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... What I do know, is that when I hear an organ with hugely prominent tierces, fairly unattractive reeds, experimental labial stops and a chorus ensemble which just doesn’t work, it isn’t my ear which needs re-training. My ear knows only too well that the organ is the work of a tonal amateur.Indeed, the Trost “experiment” cannot, I believe, be considered a success. It has all the unfortunate side-effects of an instrument built to provide specific novelty sounds, which finds a certain resonance in the master-works of Robert Hope-Jones, where tonal integrity was sacrificed on the altar of mismatched solo colours, extreme gravity and colossal basses.
Were I the organist at Walterhausen, I think I would have to install a very violent tremulant and a revolving statue of Marlene Dietrich; playing nothing but excerpts from Johnny Kander’s “Cabaret.”MM
I think we might probably have understood that you do not like Trost organs, dear MM.It is your right !But this kind of sound was not really Trost's experiment, as there are many others organs in Thuringiathat share precisely this style -by the way, did you notice the last one above was not a Trost ?-So you like Bach's music, but not the organs he heard and played 99% of his life's time.It is certainly not a problem, but it should be held in mind !(Perhaps Bach would have liked Wurlitzers after all, who knows ?)Best wishes,Pierre
An original 1737 organ without too many tierces:http://www.instrument-und-kontext.de/ik-orgel/sueddt/maihingen_disposition.php
I could describe the best romantic organs as being those in which the classical sense of tonal architecture is preserved, which would apply very much to T C Lewis, Thomas Hill and even, with a few reservations, to the organs of Father Willis and others.
The pedal pipes are wooden and were originally covered by a thin layer of tin. Traces of this can still be seen today.Regards,Andy
If you can't get into the organ, how on earth are you supposed to tune it?
Quote from: AnOrganCornucopia on April 28, 2012, 12:04:42 AMIf you can't get into the organ, how on earth are you supposed to tune it? There are no reed stops in this organ.Best wishes,Pierre
A new video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akUyqTIw-u0Thanks, Mr Dewar !Pierre
... I've also spent quite a lot of time listening to the Westminster Abbey organ and got to tinker around on it a little on one occasion. Suffice to say, I don't like it much. Very rich, very powerful, quite bright but there's just something missing. ... Plus the Bombarde division is pretty pointless - almost all of it is borrowed, so it really doesn't add much to liturgical accompaniment (unlike its counterpart at St Paul's) and those brassy trumpets are just awful, not to mention a total misfit with the rest of the organ. I'd much rather they used the top manual and stop jamb space to reconnect the Hill Celestial division, which still sits in the South Transept Triforium, awaiting an end to its so-far 76-year-long silence. ...