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Dorino Pedretti, L'Arena - Verona

Organo Gio. Batta De LORENZI

The first organ of which there is any record was that built at the time of the church itself (i.e. between 1753 and 1767). Quite possibly, however, the preceding church also had an instrument, for Pescantina had been a major parish under an arciprete since 1600 and a pieve since 1450 (before which it merely had a chapel dependent on nearby San Floriano).

The plans for the present church date to 1753, but the building was actually consecrated in 1774. It was at that date that the organ was installed (as attested by an inscription on the church facade), though the building had already been open to the faithful for some seven years. The parish archive unfortunately has no documents on the subject, so we can only advance conjectures on the identity of the first organ builder. He doubtless belonged to the Veronese-Garda school, and may well have been a certain Benedetti.

The present instrument is the work of the famous organ builder of Vicenza, Giovanni Battista De Lorenzi (Schio, 13 March 1806 - Vicenza, 25 December 1883). De Lorenzi used the pre-existing material, though he particularly modified and added to the reed section. The organ stands in a special loft over the main door at the west end of the church. It is enclosed in a monumental 18th-century case, consisting of three compartments separated by two half columns. The Pescantina instrument is one of the few surviving De Lorenzi organs in the province of Verona.

The pipes are displayed in three pinnacled compartments: the central compartment has 21 pipes (18th-century pipes, with a high percentage of tin; five of the pipes sound the notes from F-B of the Principale 16', the others belong to the Principale 8'); the side compartments each have 11 pipes (all from the Principale 8'). The pipes have bay-leaf lips and their mouths are horizontally aligned. Immediately behind the displayed pipes are placed the Flaugioletto and the Tromba dolce.

There is a single manual of 52 keys (C - g''', with short octave). The natural keys are covered in bone, the sharps in ebony.

The straight flat pedalboard is always united to the manual and has 18 pedals (C-a, though pedals g and a command the Terzamano and Timballone respectively); the pedals are completely remade. The stop levers, roughly carved, are arranged in two vertical rows on the right of the console; the printed labels are original.

INNER Column:


OUTER Column:

  1. Trombone basso
  2. Tromba dolce
  3. Flicorno
  4. Corno inglese
  5. Viola ai bassi
  6. Flauto reale
  7. Flauto in 8 bas.
  8. Flauto in 8 sop.
  9. Flauto in
  10. Flauto in selva
  11. Flaugioletto sop
  12. Cornetta
  13. Voce umana
  14. Bombardone
  1. Principale in 16 sop.
  2. Principale in 8 bas.
  3. Principale in 8 sop.
  4. Ottava bassa
  5. Ottava soprana
  6. Duodecima
  7. Decimaquinta
  8. Decimanona
  9. Vigesima seconda
  10. Vigesima sesta
  11. Vigesima nona
  12. Trigesima 3° e 6°
  13. Contrabbassi otta (v)
  14. Timballi

The divided stops separate between e' and f'.

The instrument also has the following accessories:

  • Campanelli, with 25 bells (soprani) in a 'Brustwerk' over the stand, commanded by a lever;
  • Tiratutti (full organ), commanded by a pedal lever to one side of the pedalboard;
  • Combinazione preparabile, commanded by a lever to one side of the pedalboard;
  • Terzamano (the octave-doubling mechanism), commanded by the second-highest natural pedal (g)
  • Timballone (thunder stop), commanded by the highest pedal (a)
  • Piatti e Grancassa (cymbals and bass drum), commanded by a pedal on the right (which also actions the Timballone).

The first restoration by Alfredo Piccinelli in 1981

The last restoration and cleaning of the instrument was carried out by Giorgio Carli and Romain Legros.

Organist Marco Vincenzi.

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