David Rumsey Died Last February
David Rumsey died from cancer on the 12th of February this year. His website, www.davidrumsey.ch, will be maintained as a resource.
David was supportive of John and my efforts in restoring worthy organ music. There was no greater champion for the organ than David. Read my post from November 2011. And when I announced in February 2012 the Clarence Eddy ‘Old Hundred,’ I wrote this in the announcement:
2. FESTIVAL PRELUDE AND FUGUE ON “OLD HUNDRED,” by Clarence Eddy (1851-1937). While preparing the article for this piece, John Apple told me that Eddy recorded an organ roll of it. Of course, I contacted the expert in Welte organ rolls, David Rumsey; you may remember reading his work in The Diapason. David stepped forward and worked his magic, producing a recording — the only one — of Welte Roll #1654 on the “Britannic” organ in Switzerland. His stunning recording of this piece played frequently by Eddy is on the web page as are links to the player organ and museum. You really should hear this! michaelsmusicservice.com/music/Eddy.FestivalPreludeAndFugueOnOldHundred.html
He will be missed by us in the greater organ world as a source of knowledge and as a friend and supporter. Please post any stories and memories below.