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Preview: 1732 Andreas Silbermann organ, Ebersmünster

Postby OAM » Fri Nov 13, 2009 11:06 am

Hello all,

the 1732 Andreas Silbermann organ of Ebersmünster, Alsace/France had got back its powerful and brilliant sound after the recent restoration in 1997/98, carried out by the renowned organ specialists Gaston Kern/Hattmatt, Yves Koenig/Sarre-Union and Richard Dott/Munster.

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Andreas Silbermann (1687-1734), already being a well-known organ builder, settled in Strasbourg in 1701, went to Paris for perfecting his organ building trade in the "French taste" at the workshop of Francois Thierry (1704-1706).
After his return to Strasbourg, he collaborated with his younger brother Gottfried, who returned to Saxony in 1708.

His increasing reputation provided him with important organ building projects, like the Abbey of Marmoutier (1709-1710), the Basel cathedral (1711), the Strasbourg cathedral (1714-1716) and others. The contract of Ebersmünster was extremely interesting for him, because this organ was be the biggest one, which came from his workshop.
Unfortunately only the organs of Marmoutier and Ebersmünster are existing in a nearly authentic state (especially Ebersmünster) and survived all wars, the French revolution etc.

Due to the interesting history of Alsace, which changed nationality several times between Germany and France, the organ style of Andreas Silbermann is characterized by melting a South German and French style.

Andreas Silbermann is famous for smooth and well-blending fonds stops like Montre, Bourdon and Prestant, the unrivalled Cornet (composé and decomposé), the lovely Flûtes like Tierce and Nazard and the silvery and sparkling "Plein Jeu", never being too sharp.
The pedal ranks are always built behind the organ case without enclosure, such generating a profound bass.
A. Silbermann introduced the German full pedal type (no pedal stubs, found very often in French organs, like Clicquout).

Specification of the Andreas Silbermann organ: http://www.organartmedia.com/Ebersmunster-Specs.html

The following very first beta-demos show the typical French organ style and registration by a complete suite of Louis-Nicolas Clérambault (Premier Livre d’Orgue - Paris, v. 1710). The last demos show, how specific Bach choral preludes sound at this organ.
The complete scores can be downloaded at
http://imslp.org/wiki/Hauptseite

Louis-Nicolas Clérambault: Suite du Deuxième Ton
The first piece "Plein Jeu" is performed alternating on the Positif (Petit plein jeu) and Grand orgue coupled to the Positif (Grand Plein Jeu). This piece is performed manually (!), as usual. Only the last pedal tones are additionally played on the pedal.
Suite du Deuxième Ton: Plein Jeu

Suite du Deuxième Ton: Duo

Suite du Deuxième Ton: Trio

Suite du Deuxième Ton: Basse de Cromorne

The following piece uses the new OAM nativ tremulant technique. All ranks (exept pedal) are now implemented with the original tremulant sound:
Suite du Deuxième Ton: Flûtes

Suite du Deuxième Ton: Récit de Nazard

Suite du Deuxième Ton: Grand Jeu

Now examples of some Bach chorales in French style:

BWV622: O Mensch bewein' Dein Sünde groß

BWV653: An Wasserflüssen Babylons

BWV727: Herzlich tut mich verlangen

Registration for all pieces will be provided at the demo web site

Hope, you'll like it.
Last edited by OAM on Sat Nov 14, 2009 7:44 am, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Preview: 1732 Andreas Silbermann organ, Ebersmünster

Postby petersorgan » Sat Nov 14, 2009 7:07 am

Realy a wonderfull organ.It sounds great. I'm looking forward to buy this one. Are there allready any screenshots of the console?
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Re: Preview: 1732 Andreas Silbermann organ, Ebersmünster

Postby kiwiplant » Sat Nov 14, 2009 8:01 am

Very nice sounds. What is the "OAM nativ tremulant technique" ?
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Re: Preview: 1732 Andreas Silbermann organ, Ebersmünster

Postby OAM » Sat Nov 14, 2009 9:51 am

Thanks!

The complete registrations are now available at http://www.organartmedia.com/Ebersmunster-Demos.html

The new native tremulant technique implements all pipes of all(!) ranks (usually except the pedal ranks) with the originally recorded tremulating pipes in the original acoustics. The result is an absolutely authentic tremolo behaviour, which is not achievable by the usual LFO simulation. The dynamic superposition of the different pipe frequency deviations together with the non-stationary room responses and the individual behaviour of all pipes (especially reeds) produce a very complex room sound and seem to be a "new rank". The Trost organ was the first, which used this technique for multiple ranks (only for reed and Oberwerk ranks)

It's interesting to hear, that the use of the tremulant even seems to increase the room acoustics! You get a more diffuse sound, due to the unstable reflections and the lack of standing waves and special room resonances.
The Ebersmunster tremulant is slow beating, very expressive, and has a very special amplitude and frequency modulation.

The implementation of native tremolo closes the last important gap between real and virtual instrument.
But, as always in technical developments, you have to pay a price for that. That means significantly increasing recording (!) and post-processing time, as well as (not too much) increasing memory requirements.

Hope, I could explain this phenomena clearly enough.
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Re: Preview: 1732 Andreas Silbermann organ, Ebersmünster

Postby Anton Heger » Sat Nov 14, 2009 9:58 am

The implementation of native tremolo closes the last important gap between real and virtual instrument.
But, as always in technical developments, you have to pay a price for that.

Hmmm..., I understand.
I propose that these samples will be sold as an add-on on the sample set.
That can reduce the price of the standard set significantly.
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Re: Preview: 1732 Andreas Silbermann organ, Ebersmünster

Postby polikimre » Sat Nov 14, 2009 10:49 am

HMaier wrote:That means significantly increasing recording (!) and post-processing time, as well as (not too much) increasing memory requirements.


Is it not the case that the memory requirement nearly doubles?
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Re: Preview: 1732 Andreas Silbermann organ, Ebersmünster

Postby imcg110 » Sat Nov 14, 2009 1:29 pm

Magnificent work!!!

The only sound you haven't yet managed to capture with complete authenticity is the sound of funds irretrievably haemorrhaging from my bank account!!

I look forward greatly to hearing the finished organ
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Re: Preview: 1732 Andreas Silbermann organ, Ebersmünster

Postby OAM » Thu Nov 19, 2009 12:09 pm

Here are some more preliminary demos for the Andreas Silbermann organ, France:

Chaumont, Lambert (*1645 Fürstbistum Lüttich; † 23. April 1712 Huy): Pieces d'orgue sur les 8 tones, Suite I
Prelude (Grand Plein Jeu)
Récit de Cornet

J.S. Bach in French majestic style (Grand Jeu):
Praeludium BWV 522 (Intro)
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