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Re: Organs that train our ears
« Reply #61 on: April 01, 2013, 07:36:01 PM »
Indeed, Eric; I'd add that this organ might well have signed the end
of the Neo-baroque period, i.e., a "baroque" style that is not a true
baroque one.
Now we can build credible organ after a variety of styles. It is to be hoped
that Go-art and others continue to gather the knowledge about those styles
we need to preserve them all, and have them represented worldwide, in just
the quantity necessary to "train our ears", to learn to appreciate and enjoy them
all. And to get rid of the changing fashions that have been so destructive in the past
-up to nearly the present-.

I add an example.
Here is a reed stop that is the opposite to the british late-romantic ones: a Dulzaina
"en chamade":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5F0Zvt11TrM

....And it is exactly as precious and worthwhile.

Best wishes,
Pierre
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Re: Organs that train our ears
« Reply #62 on: April 02, 2013, 07:42:03 PM »
Here is a 1916 pneumatic organ by Göbel of Königsberg, Eastern Prussia
(Today Kaliningrad):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1dTMEbJz8w&list=UUjYTAOLN-_FADeqYnqZUc-Q&index=8

(Do not miss the second half of the video, which displays incredebly beaudiful
foundation stops).
Mr Poplawsky is one of the best improvisators in Poland)

Best wishes,
Pierre

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Re: Organs that train our ears
« Reply #63 on: April 09, 2013, 11:44:29 AM »
Riga Cathedral -the giant Walcker organ- displays here wonderfully
the free-reed Clarinet and the traditionnal Walcker Mixtures:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3F42C4mZIM

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Pierre

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Re: Organs that train our ears
« Reply #64 on: June 10, 2013, 06:16:54 PM »
Hi!

I posted a video a little while ago which I thought it unfair to talk too openly about but the relevant issues have been well touched upon in the comments that have been posted on YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/all_comments?v=15TY3YwpTKs

Being a traditionalist I bemoan the reordering of churches, the doing away with pews, the bringing of an instrument out of the chancel, of obscuring windows, but perhaps the instrument at Kingston Parish Church by Frobenius does indeed provide a versatility for the repertoire and perhaps it might involve congregations in actually singing hymns engaging with music as part of the nave rather than merely broadcasting from on high in the chancel.

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David P
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Re: Organs that train our ears
« Reply #65 on: June 11, 2013, 10:03:23 AM »
Hi

I think the West Gallery position is far better than any chancel chapel - and there's no real reason (and many advantages) to having the choir on the main axis of the building as well.

Maybe the typical UK Free Church organ location (centre front) is equally good acoustically, and given good casework, also looks good - but it does rather detract the focus of attention away from where it should be - and has led to at least one comment "I see you worship a god of many voices".

For those who don't know, the theory of the arrangements in most "traditional" free churches is the baptismal pool (for churches that practice believers' baptism), then above that, usually on a low platform, the communion table, and above that again, the pulpit - the central point of the service being regarded as the "preaching of the word".  A pipe organ dominating that does rather destroy the symbolism!

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