Colin Harvey Posted May 12, 2006 Share Posted May 12, 2006 In another post, I think we were all agreed that the organ at the Immaculate Conception Church in Southampton was really nasty but that the idea of it was a refreshing change from the average church organ. http://npor.emma.cam.ac.uk/cgi-bin/Rsearch...ec_index=N11626 I was just thinking what I would replace it with and thought that a neo-classical organ was just right for the the rather austere 1950s (?) building with a West Gallery and I thought up a spec for what sort of new organ I would put in this church, given the chance. Sad, I know, but let me know what you think, esp if you know the church. The organ would be mechanical and strictly Werk-prinzip, with a modern movement case, with front, sides, back and roof, with simple geometric pipe shades, as loved in the 60s and 70s, probably in natural oiled oak. Position: West gallery (choir would also move to the gallery) Great Organ (or Hauptwerk) Prinzipal 8 Gedackt 8 Octav 4 Coppel Flote 4 Quint 2 2/3 Super Octav 2 Terz 1 3/5 Mixtur IV 1 1/3 Trompet 8 Oberwerk (poss. enclosed) Lieblich Gedackt 8 Gambe 8 (4' helper bass with Lieb. Gedact) Prinzipal 4 Klein Gedackt 4 Spitz Octav 2 Larigot 1 1/3 Hobo 8 (a gentle, warm, smooth 1/2 length reed) Pedalwerk Subbass 16 Octav 8 (by transmission from Gt Prinzipal) Super Octav 4 (by transmission from Gt Octav) Fagot 16 (wood, full length) Schamei 4 usual couplers Tremulant to each manual. The Oberwerk could possibly have swell box shutters (possibly.... how much do we want deface our pure organ aesthetic with romantic excesses...) wind-blown zimbelstern. w.p. about 3 inches. I would go for large wedge bellows in the room off the gallery. The scales would be moderate but I would go for much smoother voicing than was usually the case in the 60s and 70s - more like a Flentrop from the 80s. The choruses would be straight, so a 2' principal would be about the same scale as an 8'. The scales would be toepfer scales. Mechanical action. BTW, I've modified this post - on reflection, I think an oberwerk would be better than a brustwerk - the church is quite lofty and voluminous and I think an Oberwerk would fit the character of the church better. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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