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Add a fourth keyboard on an authentic Mutin-Cavaillé-Coll of 1903, inaugurated by Widor? Are you crazy? :lol::lol:

These week-end I will play these organ with the fourth symphony of Louis Vierne in concert. You can believe me : there's nothing to add at this very beautifull organ!

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... I had never heard of the piece until I came across this clip which is played by Philippe Delacour on the 1903 Cavaillé-Coll Organ of Notre-Dame, Metz. Not as big an organ as Notre Dame, Paris but a grand sounding instrument nonetheless ...

Dave

 

For the record, this pleasant organ is considerably smaller than that at Nôtre-Dame de Paris. I have a copy of the video recording from which this clip is taken. The specification is given in the accompanying booklet. I am happy to write it up and post it here, should anyone be interested.

 

And, no - not a pipe of this beautiful instrument should be touched. Neither should it be augmented in any way. As Harry Wood (formerly of H&H) once said: "When we find perfection, we leave it alone."

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"The specification is given in the accompanying booklet. I am happy to write it up and post it here, should anyone be interested."

(Quote)

 

It is on the Website I linked to above, with details for each stop.

("Technique")

Pierre

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"The specification is given in the accompanying booklet. I am happy to write it up and post it here, should anyone be interested."

(Quote)

 

It is on the Website I linked to above, with details for each stop.

("Technique")

Pierre

Yes it is - next time I shall read through your posted links thoroughly, Pierre.

 

I am on holiday, after all....

 

B)

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Absolutely. Imagine how long her 'CV' will be when she gets into her teenage years and beyond!!

 

The YouTube clips are indeed my daughter, Karen Christianson. Your compliments are very kind! There are 10 clips under my account there, "davidchristianson", if you would like to peruse further.

 

Her next performance on a Mander instrument will be the Princeton University Chapel in December; she will also be performing at Ely Cathedral next summer. Her website is http://home.comcast.net/~karen.christianson if you would like to look over her current recital and concert schedule (click on "Events"). You can read about some of her accomplishments in the "Highlights" sections.

 

Thank you again for your kind words --

 

Best regards to all,

 

David Christianson

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Guest Nigel ALLCOAT

A student of mine sent me this link. It might not be to everyone's taste as it is a transcription and the organ somewhat over large. But historically readers might be interested in the Wannamaker Store organ played by this splendid young fellow who at 16 became the assistant organist there.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60o6GgHhPfU

 

Best wishes,

Nigel

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Another one from me

This piece certainly does not deserve the obscurity into which it has descended - I confess to having become quite obsessed by it since stumbling across the work a few years ago. I finally played it as a voluntary last fall, and was even more taken by it as I learned the piece. Maybe I'm nuts, but.....

 

 

Enjoy!

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Thank you Nigel for the Wanamaker clip. I wish Debenhams in Stratford-upon-Avon had something similar! Here is the stoplist..

 

http://www.wanamakerorgan.com/stoplist.html

 

The string division is especially boggling for the mind with its multiplicity of orchestral violins.

 

This...

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5Z8goeFzzQ...feature=related

 

...of James Lancelot at St. Sulpice (with Daniel Roth assisting and advising - look out at 5.18!), is great!

 

P

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Thank you Nigel for the Wanamaker clip. I wish Debenhams in Stratford-upon-Avon had something similar! Here is the stoplist..

 

http://www.wanamakerorgan.com/stoplist.html

 

The string division is especially boggling for the mind with its multiplicity of orchestral violins.

 

All that and not a Dulcet to be seen! (see nuts and bolts correspondence)

 

This...

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5Z8goeFzzQ...feature=related

 

...of James Lancelot at St. Sulpice (with Daniel Roth assisting and advising - look out at 5.18!), is great!

 

P

 

My goodness that was quick, especially on an unfamiliar instrument.

 

JC

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The Dulciana does not belong to the Strings family, but to the Principals.

 

Pierre

 

Yes, I know that Pierre, it was meant to be a joke, but was obviously not very amusing. However, the Wanamaker organ does have Dulcianas in its string division and the 4' examples are called Octave Dulciana, not Dulcet.

JC

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The Dulciana does not belong to the Strings family, but to the Principals.

 

That all depends upon the organ builder, though. Whilst it was so when Green introduced it (and I personally prefer a Dulciana to sound like more like a small-scale diapason than a string), they sometimes are voiced somewhat more like a Salicional.

 

I appreciated your joke, JC!

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Later Dulcianas, particularly in the U.S. and in continental Europe,

are sometimes soft strings; they should bear another name.

We need to keep the real thing !

 

Pierre

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