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Peter Clark
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There seemed to be quite a few Bombarde and Organ recitals posted when we were in northern France last year - isn't a Bombarde a wind instrument like a medieval Shawm - Bretonne Folk etc. One would have thought that the noise it would make would possibly drown out an Ocarina though!

 

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One would have thought that the noise it would make would possibly drown out an Ocarina though!

Squeaks and plinks can often cut through anything. When Walton orchestrated the original organ part of his anthem The Twelve, he gave the Tuba line in the last section to the celesta!

 

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OOOOh what fun!!!!

 

I've heard a Bombarde (approximately 12" long) shout down a 3 Cavaille Coll instrument in Pontivy on some festival of the BVM. Organ and Bombarde is very popular. The French Ebay has loads of Bombardes for sale, and quite cheap. I'm almost tempted to get one, as it's simple to play with finger holes like a recorder - and bloody loud!!!!

 

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After a long search I have now found the CD of the LP - it is a wonderful sound!

 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bretagne-Bombarde-...8979&sr=1-1

 

In a previous life I wss a mandolin and whistle player in an Irish traditional music band (there were five of us, including the choirmaster of the church of which I was organist!) but we often looked beyond the Emerald Isle for inspiration so this CD was a really happy discovery. One Irish composer we played was a chap called O'Carolan, much admired, it seems , by Vivaldi.

 

Peter

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After a long search I have now found the CD of the LP - it is a wonderful sound!

 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bretagne-Bombarde-...8979&sr=1-1

 

In a previous life I wss a mandolin and whistle player in an Irish traditional music band (there were five of us, including the choirmaster of the church of which I was organist!) but we often looked beyond the Emerald Isle for inspiration so this CD was a really happy discovery. One Irish composer we played was a chap called O'Carolan, much admired, it seems , by Vivaldi.

 

Peter

 

I own a Bombarde - bought from Ebay for very little money. Never learned to play it, but great fun getting a note out of it, especially as it scared the hell out of the cat. I've heard one live in Brittany, played with a 3M Cavaille Coll, and the Bombarde won!!!!!!!!! It's a bugger to play as my wife found out (she plays the Oboe), as the pitch is controlled by holes in the body and also pressure on the reed (a Bassoon reed). Go-on get one, it's always a talking point especially at parties when we've had a tincture or twain too much - betting which one of us can actually get a scale out of the ihing!

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I own a Bombarde - bought from Ebay for very little money. Never learned to play it, but great fun getting a note out of it, especially as it scared the hell out of the cat. I've heard one live in Brittany, played with a 3M Cavaille Coll, and the Bombarde won!!!!!!!!! It's a bugger to play as my wife found out (she plays the Oboe), as the pitch is controlled by holes in the body and also pressure on the reed (a Bassoon reed). Go-on get one, it's always a talking point especially at parties when we've had a tincture or twain too much - betting which one of us can actually get a scale out of the ihing!

 

What church did you hear it in? The recording I have is a 4-man Cavaille Coll with a 32 note pedalboard (it is in fact a 1970s rebuild and enlargement of the original 3-man CC which was installed in 1874). I have a chorister who owns not one but two bombardes (from Hobgoblin who specialise in such things) which she said cost about £15.00 each. If and when she learns to play them we may do a Bombarde-Organ concert here in sunny Cardiff!

 

Peter

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I own a Bombarde - bought from Ebay for very little money. Never learned to play it, but great fun getting a note out of it, especially as it scared the hell out of the cat. I've heard one live in Brittany, played with a 3M Cavaille Coll, and the Bombarde won!!!!!!!!! It's a bugger to play as my wife found out (she plays the Oboe), as the pitch is controlled by holes in the body and also pressure on the reed (a Bassoon reed). Go-on get one, it's always a talking point especially at parties when we've had a tincture or twain too much - betting which one of us can actually get a scale out of the ihing!

 

 

That made me laugh - esp. the bit about the cat!!

 

We too have a cat that likes to sit upon the bass speaker cabinet on the home organ. As it is well away from the console, she hasn't worked out the correlation betwixt the two. The speaker only comes on at the bottom end of the 16' and the 32', she can be quite settled until the lower notes are used, and then she's off in high dugeon! She soon comes back though!

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I own a Bombarde - bought from Ebay for very little money. Never learned to play it, but great fun getting a note out of it, especially as it scared the hell out of the cat. I've heard one live in Brittany, played with a 3M Cavaille Coll, and the Bombarde won!!!!!!!!! It's a bugger to play as my wife found out (she plays the Oboe), as the pitch is controlled by holes in the body and also pressure on the reed (a Bassoon reed). Go-on get one, it's always a talking point especially at parties when we've had a tincture or twain too much - betting which one of us can actually get a scale out of the ihing!

Haha! I think we must all get one. Then we must all learn how to play it (the standard to which we can play it is not that important) and and join the nearest "music group" at the local happy-clappy church (where the organ is frowned upon or discarded) and unleash our Bombardes on the tambourines and guitars... Where they use electronic amplification, remember to ask for a microphone for your Bombarde...

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What church did you hear it in? The recording I have is a 4-man Cavaille Coll with a 32 note pedalboard (it is in fact a 1970s rebuild and enlargement of the original 3-man CC which was installed in 1874). I have a chorister who owns not one but two bombardes (from Hobgoblin who specialise in such things) which she said cost about £15.00 each. If and when she learns to play them we may do a Bombarde-Organ concert here in sunny Cardiff!

 

Peter

 

 

Pontivy - very early Cavaille Coll

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