David Rumsey Died Last February

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.

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One Response to David Rumsey Died Last February

  1. Bob Wagner posted on piporg-l the program for the concert in memory of David. Here is his post.

    Tomorrow I will be playing Grammar’s annual celebration of Bach’s music on the splendid Mander organ: http://www.ohta.org.au/confs/Sydney/SYDNEYGRAMMARSCHOOL.html

    Programme below.

    You will note a tribute to the late David Rumsey, Head of Organ at the Sydney Conservatorium for many years and my teacher. He lived in Switzerland and amongst many projects he had constructed a gothic organ based on iconographical sources. http://www.davidrumsey.ch/ProjectvanEyck.htm

    Greetings from a very soggy Sydney.

    Bob Wagner.


    • Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750): Prelude and fugue in C major BWV 531
    • Three settings of Nun komm’ der Heiden Heiland (18 Leipzig Chorales)
      1. a 2 Clav. e Pedale BWV 659
      2. a due Bassi e Canto fermo BWV660
      3. in Organo Pleno, Canto fermo in Pedale BWV661
    • Sinfonia (Arioso) from Cantata BWV 156
    • Partita on the chorale: Partita “Ach soll ich Sünder machen” BWV 770
    • Johannes Brahms (1833 –1897): Chorale prelude: Herzlich tut mich verlangen Op. 122 #10. In memoriam David Rumsey
    • Johann Sebastian Bach: Fantasia and fugue in g minor BWV 542

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