The Ruffatti Pipe Organ
The Cathedral is home to the Ruffati Organ with Rodgers console and MX200 Tone Module. As part of the renovation project of 2003, a pipe organ was selected, built, & installed in the Cathedral. It is a 50 rank instrument, built in Padua, Italy, by the brothers Ruffatti. Piero & Francesco Ruffatti have created a fine instrument for our worship space which is enhanced by the buoyant acoustics of the Cathedral.
The organ features many fine stops, including a specialty stop called the Tromba Pontificale or Pontifical Trumpets, which can be seen as well as heard as they flank the rose window on the south wall.
The Ruffatti organ in addition to the 50 ranks of pipes is able to expand to more than 400 ranks through digital and midi capabilities.
The latter is made possible through the generosity of Maestro Hector Olivera, who donated this new bank of his personal digital samples to the Cathedral. You can hear digitally sampled sounds of the pipes of Notre Dame and St. Sulpice Cathedral organs right here in Kansas City! You can hear the sounds Franck, Vierne and Widor heard when they composed their masterpieces!
All this is possible through the Roland MX-200 module that enables expansion of the organ to over 400 ranks. This module has orchestral sounds and other digital soundbanks that seamlessly combines the pipe and digital technologies playable on any of the three manuals and pedal. The digital divisions automatically tunes to whatever the tuning of the pipes are at any given moment.
The Cathedral's Ruffati is truly a one of a kind instrument that continues to amaze and impress those who hear it and play it.
View the Hector Olivera New sound banks many stops which are sampled from Notre Dame and St Sulpice Cathedrals.
Click here to hear a demonstration the Ruffatti Pipe Organ. Performed by Maestro Hector Olivera on his CD The Artistry of the Pipe Organ
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