Colin Harvey Posted October 13, 2005 Share Posted October 13, 2005 Dear all, We've had posts before on ideas for a 2 manual 20 stop scheme and on a 2 manual, 38 stop scheme, which until then, I thought only existed in the realms of electronic organs. I thought it would be more testing to go the other way and design a really small organ. The same conditions apply: 1. the organ must be designed for maximum versatility performing organ repertoire. 2. The organ can have a maximum of 10 speaking stops only (e.g. excluding tremulants and couplers). I will disqualify any that have 1 stop more. 3. The organ should be over 2 manuals and pedals unless you can justify otherwise. 4. The purpose of the organ is for a small chapel with a strong music department. The organ is expected to accompany the excellent choir, accompany the congregation and perform organ repertoire by a very competent organist. The chapel - for the sake of argument - can seat 140 people in pews in collegiate fashion. Appox dimensions 60ft by 25 ft by 20 feet high at the apex of the ceiling. The room is reverberant for the size of room. The organ is situated at ground level at the west end of the chapel, speaking down the main axis. Here's a scheme to get us started. It is based on a very similar situation at Twyford Prep School. The organ is a hybrid Walker/Burton of 1870/1895. Burton was a local builder based in Winchester - very traditional Victorian builder working on a small scale. No great shakes but quite servicable stuff most of the time. The organ has just been restored by Walkers without alteration. Great Organ Open Diapason 8 Stopt Diapason 8 Principal 4 Stopt flute 4 Fifteenth 2 Swell Organ Violin Diapason 8 Gemshorn 4 Mixture II (19.22) Trumpet 8 Pedal Organ Bourdon 16 Swell to Great Great to Pedal This organ is a lovely example of Multum in Parvo. Both Diapason chorus come alive and contrast nicely with each other in music by Bach, Buxtehude, etc. There is plenty of variety on the Great organ combining 8s and 4s for Romantic music, with the swell organ behind in the traditional English Romantic fashion. The Swell organ violin diapason either works as the basis for the chorus or a quiet string under expression. The trumpet is small scale and bridges the gap between a chorus reed for full organ and a solo stop - either as a trumpet or an oboe. I played this organ and was fully aware I was dealing with a "full-size" organ which could do nearly everything bretheren twice it size could do, rather than a scaled-up practice organ. I was very impressed by this organ's flexibility, range and ability to give a very fine performance of music from all periods, renaissance, baroque, romantic, modern. Music written for very big organs was not really appropriate for the chapel but it could handle just about anything else. Any other schemes people can think of? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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