Nick Bennett Posted January 15, 2006 Share Posted January 15, 2006 When I was an undergraduate in the 1970's, I used to sit across from the organ for the Sunday evening recital and evensong. I have a distinct memory of the chamades being utterly hair-raising. They sounded much closer than the rest of the organ, and had a lot of fizz. One particularly memorable occasion was when I first made the acquaintance of the "Ad Nos" fantasia. I think John Scott was playing; he was certainly the organ scholar at the time. I have been there recently and listened from a similar position butfound the chamades rather tame. In fact, I recently heard David Pipe playing "Ad Nos" there; I sat in much the same place as 30 years ago, and he used the chamades in the same places. But the effect was more muted. I don't think it's my hearing, because I can still get the same effect from other instruments with very splashy trumpets. So, have the chamades been toned down? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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