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John Robinson

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  1. Yes, and interestingly (in this country anyway) more doctorates awarded h.c. have the right to wear a nice, bright predominantly scarlet robe, whereas those who have earned their doctorate by academic means (eg, PhD, EdD, etc) have rather less 'showy' robes! Fair? Well, it really doesn't bother me, my having neither!
  2. This book is well worth it. Sadly, I bought mine before the free DVD was on offer!
  3. Bearing in mind how names change over time, is it possible that they were referring to a Cornet?
  4. I thought I'd try this out and typed in 'pipe organ instrument' (without the quotes), bearing in mind that if you should mention the word 'organ' to the man in the street you are likely to end up discussing something completely unrelated to musical instruments! Every one of the links on the first page was, in fairness, pertinent to the pipe organ. Predictably, I suppose, all three adverts at the top of the page were for digital organs or keyboards.
  5. Ah, that makes more sense. That would provide 1,073,741,823 possible sounds then. Quite an acceptable choice!
  6. Thanks, I suspected as much. I have seen a cross-section image of a soundboard on which sit two adjacent strings including a celeste rank, so I assumed it must work.
  7. I wonder what happens with a 2-rank stop, such as Unda Maris I-II 8' Would these ranks be positioned well apart from each other, bearing in mind that they would, presumably, be on the same slider? I'm sure someone here will know for sure.
  8. 3 stops?! Well that would provide, by my calculations, a maximum variety of sounds amounting to no less than SEVEN! (23)-1
  9. I agree. However, although I have never heard it, I believe that the pipe organ there can only be described as pretty weedy anyway. That place really needs a big organ and, as has been said, one that can shout down the tourists!
  10. Using Google Translate, I see that the author is 'not completely in favour' of the use of a toaster in St Peter's!
  11. Clearly, he knew students and their proclivities!
  12. You should visit the new organ in Manchester Cathedral. Some of the pedal pipes are easily within reach of anyone in a side chapel - even the 32' reed tuning springs!
  13. Yet you see voicers blowing into pipes actually within the organ (rather than in the voicing shop)!
  14. Good news, then. Far more educational establishments teaching organ than I was aware of. Thank you both.
  15. I wasn't aware of this. What a shame. I expect that there will be very few university music departments offering organ tuition now, apart from at least some of the Oxbridge colleges.
  16. How about if the two ranks were to be placed together, yet their mouths facing away from each other?
  17. I found this reference to that (unique) stop on this site: https://list.uiowa.edu/scripts/wa.exe?A2=piporg-L;8d4a4bec.9912A The Pedale Dermogloste 8' in the Danion-Gonzales at Beauvais Cathedral is one of many stops in that organ retained from the original 1827 organ by Cosyn. It's an 8' reed stop of the Basson type, with leathered shallots; hence the name, derived from Greek, meaning something like "skin/tongue". Its original pitch was 12', as the Pedale went to low FF. But in 1922 the Pedale was rebuilt to standard C compass and the low 7 notes disappeared, making this an 8' stop. N
  18. Yes, I can appreciate that. I wasn't aware that the Spanish had the same system of state ownership of all churches as does France. Presumably, the state wasn't about to refurbish the organ (and I understand that there are many historical organs in Spain that are in need of restoration) so perhaps they could have taken the sisters' work as a gift and thanked them! Yes, you are right. There does need to be some provision in place to prevent damage to organs by those who are not capable of the work and in that respect we are lucky. Hopefully, the work done on the Spanish organ was done p
  19. My opinion is that it rather depends on how well the organ was repaired. Assuming that the instrument was repaired in a professional and conservative fashion, I wonder whether this is just another case of rampant bureaucracy, typical of what we British are especially good at!
  20. Yes, I'm sure he could. However, it can be looked at very simply. Pull out an 8' Diapason, then add another (if your have one!) and see how little difference it makes to volume. Start with the 8' Diapason again, then add a 4' Principal. Adding the octave makes far more difference. That, of course, is the whole thing about organs based on Baroque principles, where power is obtained by adding different pitches. As for the history, I suspect that it may have started, as already intimated, by having 8' Diapasons in both east and west fronts of organs positioned in the tr
  21. Yes, indeed. Duplication of ranks to increase power was certainly not uncommon in those days, but ten 4' Principals above four 8' diapasons? This is why I suggested a possible mistake. And, yes, at York there was an East Great and a West Great at that time (Elliott and Hill) which was said to be ineffective, so that could account for the number of duplicated stops although the disparity between 8' and 4' principal-toned stops is still very strange. As it happened, Hill later made improvements: http://www.npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=N03909 which led to a much more logical
  22. Sorry, too late! My apologies; I hadn't seen this thread.
  23. Then there's this: http://www.npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=N03908 the veracity of which I seriously doubt! Who would include four Open Diapasons on the Great along with no less than TEN Principals?
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