Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Powerhouse for Concert Organ

Our friend and fellow Scottologist Les Deutsch has been transcribing classic 1937-39 Raymond Scott Quintette recordings into first-time-on-paper sextette charts. (Scott did not use charts with his band; he taught parts by ear via keyboard example.) Les has also been creating new arrangements for vintage Scott works, and recently configured "Powerhouse" for concert organ. The chart can be downloaded as a free pdf here, and you can grab an mp3 of Deutsch's performance of the arrangement here.

About the fabricated cover image above, Les explains:

"The pipes are from the organ prop used in Disney’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea as Captain Nemo’s salon organ aboard the Nautilus. I remember seeing this set on display at Disneyland in the mid-1960s. The organ console later made its way into Disney’s Haunted Mansion ride, where it sits today – but minus this whimsical set of pipes. I searched the Web and found a photo someone had taken of the old Disneyland exhibit."

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