de l'Orgue virtuel des Eaux-vives" was founded in October 2016 in order
to promote and disseminate the Swiss organs sample sets, produced in
Hungary by Takáts Augustine (Augustine's Virtual Organ),
The Association also hopes to raise funds and contribute to the
maintenance of the organs, thanks to user donations. Its head office is
located in Geneva (Switzerland).
After the sample-sets of the Eaux-Vives Tempel's Grenzing , and the Luin's Armagni et Mingot ,
the AOEV was able to finance, thanks to user donations, the sampling of
the Église Saint-Georges in Hermance, in the canton of Geneva. Once
again, the sample set was provided free of charge by Augustine Takáts.
We are deeply indebted to him for his masterly work.
an old border town on the shores of Lake Geneva, with a beautiful view
of the right bank and a small marina. The Église Saint-Georges replaced
an old wooden church probably built by Aymon II of Faucigny in 1247
against the wall, between the town’s two boroughs. In the late
thirteenth century, Aymon’s granddaughter, Beatrice de Faucigny, had a
stone church larger than today's building built against the enclosure,
commensurate with the size of the new town. The three windows of the
choir are remnants of this construction. The smaller nave and the bell
tower were rebuilt in 1679, using some of the old walls. The bell tower
received a new crown, with bulb and pinnacle, in 1836, and the site was
excavated and restored between 1971 and 1974. The funeral chapel of the
Visitation, a fine example of rural Gothic architecture that was built
in 1471 for Isabelle de Menthon, was restored between 1953 and 1955.
(Département des travaux publics et de l'énergie / Service des
monuments et des sites. Répertoire des immeubles et objets classés.
Chęne-Bourg / Geneva: Georg, 1994, pp. 136-137)
About the organ
This small organ was built in 1987, in the genuine Italian neo-baroque style by the Mascioni company
which has been building organs for six generations in Cuvio and has
shipped about 1,200 organs worldwide. Two of them, Azzio and Giubiasco,
are available as beautiful sample sets thanks to Piotr Grabowski's
mastery. The Hermance organ is a creation inspired by an imaginary
Neapolitan organ of the late seventeenth century. Italian by its
Savoyard lineage and Sardinian by its Hermance location, the organ is
made of rot-resistant chestnut, which Hermance used to import over the
southern route to build galleys and other ships in its large medieval
port. These features, combined with the Italian technique of the ripieno, the mastery of
Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini,
and a slightly uneven temperament highlighting the baroque
interpretation, make the organ a small masterpiece that is much sought
after by concert players (according to l'Association des Orgues d'Hermance).
is an 8’ stop organ, with one split keyboard coupled to short pedals.
With its "pyramidal" registers, so typical of the Italian organ, it
lends itself magically to the interpretation of this most particular
repertoire. The composition is the following:
(bassi/soprani) 8' - Vox humana (Soprani) 8' - Flauto VIII (bassi/soprani) 4' -
Ottava 4' - Quinta decima 2' - Flauto XII (soprani) 2' 2/3 - Decima nona XIX 1' 2/3 - Vigesima
secunda 1' - Tiratutti
(all the stops on the right, mixed; when it is pushed back the
Principale continues to be heard). This composition is a typical
italian ripieno, without any mixtures. The organ temperament is Valotti-Tartini 440. A temperament file is given with the sammple set
3 Scarlatti's sonatas played during the recording of the sample set, by Norberto Broggini. And a demo of the surrond sample set. Also by István Nagi.
The sample set can be installed using Hauptwerk,
version 4.2 and later. It is neither encrypted nor protected by a
licence. Reuse of the samples nevertheless requires the authorization
of the AOEV.
The sample set is available in wave format 48kHz/16-bit (to be used by every one), stereo,
multiple loops (1- 2) and multiple releases (3 levels). The long natural reverb 4 s reflects
the original acoustics of the church. For purists there is a version that is strictly compliant
with the original organ. For others an extended version, made from the
original recordings, opening the way to a wider repertoire. The extended version has two variants,
in different tabs.
- Stereo version (wet or semi-dry):
16-bit, multi. loop & releases: 0.6 GB (can be used with Hauptwerk Free)
- Surround 6 chanels:
16-bit, multi. loop & releases: 2.0 GB (can be used with Hauptwerk Free loading only Near and Far channels)
- Stereo version (wet or semi-dry):
16-bit, multi. loop & releases: 1.3 GB (can be used with Hauptwerk Free)
- Surround 6 chanels:
16-bit, multi. loop & releases: 4.4 GB
Accessing the sample set
The sample-set can be request by filling a form on the Augustine's Virtual Organ web site
or by email from the AOEV (see the address at the top this page). The
complete trial version can be downloaded free of charge. These files
can be installed using Hauptwerk version 4.2 and later. They install a
6-channel surround version with adjustable near, far and rear. We
encourage to make a donation whose guideline amount is €35. Donations
can be sent to our PayPal account at the AOEV email address or using this direct link.
thus counting on your understanding and your support to continue our
work. Other, similar projects are on the drawing board, if we can fund
Thanks to Augustine Takáts who made this sample set, with the local
help of Dominique Dantand, Alain Grandchamp, Yves-Noël Denis, Laurent Dami,
Norberto Broggini, Jean-Marie Curti, Suzan Mutti - Grandchamp, Gérard
Lefranc, Jean-Marc Noyelle for the pics and the parish of Hermance. Their assistance has been
invaluable. Our gratitude also goes to all the AOEV donors, who allowed us to make the sample
plan of the church