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Improvised Crescendo and Diminuendo, Westland Row Church

Ronan Murray Video 88
John Manners

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January 2, 2020

Improvised Crescendo and Diminuendo, Westland Row Church

Date: Apr 2011
Duration: 3:44
View Count: 929

The organ in St. Andrew’s Church (RC), Westland Row, Dublin was built in 1872 by John White of Dublin and is lovingly maintained by Trevor Crowe, though in desperate need of major restoration. It contains many ranks of Cavaillé-Coll pipework and was inaugurated by W.T. Best. Originally, it had Barker Lever key action which was electrified in the 1950s. The full-length Cavaillé-Coll Pedal Bombarde was discarded and replaced with a half-length Fagot unit at 16′ and 8′ pitches, and a Larigot replaced the Cavaillé-Coll Dulciana on the Choir Organ during a Rushworth and Dreaper “restoration” in 1976. The Swell Organ had its Bourdon 16′ replaced by a Voix Celeste some decades preciously. Rushworths radically altered the mixtures in line with tastes of the time and altered the principal choruses to make them weaker the treble register.

That said, this is still a beautiful instrument that could be truly glorious – a real credit to Irish artistry and craftmanship of a bygone age.