This little romantic/symphonic improvised concerto was meant to demonstrate the versatility of the 32-stop Armley Schulze enhanced set (the "Single Channel"/"Chancel samples only" version), which I purchased some days ago.
It starts off with some very soft themes on the Swell and the Choir divisions, working its way up to full organ and back again. Additionally, the Clarinette (with the activated Choir tremulant) and the Trompete (without the tremulant) from the Choir show off their talent as some beautiful solo stops.
As this was my first time on a "(more or less) traditional English" organ, the most confusing part for me was to *not have* the Great as the first manual, but that's something to get used to very quickly. Next, let me say "Thank you!" again to David Lamb (a/k/a "Agnus_Dei") for his very informative tutorial about the setup and use of the divisionals! Although the Armley Schulze set is shipped with a pre-defined set of divisional combinations (the "hard-wired" ones from the original organ, I suppose), his article was very helpful when it came to the working principle, use and possible reassignment of these pistons.
Another interesting point in making the most of the stops selection are the sub-/super-octave couplers of the Choir and Swell (available in the "enhanced" version of the set only) -- when used in conjunction with the "Unison off" switch. Not only do they provide separate 2' stops this way (with some restrictions, of course), but it would also mean to have a "pure 32' stop" on the Swell!
Hope you'll have fun and some interesting moments with the piece.
For those who own a 7.1 surround system, an 8-channel FLAC file can be picked up here to get an impression of what it will sound like in my living room:
- URL: http://via.woody-mc.de/to/EvJ6vAQWkbFeF6ND
- Player: Current versions of Media Player Classic are able to properly play multi-channel FLAC files.