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  • #31
    Interesting about your Duo-Art reproducing piano. I know a man in New Zealand who restores and collects old mechanical musical instruments. I was privileged to visit him (via his nephew) in Whakatane, North island and he played a number of his trophies for me, including a Duo-Art. He is also a noted landscape artist. His name is Jonathan R. White, and he has a very large collection of instruments (you can see them here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/871255...7632168217702/). Do you know of him?

    David

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    • AllenAnalog
      AllenAnalog commented
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      Thanks for the link to those photos. I was not aware of his collection and they all look to be beautifully restored. I see he has a Mills Violano Virtuoso exactly like mine but a couple of years newer.

      There are a multiple Americans with collections as large or larger in their homes. These music machines are all quite remarkable and some of them are huge - like the great European dance hall organs. Many of the collectors are happy to share their instruments with guests, either as part of a charity group fundraising tour or one-on-one as time permits.

      (BTW, David, your photo albums look amazing. I shall make some time to savor your fine photography.)
      Last edited by AllenAnalog; 06-18-2021, 07:46 PM.

    • Larason2
      Larason2 commented
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      Thanks for the link! That’s a great collection! Definitely not a weekend project to restore all of those! They’re lovely!

  • #32
    Returning to the subject of the OP, as I was looking at information about Dobson pipe organs I came across a video of an event celebrating the 100th birthday of composer Margaret Sandresky played on Dobson Opus 44 at Calvin University.

    Margaret Vardell Sandresky turned 100 on April 28th and she is still composing. There were multiple organ performance celebrations in honor of her landmark birthday.

    This was a live stream so the introduction starts at 7 minutes into this recording and the music starts at 10 minutes:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQjRqp9el-s

    Pipedreams had a special tribute to her:

    https://www.pipedreams.org/episode/2...till-composing

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/categ...y-48262808303/

    She received the AGO Distinguished Composer of the Year Award in 2004.

    Wayne Leupold Editions has 13 collections of her work for sale:

    https://www.wayneleupold.com/index.p...=1&q=sandresky

    And there are several performances of her work on YouTube:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtKuuRDPlEM

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmKcP1Hvzdw

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cX9aE73jY8

    Larry is my name; Allen is an organ brand. Allen RMWTHEA.3 with RMI Electra-Piano; Allen 423-C+Gyro; Britson Opus OEM38; Steinway AR Duo-Art 7' grand piano, Mills Violano Virtuoso with MIDI; Hammond 9812H with roll player; Roland E-200; Mason&Hamlin AR Ampico grand piano, Allen ADC-5300-D with MIDI.

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    • #33
      What about Dorothy Wells (arranger for Lorenz Publishing) or Ellen Jane Lorenz (daughter of Lorenz Publishing's founder)?

      Michael
      Way too many organs to list, but I do have 5 Allens:
      • MOS-2 Model 505-B / ADC-4300-DK / ADC-5400 / ADC-6000 (Symphony) / ADC-8000DKC
      • Lowrey Heritage (DSO-1)
      • 11 Pump Organs, 1 Pipe Organ & 7 Pianos

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      • #34
        Originally posted by myorgan View Post
        What about Dorothy Wells
        Yes, absolutely worth playing.

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        • #35
          For those who don't know, Ellen Jane Lorenz was part of the AGO in Dayton when I was there in the late 80s/early 90s, along with Dorothy Wells. I only heard Mrs. Wells play organ once at a member's recital, and wondered how one that old could play so well–I guess you never forget it! She also was younger than I thought, though.[embarrassed]

          Ellen Jane Lorenz passed away in 1996 (https://www.libraries.wright.edu/com...female-editor/). Evidently, the company has filed for bankruptcy protection during Covid, perhaps as a result of Covid (https://www.dayton.com/news/just-in-...FBHXXY5IGC6HI/). They purchased Word Music as well as other companies in the past few decades. I don't remember which ones.

          Dorothy Wells passed away in 2008 at the age of 70 (she looked old to me in the 1980s). I have no doubt the Dayton Church Music Workshop I attended in 1990 was due to their influence. I couldn't believe the powerhouses they pulled in to conduct seminars.

          I haven't belonged to the AGO in decades and won't support them due to some of their policies, but through them I also was able to become acquainted with Robert Powell in Greenville in the 1980s. He evaluated my playing for a scholarship there, and I was also able to participate in master classes with John Weaver and a couple of times with Ray Ferguson through the AGO. Dorothy Wells & Ellen Jane Lorenz evaluated my playing for a scholarship while I was in Ohio too. I doubt any of them would ever remember me, though. It's been several decades!

          Michael
          Way too many organs to list, but I do have 5 Allens:
          • MOS-2 Model 505-B / ADC-4300-DK / ADC-5400 / ADC-6000 (Symphony) / ADC-8000DKC
          • Lowrey Heritage (DSO-1)
          • 11 Pump Organs, 1 Pipe Organ & 7 Pianos

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          • #36
            Readers of this thread may be interested in an article in today's New York Times on Nadia Boulanger. Here is the link:

            https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/30/a...ard-music.html
            Bill

            My home organ: Content M5800 as a midi controller for Hauptwerk

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            • gtc
              gtc commented
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              Unfortunately, that NYT article is pay-walled.

            • Larason2
              Larason2 commented
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              I wasn’t able to read the NYT article, it I did read about her biography on her wikipedia page. Very interesting! She was an inspiring organ personality for sure.

          • #37
            I've just bought a book of "Twelve Short Pieces" for organ by the Canadian composer Rachel Laurin. I played the beautiful 'Cantilène' this morning. Many of the pieces are pretty easy and none is very difficult. Some lovely harmonies and no nasty noises. A bit like Langlais harmonically.

            Douze Courtes Pieces, Twelve Short Pieces, Op. 43 By Rachel Laurin (1961-) - Collection Sheet Music For - Buy Print Music WY.WL600070 | Sheet Music Plus

            I particularly like this book as the composer has the same name as our dog! (Although she spells it Lauren.)

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