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The Willis Organ Of Dundalk Cathedral (irl) 1900


Pierre Lauwers
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I got a CD today which deserves a mention here:

 

http://www.pipeworksfestival.com/heritage.html

 

This organ was the last big one by Henry Willis I, "Father Willis".

It dates 1900, and has fully pneumatic action.

I did not know about it and it comes with a surprise: it would be

untouched since then !

The CD with an interesting programme -as well as the belgian player-

displays an organ full of character -Mixtures included!-, beautifull,

and clear, Miles away from the modern preconceptions against organs

from that period.

Queue here.

 

Pierre

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I got a CD today which deserves a mention here:

 

http://www.pipeworksfestival.com/heritage.html

 

This organ was the last big one by Henry Willis I, "Father Willis".

It dates 1900, and has fully pneumatic action.

I did not know about it and it comes with a surprise: it would be

untouched since then !

 

Pierre

Yes, it's a wonderful organ in a good acoustic. The cathedral is a bit like a miniature version of King's College, Cambridge, but the organ is on the West wall so speaks well.

 

Mind you, I haven't heard it since about 1960!

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Whose preconceptions? This was only two years earlier (see comments on other current post) and this rather nice instrument only a few years later.

 

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Indeed: Father Willis remained fair to his own style up to the end, so that several distinct

styles co-existed in that time. That was my point, though I do effectively appreciate

*somewhat darker* colors as well! (see towards western England).

 

Pierre

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Indeed: Father Willis remained fair to his own style up to the end, so that several distinct

styles co-existed in that time. That was my point, though I do effectively appreciate

*somewhat darker* colors as well! (see towards western England).

 

Pierre

 

Hmmm - the darkest colours I can think of in our part of the West of England are at present with H & H being restored - dating from a bit later than the Willis above (1912) - Redcliffe?

 

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