When I watched this video(*) of Catalina Vicens playing the Rondeau by Carson Cooman, I almost immediately fell in love with the idea of carrying a small pipe organ around with me.
As if it would have been a coincidence, Wolkenstayn, the German manufacturer of these instruments, is located nearby with just under an hour of a car ride away, so I decided to somewhat "prepare" for a portable organ like this with a reduced keyboard compass and rather "unusual" temperament and tuning.
This experiment resulted in a set of seven rather short improvisations in Gothic/medieval style (most of them in d-Dorian mode). All of them feature the Metz G.O. 4' Octave as a solo stop, a base pitch of a=466Hz and Pythagorean temperament. The utilized keyboard compass ranges from c on the small octave to e'' with the small c# being omitted (28 tones), which is exactly the range that my (hopefully) future intrument will provide.
Marking your fav piece number would be highly appreciated! :-)
For those who own a 7.1 surround system, an 8-channel FLAC file can be picked up here to get an impression of what it will sound like in my living room:
- URL: http://via.woody-mc.de/to/Ow66OprDLciONzyJ
- Player: Current versions of Media Player Classic are able to properly play multi-channel FLAC files.