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Posts tagged ‘organ reform’

Voicing a pipe organ is the process by which each pipe is taught to sing together as a stop, each stop is taught to sing together as a division, and each division taught to sing as an organ. The Rube-Goldberg mechanics of an organ are interesting and impressive, but the “black magic” happens in the […]

On Playing Bach

July 17th, 2012

“Remember that Bach is not idiomatic keyboard music, but an imitation of voices, instruments, or ensembles, and use the resources of the piano (organ?)  accordingly.” -Ralph Kirkpatrick   (1911-1984), American Musicologist and Harpsichordist

On Adaptive Reuse

May 6th, 2012

In the world of architectural preservation, they call it “adaptive reuse.”   Simply stated, the concept is that of preserving and restoring a built structure, but adapting it to a modern purpose.   For example, an old power station in London was structurally restored and converted into the Tate Gallery.   In the organ world, […]

Sauerbraten and the Organ

April 4th, 2010

If you love good food, as I do, try to imagine a world in which there was ONLY Mexican food, or ONLY Chinese food, or ONLY German food. Imagine   some “expert” suddenly announcing that only one cooking tradition was acceptable and pure, and basing his opinion on the fact that the greatest chef of […]

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