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    Questions I Have About Pipe Organs

    I have some questions about Pipe Organs My questions about Pipe Organs

    1. For a Pipe Organ is there a Room where you can see the Pipes I would Like to see a Room filled with Pipes for an Organ Live in person.
    2. Has anyone ever Played songs on a Pipe Organ in All Organ Chimes I would love to hear a Pipe Organ play songs in All Organ Chimes Live in Person
    3. Has Anyone ever Played these songs on a Pipe Organ:
    1. Stairway to heaven
    2. Smoke On The Water
    3. Light My Fire By The Doors
    4. Jingle Bells
    5. Frosty the Snowman
    6. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
    5. Pharaoh Pharaoh
    6. Do Lord
    7. Give Me Oil In My Lamp
    8. Lord I lift your Name On High
    9. Deep and Wide
    10. Lean On Me
    11. Ozzy Osbournes Crazy Train
    12. Enter Sandman by Metallica
    on a Pipe Organ I would Love to hear this Live in person on a Pipe Organ in All Organ Chimes .

    If you know the answers to these questions please e-mail message me.

    Channing

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    I read this post and the one on the theater organ. I play and have performed on both theater ( pizza and pipes place in Texas) and pipe organ ( church and concert work)..... Most organist do not play pieces entirely with chimes unless using as a carillon selection.I have played and have arrangements for: your number .. 1,4,5,6, 2nd 6,9,10.
    for Theater organs in your area: contact: Brent Wood at (704)596-9790 - president of American Theater Organ Society in your area - or Gilbert Pardsons- (704)786-5592 - secreatery of same.Good Luck and enjoy..... Bill

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    Quote Originally Posted by channing28208 View Post
    I have some questions about Pipe Organs My questions about Pipe Organs

    1. For a Pipe Organ is there a Room where you can see the Pipes I would Like to see a Room filled with Pipes for an Organ Live in person.
    My avatar at the left is part of the pipe organ I play every Sunday.
    I also have other pictures of that organ in my photo gallery within this site.

    Quote Originally Posted by channing28208

    3. Has Anyone ever Played these songs on a Pipe Organ:

    1. Stairway to heaven
    2. Smoke On The Water
    3. Light My Fire By The Doors
    4. Jingle Bells
    5. Frosty the Snowman
    6. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
    5. Pharaoh Pharaoh
    6. Do Lord
    7. Give Me Oil In My Lamp
    8. Lord I lift your Name On High
    9. Deep and Wide
    10. Lean On Me
    11. Ozzy Osbournes Crazy Train
    12. Enter Sandman by Metallica
    I have played, as part of some Christmas Eve prelude music at church, numbers 4, 5 & 6 on occasion. Surprisingly enough I didn't get excommunicated .

    Quote Originally Posted by channing28208
    on a Pipe Organ I would Love to hear this Live in person on a Pipe Organ in All Organ Chimes .
    I just can't fathom Lord I Lift Your Name on High being played on the organ chimes ... one does not play the organ chimes for upbeat tempo hymns like that one as all the notes in rapid succession would run together and, imo, it would sound absolutely horrible.

    Not all church installations have chimes as part of the organ specification. My church does, however, but I use them sparingly, and not every Sunday.
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    You ask if there is a room where you can see the pipes. Of course there is -- where else would they be? Actually, it's called a "case" and it usually surrounds the unenclosed pipes (Great and Pedal), then there are enclosures for the expressive divisions. Well, I shouldn't say "surrounds", since the "audience" side is open. usually with some Pedal or Great pipes as a facade.

    However, depending on the building (and the builder) there are various solutions, some of which are abominations. IN the U. S., it was once pretty common to hide the pipework in separate little alcoves behind coverings of whatever description. This is what I mean by "abomination".

    Once they woke up, it is now more common to be able to see parts of the pipework, but again, it's the unenclosed sections you can see. Yes, one can get into the enclosed sections (how else could you tune them?) in what amount to small "rooms" with swell shutters.

    It should be kept in mind that different ages have had different ideas about building organs. Most of Cavaille-Coll's instruments had only one "expressive" section, the Recit (swell) division. Everything else was unenclosed, although some do have an expressive Positif division. On the other hand, many, if not most modern American organs have most of their divisions enclosed in swell (expressive) sections.

    Some, such as the Mormon Tabernacle, have both a Choir division and a Positif. The main difference is enclosed (Choir) and unenclosed (Positif). But there can also be differences in the registrations and voicings.

    Hope this helps!!
    Last edited by dll927; Sep-03-2009 at 18:22.

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