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Miscellaneous & Suggestions / Sibelius users!
« on: September 16, 2017, 09:50:11 PM »
A question for Sibelius users: how does one get Norwegian letters (the "a" with a little circle over it and the "o" with an oblique stroke through it?

I've been trying to find how do it, but no luck so far!

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Organ Music and Repertoire / Just discovered/Not played enough
« on: August 11, 2015, 02:57:53 PM »
Just discovered - Cat Suite by Denis Bedard.  Well-written, not too difficult (although the last movement is unbelievably fast) and tastefully humorous.

Not played enough - the Hindemith Sonatas.

I have quite a lot of Rheinberger, acquired over the years, but I don't play much except for the Introduction and Passacaglia and the D flat sonata (learned with Garth Benson back in the seventies when I was a student).  Any recommendations?

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Organ Music and Repertoire / Free Sheet Music worth a look
« on: July 19, 2015, 05:35:56 PM »
I'm starting this thread to spread information about free downloadable sheet music.  Perhaps members would post to bring attention to anything useful and pleasant that they've found on IMSLP or other sites.

I use IMSLP quite a lot.  There are some valuable big downloads - the Montreal Organ Book is naturally interesting to me - but the other day I found a very charming piece by the Ontario composer David Cameron (Brits note, not THAT David Cameron).  It's called "Meditation on Cornish", the tune being that sung to "Tomorrow shall be my dancing day".  Very pleasant, gently uneven rhythms and an attractive harmonic style.  Would make a nice voluntary or a quiet recital piece.

http://imslp.org/wiki/A_Meditation_on_%27Cornish%27_(Cameron,_David)



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Inspirational instruments / The Great Organ of Unseen University
« on: March 17, 2015, 08:20:55 PM »
The passing of Terry Pratchett, author of the Discworld novels, will be widely mourned.  Among the creations in his books was the Great Organ of Unseen University, Ankh Morpork.  The creation of that wayward genius B.S ('Bloody Stupid') Johnson, it had three manuals and such a myriad of controls that the only person capable of taming it was the University Librarian who, by a magical accident, had been transformed into an orang-utan.  The extra long arms apparently came in handy.

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Electronic Organs / 5m Compton
« on: July 10, 2012, 08:05:29 AM »
Looking through a copy of Musical Opinion from the 60s, I noticed a Compton ad illustrating a five manual electrone built for a client in Tachbrook Mallory.  Does anyone know what happened to it?

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Organ Builders / RIP Reg Lane
« on: December 23, 2011, 05:50:54 PM »
It was sad to learn this week of the death of Reg Lane, who for many years was rep for Hill, Norman & Beard, based in Essex. Reg was apprenticed to Henry Willis & Sons, but spent most of his working life with HN&B. His round included jobs like St. John's College, Cambridge and Saffron Walden Parish Church. He was a skilled craftsman, an excellent tuner and very nice person, with a fund of good stories. May he rest in peace.

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