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30 November 2009
prayer - bidding, Advent

I'm just going to put this out there: the Bidding Prayer in the Book of Occasional Services leaves a lot to be desired.

The one read at St. John's College, Cambridge, however, is spot on. You can listen to the service this week from the BBC.

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22 November 2009
hint - crossword

For all of you working on the Sunday crossword in the New York Times, 42 down is "organ".

Yet another example of our instrument's cultural relevance.

Take that, harpsichord!

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16 November 2009
entertainment - liturgical

A very unusual Howells prelude from St. Thomas this week. Various clergy voices are heard every time someone's microphone pops on. 11:00 Choral Mattins and Choral Eucharist

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11 November 2009
Kenny G - Weezer featuring

I don't have a lot of respect for or really much interaction with AOL other than getting a lot of CDs in the mail in the late 90s.

But by bilking money from millions of hapless subscribers they have finally given something worthwhile to the world.

This revelatory "AOL sessions" performance pairs Weezer with noted saxophonist Kenny G.

(thanks T. K. for alerting me to this)

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09 November 2009
Manz, Paul - obituary in the Chicago Tribune

Paul O. Manz, 1919-2009: Organist for Lutheran churches and schools in Chicago and Minnesota


02 November 2009
All Souls (Unitarian) - Feast of

I found myself in All Souls Church on All Souls Day, but interestingly I was the only soul around.

I was at All Soul's Unitarian Church in Indianapolis. I see elsewhere on this blog a record of my intention to play this organ in the summer of aught five. It took me four years, but I am just now getting around to spending some time with this instrument.

I admittedly have a soft spot for these Holtkamp organs, having played a wonderful 1959 Walter Holtkamp, Sr. (designed with help from Fenner Douglass) at the Episcopal Parish of St. Peter's in Lakewood, Ohio. The Indianapolis instrument is four years younger, but shares many similar qualities.

The Indianapolis instrument does benefit tremendously from a complementary acoustic and is made more versatile with an enclosed swell division.

As a post-1974 graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Holtkamp organs played a relatively minor part of my "official" education, but for earlier students things would have been quite different:

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01 November 2009
Howells, Herbert - in the New York Times

The author of kisses Howells's grave
in Westminster Abbey

"If you’re a Howells nut, you’re really a nut," Mr. [Bruce] Neswick said.

Wakin, Daniel J. Little Known in America, an English Composer Finds a Bit of Spotlight. New York Times 31 October 2009.

I confess to being a genuine nut, and one who was pleasantly surprised to see an article about Herbert Howells in Saturday's New York Times.

The occasion for the press is the somewhat coincidental performance of his work at three separate churches. I say somewhat coincidental because Howells Requiem performances this time of year are not entirely unexpected.

(Thanks to S. C. for alerting me to this!)



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