Toccatina in G minor – Guglielmo Enrico Lardelli (1857-1910)


Guglielmo Enrico Lardelli was a composer and musician who spent most of his career in Australia. Born in Brighton, England in 1857, he arrived in Australia in 1875 and went on to compose hundreds of songs and piano pieces, write music for theatrical productions, and teach music. He lived and worked in various cities across Australia, including Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, and Townsville. Despite his fragile health, Lardelli was a prolific and influential figure in the Australian musical scene until his death in 1910. His “Toccatina” is probably his best known organ work and to me it has quite a French flavour to it. Thank you to Colin Jenkins for sharing this piece with me.

Score: https://imslp.eu/files/imglnks/euimg/b/bf/IMSLP546550-PMLP882562-Lardelli_Toccatina_in_G_minor.pdf

Organ specification:
GRAND ORGUE
Bourdon 16
Montre 8
Bourdon à Cheminée 8
Cor de Chamois 8
Octave 4
Flûte Harmonique 4
Quinte 2-2/3
Doublette 2
Fourniture IV
Trompette 8
Tremblant

RÉCIT
Montre 8
Bourdon 8
Viole de Gambe 8
Voix Céleste 8
Prestant 4
Flûte à Fuseau 4
Nasard 2-2/3
Flûte à Bec 2
Tierce 1-3/5
Plein Jeu IV
Basson 16
Trompette 8
Hautbois* 8
Voix Humaine 8
Tremblant

PÉDALE
Montre 16
Soubasse 16
Octave 8
Bourdon 8
Prestant 4
Fourniture III
Bombarde 16
Trompette 8
Chalumeau 4

* The Hautbois rank was supplied by Orgues Letourneau and installed by Peter D. G. Jewkes Pty Ltd in November 2007. It replaced the original Voix Humaine 8’ rank which was reinstalled by Jewkes in November 2020.

compass: 58/30
3 couplers
suspended mechanical key action
electric stop action
adjustable thumb & toe pistons
(32 channels)
sequencer
balanced mechanical swell pedal
Source: https://www.ohta.org.au/organs/organs/AlburyStMatts.html

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