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  1. The organ has been restored by Reil and will be inaugurated on Friday 14th October. For more information about the inauguration festival: take a look at http://schnitgersdroom.nl There will also be a new recording of the instrument, see http://www.orgelnieuws.nl/wcms/modules/new...hp?storyid=4528 See also http://schnitgersdroom.nl/
  2. Truly a "Voix Mystique" in the John Cage tradition.
  3. That is ORYX EXP 5. Three anon faburdens and a Tiento by Peraza at Covarrubias, Spain. Scheidt at Frederikborg Palace, Denmark. Louis Marchand on a Cliquot at Souvigny Purcell at Adlington Hall. Handel on a claviorganum Samuel Wesley at Rotherhithe, Pachelbel at Trebel. Buxtehude at Steinkirchen. J S Bach at Neuenfelder. J S Bach at Arlesheim. Played by Chaplet, Chapuis, Jackson, Michael Thomas, Danby, Helmut Winter, Saorgin, Schonstedt, and Rogg. It probably cost me at least £1.
  4. When I posted that comment it must have been an unconscious quote from "Organ-isms", Jenny Setchell's book. 'the Vicar told the organist: "The trouble with you is you are a perfectionist - your music is too good. How do you think it makes the man in the pew feel?" ' The organist joked about making some mistakes, and the Vicar replied, "Well, yes, actually, that would help. Yes, a good idea - play some wrong notes."
  5. BBC South East News today has shown a piece about F H Browne and Sons which celebrates 140 years in business. Perhaps that item will be repeated at 22.25 - 22.35 this evening. The workshop is open 10am to 4pm, Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd September, demonstrating various techniques including pipemaking, voicing and restoration work. Refreshments available to all. The Old Cartwright School The Street, Ash, Canterbury CT3 2AA
  6. davidh

    Descant search

    Re another descant. Several have been published for "Westminster Abbey" (Christ is made the sure foundation). Does anyone know which was the one used at Princess Margaret's wedding - and perhaps for other royals since?
  7. T P asked for "the rule". There are many explanations for particular ways of pronouncing words, with so many inconsistencies that it is difficult to speak or "rules", but in this particular case the word originated with the Spanish (or possibly Portuguese) and their pronunciation might have been carried over. The Oxford English Dictionary recognises that both the "ee" and "eye" pronunciations have been used by English speakers.
  8. Perhaps that was an invitation to play a lot of wrong notes - but would he have noticed the difference?
  9. I have been embarrassed (in a capacity other than that of organist) of receiving a cheque from undertakers who had neither tried to negotiate a fee with me nor to check and find out that it is not the custom of my denomination for anyone to accept payment for assisting at a funeral. The family did not want the money back, so I passed it on to the charity of their choice, not realising that I should have informed the tax inspector that this was technically my income. If the same situation were to occur again, I would return the cheque to the undertaker, informing them that they did not have my permission to collect fees on my behalf, and suggesting that the fee should be returned to the family.
  10. May I, without undue irreverence, wonder what God prefers to hear at His services?
  11. I attend a bi-monthly group at which people share their choice of recording, and on each occasion I find it difficult to make a choice from my collection of more than 1,000 CDs. Choosing eight to last me a lifetime would not be easy, but the first would have to be Piet Kee playing the Buxtehude D minor Passacaglia at the St Laurens Kerk, Alkmaar. Orchestral records would be a much harder choice, and at one time I would have taken the Oistrakh's recording of the Bach Double Violin Concerto, in spite of its unhistoric approach, but I grew tired of its mannerisms, and couldn't settle on any other recording, so I would take the score and enjoy perfect virtual performances. The Chaconne from Bach's solo violin Partita in D minor is another essential, and I think that there is at least one recording that I could live with. Sorry, I have rather a thing about D minor - but a wonderful thing about the island is that I would never have to hear the dreaded BWV565 ever again!
  12. I couldn't resist the temptation to rewind the tape tonight, and the organ is clearly the one in the Protestant church.
  13. The picture just flashed by, and I must have a look at the recorded programme tomorrow, but if I remember correctly, the organ looked like this: http://fleury2.free.fr/temples/temples/brumath.htm
  14. This was an improbable project! By its nature, improvisations did not use written music, and only occasionally were organ improvisations written down afterwards. Recording only started at a time when, with a few exceptions, improvisation was only for filling in. The organist is a young Bavarian, so how can he be well informed on the history and techniques of improvisation in England over the last 500 years, and does he speak intelligible English? So how did the project succeed? Brilliantly on all counts! Ronny Krippner talks about and demonstrates improvisations in the style of Tallis, Byrd, Purcell, Handel, Sawyer, Howells, Mathias, and Leighton, using appropriate organs. The project would be just as useful as a history of the styles of English organ building, using the Wetheringsett organ, Adlington Hall, St Lawrence at Little Stanmore, Bristol Cathedral, Liverpool Cathedral and Kingston Parish Church. The DVD contains an 85 minute film, with the talk inevitably containing only parts of some improvisations, but there is another 35 minutes at the end with the improvisations complete. This is one of the new style DVDs, without the usual style of label - both sides look as though they are the wrong way up! In fact it is dual sided; put it in the player one way up and it is PAL, and the other way is NTSC. The music is also included on a separate CD. This project was up against some stiff competition. Michell Chapuis' DVDs on French Baroque, French Romantic and German Baroque are exemplary, while the previous Fugue State Films have been of exceptionally high standards. The set on English Improvisation is not inferior to the others. My one complaint is about the packaging. Dozens of DVD producers have designed different ways of fitting two disks into a box. This set uses yet another, the worst that I have seen. It's not unusual for disks to be very tightly held on their pegs, but in this case the CD has to be levered off to get to the DVD - any attempt to remove the DVD on its own is likely to scrape the lower playing surface. They cost £28.50, and full details can be found at http://www.fuguestatefilms.co.uk/extempore/default.html
  15. My thanks to various contributors for suggestions. I will follow them up and see what I can buy. David
  16. I should list a few that I do know about: Den Hertog http://www.hertog.nl/ Boeijenga http://www.muziekhandel-boeijenga.nl/ de Pelgrim www.depelgrim.nl Gebr. Koster http://www.gebrkoster.nl/ Con Passione www.con-passione.nl (foreign orders are handled by Den Hertog) Wim Zwart http://www.wimzwart.nl/ http://www.stolkorgels.nl/bladmuziek.php The Vink Music Store in Groeningen is no longer trading. http://www.feike-asma.com/ http://www.jaapkroonenburg.nl/ http://www.garrelsorgelmaassluis.nl/ http://www.muziekuitgeverijwillemsen.nl/ The following site is working, but doesn't deliver anything www.martinmans.nl and info@martinmans.nl
  17. Partly because of encouragement from http://www.musicareligiosa.nl/ I have been trying to buy more Dutch organ music. The first problem is finding an on-line stockist. Then care is necessary to make sure that one orders "notation" rather than "Klavarskribo". After that comes the problem of paying. Many sites don't deal with credit card orders, expecting payments by bank transfer (cheap in Holland, but expensive when done from the UK) - but most are willing to accept payment in Euro notes, and after buying many CDs and pieces of sheet music that way, and sending money by ordinary post, none has ever been lost or stolen. Not all orders placed get any response. One popular composer has a website which takes order details and delivery address - but nothing happens, and emails to the composer don't produce any reply, either. However, the biggest problem is finding the websites of as many suppliers as possible. Can forum members suggest sites which they are aware of - or even better with which they have had successful dealings?
  18. It reminds me of the prize-winning caption to a photo on "The Ship of Fools" website, "Stoke it up, Father, there's a guy at the back who isn't wheezing yet."
  19. You will be very welcome, but be aware of the limitations:- "In calm and cool and silence, once again I find my old accustomed place among My brethren, where, perchance, no human tongue Shall utter words; where never hymn is sung, Nor deep-toned organ blown, nor censer swung" No hymns with diabolical words and tunes, but no organ either. The words quoted above, paradoxically, come from a long poem by John Greenleaf Whittier, from which "Dear Lord and Father of mankind" was extracted, and is sung frequently in most denominations except JGW's own - the Society of Friends.
  20. For the sake of the few people who are not aware of it, see "The Elusive English Organ" from Fugue State Films. http://www.fuguestatefilms.co.uk/shop/prod...lish_organ.html A Documentary film and recording featuring Daniel Moult. Between about 1550 and 1830, some of the most beautiful English music was written for the organ, by composers such as Byrd, Purcell, Handel and Stanley. In the documentary The Elusive English Organ, Daniel Moult sets out to perform this repertoire on appropriate organs of the time.
  21. Here is a useful book by Eaglefield Hull on the way things were done in 1911: http://www.archive.org/details/organplayingitst00hulluof and sad to read of the author's suicide at Huddersfield station on Wikipedia. The link as given doesn't work. Try http://www.archive.org/ and then search for "Hull Organ"
  22. When the local librarian left, he was replaced by an accountant. The local paper quoted him as saying, "What is the point of a library without a poor collection of books?" and now I don't think that was a typo. I bought a lot of organ music at bargain prices. All of the useful science books went as well; there was to be nothing as advanced as O-level standard. The University where I worked was a new one, and when the Music Subject Group was created, the library bought complete Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, etc, although I don't think that they got as far as Zipoli. The musicians (?) soon lost all interest in anything written before 1900, and most of what was written before 1950. They started with 12-tone and then became more mathematical. Very few people ever looked at the "old" music books, but they were all "not to be borrowed" as they were regarded as a reference collection, so the music was never played.
  23. How about "Praise my soul the King of Heaven! My soul isn't that great, so perhaps "Praise, my soul, the King of Heaven" would be more appropriate.
  24. I don't think that children now are in general less intelligent or less well educated. It is simply that language has changed, and our familiarity with church language can make it difficult for us to recognise that people who have not been brought up in the tradition often find the language difficult. Modern vernacular and modern formal speech are often very different from that of 1848. A hymn for children should convey a clear message; it should not be a lesson in decoding contorted syntax or the semi-obsolete alternative archaic meanings of common words. May God prevent us in all our doings!
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