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José Gallardo Alberni

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  1. No, I don't think so. I think they simply were a lid with a hinge, moving up and down when treading on a pedal.
  2. Hi, This is a not very known subject, and the mecanism is not sophisticated. There were five kinds of swellboxes: - An upper lid, completely movable (in the modest organs, perhaps the first used) - An upper lid, with a quarter of it completely movable (in the first half of 18th century, and rather rare) - A wide stop, in form of a slide with holes (first half of 18th century) - Several lids: upper, sides, front (from 1778, Jordi Bosch) - Blinds and jalousies (19th centuty) The organist used them by means of: - Pedal, like the Spanish contras - Stirrup (in shoe-shape) -
  3. Hi! I owed you some details about the Spanish swellboxes and their firs time built in 1659. There are the details. I enclose the Spanish text (for those who read this language) and my very very bad translation. I apologize for two things: for the delay (I should have post this more quickly) and for my bad translation (I am ashamed of it). Thank you very much to all you! ----------------------------------------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Extrated from Jesús Ángel de la Lama, S.J.: El Órgano Barroco Es
  4. For me, "Tocatta, Adagio and Fugue in C major" BWV 564 and "Prelude and Fugue St.Anne" BWV 552.
  5. Let me do a little research and I will post here some details (if found).
  6. As I wrote some months ago, as far as I know the first swellbox was built in 1659. Specifically, by Fr. Joesph de Echevarría for the organ in San Diego de Alcalá Church in Eibar (Guipuzcoa)... again the Basque country.
  7. Yes, perhaps it is the most straightfoward ways to get it!
  8. In Spain, the organ music has blown from the Cathedral and the Church. I mean, although there are organis in the chapters, both males and females only play concerts (mainly). Even the choral tradition is lost... only guitars and another "modern" instruments... By the way, in my humble opinion, the best Spanish organist is a female, and she is called Monserrat Torrent.
  9. BTW, I suppose you know some of the most famous Spanish composers such as Cabezón, Cabanilles, Correa de Arauxo... don't you? They are well known in the organ world, more that 20th century (more or less) composers such as Guridi, Torres,...
  10. Did you mean Eduardo Torres? If so, you can purchase some of his organ works here: Boileau At least, some of his most famous works, such as "Saetas" (I sent them to one member of this forum some time ago). If you have some issue related to Spanish language or similar, do not hesitate to ask me. Ok?
  11. As an Spanish, I like very much Iberian music. Perhaps Antonio de Cabezón is worth of beeing considered. Also, I like very much Jesús Guridi's work, above all, "Tríptico del Buen Pastor" (Good Shepherd's Triptic). For not Spanish composers, I like also very much Mendelssohn...
  12. Good article! Yes! But, Royal Palace's Organ is superb! Thanks!
  13. I do not post here since a lot of time but now I do it for offering my condolences to John Pike and his family. Greetings from Spain.
  14. Another photo of this organ: (I know it's offtopic but I cannot resist) http://galeon.hispavista.com/alf_esteban/tamara.htm
  15. My source is the books of Jesús Ángel de la Lama, S.J. called "El órgano barroco español" (something like a bible...) It seems that the first swell box was built, as I said, by Fr. Joseph de Echavarria in Eibar (Guipuzcoa) in 1659. He did this task since this year to 1692 (when he died). He put in this swellbox two stops: a stopped flute and a cornet (another bad known stops outside and inside Spain). The web site could be interesting, but... I am not scholar in organbuilding (only an amateur) and my english is very very bad. Do you want to see an astonishing organ? Look at this: http:
  16. According to my acounts, the first horizontal reed stop in Spain was built in 1659 (built by Josep Echevarría in Alcalá de Henares) and in the same year (1659) and the same organbuilder built the first swell box (in spanish, more or less "echo box").
  17. Well, for example you have the following organists: Joan Cabanilles (1644-1712) Gabriel Menalt (1657-1687) Josep Elies (1687-1755) Miguel López (1669-1723) and many more... Cabanilles was organist at Valencia Cathedral. His organ was this one: http://www.carolinaclassical.com/paco/cabanilles.html nowadays destroyed. As you can see, it had reed stops. In any case, it's likely that Cabanilles's organ would have chamades. Take into account that one of the first reed stops of Spain was built at Huesca's Cathedral in 1588. And yes, perhaps French music (baroque) is more suita
  18. It is supposed that if you go to the cathedral no sunday morning (moreover at 12 o'clock) you should hear the organ. But if you go there in August, it could be hard (seasons are seasons!) About what did the organists play... not only Cabanilles but Correa and much more. These reed stops are "very Spanish" (or Iberian) and the composers wrote a lot of pieces. For example, the Tientos (both left and right hand). Moreover, I almost think that spanish baroque organs are only suitable for this music. If you heard a Franck piece in a iberian organ, it looks horrible. The three main features of i
  19. As far as I know, they are twin organs nowadays, both inside and outside. But, Epistle side is the organ which is played normally. The one in Gospel side needs a restoration also. (Granada's cathedral have twin cases but the contents are different.) Yes I have listened to this organ and its sound is really astonishing. The reeds are powerful. It is a shock when you hear Cabanille's "Batalla Imperial"! Though Goggle translation is amuzing, as you realize it is "a bit" different. Basically, a "Octava tapada" is a eight foot stop which is stopped. I apologize for my poor english. Wishes!
  20. It is not necessary. You can have a look here (in Spanish, if help needed, please say it): http://www.orgacitores.com/restauraciones.htm
  21. I can write Granada and Malaga's organs original disposition if you want. They are far long...
  22. I have the impression (and it's only an impression) that this label has no distributior anywhere. I think you'll have to buy the DVD directly in the web.
  23. Thank you very much for your complete accounts!
  24. I am sorry! Obviously, I didn't write but I read! Thank you.
  25. Oh, yes! I wrote in German pages it's known as Tontentanz Orgel. Do you know why?
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