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The Pipe Organ: Its History and an Overview of Examples Around the World
(Released December 2011)

  by Sandie Schwenker  


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  1. Music Director Dennis Keene points out some features of the internal pipes while talking about the new Pipe Organ at the Church of the Ascension on March 17, 2011, in New York. The new Manton Memorial Organ, built by Frenchman Pascal Quoirin and said to be the first French built pipe organ in New York, features 6,183 pipes, 95 stops,111 ranks, 2 consoles, 7 keyboards. The organ took three years to design and build entirely by hand, two months to install and five months to voice and fine-tune.
    DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images

  2. Jerry Sanders plays a 762-pipe organ he built from spare parts and it takes up much of his home in Akron, Ohio.
    Ken Love/Knight-Ridder/Tribune News Service

  3. 1968 FILE PHOTO of the Thomaskirche church in Leipizig, Germany which housed a massive pipe organ that Sebastian played a quarter of a millennium ago, being destoyed by Germany's chief of state and Communist leader Walter Ulbricht. The church was re-built and now the massive organ has been replaced. Local music aficionados have dubbed the organ: Bach's Revenge and has 61 registers, 4500 pipes and four manuals.
    Gudrun Vogel/United Press International
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  1. Plan showing respective positions of Kuhn and Bishop/Sutton organs. The 1927 Harrison work was neatly situated behind the Sutton, the two pedal ranks flanking the wall area currently occupied by the (original) staircase; this in turn had been sited more or less in the space between the present Swell and Great c# side soundboards.

    The New Organ of Jesus College Cambridge
    Butterworth, David, The Organ 87 (Aug 2008): 30-34.
  2. Figure 1. Mechanical organ made in France about 1790 and contained in a mahogany secrétaire à abattant. One rank of wooden pipes comprises 22 notes. Among the six pieces on each of two interchangeable barrels are extracts from two Haydn symphonies.Figure 2. The operating principles of a mechanical organ that plays music from a pinned wooden cylinder. The barrel was sometimes replaced by a wheel with just a few rows of pins on its periphery to play a few pipes, or the wheel could be in the form of a disk with concentric rows of projections on its face. The pipework could be wood or metal, open or stopped, flue or reed. Power to set the machine in motion might come from a manually turned handle, from energy stored in a descending weight and line in a winch, or by a clockwork motor.

    Performance Practice Issues Related to the "'Fantasia in F Minor"' (K.608) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Part I
    Stipp, Neil, The American Organist 40. 6 (Jun 2006): 70-77.
  3. Table A: Pipe Organs in Greenland

    The Church of Greenland and the Inuit Organ Tradition
    Harlow, Randall, The American Organist 44. 1 (Jan 2010): 66-69.
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  1. Shigeru Yoshikawa
    Professor, Department of Acoustic Design, Kyushu University
    Physical acoustics of musical instruments (sounding mechanisms, interrelation between instrument's structure and material and the resulting tone, interface between the player and the instrument, etc.) Design research by extending the concept of musical instruments (acoustical research of Gaudi's Sagrada Familia Cathedral)

  2. Norma J. Stevlingson
    Professor, Music Department, University of Wisconsin-Superior
    Current research interests are in French music for the (pipe) organ: 1. music of composer Jehan Alain (1911-1940); 2. music of French organ composers from the fin de siècle (end of last century).

  3. Thomas K. Brown
    Professor, Music, Texas Woman's University
    Pedagogy of pipe organ registration. Research and performance of music by women composers. Research and performance of music for organ and solo instruments.

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