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    Stephen - fantastic, such lovely playing. I especially love the Vierne 2nd symphony, that opening movement is so profound and majestic. Great registration, where's the organ buddy? Can you post the stop list?

    Love the interface of that "site" where you uploaded your music, very interesting.
    I'm not an atheist and I don't think I can call myself a pantheist. We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many different languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangement of the books but doesn't know what it is. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God.
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    Thank you all for your kind comments! The instrument is an absolute joy to play...especially in that space.

    The organ is at St. Paul's Anglican Church on Bloor St., Toronto, Canada. There's quite a wealth of information about the organ in this link by Casavant Frères, including a stop list:

    http://www.casavant.ca/new_temp/angl...Early/0550.pdf

    You may know the British/Canadian composer Healey Willan, who served as organist there... his masterwork, "Introduction, Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor" was composed for this organ!

    Stephen

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    Stephen I'm impressed !! thank you for your performance and sharing it with us !
    Yeah. a stop list, would be nice to know.

    Very interesting site to upload. I tried to sign up too, but that day I couldn't get to do it - link problems.... -
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stoda View Post

    St. Paul's Anglican Church on Bloor St., Toronto, Canada. Stephen
    Stephen - what a huge monster it is! Where are the 32' diapasons housed? They must be monsters! Can you provide a photo perhaps of the insides?
    I'm not an atheist and I don't think I can call myself a pantheist. We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many different languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangement of the books but doesn't know what it is. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God.
    —Albert Einstein.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stoda View Post
    Thank you all for your kind comments! The instrument is an absolute joy to play...especially in that space.
    I'm not the least bit surprised: an Anglo-Canadian instrument with work by two of the finest representatives of those countries, no wonder I loved the sound! I doubt I'd ever get bored coming to that instrument week after week. Stephen, you're a very lucky man (but I'm sure you already know that!). Fascinating reading about those polyphone pipes - I had never heard of them before.
    I've played and greatly enjoyed a lot of Willan's music, including the big C minor. Now knowing more about the instrument, it all makes more sense! Am definitely putting Toronto on a tour list if I ever get to Canada again (which I sincerely hope to do).
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    Silly me, that should read "I,P,F in E-flat minor."

    CT- the diapason 32's are on the left side, with most of the other pedal ranks. Casavant was actually able to pull it off with just 6 polyphone pipes (more detail on pg. 4-5). Unfortunately I haven't seen the inside yet! Getting inside involves ladders... I'll look into getting inside when the builders come next.

    Soubasse- yes, I'm very fortunate! I recently finished my first year there as organ scholar and get plenty of practice time. You're welcome to visit if you ever swing by Toronto. Btw... if you'd like to hear the IPF performed on this organ, my teacher recorded a CD there many years ago which is fantastic.

    http://www.emusic.com/album/John-Tut.../10990143.html

    In the next few months I'm looking to do some video recordings, which could give a closer look

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    Stoda - what I find fascinating is the SIZE of the church (considering it's not the Anglican Cathedral in Ontario), amazing. If you ever happen to come to Sydney, you must see the monster that is pictured (partly) on my avatar!
    I'm not an atheist and I don't think I can call myself a pantheist. We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many different languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangement of the books but doesn't know what it is. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God.
    —Albert Einstein.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stoda View Post
    Silly me, that should read "I,P,F in E-flat minor."
    You should worry, I've only just realised that I was hopelessly confused with the Reger Intro, Pass and Fuge (which isn't even in C minor either!) I must be getting old!

    But I do have a handful of Willan's pieces ("the Dean of Canadian composers" ) including some lovely preludes based on plainchant, along with some free works. He had an accessible and playable sound.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Contratrombone64 View Post
    Stoda - what I find fascinating is the SIZE of the church (considering it's not the Anglican Cathedral in Ontario), amazing. If you ever happen to come to Sydney, you must see the monster that is pictured (partly) on my avatar!
    Yep, its actually bigger than the cathedral, which is not far away. I figure its because the "new" church building was built in 1913, after the current cathedral.

    And oh my! Who would ever find need for a reed of that size? Haha...so where in Sydney is this?

    Reminds me of this video! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Wpn7xyzUqg
    Last edited by Stoda; Aug-13-2010 at 06:28.

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    It's in the Sydney Town Hall, which is smack bang in the heart of the city (the block that is bordered by George, Park, Bathurst and Clarence (? or is that York?) Streets.
    I'm not an atheist and I don't think I can call myself a pantheist. We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many different languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangement of the books but doesn't know what it is. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God.
    —Albert Einstein.

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    I'm not able to record 'my' organ, but a local nusician, Matt Worley, used the church and the organ to record his latest album.

    http://www.mikedickson.org.uk/tron/right.htm here are a couple of samples, giving you an idea of the delightful sounf the instrument makes - I hope you are fans of 'Yes' :-) (you'll need to scroll down to almost the bottom of the page and look for 'Wilden Church Organ')

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    Some very interesting sounds among those tape selections.. Thanks QFE
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    Quote Originally Posted by QFE View Post
    I'm not able to record 'my' organ, but a local nusician, Matt Worley, used the church and the organ to record his latest album.

    http://www.mikedickson.org.uk/tron/right.htm here are a couple of samples, giving you an idea of the delightful sounf the instrument makes - I hope you are fans of 'Yes' :-) (you'll need to scroll down to almost the bottom of the page and look for 'Wilden Church Organ')
    Thanks QFE.
    Good link. I got some Mellotron sounds from Sampletron and now full free version of SampleTank 2.5. Also some very good VSTi s among them the Mellotron MkV (double keyboard) as used By Tony Banks !
    Electrostudio has a great Novatron. You can open the case (virtualy...) and see the tapes running !! Sounds great and functions like the real thing.

    By the way I 've got all Yes' albums in Vinyl, also Relayer's official score book (for keys & Voc & for Guit & Bass). Remeber "Soon the light...." ending of "the gates of delirium"?
    I'm a fan alright, still got a concard with Roger Dean's logo with a space island...

    Cheers
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    Thank you QFE. Although I joined the forum for the jazz section, Part of the reason I stay with it is posts like this. Very enjoyable.

    Teddy..

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    Cheers guys. Glad you liked the link. Panos, I saw Yes at the NEC in Birmingham. Quite a staggering performance. The had their rotating stage and swapped between band members old and new depending on the song being performed. The level of musicianship all round was of the highest order and sadly, not something I've seen since in a 'pop' group.

    On the subject of Tony Banks, I have been toying with the idea of doing a Genesis arrangement for recitals; 'Firth of Fith' seems to be the most likely candidate at the moment. The only thing that puts me off is the fact that recital goers probably wouldn't 'get it' unless they were Genesis fans :-( Still, if I do it, I'll let you know how I get on.

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