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For some time I have been trying to dig up information regarding a proposal made by Jean Guillou for a modular pipe organ called L'Orgue a Structure Variable. Which if I'm correct had originated from a book he had written back in the 70's called L'Orgue, souvenir et avenir (The Organ, Remembrance and Future). Bellow I've included a video of an interview with Jean Guillou where he mentions this proposal and the reasons for this organ. Their isn't a great deal of information available regarding the design of this proposal such as the specification. But from what I know the organ would be made up of fifteen units electronically connected to a console with four manuals and pedals. Each unit would contain one or three ranks of pipes, an independent wind supply and keyboard. Their uses to be website dedicated to this project long gone but I have managed to successfully gain access to the site through an internet archive called the Way Back Machine which I have included a link to bellow. although their still isn't a great deal of information regarding the design of the organ. https://web.archive.org/web/20121115093815/http://osvguillou.pagesperso-orange.fr/index.htm As to where this project stands in development I think it is safe to say that it is pretty much at a stand still but I can't say for sure if it has been completely abandoned. But regardless of whether this organ will become a reality their has however been some development with organs like this. For example the organist Paolo Oreni has his own mobile pipe organ called Organo Wanderer, and Jean Baptiste Monnot for years has been working on a small but versatile organ called L'Orgue du Voyage.
Dear Colleagues and Friends, I hope you will forgive my posting an advertisement but a number of you asked for information concerning my forthcoming publication of Couperin's Pièces d'Orgue, which will be made available on 1 July this year. This is the first critical edition of the music to have appeared in nearly forty years and is released to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the composer's birth. Details are found below, but I thought it worthwhile mentioning that, until 26 June, any pre-orders placed will receive a discount of 20%. I apologise again if this is inappropriate to mention the edition on these pages but thought forum members would like to benefit from the pre-order offer. Jon NEW CRITICAL EDITION OF François Couperin’s two organ masses Pre-order before the 25.6 and get 20% discount on the price. Order here: https://shop.cantando.com/WorkDetail/135579/ PIECES D'ORGUE "The organ masses" Catalogue price NOK 348,- (ex VAT). Euro 37 Consistantes en Deux Meßes l’Une à l’usage ordinaire des Paroisses, pour les Festes Solemnelles, L’Autre propre pour les Convents de Religiuex, et Religieuses. François Couperin’s two organ masses were published in the autumn of 1690 when the composer was just 22 years of age. Although largely forgotten until the early years of the 20th century, they nevertheless mark a high point in the repertoire of French baroque organ composition that draws not only on the musical styles of his predecessor at Saint-Gervais, Louis Couperin, but also upon such popular contemporary musical genres as dance music, overtures and, above all, the sophisticated and lyrical intimacy associated with both the air de cour and concerted viol music. To mark the 350th anniversary of Couperin's birth, this new critical edition examines the background to the masses’ composition, reappraises both extant and lost source material and provides notes on performance practice, ornamentation and registration to help performers develop successful and stylistic interpretations. For the first time in an edition of French baroque organ music, the masses are provided appropriate chant settings to allow for their performance within a liturgical setting. Edition by Jon Baxendale Preface in English – Français Cover photo: Ken Schwarz Product information: Edition no.: C4441 ISMN: 979-0-2612-4441-1 Composer / Author: Couperin, François Title: Pièces d’orgue Detailed instrumentation: Organ Genesis of the work: 1690 Volume / Series: CANTANDO EARLY MUSIC Editor: Jon Baxendale Foreword / Introduction: Jon Baxendale Product format: Performance score(s), Anthology, Urtext edition Instrumentation: Organ Comments on the edition: With notes on performance practice by Jon Baxendale Language(s) of text: French, English Level of difficulty: 3 Publisher: Cantando Musikkforlag Binding: Hard back Pages: 186 Print run: 1st printing 2018 Availability: available on stock 1.7.2018