Spanish Organ in Grandvillars
Iberic style at St-Martin Church - J. LOIS CABELLO and Ch. VETTER workshops - Polychromie by D. FERNANDEZ
Polychromy, gilding, short octave, chamades and cut keyboard, all the Spanish golden century in this instrument with contrasting and chiseled tones
The construction of the instrument (2017/2018) was entrusted to a consortium of Spanish companies: Organos Moncayo of Christine Vetter in Tarazona, Aragon, and Taller de Organería of Joaquín Lois Cabello in Tordesillas, Castile.
The case is an exact copy of a Castilian Renaissance instrument. All the decoration is done by hand and using ancient techniques. The traditional gilding, described as “à l’assiette”, is polished with agate. The pipes are also an exact copy of models found in organs from the Renaissance and Baroque periods located in Aragon and Castile. They are mostly in pure pewter and are harmonised according to the techniques used by the craftsmen of the time. A sound comparison was made in situ between new pipes and historic models.
The mechanical elements and the winds were produced using techniques similar to those of the XVI and XVII centuries, in particular with regard to the supply of wind by two wedge-shaped bellows placed on the side of the organ. It is possible to work them manually thanks to a set of strings.
The instrument is rich in 18 stops. It is embellished with a nightingale and a tremolo. The two keyboardscomprise, for the organist’s choice, forty-five notes (short octave) or forty-seven (semi-short octave). The natural keys are in boxwood, the feints in ebony. The pedal includes ten 16ft contras pipes. Diapason A = 415Hz – the temperament is pure mesotonic.