Simon Walker Posted November 3, 2010 Share Posted November 3, 2010 I thought I might ask a few of you about your opinions on this kind of organ design Here is the spec: 2009 Organ by the St. Martin firm from Switzerland. I keep picking up up the July/August 'Choir and Organ' magazine and pondering on it... It is entirely mechanical action and was built last year and has an interesting idea of grand orgue, recit expressive and resonance expressive. The 'resonance' has just 3 stops, 16/8' reeds and an open flute, and is designed to couple to either of the other two manuals and pedals as chorus reeds. In effect this enables the versitility from just a 16 stop spec of repertoire from the romantic period on an instrument which would be ultimately be more 'classical' otherwise. There are a few suggestions in the C&O magazine about how this layout might be used: North German Plenum - Recit used as Ruckpositive, Grand Orgue provides the plunum Chorus to mixture, and resonance coupled to pedal prevides pedal reed. Classical cantus firmus in pedal: Resonance Trumpet 8' coupled to pedal, or to provide ped 4' reed, use the resonance - ped 4' coupler French Romantic: Resonance coupled to swell to provide expressive chorus reeds There are other possibilities too - the 8' flute on the resonance could be used as a pedal 8'flute when coupled down, and in romantic repertoire the resonance could even achieve some use as a 'solo' division. - So lots of possibilities. I wonder whether some elements to this design could be further improved upon... It's all very well on a classical organ to have no registration aids, but on an instrument designed with the versatility to compromise to play romantic repertoire too would it be appropriate to consider some - there are already two balanced swell pedals after all! Perhaps mechanical compositional pedals to the recit and grand orgue would be useful, but on this front bringing the reeds into play on the swell (thinking about French Romantic stuff here) would be difficult, but easily overcome with a reversible Res - ped reversible compositional pedal. Also I see a problem with the baroque plenum.... You can't play on the Grand orgue with the 8' trumpet on the manuals and the 16' reed on the pedals... and surely this would be a very useful tutti when playing Bach etc... so would it be possible to have the 16' reed available to draw on the pedal by transmission? I believe the, our hosts, the Mander firm have put reeds on transmission at St. Giles Cripplegate as discussed on another topic. What do you folks think of this Spec? Anyone out there played / heard it yet? Are there any builders out there who would like to comment on this design? The organ At Girton College Cambridge (same builder) has a similar but rather larger design, which is also worth a look. http://www.npor.org.uk/cgi-bin/Rsearch.cgi...ec_index=R00476 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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