MusingMuso Posted February 8, 2008 Share Posted February 8, 2008 ....And so our Dulciana chorus deserves a priority!Cornets de Viols exist in E-M. Skinner organs, which are now gaining protection in the United States. Pierre ============================ Again I would go back to the music, and ask what sort of music might use a Dulciana chorus. I can't really think of anything off hand. On the other hand, the string chorus (with or without Cornet de Violes) is a valid sound. By a strange co-incidence, we may find ourselves back in the territory of Arthur Harrison/Whiteley and Healey Willan. I can think of absolutely nothing more stirring and even slightly menacing, than the opening of the Willan "Introduction, Passacaglia & Fuge" as originally recorded by Francis Jackson at York, where he used the Violes in chorus at York Minster, underpinned by a deliciously growling 16ft Violone. It really is one of the great moments in organ recording history. Forty years and more on, that recording is still the definitive one. It was also a fine alternative to a full swell effect for psalm accompaniment. On the other hand, I once heard THE most over-the-top rendition (that is the right word I think) of the "Air on the G-string" by Bach, played on a huge American instrument by, I think, Ken Cowan. The way he just piles string upon string, with the Erzahlers, is quite mind-boggling, but enormously expressive and atmospheric. It's somewhere in the archives of "pipedreams" should anyone care to look it up and listen. I think the programme was entitled "Bach on the wild side." Of course, the trouble with all these "limited use" choruses, is the sheer cost of them. It's a very expensive way to go orga-building. MM Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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