- clean, "Baroque" writing
- short movements suitable for various liturgical moments
- may be played as a brief suite
The chamadron is a curious instrument, invented in Holland in 1986 but having roots in Medieval times.
It consists of 50 copper pipes, arranged to extend horizontally through the sides of a church tower, hence the name chamadron
(from the French en chamade meaning "a horizontal arrangement of organ pipes").
The instrument is found in only one church in The Netherlands and sounds like a krummhorn stop on a German Baroque organ.
Michael Starke of Portland, Oregon, has written a short suite (Fanfare, Air, Invention) in Baroque style with the sound and style of the chamadron in mind.
The suite is playable on any modern organ, although one with a few reed stops will showcase the rather obscure roots of the composition.
According to its inventor, Cornelius Roubos, the chamadron softens "wailing whistles and shrill sirens with fugue-fantasies and sparkling sonatas."
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