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North Organ Case - St. Peter's Basicila, Rome
Vatican Organ Links:

THE GRAND ORGAN
St. Peter's Basilica, Rome:

The instrument is housed in  two identical cases
between the front-most large columns holding up the great  dome and the Altar of the Chair of Peter.  The 4-manual console is located  in front of the north case, with the organist's back to the case, facing south.  The choir stalls where the Sistine Chapel Choir and Schola (and  guest choirs) sing is located between the organist's back and the front pipe facade in that north case.  There is also a mobile three manual console  connected to the pipes via a coaxial cable that can be moved all over the main  floor of the basilica with contact plugs in numerous  locations.
(Information and disposition supplied by Scott F.  Foppiano, Organist and Director of Parish Music, Holy  Rosary Catholic Church, Memphis, TN )

North Organ Case - St. Peter's Basicila, Rome.
Photo by Tony Portelli, 2001; Anthony.C.Portelli@tridentestates.com



Choir Loft and North Organ Case - St. Peter's Basicila, Rome.
Photo courtesy of Peter's Way Tours, Inc.  www.petersway.com
Choir Loft and North Organ Case  - St. Peter's Basicila, Rome

S. PIETRO IN VATICANO

Ditta Giovanni Tamburini, 1954 e 1962



PRIMO TASTIERA (Choir)
16'  Principale
8'  Principale Forte
8'  Principale Dolce
4'  Ottava
2-2/3' Duodecima
2' Decimaquinta
1-3/5' Decimasettima
6 file Ripieno
5 file Ripieno
Tamburini Console - St. Peter's Basicila, Rome.
Photos by Steve Lawson; OrganNYC@aol.comTamburini Console - St. Peter's Basicila, Rome


SECONDA TASTIERA (Great)
16' Sub Diapason
8' Principale Stentor
8' Diapason
8' Principale
8' Flauto Aperto
4' Ottava Diapason
4' Prestante
2-2/3' Duodecima
2' Decimaquinta
7 file Gran Ripieno

5 file Ripieno Acuto
3 file Cimbalo
16' Tromba Bassa

8' Tromba Forte
8' Tromba a Squillo
8' Tromba Orrizontale (en chamade)
4' Tromba Squillo

Two views of the South Organ Case - St. Peter's Basicila, Rome.
Photos by Steve Lawson; OrganNYC@aol.com
South Organ Case - St. Peter's Basicila, Rome

TERZA TASTIERA (Swell)
16' Tibia Profunda
8'  Principale di Legno
8' Tibia
8' Bordone
8' Viole Forte
8' Voce Celeste
4' Fugara
4' Flauto Silvestre
2-2/3' Nazardo
2' Flauto
5 file Ripieno
8' Tromba Armonica
8' Tuba
4' Tuba Clarone
Tremolo
 

To maintain a sense of distance and size, return above to the second
picture on this page of the choir in singing in front of the North case.

South Organ Case - St. Peter's Basicila, Rome

QUARTA TASTIERA (Solo or Resonance)
8' Diapason

8' Bordone
8' Viola
8' Voce Celeste
4' Ottava Diapason
4' Flauto Orchestrale
2' Ottavino
8' Tromba Armonica
4' Trombina
Tremolo



PEDALE - I SEZIONE
32' Acustico
16' Diapason
16' Violone Contrabasso
16' Tibia Profunda
16' Subbasso
10-2/3' Gran Quinta
8' Ottava
8' Violone
8' Flauto Basso
4' Ottava
16' Tromba Bassa
16' Trombone
8' Tromba Forte

8' Trombone
4' Clarone
The Chapel of the Choir - St. Peter's Basicila, Rome.
Photos by Steve Lawson; OrganNYC@aol.com
Chapel of the Choir - St. Peter's Basicila, Rome
PEDALE - II SEZIONE
32' Basso Acustico
16' Contrabasso
16' Principale
16' Subbasso
8' Basso
8' Bordone
4' Ottava
16' Bombarda
8' Tromba
 
Full Couplers
 






To see the instrument that Aristide Cavaillé-Coll (1875) and Mutin (1910) wanted to put in St. Peter's,

Please visit: http://www.ondamar.demon.co.uk/schemes/props/rome.htm
Notice the relative size of a man standing on the floor below the organ case.


James Goettsche at the Sistine Chapel Organ - St. Peter's Basicila, Rome.


ORGANIST: An article about James Goettsche, who hails from Omaha, Nebraska.
http://www.tcvomaha.com/ArchivedIssues/Oct1-2004/Oct1Feature2.htm

James Goettsche at the Sistine Chapel Organ - St. Peter's Basicila, Rome.

Photo courtesy of Peter's Way Tours, Inc. www.petersway.com















Sistine Chapel organ

The SISTINE CHAPEL ORGAN:
Mathis-Orgelbau, II-P-14 (2002)
Pictures and information on the instrument (in Swiss) by Mathis Orgelbau:
http://www.mathis-orgelbau.ch/htm/sixt.htm



James Goettsche at the Sistine Chapel Organ
 - St. Peter's Basicila, Rome.
Peter's Way Tours, Inc. www.petersway.comJames Goettsche at the Sistine Chapel Organ - St. Peter's Basicila, Rome


I. HAUPTWERK / C-g'''
Principal 8'
Rohrflote 8'
Octav 4'
Quinte 2 2/3'
Flagolet 2'
Terz 1 3/5'
Mixtur 2-3 fach 1 1/3'

II. POSITIV C-g'''
Gedackt 8'
Blockflote 4'
Principal 2'
Larigot 1 1/3'

PEDAL C-f'

Subbass 16'
Bourdon 8'
Choralbass 4'
Tremulant
couplers: I-II, I-P


Vatican website links:

Mathis shop:
http://www.vatican.va/news_services/liturgy/cap-mus-sistina/documents/capmus_pro_20021214_foto-costruz_en.html

The Dedication in the Sistine:
http://www.vatican.va/news_services/liturgy/cap-mus-sistina/documents/capmus_pro_20021214_foto_en.html

Two mp3's of compositions played on the organ in the Sistine,
scroll to the bottom of the page: (recercare and fugue).
http://www.vatican.va/news_services/liturgy/cap-mus-sistina/documents/index_inni_en.htm

Vatican website for the SISTINE CHOIR:
http://www.vatican.va/news_services/liturgy/cap-mus-sistina/index.htm


Vatican website for the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/institutions_connected/sacmus/documents/rc_ic_sacmus_home_en.htm
http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/institutions_connected/sacmus/documents/rc_ic_sacmus_sound_en.html


Organ in the hall of the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music, Rome
Organ in the hall of the Pontifical Institute of Sacred MusicAnother Organ at the PISM, Rome
Another instrument in the PISM - Rome




















OTHER KNOWN INSTRUMENTS:  A portable continuo pipe organ (pictured in some of the Sistine choir pics on the Vatican website) was purchased by the Knights of Columbus (1995) for the Holy Father, and an Allen Organ (1981, Allen Organs, U.K.) purchased for the Sistine Choir School.


POPE BENEDICT XVI (formerly Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger) writes on "Music in the Liturgy - How Does Music Express the Word of God, The Vision of God"  in his book "The Spirit of the Liturgy", published by Ignatius Press (2000), and can be read online at:   http://www.adoremus.org/1101musicliturgy.html

Apparently His Holiness is somethng of an accomplished pianist with a preference for Mozart.  His elder brother, Georg Ratzinger, 81, was "Domkapellmeister" of the Cathedral of Regensburg from 1964 - 1994, and was the choirmaster and artistic director of the famous boys choir "Regensburger Domspatzen".


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