Vox Humana Posted April 20, 2007 Share Posted April 20, 2007 I recently bought a copy of Franck's L'organiste and was intrigued by the way he registers the harmonium. In particular he seems fond of using a 4' stop for the lower part of the keyboard and a 16' for the upper part. How far should one reproduce these pitches when playing the pieces on a pipe organ? Do we know what the organists of Franck's time did? The only other harmonium music I have is the volume of Vierne's Pièces en style libre that includes the Berceuse and Carillon. Vierne helpfully specifies the registration both for the harmonium and for the organ, but he seems to have spaced the textures with the pipe organ in mind, so everything is based on 8' pitch and there are none of Franck's imaginative textures. Incidentally, L'organiste is great stuff for players of modest technique - and advanced players too for that matter. Good quality music and none of it at all difficult (not even the pieces in 6 flats). Everyone should have a copy. A selection of movements are available here, but it really is worth buying the whole collection. Kalmus publish one edition which I've only glanced at briefly, but it looks as if it might be a straight reprint of the original edition. The edition I chose was the Wiener Urtext which draws on both the original print and Franck's MSS. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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