Vox Humana Posted June 21, 2007 Share Posted June 21, 2007 Flippin' marvellous, innit? A mere two days after posting my diatribe about Maltese hunters I get asked whether I can give a recital "on a true mediaeval organ" at St John's Co-Cathedral in Valletta. It seems almost too coincidental to be true, but in fact I'm quite certain it was just that - a coincidence. Talk about ambivalent feelings! But principles are principles. So I turned the offer down with a polite, but honest explanation. It really hurt to do it though. The idea quite took my fancy and I would genuinely have loved to do it. I looked up the instrument on the net, but it seems very little known. The only meaningful information about it seems to be this page on Ruffatti's site. The organ is an Italian one of 1579 so is strictly a Renaissance rather than a medieval instrument - but that is probably rather over-egging the case as far as the sound goes since it seems that only the display pipes have survived and even they have had to be revoiced.* From the photos it looks as if the organ has one manual, about ten stops and just a few pedal keys. Does anyone have a specification or any further information? It's all purely academic, of course, but I'm curious. * Note the speculation about the fate of inner pipes. It rings all too true, unfortunately. It almost sounds like the desperate lengths to which alcoholics will go to get a drink. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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