Saturday, February 21, 2015

The new organ at Elma Arts Complex

Yesterday I introduced you to Israel's newest organ at Elma Arts Complex Luxury Hotel in Zichron Yaakov.

Here is how Israel Organ Association describes it:
 Following the indications of the architect, German organ builder Philip Klais succeeded in filling a rather small volume situated above the stage with 24 stops (1326* pipes). There was no need, and indeed no room, for a wooden chest enclosing the instrument. As a consequence, all 16' and 8' pipes are covered because the place was not high enough to contain open pipes. All the pipes of the "fa├žade"(front) of the organ are cut at the same length. Some of these are real pipes, from the Subbass 16' and the Principal 8', each one using only a part of the height of the pipe, and the others are make-believe "chanoines". The audience, sitting in the hall, cannot see the difference between them. The whole front looks like a large metallic curtain. The reason for this seems to be the need to use the pipes themselves as a separation between the hall and the organ, to prevent heat, humidity and dirt to get inside the organ. The console is just under the organ and facing it, so that only the back of the organist can be seen. The console itself is of the greatest simplicity: no cover to insure protection, no ornaments, no manual or feet commands except for a swell pedal and three sequences selecting pedals.
*some say 1414 pipes

The organ and pipes are way up on top, behind the nine tracks of lights.
(You can enlarge any of these photos with two separate clicks of your mouse.)

Some of the 24 stops.  The white part is made from crushed bone.

The two keyboards are protected by velvety covers with the famous company name.
It took two months to assemble all the handmade parts in Germany, then the organ was disassembled for shipment to Israel.
Here it took one month to rebuild it and then one month to tune. 

And of course the music on hand in case someone wants to demonstrate his skill and the organ's tone -- Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor!
See more about this organ and Israel's other (mostly church) organs at the Israel Organ Association website.
UPDATE June:  See a spectacular video of Cameron Carpenter playing this organ in concert!


William Kendall said...

A magnificent organ, and what a performance space!

Dina said...

William, I'll have more about the auditorium in the next post.

VP said...

Organs are wonderful machines, huge, complicated and fascinating.

Karl Demetz said...

I agree completely with VP !

Kay said...

Wow! That is darn impressive!