Tony Newnham Posted May 24, 2008 Share Posted May 24, 2008 What I have arrived it, is an instrument on which it would be possible to play a great deal of repertoire, and even repertoire not specifically written for organ, but which has a place in the classical tradition; namely music for harmonium. The idea of having a reed organ "Orchestral" division is not new, and has been done by the German organ-builder Schlag & Soehn in Poland. The great thing about free-reeds, is the way that they can produce great sonority, even in a living-room, and this is what attracted me to the idea. By having free reeds under double expression, it would permit all sorts of interesting pipe/free reed combinations, in much the same way as the familiar German Physharmonica register. The provision of a free-reed 16ft Violone would also add gravity to a pedal organ otherwise restricted to a stopped 16ft bass. The Westmorland Harp is a novelty idea, which would produce a quite dull-sounding percussion voice of some beauty. There is a precedent to this in the natural history museum located, I believe, in Keswick. Here is my paper idea:- ORGAN TOTALLY ENCLOSED PEDAL Gedact Bass 16 Unit A Flute 8 Unit B Geigen 4 Unit C Dulzian 16 Ext unit D Dulzian 8 Ext unit D Dulzian 4 Ext unit D MAN 1 (Upper) Rohrflute 8 Unit E Celeste (AA) 8 Unit F Salicional 8 Unit G (haskelled bass) Gemshorn 4 Unit H Recorder 2 Unit A Tierce 1.3/5 Unit F Mixture (19.22) II Unit G (19th) Unit H (22nd) Dulzian 16 Unit D Dulzian 8 Unit D MAN 2 (Lower) Gedact 8 Unit A Dulciana 8 Unit I Geigen Principal 4 Unit C Rohrflute 4 Unit E Nazard 2.2/3 Unit G Picollo 2 Unit A ORCHESTRAL DIVISION (free reeds under double expression) PEDAL Violone 16 Melodic Diapason 8 MANUAL 2 Cor Anglais 8 Melodic Diapason 8 Vox Humana 8 Salicet 4 Westmorland Harp - (tuned polished slate blocks) COUPLERS Man 1 - Man 2 Man 1 to Pedal Man 2 to Pedal MM Hi Why not also install harmonium tredles for the free reed section, with an "Expression" stop, and really make the most of their versatility? I suspect that a manul 16ft in this division would be useful. 16fts appear very early in reed organ stop lists - they gaive some weight, and tend to counteract the otherwise very bright, treble sound of reeds. Every Blessing Tony Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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