La Seca,
Valladolid

Nuestra Señora de la Asunción Church

(IIM, 22-25)

  • Antonio Ruiz Martínez 1792
  • Undocumented intervention at the end of the 19th century
  • Start-up 1982
  • Joaquín Lois 2003

It is probably the biggest Baroque organ built in Castile, with the exception of the ones in cathedrals.

It presents an innovative style, has an extended octave and the lower organ is not an echo organ, as it used to be, but a positive organ.

La Seca organ captures the stylistic magnificence of the Baroque organs in Castile.

Later decline makes it one of the best instruments built in rural Castile. Many of its characteristics, original at the time, give us an instrument with more repertoire possibilities.

As a result of the region's economic prosperity, the quality of the case is superb. It is neoclassical and perfectly integrated in the temple.

La Seca,
Valladolid

Nuestra Señora de la Asunción Church

La Seca organ Antonio Ruiz Martínez 1792
La Seca organ. Detail Inscription on the console
La Seca organ Antonio Ruiz Martínez 1792
La Seca organ Console detail
La Seca organ Facade
La Seca organ Console
La Seca organ Horizontal trumpets
La Seca organ Key action
La Seca organ

Technical details

he fact that it has two keyboards and 26 spans contras (pedals), with 22 stops on the left hand and 25 on the right hand, places it among the main Castilian instruments of the 18th century, being one of the biggest, with the exception of the ones in cathedrals.

Composition

  • Two manual keyboards of 49 notes (C-c”)
  • Eight 26 spans contras (pedals)

Órgano Mayor (great organ)

LEFT HANDRIGHT HAND
Flautado de 13 (Fachada)Flautado de 2616´
OctavaFlautado de 13 (Fachada)
Docena2 2/3´Octava
QuincenaDocena, Quincena y Decinovena2 2/3´
Diez y novena1 1/3´Ripieno 4H (15ª)2 2/3´
Ripiano 4H (22ª)
Violón de 13 (metal)Violón de 13 ( chimenea)
Nasardos 4H2 2/3´Corneta Real 6H (1ª tapada)
Corneta de ecos 6H (1ª a Chimenea)
Flauta travesera 2H (madera)
Trompeta Universal32´
Trompeta realTrompeta Real
Bajoncillo en ecoClarín de eco
Lengüetería de FachadaLengüetería de Fachada
Clarín de BajosClarín
BajoncilloTrompeta Magna16´
VioletaSaboyana16´
RegaliaClarinete
Obue

Cadereta (Interior)

LEFT HANDRIGHT HAND
Flautado (1ª octava tapada)Flautado
TapadilloTapadillo
Docena2 2/3´Docena2 2/3´
QuincenaQuincena
Diez y novena1 1/3´Diez y novena1 / 1/3´
Ripiano 4H (22ª)Ripiano 4H (15ª)
Trompeta vastarda (largo real)Trompeta magna16´
BajoncilloTrompeta real

Other characteristics

  • Knee lever for the cornetas switch
  • Eight toe pistons for the 26 spans contras (pedals)
  • One toe piston for the echo chamber
  • Tuning pitch 415 Hz
  • Temperament: modified meantone

La Seca,
Valladolid

Nuestra Señora de la Asunción Church

La Seca organ Antonio Ruiz Martínez 1792
La Seca organ. Detail Inscription on the console
La Seca organ Antonio Ruiz Martínez 1792
La Seca organ Console detail
La Seca organ Facade
La Seca organ Console
La Seca organ Horizontal trumpets
La Seca organ Key action
La Seca organ

History

uilt by Antonio Ruiz Martínez in 1790-92 with a clear renewing intention within his school, as can be seen in the contract:

"That they have the intention to build a new organ with a modern style for the same church".

Its innovative characteristics are the extension of the keyboards and the fact that the Lleno has less importance, favoring the Nazardos, the "effect" stops and, above all, the reeds, as is characteristic of the last period of the Castilian organ building.

Intervetion made

n 2002, La Seca organ was restored completely. This entailed dismantling the whole instrument, restoring the wind chests, the channel boards, keyboards, actions and bellows, as well as restoring the case, structure and decoration.