of the two suites are available as they are great music for audiences.
  5. Mushel Toccata

    There are three organ works by Mushel: The Uzbekistan Suite, the Samarkand Suite and the Six Pieces. There are also a couple of pieces for organ and other instruments. The Toccata is the middle movement of the Uzbekistan Suite, which is in the order of Aria, Toccata and Fugue. Personally I don't think when played in the context of the entire Suite, the Toccata requires any augmentation as its slightly sudden ending forms a launchpad for a musical response, which is the fugue. The same device is used of course in many Preludes (Toccatas) and Fugues by other composers. My own choice is to play it from the original Russian edition which is very significantly different from the OUP version. Noel Rawsthorne says he never actually met Mushel or was presented with a manuscript by the composer, but its a very nice story that has become folklore. Some have likened it to a Cossack dance. Personally I'm not so sure as audiences unfamiliar with the work and not given programme notes prompting them with an interpretation of what they are hearing have said that they hear a Stalinist five year plan and the happy workers turning the wheels of Soviet production! One might guess therefore that the Toccata was one of the pieces actually approved of by the authorities and hence allowed to be published in Russia and Germany. The other organ works are so different in style by contrast: far more lyrical with an almost whimsical quality. I hope this is of help.
  6. Leeds Cathedral

    Organ in January 2010 http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/saundersbp/L...tedJanuary2010#
  7. Leeds Cathedral

    All voicing completed except for the Reeds which are being done over the next month and then scaffolding removed. If you don't live in Leeds, you can hear the organ: 2009 24 December - 11.30pm BBC RADIO 4 Christmas Midnight Mass, Cathedral Girls' and Adult Choirs 2010 10 February - 4.00pm BBC RADIO 3 (live) Choral Vespers , Cathedral Boys' and Adult Choirs 14 February - 4.00pm BBC RADIO 3 (repeat) Choral Vespers , Cathedral Boys' and Adult Choirs
  8. Leeds Cathedral

    Huddersfield Completed http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/saundersbp/S...dSeptember2009#
  9. Leeds Cathedral

    Both Swell boxes in at Cathedral http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/saundersbp/L...on24August2009# Console in production in Bonn http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/saundersbp/L...nn26August2009#
  10. Leeds Cathedral

    St Patrick's Huddersfield http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/saundersbp/S...tion21July2009#
  11. Leeds Cathedral

    Leeds Cathedral http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/saundersbp/L...lation11July09# St Patrick's Huddersfield http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/saundersbp/S...ield11July2009#
  12. Leeds Cathedral

    Thank you. Updated pictures here Leeds Cathedral http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/saundersbp/L...nnLateJune2009# St Patrick's Huddersfield http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/saundersbp/S...opLateJune2009#
  13. Leeds Cathedral

    Thank you. More pictures uploaded today http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/saundersbp/
  14. Leeds Cathedral

    I would be stunned if a serious professional organ builder would persistently vent their irritation, on a lack of success in winning high profile contracts on a public forum. They do not do so because important new potential clients would be completely put off by such uncontrolled and amateurish remarks. The organ builders that I know have pets and talk instead to them (rather than the internet) about their disappointments.
  15. Leeds Cathedral

    It is saddens me to see the culmination of many years of effort being written off with a few glib remarks casually tossed around which display a surprising degree of ignorance about the organ builders mentioned. A simple example would be the poor vexed soul worried that Klais had “no experience whatever” with N&B organs. It may be helpful to look up the firm used on recent N&B projects, try Auckland Town Hall for example. Neither firm was chosen on the basis of cheapness, or because anyone was intoxicated by a brilliant PR machine, or because the client (me!) or consultants were clueless. It was based on a thorough and critical evaluation by an array of serious, thoughtful, conscientious and experienced individuals over a substantial period of time.
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