THE NEW ORGAN
At the time of the Napoleonic suppression, two fathers Pasquale and Antonio Mascioni took refuge here, and with their young cousin Giacomo founded a small organ workshop.
Thanks to generous donations the church has been totally restored, and now a new organ can again complete its artistic and musical life, too. Of two manuals and pedals, it’s a seventeenth-century Italian ripieno in the truest sense within a case to match.
Drawn up by Maestro Lorenzo Ghielmi, the specification puts the regular liturgy first: the three flutes and pedal reed allows players, too, to easily create solos and accompaniments.
Close second is the seventeenth-century repertoire, notably Bach. A musically spiritual leader if there ever was.
In that way, the organ has the potential to become a new reference for the province of Varese: itself a treasure trove of eighteenth-century organs, but rarely the music of Bach!
As the church is a mere kilometre from the workshop all the voicing, including preparation, has been carried out on site. Very probably as it would have been in the 1800’s, and certainly a touch we wanted to add from the start.
2 keyboards of 50 keys (C-d) – pedalboard of 26 keys (C-d) – without C#1
|Manual I – Gr. Organo|
|3.||Sesquialtera 2 file|
|4.||Mistura 3-4 file|
|5.||Flauto a camino||8′|
|Manual II – Positivo|
|7.||Flauto a cuspide||4′|
|I al Ped|
|II al Ped|
|I al II|