The African nation, Niger, issued a mini-sheet of 4 stamps in 2015 honoring George Frederick Handel. The four stamps each include a different portrait of the composer and a varying background. Three of the four stamps identify the background as representative of UR: the opera Ottone; LL, the opera Orlando; LR, the oratorio Messiah. The UL stamp show an unidentified pipe organ facade. Not knowing all the instruments associated with Handel all that well, I cannot identify the organ shown. Indeed, it may be an artist's rendering of a generic instrument. The selvage shows yet another image of the composer, at work on the score of Messiah. My copy of the mini-sheet is unused, a gift from Mark Jameson.
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'