Tuning to an Organ

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    sidney-butler on #145904

    I will be playing Grandjany’s Aria in Classic Style and am curious about tuning with an organ.

    brook-boddie on #145905

    If it’s 90-something when your performance occurs, it’s likely that the organ will be sharp (pipes go sharp in warm weather, flat in cold), and the amount of sharpness can vary greatly based on many factors (how close the organ chambers are to the outside, the temperature of the air going into the pipes, etc.).

    rosalind-beck on #145906

    That sounds like a good idea to scope out the organ’s pitch the day prior to the performance, Brook. Take your chromatic tuner, have the organist play using the registration he or she will set for the Grandjany, and see what your tuner reads for various notes in the key at strategic points in the piece. Best of luck to you, Sidney.

    Jessica A on #145907

    You’re playing without rehearsal?? Seems like snags can be worked out in rehearsal.

    sidney-butler on #145908

    Of course there will be rehearsal.

    brian-noel on #145909

    Tuning your harp 25 cents higher than it was ever meant to be tuned will not only put much more stress on your neck and board than the harp was ever designed to take, but it will also probably

    william-weber on #145910

    The tension would be increased by 2.93%. But A-465 is more like a semitone, which means 11.7% higher tension. I agree: see what the luthiers and technicians say about it. Where are you located, that organ pitch can be that high? Holland? (thinking of the 4-manual Schitger in Zwolle)

    Elizabeth L on #145911

    I don’t know what key it’s in, but if the Aria is in a flat key and you have to go

    sidney-butler on #145912

    Sadly, it has sharps.

    Sylvia Clark on #145913

    I asked a choir

    sidney-butler on #145914

    Ah ha!

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