Season after Pentecost, 2023
Playing yesterday on a wonderful little Taylor & Boody organ, I was struck by the idea to record stops from different organs.
Not in any systematic way (others have attempted this, but the results are clinical and unsatisfying), but just as the mood strikes and as circumstances arise. That said, it would be fun to collect a number of them.
If others are interested, I'm thinking that it might be fun to call this effort "Stop, collaborate and listen"
Runners up: "Don't stop believin'", "Rank and file", "Don't stop 'til you get enough", or "The Organ Stop Project"
In particular, I was drawn to the Dolce Principal 8' of the organ at Bethlehem Lutheran in Richmond. It was an unusual and unexpected sound that reminded me somewhat of the Oak Principal on the Brombaugh organ in Fairchild Chapel, Oberlin, Ohio, although I've never heard a stop that sounded quite like that.
So, there's my first effort. I'm already learning. I should have my stereo digital recorder with me when I visit a new organ, and I should obviously have taken a few seconds to move it further away from the console.
What do you think of the Dolce Principal?
Have a stop you'd like to add? email me at email@example.com
Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly referred to the "Dolce Principal" as the "Principal Dolce".
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