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Postby Heavy_Metal » Thu Feb 13, 2014 12:13 am

Since Easter is only a few short weeks away and many of us are getting ready to perform, I thought this worth reposting where more of us will see it.

From Easter Sunday 2010, this is the Second Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir and Orchestra (Memphis, Tennessee) directed by Dr. Gabriel Statom, and our very own Bloke on his Thor. It's the best version of this hymn I've ever heard.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pl ... gsHV8X7YSs

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Re: Easter Hymn done extremely well

Postby ppalan » Thu Feb 13, 2014 11:34 am

WOW :D ...and that's the way its done!! Bravo, Bloke and everyone else.
Thanks for sharing
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Re: Easter Hymn done extremely well

Postby Heavy_Metal » Sun Mar 20, 2016 10:40 pm

Bumping this for Easter 2016.

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Re: Easter Hymn done extremely well

Postby Heavy_Metal » Fri Apr 07, 2017 12:06 am

Annual bump, for those who haven't seen it.
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Re: Easter Hymn done extremely well

Postby bloke » Sat Apr 08, 2017 12:11 am

Haven't played that version since, and I lost a very good friend (the 1st trumpet player on that gig) a few years later to suicide. :( ...but I really do appreciate seeing it again, as it reminds me of happier times. :)

I play at another church twice each year (PALM Sunday - THIS Sunday, and the 1st Sunday in December) with a very fine low brass section (always the same four of us), nearly always a great trumpet section, and usually a good horn section. (Occasionally, a church member or two will ask to play with the orchestra.)

Here are some drop-the-needles from some of those gigs... (same tuba).

This morning (Saturday) is the 9 - 12 rehearsal for that gig, fwiw.
The choir always puts out an AMAZING spread (like a FIFTY FOOT LONG BUFFET PLUS DESSERTS !!!) at the break, and INSISTS on the orchestra going through the line first. :shock:

The choir director is really pretty cool... Rumor is that William Walton's Crown Imperial March will be on the stand tomorrow morning. (He's also cool, in that he doesn't mail or email the music to the musicians. He simply hires people who don't need to see it ahead of time.) :wink: (I HATE having to keep track of "gig music", and having to REMEMBER to bring it to the gig.) :x

1:36 ... 11:50 ... 43:44 ...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3YERWkqesk

2:17 ... 42:50 (Verdi) ...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GgygxBtNv9w

11:40 ... 20:00 - 23:33 ... 35:30 ... 46:35 ... 1:10:20
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZOmXzn14VU

27:50 ...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWVYsXXT5J0

So as to not screw up Heavy_Metal's intended BUMP, here's what he was wanting you to hear:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=PgsHV8X7YSs
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Re: Easter Hymn done extremely well

Postby Heavy_Metal » Thu Apr 13, 2017 10:18 pm

bloke wrote:Haven't played that version since, and I lost a very good friend (the 1st trumpet player on that gig) a few years later to suicide. :( ...but I really do appreciate seeing it again, as it reminds me of happier times. :)


Glad to help. That was an excellent performance. Sorry to hear about your friend.

bloke wrote:I play at another church twice each year (PALM Sunday - THIS Sunday, and the 1st Sunday in December) with a very fine low brass section (always the same four of us), nearly always a great trumpet section, and usually a good horn section. (Occasionally, a church member or two will ask to play with the orchestra.)

(snip)

This morning (Saturday) is the 9 - 12 rehearsal for that gig, fwiw.
The choir always puts out an AMAZING spread (like a FIFTY FOOT LONG BUFFET PLUS DESSERTS !!!) at the break, and INSISTS on the orchestra going through the line first. :shock:

The choir director is really pretty cool... Rumor is that William Walton's Crown Imperial March will be on the stand tomorrow morning. (He's also cool, in that he doesn't mail or email the music to the musicians. He simply hires people who don't need to see it ahead of time.) :wink: (I HATE having to keep track of "gig music", and having to REMEMBER to bring it to the gig.) :x


Looking forward to seeing that one when they post it.

I've only gotten through the first one you linked to, but it was excellent, and I expect the remaining ones will be too.
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Re: Easter Hymn done extremely well

Postby arpthark » Fri Apr 14, 2017 9:22 am

That is some excellent playing!
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Re: Easter Hymn done extremely well

Postby Heavy_Metal » Fri Feb 16, 2018 1:16 am

Annual bump.

I had not been able to find this arrangement until now- it's by John Rutter and SheetMusicPlus has it. Note that there is no French Horn part in the brass version, the Trumpet parts are written in concert pitch, and the Trombone parts are in Tenor Clef. The arrangement comes from the U.K. (Oxford University Press)- maybe this is usual practice (practise?) there- so it'll need more preparation than usual. Well worth it IMHO, and this clip is the best of the bunch.
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Re: Easter Hymn done extremely well

Postby bloke » Fri Feb 16, 2018 4:14 pm

It was well done, and every time I I'm reminded of it, I think of my lost friend, Charlie Gates, who played the first trumpet part for that service/performance. What you're viewing/hearing is the TV feed (as that church broadcasts weekly).

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The funny this is that when you're involved in something really extraordinary (as that performance - really, that entire service - was a really good combination of brass players) you're usually not really aware of it, and are just doing your job. :|

Most Easter Sundays, I work at a church down the street, because the choirmaster at the church at which I (more often) work always uses a bunch of those (very busy) Richard Webster arrangements (bass trombone parts on all of them), and I'm needed there - since I can cover those with the euphonium, and also cover all of the actual "tuba" music.
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Re: Easter Hymn done extremely well

Postby Three Valves » Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:28 pm

It’s like “fah who foraze” only at Easter!!
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Re: Easter Hymn done extremely well

Postby Heavy_Metal » Sat Feb 17, 2018 2:54 am

bloke wrote: The funny this is that when you're involved in something really extraordinary (as that performance - really, that entire service - was a really good combination of brass players) you're usually not really aware of it, and are just doing your job. :|


This.
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Re: Easter Hymn done extremely well

Postby bloke » Sun Feb 18, 2018 11:35 am

I linked this already above, but (yet at a third church) this choirmaster enjoys incorporating mainstream orchestral literature into the liturgy...

...and (except for bloke) this is a totally different combination of Memphis-based brass musicians.

Here is a (most every tuba player's favorite) passage from Verdi's Requiem incorporated into a Palm Sunday service:

You'll have to scroll to 42:50 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GgygxBtNv9w
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Re: Easter Hymn done extremely well

Postby Heavy_Metal » Sun Feb 18, 2018 7:09 pm

Wow. Just...... wow. If I ever grow up..........

Some notes on the original link:

You had remarked when you originally posted it that the Second Presbyterian organ was quite powerful, which of course it is. I especially like the organist's stop selection on the last two verses- never heard that before. Recently I discovered the Organ Historical Society site, which has a searchable database of all the pipe organs they know about. Second Presbyterian's stop list is included, and here it is- sorry about the messed up column arrangement, I did try to separate them:

Memphis, Tennessee
Second Presbyterian Church, Chapel

This was a rebuild by Wicks of Möller 2/8 Op. 9308 (1958)
_____________________________________________________________________

GREAT SWELL PEDAL
16' Bourdon 8' Cor de Nuit 32' Resultant
8' Diapason 8' Viole de Gambe 16' Bourdon
8' Gedeckt 8' Viole Celeste 16' Lieblich Gedeckt 12 GT
8' Viole de Gambe 4' Nachthorn 10 2/3' Quint
8' Viole Celeste 4' Gambe 8' Diapason GT
8' Dulciana tc 2 2/3' Nazard 8' Gedeckt GT
4' Octave 2' Nachthorn 8' Cor de Nuit SW
4' Gedeckt 1' Fife 4' Octave GT
4' Dulciana 16' Trompette 4' Gedeckt GT
2' Super Octave 8' Trompette 2' Octave GT
2' Blockflöte 4' Clairon II Mixture GT
II Mixture Tremolo 16' Trompette SW
8' Trompette Sub 8' Trompette SW
Tremolo Unison Off 4' Trompette SW
Super Super
Chimes

[Received online from Jeff Scofield August 3, 2012]

I would love to know how they got the organ to sound like that!
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Re: Easter Hymn done extremely well

Postby bloke » Mon Feb 19, 2018 3:52 pm

There is a church in a northern suburb of Memphis – Bartlett – that houses the gigantic theater organ that was formally in the downtown Memphis (now demolished) Ellis Auditorium. That sanctuary is not gigantic at all (as this the sanctuary at Second Presbyterian). Nevertheless, it's an impressive organ. As the pipes were never configured for show, they are located in rooms above the front of the sanctuary hidden by something like speaker cloth.
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Postby Three Valves » Mon Feb 19, 2018 6:16 pm

The organ at Longwood Gardens has its pipes behide a tapestry type material. I like to watch it breathe during the performance!!
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Re: Easter Hymn done extremely well

Postby Heavy_Metal » Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:59 pm

bloke wrote:There is a church in a northern suburb of Memphis – Bartlett – that houses the gigantic theater organ that was formally in the downtown Memphis (now demolished) Ellis Auditorium. That sanctuary is not gigantic at all (as this the sanctuary at Second Presbyterian). Nevertheless, it's an impressive organ. As the pipes were never configured for show, they are located in rooms above the front of the sanctuary hidden by something like speaker cloth.


That Kimball originally served two auditoriums. The church has the smaller of the two sections, from the South Hall:

https://pipeorgandatabase.org/OrganDeta ... anID=45674

Three Valves wrote:The organ at Longwood Gardens has its pipes behide a tapestry type material. I like to watch it breathe during the performance!!


Ahh yes, the monster Aeolian with some later Moller additions. I bet it could cause some brain damage at full song:

https://pipeorgandatabase.org/OrganDeta ... ganID=4609

The little Austin where we play has most of the pipes behind a screen as well- not uncommon in this area. Some of the (I believe) Great 8' Principal, 4' Octave and 2' fifteenth pipes are exposed.
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Re: Easter Hymn done extremely well

Postby bloke » Fri Feb 23, 2018 1:13 am

re: Second Presbyterian...
I recall when a new organist was being introduced to the congregation...

We (those of us who are typically called...i.e. "the usual suspects") were hired for a Sunday afternoon concert offering forth the Saint-Saëns "Organ" Symphony #3.

The choir director (same as in the first video in this thread) squeezed it all in to one service: (not "church" service..."PAY" service...)

- We hurriedly ran through (this was "the" rehearsal) the entire Symphony (once), took a 15-minute pee break, played the Symphony for the congregation, and were dismissed (with the organist continuing on playing some solo works for organ). That was the LEAST that I was ever paid to perform a symphony. :P (Hell...We played it just fine.)

I'm pretty sure these hymns were recorded from that same 2010 Easter Service, just fwiw...
:arrow: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtYXVpYq_EI
:arrow: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3n3gO-3Igo O Clap Your Hands - R. Vaughan Williams
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Re: Easter Hymn done extremely well

Postby Three Valves » Fri Mar 09, 2018 9:22 pm

bloke wrote:I linked this already above, but (yet at a third church) this choirmaster enjoys incorporating mainstream orchestral literature into the liturgy...

...and (except for bloke) this is a totally different combination of Memphis-based brass musicians.

Here is a (most every tuba player's favorite) passage from Verdi's Requiem incorporated into a Palm Sunday service:

You'll have to scroll to 42:50 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GgygxBtNv9w


At 1:20 the Presby’s are trying to out Catholic the Catholics!!

Nice service, excellent music.
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Re: Easter Hymn done extremely well

Postby bloke » Fri Mar 09, 2018 10:18 pm

Three Valves wrote:
bloke wrote:I linked this already above, but (yet at a third church) this choirmaster enjoys incorporating mainstream orchestral literature into the liturgy...

...and (except for bloke) this is a totally different combination of Memphis-based brass musicians.

Here is a (most every tuba player's favorite) passage from Verdi's Requiem incorporated into a Palm Sunday service:

You'll have to scroll to 42:50 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GgygxBtNv9w


At 1:20 the Presby’s are trying to out Catholic the Catholics!!

Nice service, excellent music.


Thnx...
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This (not the Presbyterian, but an) "Evangelical" church is clever:
They do their "big deals" the first weekend of December and Palm Sunday...when "the folks they like to hire" are available.

LOL...never noticed that before...skipped through, and didn't watch the whole thing.
I wasn't racing off to the lunch buffet (if that is to which you refer).
I was moving my stuff around...so I could set my chair down off the platform...so I could step on the chair seat and get offa there.
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Re: Easter Hymn done extremely well

Postby Heavy_Metal » Sun Apr 01, 2018 1:20 pm

We played the brass/organ/choral version of this as the first hymn for today's Easter service. Wow.

The service ended with Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus" (brass/organ/choral) and a shortened version of "The Trumpet Shall Sound" (just organ and tuba).

Thanks again, bloke. I doubt I would have discovered Rutter's arrangement if you hadn't posted it.
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