New Complete Edition of Bach’s Organ Works

A New
Critico-Practical Complete Edition
Bach’s Organ Works

This complete edition of Bach’s Organ Works is an achievement of monumental character. For the first time, the principles — the interpretation — of these works are elucidated.

No studious, ambitious and conscientious organist can afford to do without it even though he may already own the works of Bach in some other edition.

Do you think you should pay the price to order these? Don’t make that decision before you see the full description with prices. See the PDF below for full details.

New Bach Edition

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Music Looks Great

I received the music today.  Looks great.  Thanks very much! —California, USA

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Bedient Opus 6 Played by 82 Year Old Organist

The Spirit of Making Joyful Noise

Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in North Platte, Nebraska, has a Bedient (Opus 6) in the choir loft. As you can see in the photo, their 82 year orld organist, Virginia Knapp, enjoys playing it.

“Our Redeemer’s organ is modeled after 15th and 16th century German pipe organs, Knapp said. Although the bellows are run by an electric motor, everything else in the organ is mechanical. Electric organs don’t have the same sound, she said. The organ is situated in the choir loft at the rear of the sanctuary. The church’s lofted ceiling create an echo when music is played. Knapp said it can can give her goosebumps sometimes. She said the congregation enjoys the organ music as much as she does.”

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Syracuse’s Great Roosevelt

For 120 years, the Roosevelt Organ has Graced Syracuse

The highlight of any visit to Syracuse, this towering musical instrument is a required experience if you are nearby. You will notice in the article the following text: “That changed during the organ’s most recent renovation, in which it got a digital overhaul. Despite the digitization, however, the organ’s sound is still manual. Blowers force air through the pipes.” This is a problem due to the confusion of marketing terms with description of reality. Right now, the hot word is “virtual” but it used to be “digital.” Contrary to the politically correct crowd, you’re always in better shape with a solid vocabulary of clear words. There are no electronically produced stops on this Roosevelt! And no, the pipes aren’t steel, either. The author no doubt did his best, and the problems are probably not obvious to most readers.

The Roosevelt organ was installed at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception in Columbus Circle in 1892. It was designed and built by Hilborne and Frank Roosevelt, a pair of pioneering organ builders who were the first to incorporate electricity into the instrument.

The organ at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Syracuse, New York was built by Frank Rossevelt at the Schantz Organ company in 1892. It was renovated in 1981 and received futher renovation in January of this year by Kerner and Merchant Oran Builders. At the time, it cost $12,200. That equates to more than $300,000 in modern money — still a modest sum for the massive instrument. Today, it is one of only a handful of Roosevelt Organs remaining in the country.

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Goulding and Wood Not Hit by Tornado

Indy Company Building Organ for Church Hit by Tornado

From the file of Misleading Headlines: When I saw this a few days ago, I didn’t remember hearing about a tornado around Indianapolis. Upon reading this brief article, it became clear that the organ was being built for a church “hit” by a tornado and that the organ builder was not damaged.

“24-Hour News 8 learned it’s an Indianapolis company that is custom building one of the finishing touches: its organ.”

You can read more at Organ with 1,952 pipes being designed especially for Trinity Episcopal, which lost the last one to a tornado.

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Hope-Jones Never Altered

Fitz’s Stockton: A Man with A Past and A Pipe Organ

By Michael Fitzgerald, December 2014

Within downtown Stockton’s Masonic Temple, in a second-floor room called the Commandery, a former spy plays a most unusual instrument for degrees and installations. Richard Merrittstein-Timmins, 83, played the organ and piano for seven U.S. presidents. He once played the magnificent organ in Notre Dame in Paris for John. F. Kennedy. But he extols the 1921 Hope-Jones pipe organ in the Commandery. “It’s the jewel of the Valley,” Merrittstein-Timmins said.

It’s a hidden jewel, since the Masonic Temple is unknown to many. The pipe organ was installed during building construction. Much of its wiring and pipes are built into the wall. It is one with the old building, and probably can never be removed.

When Merrittstein-Timmins plays, an electric signal hits a relay behind an ornate screen. The relay routes the signal to pneumatic pistons. The pistons control the wind pressure in the pipes — bringing to life a cylindrical chorale of parallel pipes: tall, fat pipes and short, teeny pipes and all pipes in between, standing shoulder-to-shoulder in tiers in the wall, all with a mouth-like slit where the sound blows out. The organ shakes the room with symphonic power. Strings, vox humana, oboe — all the instruments, ranging across multiple octaves and pitches, each sound resonating in the room for upwards of two seconds.

Merrittstein-Timmins is as remarkable as the instruments he plays. He served in Military intelligence and the CIA. In those years he possessed a photographic memory. During the Korean War, his handlers arranged for his capture so that he could identify enemy officers and gather military intelligence. Today he keeps a busy schedule playing organ for services of numerous faiths. And the Masons.

Their pipe organ is a historic treasure because, unlike the rebuilt organ in the Bob Hope Theatre, it has never been altered, he says. Merrittstein-Timmins harnesses the magnificent old codger of an instrument and rattles the room with Bach’s Arioso.
“It’s the king of instruments,” he said.

(I have posted Michael Fitzgerald’s article here because has been unreliable lately.)

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Cheshire’s Aeolian-Skinner, Op 1179, Playing Again

Organ Back in Service for Lessons and Carols This Weekend

This very brief article announces that the Aeolian-Skinner, Opus 1179, will be used for the coming service. This is one of the smaller Aeolian-Skinners and I could find no photo or substantial information on a restoration. I’ve included a link below to Allen Kinzey’s stoplist, but that’s all I could find. If you know anything further, please leave a comment.

This coming Sunday’s Service of Lessons and Carols at First Congregational Church will feature the debut of the restored Aeolian Skinner pipe organ. More than eight months have been spent completely refurbishing and enhancing the magnificent organ, which has been at the church for 65 years. The Service of Lessons and Carols, open to all, will be at 4 p.m. at the church, on the Green in the center of Cheshire. The service tells the story of the birth of Jesus in scripture and song, and will feature Benjamin Britten’s “A Boy Was Born” and John Cook’s Paean on Divinum Mysterium.” These works are especially appropriate for the restored organ. The church’s Chancel Choir will sing. Parking is available behind the church, or behind the Town Hall across the street.

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Mr Barnes Moved Around A Lot

I received the music today. [Barnes.Reverie.html] Thank you ! Mr. Barnes moved around a lot. I guess that he could not decide where he wanted to live when he grew up ! Thanks again for the music. —Ohio, USA

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Good News from Wicks

Wicks Organ Survives Downturn, Resumes Production

Here is good news from Wicks Organs:

Four years ago, Wicks decided to end production of custom-built organs and shift to providing parts, maintenance and repairs. Behind the retrenchment was the recession, which lightened church collection plates, and the rise of “praise bands” at churches that had abandoned traditional organ music to embrace more modern sounds of guitars, drums and horns.

The company has shriveled from its peak in the 1950s and 1960s, now occupying only a small part of its factory in Highland. But the lights never went out and the company pulled out all the stops — so to speak — to reinvent itself.

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CDs Continue to Die

Album Sales Hit A New Low

For those who are not paying attention to recorded music sales and who have not read or disagree with my predictions, here is the current status of CDs …

As streaming gathers momentum, the U.S. music industry keeps breaking sales milestones — the wrong kind. This week’s 3.97-million album sales tally is the smallest weekly sum for album sales since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking data in 1991. It’s also the first time weekly sales have fallen below four million in that time span.

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