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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

A Reflection

June 12th, 2012

“Men can never look at the sun, except downwards, at his reflection in the things of earth.   If he is reflected in a dirty puddle, he is still the sun…” -Mary Stewart in “The Crystal Cave”

Over his keys the musing organist,     Beginning doubtfully and far away, First lets his fingers wander as they list,     And builds a bridge from Dreamland for his lay: Then, as the touch of his loved instrument     Gives hopes and fervor, nearer draws his theme, First guessed by faint auroral […]

Words…

May 11th, 2012

“There are some things that one hesitates to bring down into words.   Words change an idea by definitions too precise, meanings too hung about with the references of every day.” – Mary Stewart   (in The Hollow Hills)

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, […]

Albert Schweitzer

April 24th, 2012

Most of us know of Dr. Albert Schweitzer as the great and selfless doctor who left his home to establish a hospital in Lambaréné, Gabon. But Schweitzer was also a theologian, philosopher, organist, and organ builder.   In 1956, an academy-award winning documentary about his life was produced.   I watched it this evening, and […]

  RMS Titanic I have scheduled this post to appear on the Reynolds Organ Blog, “Wild Air,” at exactly 1:17 am on April 15, 2012.   Correcting for shipboard time vs. Eastern Daylight Time, this is posting on the 100th anniversary of the exact moment that the waters of the North Atlantic Ocean closed over […]

Recently, I opined about the electronic organ.   Today, I would like to discuss a different instrument that, in the past, filled the niche that electronic organs fill today.     Your great-grandmother may have had a small one in her living room.   It often had a hutch, complete with beveled mirror.   It […]

I Want a Principal Within

April 9th, 2012

I once was talking with an organbuilder about an instrument I had recently played that had been built by a the ___ Organ Company.   As I recall, I said something to the effect that I really liked the flutes and strings on this organ, but wasn’t wild about the principals.   His reply to […]

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