Voix Humaine Installation
During the summer of 2015, in celebration of the Tenth Anniversary of the Perkins and Wells Memorial Organ, C.B. Fisk, Opus 126, the prepared-for Voix Humaine completed the Récit division. Located high in the organ case, quite near the ceiling, the swell division is one of the principal expressive divisions and contains a variety of solo and accompanimental stops, enclosed in a large box lined with expression shades.
The Vox humana is a rather small, soft reed stop, which produces a mysterious and other-worldly sound, especially when combined with the tremulant. It is very typical of the 19th Century French Symphonic style organ made famous by the builder Aristide Cavaillé-Coll, after whose instruments the tonal concept of the Fisk organ was developed.