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Opus 32

Oct 15, 02:18 am

Photo: Opus 32 by Nelson Vigneault ©

"My introduction to the pipe organ world took place with Antoine Bouchard at St. Anne College in La Pocatière (Québec) on a small 1963 German tracker instrument built by Paul Ott. In 2005, I began searching for an instrument that would combine a direct and sensitive keyboard response as well as a refined harmonic envelope. While I was looking for this type of instrument, I discovered Martin Ott, Paul Ott's nephew. He, for 40 years, dedicated himself to building German tracker instrument in the USA following his family “savoir faire”. His small instrument, Opus 32, became available. I drove the instrument all the way from Milwaukee to Calgary in a brand new Uhaul truck. At the Canadian border, the custom officer could not find this type of manual (no electronics) instrument in his catalog list, and decided to classify it as a 'Larger Accordion'" says Nelson.

The small 1963 Paul Ott's tracker action organ with 6 stops, from the College-de-Sainte-Anne-de-La-Pocatiere , Quebec Canada.

Opus 032's original 1984 pipe scaling sketch by Martin Ott.

Opus 32

Nelson Vigneault Residence
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Year of commission 1984
Relocated in 2008

This instrument was originally build for Martha Stiehl of Milwaukee USA, in 1984. Martha studied with Marie-Claire Alain while residing in Switzerland. Martha, is one of the founder member of the baroque ensemble "The Bach Babes" in 1988.

This instrument has three manuals. The bottom keyboard (Manual I) couples Manual II and III together, simulating a three-manual instrument. The casework is made of white stained white oak.

Martin Ott's first instrument in Canada

Nelson Vigneault of Calgary, Alberta, Canada acquired Opus 32 in 2008. Martin Ott, came to Calgary in November of 2008 for completing the instrument re-location and adjusting the voicing of Opus 32 for its new home.

2012 addition

During the summer of 2012, a Celeste stop was added to Opus 32 in addition to a Spitzgamba. (Martin came back to Calgary in 2012 to revoice the instrument.)

The Spitzgamba came from a 45 stop, 1970 Paul Ott instrument that was retrieved by Martin Ott in 2004 from the First Congrational Church of Berkeley California. The set of pipes was later found by Nelson Vigneault during a 2011 visit to Martin's new workshop in St-Louis, Missouri. The pipes were in a wood drawer within a storage shed with a hand written note. The note read "onkelpaul" - referring to Martin's uncle Paul Ott. Martin Ott refurbished the conic-shaped oak pipes to their original splendor and came to Calgary on October 2012 to touch-up harmonization and to pair the Spitzgamba with its Celeste.

The reed stop (Holzdulzian), built with wood resonators by Martin's father, Alfred Ott (Director and Reed Master at Giesecke and Sohn in Göttingen, Germany), is truly a rare specimen of this type of dulzian.

2018 addition

During the fall of 2018, a wind powered Zimbelstern made by Nelson Vigneault was added to the facade in addition to the replacement of 32 new Holzgedackt pipes handmade in cherrywood by Martin Ott.

10 stops | 11 ranks | 3 manuals
Mechanical action organ