pcnd5584 Posted January 7, 2005 Share Posted January 7, 2005 Does anyone know if the occasional vague rumour I have heard about a possible rebuild at Canterbury Cathedral has any substance, please? I also still wonder what happened to their 32ft. pedal flue - it does not appear on the current stop list. One still hears the occasional rumble about the Gloucester one - particularly after the cathedral's maintenance staff sawed it up in situ, but I don't think I ever heard anyone question the disappearance of the one at Canterbury. Presumably it was ineffective, although I think personally I would have missed not even having a stopped 16ft. I wonder, too, if Ralph Downes was possibly over-hasty when he had the Gloucester 32ft. "thrown out for the irrelevance it was" and when he said that the 16ft. Bishop Flute (actually 13ft. longest pipe!) more than compensated for the lack of a 32ft. I particularly like the sound of etherial strings with (whisper it) octave couplers, being underpinned with a full-length 32p flue - an effect not possible simply by relying upon the expedient of a monster-scaled Open Wood! If the acoustic environment of the building creates the illusion of unity of sound-source, (as Gloucester did) then surely there is no problem. In any case, there were already two other pedal stops outside the case: the Flute and the Sub Bass (upside-down) so the question of the entire instrument being within the case was not strictly accurate. I would, however say that I find the Gloucester organ one of the most exciting and stimulating instruments in the UK. Any thoughts? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
Please sign in to comment
You will be able to leave a comment after signing in
Sign In Now