James Goldrick Posted May 7, 2007 Share Posted May 7, 2007 I'm on the verge of finishing this marvellous piece, which took a surprisingly short time as it is far simpler than I thought upon hearing it the first time. My question is, what to do about registering the two fanfare sections: The written registration is Swell 8' reeds on the first fanfare and then Tuba (or Gt. Reed) on the second. I have two recordings: Malcolm Archer at Wells who does Swell reeds first and then that colossal Tuba on the second fanfare: and my teacher Peter Kneeshaw's on the Letourneau at St Mary's Cathedral which has the brightest Tuba I've ever come across. He uses the Tuba for both fanfares and for the final flourish of arpeggios, which I think is much more exciting than the written registration. However I find both options convincing. Any thoughts? My own two regular instruments and Sydney in general are quite lacking in proper Tuba tone.* The Great Trumpet and Clarion on my Hill are certainly powerful enough to do the job properly. But I'm still undecided what to do when faced with a decent solo reed: Swell reeds then the real fireworks or to have the pyrotechnics throughout? Cheers James Goldrick *As far as I can recall, by way of Solo reeds in Sydney we have: St Andrew's Cathedral (CofE) Some quite fiery but still rather honky Letourneau Bombardes 16' and 8' (Plus a prepared for J. Whiteley Tuba from the 1930's - Can't wait!) St Mary's Cathedral (RC) As I mentioned above, a very brassy Choir Tuba which almost sounds lke a chamade. World's apart from the Willis/Harrison type. Sydney Town Hall - 16,8,4 Tubas on the Solo which don't obliterate everything else, but instead add that unmistakeable blaze to the Tutti whilst the Mixtures continue to sing above all else. St James King St. - An outspoken tenor C chamade which tends to polarise opinions. I've seen Mr. Ellis on these boards and would be interested to hear his opinion of this stop. Sydney Opera House - A selection of Trompetes on the Kronwerk which I haven't heard in a while, nor particularly remember. The 8' Ophecleide has been extended down to 16' very recently. I really should go and play them again. St Patrick's Cathedral, Parramatta (RC) - This superb transplant of the 1898 Norman & Beard organ from St Saviour's, Walton Place has the Great Tromba available on the Choir and is probably the closest in tone to the Edwardian ideal. There's a J.E. Dodd Tuba in Darlinghurst I haven't tried, and who knows? My questions mght be answered when I do. Ah, almost forgot... There is a deplorably recent example of Neo-1970's alteration done to the Holroyd and Edwards organ in the Chapel of Sydney Church of England Grammar School (Shore) which saw the addition of a Grand Trumpet opposite the main organ. Completely unnecessary given the impact of the existing Trumpet in what is a deceptively modest instrument. Oh well, we'll grow out of the habit eventually... Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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