They often lack 8' and 16' foundational stops in the manuals which are so useful in Romantic organ music. Besides, their mixtures are just too screamy and high pitched. What to do in this case?
Here is a trick you can use when registering many loud pieces - you can play the manual parts one octave lower (providing that the bottom notes don't go below tenor C).
If you want to apply such registration in your performance, don't include 16' stops in the manuals because when you play one octave lower, they will sound at the 32' pitch level.
This tip works for many of the loud pieces by Widor, Vierne, Reger, Brahms, - virtually anything that requires more gravity and less high pitched mixture sounds. You will be surprised at how much more "Romantic" your organ will sound that way.
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