The fascination of organ building

 

 

Kuhn Organ Builders Ltd, 2001

New organ

Windchests
slider chests
Key action
mechanical
Stop action
mechanical + electrical
Inauguration
11.11.2001
Expert
Georges Athanasiadès
Case design
Hans-Peter Keller
Voicing
Paul Cartier


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St-Maurice

II/P/25

Switzerland, Valais
Eglise paroissiale St-Sigismond

© pictures Orgelbau Kuhn AG, Männedorf

Kuhn Organ Builders Ltd, 2001

New organ

Windchests
slider chests
Key action
mechanical
Stop action
mechanical + electrical
Inauguration
11.11.2001
Expert
Georges Athanasiadès
Case design
Hans-Peter Keller
Voicing
Paul Cartier

Perfect conditions

It's a stroke of luck for the building of a new organ when the situation is as ideal as in St. Maurice: adequate space on the gallery, for once a window which may be covered with the aim of achieving optimal presentation of the instrument, and an enthusiastic organist, whose efforts over a number of years enabled the required funding for the organ to be raised.

For a musician or orchestra it is indisputably more inspiring to perform in a room where the acoustics are good. However, even in the best acoustics, for a concert to be outstanding, the quality of performance must be high. This situation is comparable to our work as organ builders. When the conditions are as stimulating as in St. Maurice building an organ is a wonderful task: the careful precision, craftsmanship and experience of the voicer in scaling, voicing and tuning the over 1500 pipes contained in this organ could be exploited without compromise.

Without attempting a copy, we allowed the design and architecture of 18th century organs of the Valais region to be an inspiration to us. In cooperation with the architect and committee for the preservation of ancient monuments we were able to design a façade which fits harmonically within this church, which itself was built in 1717.



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