Vox Humana Posted June 1, 2008 Share Posted June 1, 2008 On page 39 of the May 2008 Organists' Review mention is made of a two-manual organ at All Saints', Haslingfield, Cambs in which the tenor C Swell manual was completed with a Choir bass to GG. It seems that this arrangement implemented when the organ was rebuilt here since, in its previous home in Ely, the compass was the normal C on both manuals. The form the restoration took may well have been informed by internal evidence, of course; I have no information on that. In any case, I assume that there were sound historical reasons for implementing this Swell-Choir arrangement, but I would be interested in knowing more details. I do know of one early two-manual organ that had such an arrangement: the James Parsons organ of 1735 for St Andrew's, Plymouth. Here the Swell ran from middle C upwards. Given that a Choir Organ at this time was used much of the time to provide a left-hand bass for a right-hand solo on Great or Swell, it seems quite a neat way of saving money if funds were short. Does anyone know of any other early examples of a sort compass Swell being completed with a Choir bass, please? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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