Guest email@example.com Posted January 2, 2006 Share Posted January 2, 2006 A while ago we were challenged to suggest some entirely new stops. This did not get very far, and got a bit bogged down with weird mixtures! There certainly have been a few of these, particularly in the late 60's from Grant Degens and Bradbeer - a firm which I always respected for pushing the envelope. Flute Celestes are not new, but they are extremely rare in this country. Let us not confuse the real thing with Dulciana-style Unda Maris stops - beautiful as they can be in their way. I shall list the ones I know. Please add to this list if you know of any I don't. I invite comments both pro and anti, but IMHO these stops definitely give another dimension. Westminster Cathedral - Willis III Choir Organ (at 8') Westminster Abbey - Choir Organ (8' and 4') here, existing stops (one of them very ancient) were tuned to work in pairs with others at Simon Preston's instigation Notre Dame de France - B.C.Shepherd and Sons - Choir (8') Mormon Tabernacle, Hyde Park - HN&B (It is thirty+ years since I played but I seem to remember both Gemshorn and Flute celestes, Swell/Choir)* Llandaff Cathedral - HN&B (Spitzflute Celestes 8' on the Swell - these are border-line Diapasons) I have installed a couple in house organs - one useful thing in this context is that both tone and pitch can be just right to give a good (correctly tuned) Tierce by extension upwards. of course if you're going to the trouble of this, you have to have a 4' extension too - they are even more alarmingly seductive in sound. Not very common in Europe, these are popular stops in America - and, although a touch of luxury, I can't imagine why so few organ builders over here seem to have tried them. Of course, in an ill-heated church, you can sometimes get a similar effect by coupling your Choir and Swell 8' flutes together, but I am talking about a proper stop - tuned for the purpose and of sufficient strength. If anyone is moved to experimenting, I can reassure you in at least one respect - unlike string ranks, you can get a pretty good beat between flute celeste ranks that are not of even slightly similar construction. It obviously works better (as do conventional beating strings) if the ranks are not placed next to each other on the soundboard. *Off at a tangent again! I venture to suggest this was the last really good organ that HN&B built. It was 100% new and all of a style. In an unhelpful building it really 'worked'. Similar - but somewhat worked over recently by R&D is Ellesmere College Chapel, Shropshire Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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