January 2016

A saint of our own Sometime in the middle of the second century Anno Domine, a young Christian woman who had made a faithful vow of virginity was married to a man named Valerian. During the wedding, she sat alone and sang to God professing…
Cor Edskes, organologist, leader in the organ reform movement and historic organ restoration in Europe, and former editor of Het Orgel, died September 7, 2015, in Groningen, the Netherlands. Further information and tribute will be…
Buried Treasures:  The Harpsichord Pages  in Retrospect (2006–15) Once upon a time (well, twice actually, in The Diapason issues of January 1974 and February 1979), we offered cumulative indices of harpsichord-related matters in the…
Velocity II Through the velocity exercises that I have outlined in last month’s issue, we have moved from the predictable 5-4-3-2-1 sequence to simple patterns, such as 5-1-4-2-3, or 5-4-3-2-1-3-2-1, which can be rendered predictable…
At age 18, we are going to college! The Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival is moving to its new home at Trinity College in Hartford! After enjoying eighteen glorious years of this annual festival at the First Church of Christ in Wethersfield…
The performance of notes inégales (the primarily French convention of performing equally notated melodies in an unequal fashion by alternating short and long notes) is often a major impediment to keyboardists unfamiliar with 17th- and 18th…
Charles M. Ruggles, Conifer, Colorado Henry Kilgen, 1884 St. Augustine’s Cultural Center, Austin, Nevada Charles M. Ruggles of Conifer, Colorado, recently completed the restoration of the Henry Kilgen organ of 1884 in the former St.…
Kegg Pipe Organ Builders, Hartville, Ohio Our Lady of Fatima Church, Lafayette, Louisiana    From the organbuilder When we were first approached by music director Keith D’Anna to rebuild the Hoffman pipe organ at Our Lady of Fatima Church…