Archive for April, 2011

28
Apr

Brand Name Fail

   Posted by: John    in Fun Stuff

Considering that there has been issues with people snorting canned air for some kind of buzz…

Check the brand name

Seems like the wrong brand name for this, doesn’t it!

26
Apr

Not Quite What Walt Was Thinking

   Posted by: John    in Fun Stuff

Mickey Mouse Club

$14.95 in the Mickey’s Toontown Cafe.

22
Apr

Which One Is It…Part 2

   Posted by: John    in Fun Stuff

Just wondering….says brown, but it sure looks yellow to me!

Brown Bus

21
Apr

So Which One Is It?

   Posted by: John    in Fun Stuff

I had to spend a buck on this because it just cracked me up.

King Size Minis

So, which is it…Minis or King Size?  Just wondering…

17
Apr

Stirring…

   Posted by: John    in Fun Stuff

Heh!

Cesar Franck (1822 – 1890) was a French composer and organist.  He was not as prolific a composer as others, the majority of his recognition coming from works later in his life.

In this video, Diego Innocenzi is playing the 1880 Cavaille-Coll organ in the church of St. Francois-de-Sales in Lyon, France.  This organ is one of the few Cavaille-Coll instruments that are original and unaltered.  It is somewhat unique in that the Recit (top) and Positif (middle) manuals are separately expressive, meaning the pipes in those divisions are mounted inside large boxes with shutters.  The expression pedals allow the organist to open or close the shutters to provide volume changes, or expression.  On the majority of Cavaille-Coll organs, only the Recit is expressive.

 Note that this is a mechanical organ.  The coupler action can be seen when Diego is playing the Grand (bottom) manual, and the keys on the Recit (top) manual are playing as well.  The pedals are also mechanically coupled to the manuals.  The couplers are actuated by foot levers  above the pedals.  The two wide pedals in the middle are the expression pedals.  The smaller metal foot levers are the mechanical coupler actuators. 

4
Apr

A Guy Fairy Tale

   Posted by: John    in Fun Stuff

A Guy Fairy Tale

Once upon a time, a Prince asked a beautiful Princess…“Will you marry me?”

The Princess said “NO!”

And the Prince lived happily ever after and rode motorcycles and went fishing and hunting and played golf and dated women half his age and drank beer and scotch and had tons of money in the bank and left the toilet seat up.

The end

H/T to Larry F

Every now and then I run across a piece of organ music that is just amazing. 

Marcel Dupre was a child music prodigy, and became titular organist at St. Sulpice, Paris in 1934, a post he held until his death in 1971.  (He succeeded his former teacher, Charles-Marie Widor, who held that post from 1870 to 1933.)  In 1914, at the request of Widor his teacher, Dupre wrote a Prelude and Fugue in G minor that was so technically difficult that Widor declared it unplayable.  For many years, Dupre was the only one who could perform the work. 

With that in mind, the video I am linking is that piece, performed by Philippe Delacour, titular organist at Notre Dame de Metz.  Delacour is playing the Haerpfer organ of Chateau-Salins in France.  Note how he makes this most difficult piece look easy.

Aside from the feet and fingers just cruising away, there are some other things on this piece that are quite interesting.  Close to the end of the Prelude, before the fugue, notice that his each of his feet are playing multiple notes, sometimes across pedals (by that I mean not right next to each other, he has to arch his foot to play them).  For the Fugue, the time is 6/8, and the sheet music lists the tempo at 192 for a dotted quarter note.  That’s fast, and Philippe is playing the piece at that tempo.  Also keep in mind that while this organ that Delacour is playing is a pipe organ, it appears to have a fairly modern control system that is not entirely mechanical.  When Dupre wrote the piece in 1914, he very likely played it on the St. Sulpice organ, an instrument that is pneumatic/mechanical, and not quite as light to the touch as this one. 

Anyway, the video is well worth the watch and listen, as it demonstrates a fantastic piece of work.