October 2016

Nunc Dimittis James F. Hyde, Jr., of Ripon, Wisconsin, died August 1 at the age of 83. Born June 6, 1933, in Corning, New York, he earned a bachelor’s degree in German from Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, in 1955, and master’s…
Well-Tempered: Lou Harrisonand the harpsichord Long before others had expressed interest in the use of varied historic temperaments for harpsichord tuning, the American composer Lou Harrison advocated using just, meantone, and other exotic…
Disjunct Motion I Allow me to begin with a word about terminology. I have long used the expression “disjunct motion” to refer to the relationship between one musical event and the next in the act of playing; this includes, but is not…
How to run a railroad Recently I had a conversation with the rector of an Episcopal church who had been at that parish for seven years. He told me that in his first weeks on the job, he spent a late evening in the building by himself,…
Each festival of the Instituto de Órganos Históricos de Oaxaca (IOHIO) builds on the success of its predecessors, making this one of the best ever! Nearly 100 people from seven countries and six Mexican states participated in all or part…
We are all familiar with organs that have an overbearing harshness. There is now a backlash under way towards an organ sound better suited to the typically dry acoustics of American churches and concert halls. The organ reform movement of…
Austin Organs, Inc.,Hartford, Connecticut The Royal Poinciana Chapel, Palm Beach, Florida   Another Austin in Paradise Nestled on the island of Palm Beach, alongside the last remaining cocoanut grove, one will discover the rather charming…