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Cavaillé-Coll  1-2-3-4

Post-classical period Upon   his   arrival   in   Paris   in   1833,   Aristide   Cavaillé-Coll   was   awarded a   contract   for   a   large   organ   for   the   basilica   of   Saint-Denis.   This highly   innovative   instrument   would   become   a   model   for   the   more than 600 organs which he would built until his death in 1899. The   main   innovations   of   Cavaillé-Coll,   incorporated   in   this   organ   in their early forms: -   the   Récit-expressive    (swell   box),   which   would   become   the   most important keyboard in his symphonic period - stops like the flute harmonique and the voix céleste -   new   voicing   techniques,   which   gave   a   complete   freedom   of   mixing timbres (funds, mixtures and reeds) -   divided   windchests,   allowing   the   use   of   higher   wind   pressures where    appropriate    and    an    appel    anches,    permitting    to    add    or subtract all reeds of a keyboard as a group by means of a pedal. -   introduction   of   the   Barker   machine   to   lower   the   effort   needed   to pressing the keys, in particular when playing on coupled keyboards. Cavaillé-Coll   built   ten   (still   existing)   organs   in   Paris   between   1833 and   1850   (the   ‘post-classical’   period),   among   which   the   organ   in Sainte-Madeleine. Next: - the ' operatic' period  (1851-1871) - the ´ symphonic ´ period (1872-1898)
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Cavaillé-Coll  1-2-3-4

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Post-classical period Upon   his   arrival   in   Paris   in   1833,   Aristide   Cavaillé-Coll   was   awarded a   contract   for   a   large   organ   for   the   basilica   of   Saint-Denis.   This highly   innovative   instrument   would   become   a   model   for   the   more than 600 organs which he would built until his death in 1899. The   main   innovations   of   Cavaillé-Coll,   incorporated   in   this   organ   in their early forms: -   the   Récit-expressive    (swell   box),   which   would   become   the   most important keyboard in his symphonic period - stops like the flute harmonique and the voix céleste -   new   voicing   techniques,   which   gave   a   complete   freedom   of   mixing timbres (funds, mixtures and reeds) -   divided   windchests,   allowing   the   use   of   higher   wind   pressures where    appropriate    and    an    appel    anches,    permitting    to    add    or subtract all reeds of a keyboard as a group by means of a pedal. -   introduction   of   the   Barker   machine   to   lower   the   effort   needed   to pressing the keys, in particular when playing on coupled keyboards. Cavaillé-Coll   built   ten   (still   existing)   organs   in   Paris   between   1833 and   1850   (the   ‘post-classical’   period),   among   which   the   organ   in Sainte-Madeleine. Next: - the ' operatic' period  (1851-1871) - the ´ symphonic ´ period (1872-1898)