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    Why 32 notes pedalboard?

    Hello all


    What is the real or potential use of a 32 notes pedalboard? What was the RATIONALE or arguments AGO experts proposed to recommend extend the pedal from the classical and europeans 30 to 32 noes? Or it was the result of a committee whim?

    30 notes will suffice to cover almost all the organ literature, I think, (including Bach´s F major toccata ¡)

    Besides, I find more ergonomic and confortable to extend legs span to 30 notes rather than to 32.

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    Just so that the American one will be bigger than anyone else's?
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    Last edited by Mick Berg; Jan-14-2017 at 20:43.

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    There is some information about organ pedalboards here. But that page does not answer your question.

    The AGO created a 'standard' for organ consoles for the US. There is, albeit limited, literature for organ pedalboard solo ... where the player plays the entire composition with the feet, including full range glissando's and 4 note chords.

    There are some who believe that 32 pedals is overkill and not really what composers like Bach intended for their music. Purists may argue that the American 32 note pedalboard goes against the grain for design. Here in the states we have gotten used to having 32 notes ... and most of us have played on organs that had 30 notes, and some of those were flat (non-radiating).

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    And there at least one piece that calls for a 2' flute on the top G of the pedal board.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Albert View Post
    And there at least one piece that calls for a 2' flute on the top G of the pedal board.
    What piece is that one, Albert?

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    Charles Callahan
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    V. Meditation, Messure 8.
    Manual:Celestes 8'.
    Pedal Flute 2' (or 4')

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    Thanks, Albert. I'll have to look that one up.

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