St. John's

D.F. Cook Recital Hall, Memorial University
St. John's

Builder: Casavant Frères Limitée
Ste Hyacingthe, Québec
Op. 3601
1985




 

STOPS LIST AND NOTES

Manuals (61 notes) 

Great Organ (enclosed)

Bourdon (16)

Principal (8)

Chimney Flute (8)

Flute Celestes (8)

Spire Flute (4)

Octave (4)

Nazard (2⅔)

Flute (2)

Tierce 1)

Mixture (IV)

Trumpet Royale 8

Unison off

Swell Organ (enclosed)

Major Flute (8)

Viola de Gamba (8)

Voix Celeste (8)

Principal (4)

Harmonic Flute (4)

Plein Jeu (V)

Harmonic Piccolo (2)

Basson (16)

Trompette (8)

Clarion (4)

Oboe (4)

Positive (unenclosed)

Stopped Diapason (8)

Italian Principal (4)

Octave (2)

Quinte Flute (1⅜)

Flageolet (2)

Cymbal (III)

Cromorne (8)

Trompette Royal (8) Great 

Pedal Organ (32 notes)

Subbass (16)

Bourdon (16) Great

Principal (8)

Chimney Flute (4)

Octave (4)

Bombarde (16)

Mixture (IV)

Bassoon (16) Swell

Oboe (4) Swell

Trompette (8) Swell 

Pistons

12 General, 8 Great, 8 Swell, 8 Positive, 7 Pedal

Notes:

Comments on the design of the Recital Hall Organ

Most larger organs have their three keyboards configured "choir", "great" and "swell" from the bottom up, with the choir and swell divisions enclosed under the control of a swell pedal, and the great unenclosed.

With the increased emphasis on baroque and present day music, the availability of an unenclosed "positive" manual instead of the choir organ is apparent as being more appropriate for these two genres.

In St. John’s all of the large organs have their manuals configured in the traditional way, and in planning the University organ as a teaching instrument, it was felt that the availability of this alternative design would be an advantageous learning experience for students. However, the necessity of having two divisions under expression is vital for the interpretation of much music in the romantic repertoire. Hence, by placing the great organ under expression, its three soft stops serve in the place of the choir organ, while hopefully not seriously affecting the overall effect of the plenum.