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  1. The 'Bach and his stick' story certainly appears in one of the major biographies but like VH I can't remember which one. The use of the organ with other instruments isn't unheard of either... I know that Brühns would often play his own bass line on the pedals whilst playing a violin. Also, which of us hasn't used an errant elbow to get rid of swell to pedal?!
  2. The choral score has the trumpet part written onto the organ stave - it is a simple two manual job. For example, bar 3-6 has the trumpet in the RH, and the chords in the LH only. It's published by Chester Music,
  3. Ironically, I found this on musicroom the other day - it now appears to have been edited into a typeset copy by person(s) unidentified.
  4. There is a book, published by the RSCM edited by David Halls called 'Open thou our lips' which contains a large selection of upper voice only settings of music for evensong. Certainly the situation is certainly different to when I investigated unison settings about five years ago, where Bairstow in Eb, Dyson in c, Wood in Ab, Stanford in D and the Howells services was about the only music of any real quality. Whilst it is a travesty what has happened at Llandaff, with it does come opportunity. Perhaps other composers could be convinced to write settings for upper voices, to support the music at Llandaff?
  5. Funny you mention the Wassail Carol... It was recorded by St Johns Cambs a few years ago 'On Christmas Night' (Chandos.) Whilst cataloguing a new series of music we've been 'gifted' I found 21 copies at church - after giving it to the boys to have a little sing through, they thoroughly enjoyed it - they were big fans of Sir Christemas last year, so I think we'll do Wassail this year instead of the planned a Babe is Born - it seems considerably easier...
  6. I look forward to the replies to this topic. I've had similar problems as you when looking for new boys ruffs. Our mens neck pieces are currently being replaced by my mother in law stitching up single pieces of fabric, but I think a professional job is going to be needed for the little darlings!
  7. I think these pieces are beautiful, and certainly don't possess the insurmountable technical problems that the likes of the etudes etc do. Rorate Coeli is lovely, but the setting of the Lent Litany 'Attende Domine' is in my top 5 organ pieces, to my mind it really is that beautiful. O Filli always goes down well with congregations as well. Similiar music? It's a bit less structured but what about the Meditation by Durufle? The Henri Mulet collection Esquisses Byzantines also has some very nice movements in it.
  8. There is a fine toccata by Remzi in the Dover book 'Toccatas, Carillons and Scherzos' - I think it's in b minor? If not, a mighty fine book to have available on the shelf with some obscure gems amongst the warhorses!
  9. I've forgotten how to do it in more recent years, but there is a way that if you change one note you can play 'Twinkle Twinkle little star' over the top of O little town of bethlehem, up a fourth or so..
  10. I pedal without shoes, and have done for many years now. I find it far easier, but am helped by the fact that I have a very high instep, so the 'arch' of my foot creates a natural heal. It is perfectly do-able for me to play in thirds with no problem.
  11. Our Diocesean organ advisor has made a suggestion to my church, of making a bottom octave of 32 foot pipes using pipes of 1/8th length, so that the bottom C would be 4feet long. I've never heard of this idea before. Has anyone else ever come across it, or know of the success or otherwise of it?
  12. We had a token nationalistic nod this morning, ending with Jerusalem followed by NA, all the other hymns being trinity based. Voluntaries were Swing Low Swing Chariot Arr. Lemare and Variations on Rule Britannia by Beethoven arr. Me before hand, and Pomp + Circumstance No.1 afterwards. Crown Imperial tonight
  13. Shameless plug for my own recital in Cromer Parish Church on Tuesday 5th June, 8pm, retiring collection Pomp and Circumstance March No.4 - Edward Elgar (1857 - 1934) Voluntary No.6, Op.6 - John Stanley (1712 - 1786) Elegy in B Flat - George Thalben - Ball (1896 - 1987) Dance to your Daddy - Sverre Eftestol (1954 - ) Variations on 'I've got Rhythm' - Harold Britton (1923 - ) Allegro from Trio Sonata No.5 in C Major - J.S. Bach (1685 - 1750) Sheep May Safely Graze BWV 208 - J.S. Bach (1685 - 1750) Spring Song - Alfred Hollins The Stars and Stripes Forever - J.P. Sousa arr. D. Ballard (1854 - 1932) To a Wild Rose from 'woodland Sketches' - Edward MacDowell arr. D. Ballard Concert Fantasia No.1 - Edwin Lemare (1866 - 1934)
  14. DD is going to be the Organist, with Ashley Grote as the Director of Choirs I believe
  15. Is it the same Sonata that was published in a Kevin Mayhem book a few years ago, complete with some Graham Steed choral preludes?
  16. This morning was the Widor *Groan* and the boys sang This Joyful Eastertide (Ledger) and Now the Green Blade (Lindely) Pre service music was the Bach Allein Gott (BWV 662) and Demessieux 'O Filli' variations (a wonderful piece.) This evening is Smith, Psalm 114 (Bairstow) Dyson in D, Blessed be the G+F, and Stanford in B Flat Te Deum. Prelude might be Howells Psalm Prelude Set 1, No.1 , but the postlude is definitely Incantation Pour un Jour Saint (Langlais)
  17. Ashley Grote has been appointed as the new Master of Choristers at Norwich Cathedral, W/E 1st Sept
  18. Davidb

    Chelsea Fayre

    Hi guys, Wonder if anyone could help me in tracking down this piece of music by Reginald Goss-Custard. I know it appears in the Schott ''Purple'' album, but can't seem to find a copy of this anywhere. Could someone help me out in this season of goodwill??!! Thanks in advance
  19. Hi all, I'm trying to source a set of chimes, or (ideally) a 30 note Glockenspiel to add onto an existing organ. Has anyone got any idea where I might be able to aquire one from?
  20. The stars and stripes? (I've got a wonderful unpublished arrangment which involves a thumbed down melody if you want) The Funeral March of a Marionette - Gounod arr. W.T. Best Dance to Your Daddy - Sverre Eftestol Concert Fantasia No.1 - Lemare (Rule Britannia / March of the Grenedier Guards / Sailors Hornpipe / Auld Langs Syne) Entrance of the Gladiators Dance Suite - Rawsthorne Thinks thats a few of the more curious things i've played in recent years db
  21. Could you not play an organ arrangment of it? Play the organ accompniment to the vocal parts, then take SAT on a different manual and continue the semiquavers an octave lower?
  22. Is it anything to do with the tendancy of choirs to sing the pitch of 'A' when in the key of F as a smaller interval than it is on the keyboard? Therefore the 'greater third' would refer to keeping the thing in pitch?!
  23. Adrian has achieved the impossible - he's made King of Glory King of Peace bearable!!!
  24. Perhaps Parry is now due a reappraisal? As organists I suppose we are often guilty of being rather insular but lets start at Mr. Parrys organ music. Thanks to the wonders of spotify we can access James Lancelots' fine recording on Priory of the complete organ works, summerised as F+F in G, 'Wanderer' T+F, two books of Seven Chorale Preludes, and three Choral Fantasias. Some good stuff lies herein, and I am already thinking that the Fantasia and Fugue, which I partially learnt a few summers ago might need finishing off for next years recital programmes. It's certainly comparable to the works of other 'serious' English composers from the end of the 19th century. With the choral music, are the songs of farewell not amongst the most beautiful things of their type? Best Pair of Nylons and I was Glad have had their own outings of late. Orchestrally, I know the Lady Radnors suite, which is a pleasing piece of english string music of its time. Perhaps Jerusalem is Parrys great downfall? A composer who will never escape a weak composition - the people who enjoy it the most would be unlikely to investigate further, and those who see it ass something which doesn't make them want to learn more about the composer also won't.
  25. Davidb


    MM, so much of what you have said about English repertoire is sadly, very true. We had Walond this morning as a 'light' voluntary before the Bach P+F in G 541. As always, was commented upon as something different. Matthew Camidge wrote some excellent concertos (No.2 being particuarly fine) The Jackson Impromptu is the most fragile piece of music for the most part except the grand climax. I personally play it with each section of 'reed' moving to a greater reed (starting with cornopean, then trumpet, trumpet+clarion and finally tuba) and can really show off an organ. What of the Brewer Marche Heroqiue? in Composition of no less substance than an Elgar pomp and circumstance, or even the Walton marches. Lemare wrote works he knew would impress. Whilst some of it can be seen as sentimental to the nth degree, the depictions of summer 'summer sketches, possibly op.91' are so clever in their observance. The concert fantasia on Hannover presents a stiff challenge to the player, but none the less sounds mightily effective on the right organ. I'm playing the Concert Fantasia No.1 next week in a concert - the most amazing improvisation, featuring Sailors Hornpipe, The march of the Grenadier Guards and Rule Britannia. The last two combine in the final lines playing against each other, as Auld Langs Syne appears in the pedal with a coupled tuba. Such clever writing. I would be inclined to say the same of Hollins, who sadly appears to be little played now except for the Trumpet Minuet. Which Stanford piece did you play? the March Eroica is throughly tasteless, but very good fun!
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