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Inspirational instruments / Re: The Metzler at Trinity College Cambridge
« Last post by Bryan Moseley on June 13, 2017, 09:21:28 AM »
A really good recital and one of he instruments I would like to hear live.
Inspirational instruments / The Metzler at Trinity College Cambridge
« Last post by David Pinnegar on June 08, 2017, 08:39:06 PM »
It's a real pleasure to hear Radio 3 devoting time to an organ recital - and with David Goode playing Bach on the Metzler at Trinity there's real inspiration.

The history of the instrument is on

I saw reference to its "idiosyncratic" tuning and this was music to my ears. Bach really comes alive on the Metzler and relates that it's tuned to Werkmeister. If only more instruments were tuned to systems with perfect fifths . . .

Best wishes

David P
FOR SALE and WANTED / Viscount classical-style electronic organ available
« Last post by kaspencer on June 06, 2017, 12:25:35 PM »

I have been asked to post details of a Viscount classical style electronic organ which is available to any interested parties.

The organ is located in a church in West Wiltshire.

The organ is a two manual + pedals electronic instrument, manufactured by Viscount. It's age is indeterminate but it is at least 20 years old, probably more.
The pedalboard is 30-note, planar but radiating (but appears parallel in the image).

The instrument has 22 speaking stops, three divisions, tremulant on both manual divisions, and three couplers.
The stop controls are lighted rocker-style switches. They are not electro-magnetically controlled.

Manual I (Great):  Bourdon 16'   Prinzipal 8'   Flote 8'   Oktave 4'   Flote 4'   Oktave 2'   Mixtur III    Trompette 8'

Manual II (Swell): Bourdon 8'     Salzional 8'   Oktave 4'   Flote 4'  Nasard 2 2/3'   Tertz 1 3/5'   Zimbel III
Oboe 8'     Vox Celeste 8'

Subbass 16'   Prinzipal 8'   Bourdon 8'    Oktave 4'     Trompette 8'

Coupling:   I > P    II > P    II > I
Controls:   Manual II volume (rotary)    Reverberation (Delay & Volume)    Transpose    Overall Volume (pedal)
Connections: 'Phones (1/4") MIDI IN (Din-5) MIDI OUT (Din-5)

The organ is in good physical condition, but has a significant number of faults in its electronics. Most of the faults are due to worn parts and controls.

Pedalboard: There are a small number of pedal keys which do not speak, or which speak intermittently.
Controls: All controls are worn. Thus, the pedal operated volume control, as well and the Manual II Volume (Rotary) and Reverberation/Delay control, have dirty or worn potentiometer tracks which make the volume intermittently variable or occasionally silent.
MIDI: MIDI IN and MIDI OUT are present but untested. Furthermore, the MIDI Implementation details are not available, so it is not known whether the stop switches accept MIDI control, nor whether the stop control lights are MIDI controllable.
It is possible that the console could be used as a Hauptwerk two-manual MIDI console, but this is untested.


In the first instance you may contact me, Kenneth Spencer, via kas at kaspencer dot com if you wish to express an interest. Please indicate whether or not you may make a payment for the organ, and if so indicate a possible range of the payment. I will then pass your details on.

Kenneth A Spencer
House Organs / Re: Baron Albert de L'Espee
« Last post by Ian van Deurne on June 03, 2017, 07:20:09 PM »
[Hi David,
Yes, I was also amazed when I first heard about him and I will try to find out more about him if I can. However, he does seem to be a difficult man to track down. I've tried to find a portrait or a photo of him, it would be great if one existed of him playing one of his organs.  By what I've already found out about him,  it would appear that he was a painfully shy man so despite his obvious wealth might never had consented to such a intrusion into his own closeted world, but I'm still hoping that there maybe such a picture of him somewhere.
As to your two pictures, the lower one is the first organ that he had installed at Biarritz. The upper picture which I hadn't seen before must be of the second instrument installed in the mansion after he could find no buyer for it but couldn't bear to be without an organ to play the Ride of the Valkyries or other such Wagnervarian offerings. Incidentally, I would love to know what publications of Wagner's works that were transcribed for the organ and who transcribed them.  My first thought was Sigfrid Karg-Elert but of course I quickly realised that he would have been far too young for the period we are dealing with here.
Anyway, I'll try to get more information about our favourite Baron if and when I can.  I must admit that I have been  totally intrigued by this guy and that he's the most wonderful personally Ive found in the world of the organ for a very long time.

With best wishes
Organ Music and Repertoire / Re: Repertoire for Single Manual with Pedals
« Last post by diapason on May 30, 2017, 02:57:34 PM »
A friend of mine, a concert organist from Latvia, used to play French Romantic repertoire on one-manual and pedal organs in a few Somerset village churches.  Lots of quick registration changed, and sometimes a bit of judicious re-arrangement, and it worked.  I heard her play the Franck Chorale No 3, Widor Toccata and Vierne Carillon de Westminster along with major Bach works in Luccombe church on Exmoor and in Sampford Brett on the Quantocks.  Some of the audience were amazed when they saw what little resources she was using to so great effect.
Organ Music and Repertoire / Re: Repertoire for Single Manual with Pedals
« Last post by revtonynewnham on May 30, 2017, 08:48:08 AM »

There is plenty of manuals only stuff out there - and also plenty that can be managed - perhaps with some juggling - on 1mp organs - including (if the voicing works) some 2 manual pieces with the melody in the treble.  Some of the Bach Orgelbuchlein pieces come to mind - and a few (and other solo/accompaniment pieces) will work with the melody up an octave.  If there's a good mucis shop in your area, I'd suggest a visit and a good look at their stock.  I hesitate to make specific suggestions as I'm pretty sure much of the music I have, bought many years ago, will now be long out of print.

Every Blessing

Organ Music and Repertoire / Re: Repertoire for Single Manual with Pedals
« Last post by David Pinnegar on May 29, 2017, 01:04:35 PM »
Many French, Italian and Maltese instruments of the 18th century are single manual so looking at Couperin and contempories might be the answer.

What these instruments lacked in tonal variations was made up by key, key changes in colour tuning. So it might be an idea to get the instrument tuned in Kellner, Kirnberger or Werkmeister temperaments. This opens up a wide variety of tonal colour beyond that which stops provide.

Best wishes

David P
Organ Music and Repertoire / Re: Repertoire for Single Manual with Pedals
« Last post by diapason on May 29, 2017, 12:01:35 PM »
Much of C.H. Trevor's books - published by Oxford.  The Old English Organ Music for Manuals can mostly be managed on a one-manual.  Bach's Eight Short P&Fs also a good start.
Organ Music and Repertoire / Repertoire for Single Manual with Pedals
« Last post by ChrisH on May 28, 2017, 04:11:33 PM »
Faced with a single manual pipe organ 8,8,84,4,2 + 16 pedal and two recycled pianists to cover services.  They are getting to grips with registration and organ fingering and now need encouragement to progress.  Would welcome suggestions for accesible and not too difficult pieces for use as voluntaries, which will encourage them to start to use the pedals.  Also suitable manuals only pieces as so much of the early English music requires a second manual (trumpet voluntaries, cornet voluntaries etc).
Hi David

Hope you haf a good break (or was it work?)  I guessed you'd been away since you hadn't spotted my post.
The ex-Finchcocks instruments look interesting - if I get back down to Sussex again, it would be good to see them, if that's possible.

Every Blessing

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