Belgium issued this stamp (Scott 1560) as part of a set of two in 1994. This one features a detail from a painting by Hans Memling. The detail shows a woman holding an infant, a second woman on the left, and a musician playing a portatif in the background. It's not quite clear if the musician is indeed holding the instrument or if it rests on a table of some type. But it does meet the design features typical of portatifs: short compass, single set of pipes. The winding mechanism is not shown. I am not familiar with this painting, so I would be happy to hear information about the persons in the painting and any other details related to it. The other stamp in the small set of two features the Belgian composer Guillaume Lekeu (1870-1894). He died at a tragically young age of typhoid fever. Most of his pieces were for piano and strings, along with a dozen orchestral works.
To learn some details about my collection, click the "collection" label in the list below. If you want to get a little more information about some of the terms I use in relation to some of the organs depicted on these stamps, click the label "terms" below. For each you'll get a short discussion in a separate blog post. If you have a question not answered there, leave a comment and I'll answer it.
Michael R. Barker is director of music and organist at Black Mountain Presbyterian Church in Black Mountain, NC. I got my undergraduate degree in psychology and religious studies from Guilford College, Greensboro, NC, and earned a Master of Divinity degree from Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC. I did further graduate studies in music composition at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA. I have been a clinician in several settings on various areas of church music. My anthem for children’s choir, Miriam’s Song, is published by Chorister’s Guild, and my set of organ works, Three Festive Pieces for Christmastide, is published by Warner Bros. Publications. I have also written music and teaching materials for Abingdon Press and Cokesbury, especially for the Church Music Workshop. I have a new set of Christmas carol settings for flute and organ which was released last fall by MorningStar Music. My wife is Elizabeth Barksdale Barker, a marketing and communications specialist in the non-profit realm, working at MANNA FoodBank in Asheville, and we are the parents of eleven-year-old Eli, and five-year-old Briggs and one-year-old Calvin.
This is the little organ at Black Mountain Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) where I am organist and music director. Installed in 1980 it is a 2/21 Reuter, Opus 1979. It is located in the chancel and speaks directly down the nave.
Reuter 1979 Specification
Great Principal 8' Gedackt 8' Octave 4' Koppelflote 4' Flachflote 2' Mixture III Trompette 8'
Swell Rohrflote 8' Gemshorn 8' Spitzflote 4' Naset 2 2/3 Principal 2' Terz 1 3/5 Cymbel II Hautbois 8'