MusingMuso Posted June 7, 2011 Share Posted June 7, 2011 Come on, this forum is intended to promote the ORGAN, that to my mind being principally the classical pipe organ, with a nodding deference occasionally to the fact that the theatre organ has pipes. ======================= I agree with much of what you wrote, but the term "organ" covers a multitude of sins, a very exclusive and inclusive repertoire, a fascinating history which has included "special effect" music, combination inctruments, brilliant performers who could switch between the classcial and light repertoires, and from a technical point of view, a type of construction around the turn of the last century which revolutionised organ-building. At random, I can think of a few key names and titles:- Weingarten Abbey - drums, thunder, carillons and bells/ cymbelsterns/cuckoo stops The organ/harpsichord combination instrument/ pipe organs with harmonium sections etc Percussion instruments included on concert organs by Father Willis/John Compton/ H,N & B etc Street organs/fair organs/dance organs/cafe organs/ automata/barrel organs/ punch-card mechanisms derived from the (18th century) Jaquard loom....the list is long. Organ builders involved in theatre organs.....Compton/ H,N & B/Moller/ J W Walker/ Willis/ Binns, Fitton & Haley/ Conacher...again a very long list. Performers: Dr Toothill (Bridlington Priory), Quentin Maclean (studied with Reger/Straube), Reginald Foort FRCO, Reginald New FRCO, Sidney Torch (BBC arranger/conductor), Osborne Peasgood (Westminster Abbey), Norman Cocker (Manchester Cathedral), Percy Whitlock, Reginald Porter-Brown....again a VERY long list, and that's before you leave these shores. Like it or lump it, "the classical organ" cannot, by definition, be an entirely exclusive category. Do violinists, pianists or trumpet players try to hide from the fact that these instruments are used by "pop" and "jazz" musicians? Just because Oldham lost its theatre organ to Yorkshire, that's no reason to go into denial. MM PS: Nearly forgot to include theatre organ performances by Edwin Lemare, Gerald Moore and Marcel Dupre. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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