John Sayer Posted May 5, 2008 Share Posted May 5, 2008 I suspect that few of the good citizens of Dordrecht who hear this will ever hear a real Silbermann, and those who are lucky enough to do so may hear a demonstration, perhaps a couple of recitals and, if they are really lucky, may be able to play one for ten minutes. An accessible local copy of a Silbermann, even if imperfect, would be of far more use to most organists and audiences than a real instrument in Freiberg. I think David has a valid point here. It's difficult to form a proper impression of an historic organ from the sort of brief and superficial encounter he describes - and, let's face it, this is all most of us ever get. I've been extraordinarily fortunate in having a slightly longer acquaintance - say 3 or 4 hours - with historical instruments such as Naumburg, Jakobi Hamburg and Freiberg. I've come away humbled by the experience but I'm sure I hardly scratched the surface on any of these occasions. What knowledge or insight I may have gained is surely inadequate. It takes years to appreciate the genius of such works of art. Modern German builders have produced some creditable copies of (smaller) Silbermann instruments. I'd like to see one of our seats of musical learning have the courage to commission one for themselves instead of another boring modern compromise organ. JS JS Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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