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The organ in Charmey - l'orgue de Charmey

Charmey has to offer not gonna be just an interesting Franco-dialect - in the Catholic Church there is a fascinating, beautifully restored organ. It is a relatively large Instrument, including items from the 19th Century.

from a dismantled organ in the Abbey of Salem a great instrument was built by the organ builder Mooser. In 1898 the organ was again enlarged, and finally in 1997 newly restored organ of Kuhn (Männedorf). The organ has a mechanical action (ie the pipe valves are mechanically opened when pressed, and not by electricity or air pressure). In the beautiful brochure is part of the old pipes still see the original instrument. is fascinating about the organ in addition to all the craftsmanship, the individuality of each instrument, adapted to the sound space, which is to fill it. The registers (ie individual sounds) of the instrument in Charmy offer many opportunities, and prepare as well as high baroque and romantic pieces a versatile platform. In the photo we see Aoki experienced during play of the Prelude in B minor from the Well-Tempered Clavier by JS Bach.

In this photo we see a part of the 'organ stops'. Each registry serves a row of pipes each with a specific sound: Flûte 4 'Hautbois 8' Gamba 8 ', Trompette 8' Principal 8 'enige it. The numbers refer to the behind-sounding name, the length of the pipe, so physically their pitch. The normal (440 Hz chamber 'a') situation has pipes, which is about 8 ', ie they are 1.7m long. The smallest pipes for the highest tones are a few millimeters long, which can for the biggest bass in the pedal to be high for large organs to 10m. In Charmy, as often elsewhere, use is made of a physical tricks to cover the pipe from above, giving it an 8 'pipe, a sound, the open 16' would produce pipes.

The organ provides fascinating reviews in terms of craftsmanship, technology, church and cultural history as well as music history. Her fascination for the listener transferred by the musicality and passion of the player.


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