Colin Harvey Posted February 20, 2008 Share Posted February 20, 2008 Oh dear, I've succumbed. Seeing the photos of the church of St Matthews, Auckland and the spec of the organ HW & Sons are building made me wonder what I would want if I were the church authorities there. Please bear in mind this isn't an attack on the work Willises are doing - I fully support their project and I think the spec is very good. But it did get my imagination working... The premise of the organ remains the same - a fairly traditional English Romantic organ of around 4 manuals and 50-60 stops, taking up the same space as the organ Willis are proposing. This is what I came up with. Great Organ (South side, facing west) Double Open Diapason 16 (prospect pipes) Open Diapason 8 (prospect pipes) Claribel Flute 8 Gambe 8 (prospect) Principal 4 Harmonic Flute 4 Twelfth 2 2/3 Fifteenth 2 Mixture IV (1 1/3) Trumpet 8 Clarion 4 Cornet V (from Tenor C) Solo to Great Swell to Great Choir to Great Swell Organ (South side, facing north, enclosed) Bourdon 16 Open Diapason 8 Stopped Diapason 8 Echo Gambe 8 Voix Celestes 8 Principal 4 Stopped Flute 4 Flautina 2 Mixture V-VI (2', with tierce) Contra Fagotto 16 Cornopean 8 Oboe 8 Clarion 4 Tremulant Octave Sub Octave Unison off Solo to Swell Choir Organ (North Side, Facing West) Open Diapason 8 (prospect pipes) Stopped Diapason 8 Dulciana 8 Quintadena 8 (later addition to post - sorry... quintadenas are much mis-represented) Principal 4 Flute 4 Nazard 2 2/3 Block Flute 2 Tierce 1 3/5 Larigot 1 1/3 Mixture V (2') Dulciaan 16 (16' Clarinet/Cremona) Trumpet 8 Tremulant Solo to Choir Swell to Choir Great to Choir Great reeds on Choir Solo Organ (North Side, facing South, Enclosed) Harmonic Flute 8 Concert Flute 4 Viole di Gambe 8 Viole Celestes 8 Clarinet 8 Orchestral Oboe 8 Tuba 8 Tremulant Octave Sub Octave Unison Off Great Reeds on Solo Pedal Organ (Both sides, giving pipes for north cases where possible) Contra Violone 32 (ext - bottom notes if horizontal made of wood) Open Diapason 16 (metal, prospect) Violone 16 (prospect) Bourdon 16 Principal 8 (prospect) Bass Flute 8 Fifteenth 4 Mixture VI (2 2/3) Contra Trombone 32 Trombone 16 Bassoon 16 (full length) Trumpet 8 Solo to Pedal Swell to Pedal Great to Pedal Choir to Pedal E-P action. Detatched Console. Basically, my thoughts are: The Great and Choir face west into the transepts towards the nave. Both have big principal choruses to lead the congregation. They can be used in dialogue - imagine the Dorian Toccata on this organ... They also have contrasting flutes and strings for quieter combinations. Great and Swell on the south side are reflected by choir and solo on the north side for antiphonal work Choir and Solo speak into the chancel for a more diffuse sound to the Great and Choir as heard from the nave. The Tuba would speak west from the north side, maybe en chamade internally. There would be matching cases on the North and South side, both on the fronts facing west and the frontages facing into the chancel. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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