Rohrflöte Posted November 16, 2009 Share Posted November 16, 2009 I have had the opportunity to play the Tamburini organ at St Hugh's College chapel, in Oxford. It's specification is as follows: 8' Bordone Bass (to B just below middle C) 8' Bordone Soprani (from middle C) 4' Flauto 4' Ottavao 2' XV 1 1/3' XIX 1' XXII 8' Cornamusa (from middle C) 16' Subbasso, with manual to pedal coupler. I wonder how Sig. Tamburini intended the Cornamusa to be used in this instrument. It is installed in a small and acoustically dry chapel, and the sound of the Cornamusa stop is particularly strident. It sounds rather like a cross between a Vox humana and a bagpipe, and is quite piercing.* Given that it begins at middle C, it can only be usefully paired with the 8' Bordone bass, which is significantly quieter. Adding any of the other stops makes the situation worse, since they are all at 4' pitch or above and are full length. I confess that the Cornamusa remains sadly unused for the most part, both by me and by the organ scholars at the College. Has anyone come across one of these stops anywhere else? It seems particularly unusual on such a small specification. Can anyone shed any light on how this stop might have been / might be used in either historical or contemporary context, and some suggestions of what music might work well? * OrganStops.org has this to say: http://www.organstops.org/c/Cornemeuse.html Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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