The Späth Organ in St. Finian's College

In 1985, as its contribution to European Music Year, the Irish Catholic Hierarchy commissioned a new organ for the Schola Cantorum. A German builder was chosen, Hartwig Späth of Freiburg. His brief was to build a versatile conservatory instrument, suitable for teaching the widest possible repertoire. In this he succeeded admirably and produced an instrument where all stops except the Great Prinzipal 4' are enclosed, thus allowing the widest possible range of expression. With the box open, one can feel comfortably Baroque, but equally, for teaching purposes, a realistic simulation of the Romantic repertoire is possible.

The Späth Organ

Organ Specification
Hartwig Späth (Freiburg)
1986 (opus 915)
Manual I Pedal
1. Spitzflöte 8 8. Subbass 16
2. Prinzipal 4 9. Oktavbass 8
3. Rauschpfeife II 10. Flötbass 4
Manual II Couplers
4. Gedackt 8 II/I
5. Rohrflöte 4 I/P
6. Sesquialter II II/P
7. Flageolet 2  


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