SomeChap Posted September 24, 2019 Share Posted September 24, 2019 Is Florence Cathedral's the most impossible reverberation in the world? I read somewhere it's about 20 seconds - certainly I remember the building just never fell silent during a service when I was there. Mascioni did a major rebuild in 2017 and I found their solution interesting (if perhaps not surprising) given the ocean of reverberation. There are eight manual divisions in six different locations around the dome, and four consoles! - NE segment of the dome = Great Organ (and main pedal organ, I think) - SE segment of the dome = Swell Organ - On wheels = Positive Organ (with its own pedal stops) (added 1990) - S of the dome at floor level = Choir Organ (with its own pedal stops) (c. 1970?) - N transept = 'Chapel Great' (with its own pedal stops) - N transept = 'Chapel Swell' - S transept = 'Echo Great' (with its own pedal stops) (added 2017) - S transept = 'Echo Swell' (2017) It seems the transepts are used as separate liturgical spaces so it seems to make sense for each to have its own organ. The five-manual and four-manual consoles control the whole lot (don't know why you need both); a 3-man console in the N transept controls the chapel organ plus the Great Organ, and a 2-man console in the S transept controls the Echo organ and the Swell organ. Phew! Anyone heard it? There's an impromptu demo here (terrible audio): link (youtube) - and a verbal description here which I've used as a basis for this post, though my Italian is far from reliable: link (youtube) Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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