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Hi! Its stops (Principal in pine, Octave, Fifteenth, Nineteenth, Twenty-second, Fiffaro/Cornetta, Night Horn in VIII, Wood Flute in XII, Twenty-sixth, Twentyninth) are the ones that are typical of Italian organ art in the classical period.
I'm not familiar with all the Stops listed, is a night horn in V111 a mixture stop ? and is a wood flute in X11 also a mixture.
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Quote from: dragonser on July 27, 2011, 09:52:57 PMI'm not familiar with all the Stops listed, is a night horn in V111 a mixture stop ? and is a wood flute in X11 also a mixture.Hi!I'd imagine Nachthorn or Cor de Nuit 8ft and Nasard 12th might have been the source of these translations. A Fiffaro/Cornetta is mentioned:http://www.eccher.it/gb/Gli-strumenti/and there is a picture of the instrument onhttp://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giorgio_QuestaSadly Google Translate is having difficulties accessing the page :-(I'm having difficulties tracking down the Fiffero but it's mentioned onhttp://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elenco_di_registri_per_organoand I think it's a tremulating stop of some sort David P
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Apocryphally he took his organ to a redundant church in the middle of a wood by a lake to do a recording session. He was as obsessively perfectionist about everything and he took great care in everything, the quality of the equipment, the microphones etc . . . The recording session had a problem: the lake adjacent was home to frogs. They croaked and croaked loudly. Of course this not only annoyed him but ruined the recording. Apparently they croak particularly in spring to attract mates. Accordingly, Giorgio went to the local chemist and ordered a particularly large quantity of Potassium Bromide (reputedly used in tea for similar purposes by the British Army). Reputedly he put it in the lake . . . and the frogs stopped croaking.The recording went well after that. Very well apparently . . . until the very last note. Working late into the silence of the night he had not banked on the final hazard - an owl hooted. Sadly on account of this he destroyed the whole recording.On another occasion, there is a monastery near Genova where concerts are held in the summer, but it's only accessible by boat . . . Giorgio was booked to play there and the audience turned up . . . but there was a problem. Realising that his precious organ would have to go on the boat, and that there was no other way, he refused to allow the organ to be loaded onto the boat . . . in case the boat was sunk by sharks.
...I note that since filling in more details about this mad genius musician, which are so extreme by any measure as to be hopefully both serious and entertaining, my "karma" rating has dropped two points. . . It would be sociable for people who receive negative scores to know why . . . - the fact that Moderators of this forum haven't got away without negative points says either that they, and I, must be doing something wrong - or otherwise right by way of offering challenging views. ...Best wishesDavid P
This can be for an obvious variety of reasons. It is quite impossible to deduce aspects of temperament by the appearance of the pipe heights however 'supreme' the maker may be. It is impossible to make a rank of pipes to critical exact lengths as we all know well.
Best of luck with that and it would be interesting to learn which temperament you think this one belongs to.Unfortunately the laws of physics will outgun perfectionism every time.
Quote from: David Pinnegar on July 29, 2011, 06:58:35 PM This photograph is particularly interesting for it shows by the length of the pipes the extent to which unequal temperament may be built into the instrument . . .