FATIMA (Portugal) – Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima

INAUGURATION 19/20 March 2016

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THE ORGAN

In preparation for the celebrations of the Centenary of the Apparitions, the Sanctuary of Fatima is conducting a thorough intervention of cleaning and restoration inside the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima. This includes the organ built in 1952 by Ruffatti which has been silent for a few years, and is now under renovation in our workshop; it was dismantled in May 2014 to facilitate the restoration of the church’s interior. Our company was chosen to rebuilt it, maintaining part of the original pipework and the console cabinet.

The project will see a reduction in the number of pipes with the aim of promoting quality over quantity. Notwithstanding this approach, the organ will still be the largest instrument of Portugal, with more than 6.500 pipes. Together with a commission of organists we went for a more characterized composition of each individual manual to better suit the disposition of  a very large symphonic organ. We decided to eliminate the duplicated stops present in the original stoplist, and to include more ‘colourful’ stops (reeds, cornets etc.).

The organ (I, II, III and IV manuals) will be located in the existing gallery on the main balcony over the main entrance. A new modern facade, composed of pipes belonging to the Principal 16′ and Principal 8′ stops of the Great Organ has been designed in collaboration with the Architect of the Sanctuary (Arch. Joana Delgado) having the particular feature of being apparently floating and suspended. The Eco Organ (V) will be divided into two separate parts positioned on the lateral galleries. The completed instrument will be inaugurated in March 2016.

DISPOSITION

Console over the main balcony, Eco organ (V) split in two parts, on side balconies

5 keyboards of 61 keys  (C-C) – pedalboard of 32 pedals (C-G)

Manual  I – Positif
1. Quintante 16′
2. Principale 8′
3. Flauto Traverso 8′
4. Bordone 8′
5. Salicionale 8′
6. Unda Maris 8′
7. Ottava 4′
8. Flauto a Camino 4′
9. Nazardo 2.2/3′
10. Superottava 2′
11. Flagioletto 2′
12. Terza 1.3/5′
13. Larigot 1.1/3′
14. Ripieno 4 file
15. Regale 16′
16. Tromba 8′
17. Cromorno 8′
Tremolo

 

Manual  II – Grand’Orgue
18. Principale 16′
19. Bordone 16′
20. Principale 8′
21. Flauto Doppio 8′
22. Flauto Stoppo 8′
23. Gamba 8′
24. Quinta 5.1/3′
25. Ottava 4′
26. Flauto Armonico 4′
27. Terza 3.1/5′
28. Duodecima 2.2/3′
29. Settima 2.2/7′
30. Decimaquinta 2′
31. Ripieno 6 file
32. Plein Jeu 4/7 file
33. Cornetto 5 file 8′
34. Trombone 16′
35. Tromba 8′
36. Chiarina 4′

 

Manual  III – Récit Espr.
37. Contre Gambe 16′
38. Diapason 8′
39. Flûte Harmonique 8′
40. Flûte à Cheminée 8′
41. Gambe de Concert 8′
42. Violoncelle 8′
43. Voix Céléste 2 file 8′
44. Flûte Octaviante 4′
45. Octavin 2′
46. Forniture 3/5 file
47. Terziana 5 file
48. Basson 16′
49. Trompette Harmonique 8′
50. Hautbois 8′
51. Clairon Harmonique 4′
52. Voix Humaine 8′
Tremolo
Couplers
1. POS. 8’ PED.  
2. G.O. 8’ PED.  
3. REC. 8’ PED.  
4. BOMB. 8’ PED.  
5. ECO 8’ PED.  
6. REC. 8’ POS.  
7. BOMB. 8’ POS.  
8. ECO 8’ POS.  
9. POS. 8’ G.O.  
10. REC. 8’ G.O.  
11. BOMB. 8’ G.O.  
12. ECO 8’ G.O.  
13. BOMB. 8’ REC.  
14. ECO 8’ REC.  

Manual  IV – Bombarde
53. Clarabelle 8′
54. Flûte de Jubal 4′
55. Grand Cornet 2/5 file 8′
56. Bombarde 16′
57. Trompette en Chamade 8′
58. Clairon 4′
59. Hautbois Orchestral 8′
60. Campane

 

 

Manual  V – Eco Espr.
61. Principale di Corno 8′
62. Bordone 8′
63. Quintadena 8′
64. Eolina 8′
65. Viola Orchestrale 8′
66. Flauta do Francisco 4′
67. Nassat 2.2/3′
68. Armonia eterea 5 file 8′
69. Coro Viole 5 file 8′
70. Clarinetto Orchestrale 8′
71. Corno Inglese 8′
72. Campanelli
Tremolo

 

Pedal
73. Gravissima 64′
74. Contrabasso 32′
75. Subbasso 32′
76. Contrabasso 16′
77. Subbasso 16′
78. Principale  16′
79. Bordone 16′
80. Principale  8′
81. Flautone 8′
82. Violoncello 8′
83. Ottava 4′
84. Flauto 4′
85. Mistura 5 file
86. Controbombarda 32′
87. Bombarda 16′
88. Fagotto 16′ 
89. Trombone 8′
90. Clarone 4′
Couplers
1. PEDAL DIVISION  
2. POS. 4 PED.  
3. G.O. 4’ PED.  
4. REC. 4’ PED.  
5. BOMB. 4’ PED.  
6. ECO 4’ PED.  
7. POS. 16’ POS.  
8. POS. 4’ POS.  
9. REC. 16’ POS.  
10. REC. 4’ POS.  
11. BOMB. 16’ POS.  
12. BOMB. 4’ POS.  
13. ECO 16’ POS.  
14. ECO 4’ POS.  
15. G.O. 16’ G.O.  
16. G.O. 4’ G.O.  
17. POS. 16’ G.O.  
18. POS. 4’ G.O.  
19. REC. 16’ G.O.  
20. REC. 4’ G.O.  
21. BOMB. 16’ G.O.  
22. BOMB. 4’ G.O.  
23. ECO 16’ G.O.  
24. ECO 4’ G.O.  
25. REC. 16’ REC.  
26. REC. 4’ REC.  
27. BOMB. 16’ REC.  
28. BOMB. 4’ REC.  
29. ECO 16’ REC.  
30. ECO 4’ REC.  
31. BOMB. 16’ BOMB.  
32. BOMB. 4’ BOMB.  
33. ECO 16’ ECO  
34. ECO 4’ ECO  
CONSOLE DETAILS

The cabinetry housing the new stoptablets has been rebuilt with the employment of precious walnut veneer, and incorporated within the original console cabinet.

All the five keyboards have been replaced and are equipped with state-of-the-art “sensitive sensors system” controlled by a processor able to store three different personalized organist’s preferences of keyboards adjustment (for example, to perform baroque music one needs a faster response to the repetitions while to perform romantic music one needs a different response). All these settings can be customized by each organist and stored in his personal database by means of a touch screen panel.

A more in-depth description of the technical features is provided in the next video.

MASCIONI’S CONSOLE FEATURES
THE ORGANIST

João Santos is a graduate of Sacred Music from the School of Arts at the Catholic University of Portugal, Porto, where he studied with Luca Antoniotti (organ), Eugénio Amorim (composition and choir direction), Cesário Costa (orchestra direction) and Anselm Hartmann (piano), amongst others.
He has won some national prizes in organ and composition, one of the most important of which was the 2nd prize at the National Organ Competition at the Gregorian Institute of Lisbon (2007).  His work
“Tryptich to the sleep of Christ” for mixed choir was a finalist in the Simon Carrington Chamber Singers Choral Composition Competition (USA, 2011). Together with “Jesu Dulcis Memoria”, these two works have been recentely published in the Ferrimontana Editions (Germany), after the participation at the Rimini Choral Composition Competition, 2014. He has taken part in international organ competitions such as Alkmaar (Holland 2007), Freiberg (Germany 2009) and Innsbruck (Austria 2010). He contacted with celebrated organists such as Theo Jellema, Wolfgang Zerer, Michel Bouvard, Jan Janssen, François Espinasse, Daniel Roth, Olivier Latry, Luca Scandali, amongst others.
He performs all across Portugal, either as soloist or as accompanist of the countertenor Luís Peças, with whom he has toured in Switzerland, Brazil, the United States, U.K., Belgium, Germany, Slovakia, and regularly in France.
Currently, he is conducting since its formation the Carlos Seixas Municipal Choir in Coimbra, and official organist at Leiria Cathedral and Fatima Sanctuary.

Joao Santos

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