5668cccp Posted August 20, 2005 Share Posted August 20, 2005 Can knowledgeable members tell me what it is about Cavaille-Coll soubasse 16ft pedale stops that is so extraordinary? (I've played quite a few in France and Holland) There seems to be a harmonic development and accurate speech that put almost all English bourdons to shame. The C-C ones seem to be capable of sustaining soft and quite loud combinations equally well (Gerard Brooks commented on this quite recently in "Organist's Review) ,and they don't cough or ooze into speech,having a sort of pervasive quality. I seem to remember W L Sumner saying years ago that the replacement of the English bourdon by a C-C soubasse was the single thing that would most render English organs infinitely more musical. Was it sheer quality of construction? ...I know that C-C used very good timber and that money was no object when it came to artistic value Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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