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Pierre Lauwers

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About Pierre Lauwers

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  • Birthday 23/12/1958

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    Profondeville, Belgium
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    Collector of old garden roses (pre-1900). Organ building and history<br />of the romantic organ.<br />My interest for the organ arose while visiting England, hearing english choral music "live".<br />After the collapse of the "Plenum" french Forum, I launched<br />a new one, "Organographia".

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  1. Another video with the Gebrüder Link organ of the Pauluskirche in Ulm: Pierre
  2. Here is a 1911 Mascioni organ whose pneumatic action with membrane chest is described as very accurate, quick and reliable: Pierre
  3. A new video from today: Pierre
  4. The "Amalien-Orgel", which was built for the Princess of the same name, now in Karlshorst-Berlin, has been recently restored; it is an important historic organ, built by pupils of the great Master Joachim Wagner (whom I personally rate higher as G. Silbermann). The first videos appeared on Youtube Today: See here the Website of the organ: http://www.amalien-orgel.de/index.php Pierre
  5. Back to the serious things, here is another interesting thuringian organ -not a Trost, a Rommel-: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KG5y6s1ufhU This another sound we need to learn to live with before we can appreciate. But this is what Bach had on hand, in a vast country then without cheep planes and Autobahnen..... Other video with the same organ: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYTR1ib6zrM...feature=related (By the way, as the Spec is given, note the mandatory Traversflöte is well present; one may suppose Rommel escaped the garrow that way. Had he not done so, the course
  6. And here is the next step: Fortunately I shall soon feed my roses !!! Pierre
  7. "Trost was almost the Hope Jones of the early 18th century!" (Quote) Indeed he was ! "f I were an important organ composer and then died, I think I would be tempted to haunt those who went trawling around my locality seeking out the evidence of what I heard when I was alive, and for which instruments I may have hypothetically written particular pieces." (Quote) This was exactly the argument the neo-baroque thinkers used to be left doing whatever they wanted... I do not think one should tell the player "now you draw this and that", like with the french organ music. But the fr
  8. Well, MM, I think the german organ-builders of the 18th century were freer, by far, as long as the Specifications of their organs are concerned, than those of our "democratic" times ! Pierre
  9. I wrote "When I shall see the matters here from the other side of the grass (1), you'll give me to my roses as manure". (This way, I know my tomb will be flowered..... ) (1)- From a funny saying in my own language: " Wann Ëch d'Sachen vunn d'andere Seit d' Raas seeh" Pierre
  10. Wait a minute, MM, 1)- What is the biggest baroque organ we still have in the Bach region ? 2)-Among the reports we have from Bach about the organs he assessed, what did he praise particularly in the Scheibe organ of the Paulinerkirche ? 3)- Why do we find such "experimental" stops in nearly all village baroque organs in Thuringia ? (The Traversflöte we heard above is NOT in a Trost...) Old fashionned music, maybe -but in fashionnable, experimental clothes..... Pierre
  11. There are such little gems in the first symphony already: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=et2yeK3XKrE...feature=related ....With the french music the first impressions are often deceptive, in that it seems to be somewhat "light", but this is rarely the case actually. Another especially beautiful one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5UzvstgxRI...feature=related Pierre
  12. There are indeed two discussions in one for the moment here.....The awkward thing was the baroque Traversflöte in another video. Well, I could fill some pages with Widor. 35 years ago, it was customary to despise his music completely; nowadays, some pages are fashionnable again......Save the slow pieces, which are deemed just a bit higher as supermarket music. I strongly disagree with this ! Those "little" pices -like this Adagio- are completely underrated gems. In them lies the true dramatic in Widor's music. I myself rate it 10 times higher than the Toccata. It is in those moments
  13. Two very interesting comments ! @pcnd: Indeed, one could hesitate. That stop sounds rather dull for a Gamba in the lowest part of the compass. There, it could be a Principal or a Flute. But it displays quite a degree of treble ascendancy, gaining both in strenght and timbre in the treble; this is not a Principal trait, rather an open Flute substitute, and the piece gains much in drama with it. Oscar Walcker built his Principal with wide scales, after british models, without treble ascendancy. @MM: Baroque organ = crazy organ. Indeed ! a "reasonable" baroque organ is something tha
  14. Now I come back to this very interesting point: "The timbre varied on almost every note." (Quote) ......And *gerade* (precisely, straight) this IS the baroque organ, even when it is crammed with foundation stops. The scales you cannot understand with beautiful Excell presentations, because they are completely empiric, taylored for each situation, each church. Whenever there is any "rule" behind those scales, they can rely on some kind of "magic thinking" like "sacred numbers" and so on, a "sense of proportions" that lies completely outside of any modern "logic". Most of the time
  15. It is indeed a Traversflöte (overblowing), but with string's attacks. There are such stops in any Trost organ as well. Pierre
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