The Philadelphia Orchestra’s new organ sounds wonderful:
It has 6,938 pipes, ranging from pencil-size to more than 40 feet, deployed in 125 ranks. In a demonstration and performance for the press, Jeffrey Brillhart, an organist from Bryn Mawr, Pa., coaxed out a high, thin, almost inaudible piping that was seemingly adrift in the hall (like the familiar whine of a malfunctioning hearing aid), then sounded a hoarse, bottomless, almost pitchless flutter that the builders refer to as a “tuned helicopter.”
When we were kids I and Mr O somehow persuaded the vicar to give us the keys to the church and the organ, and we made such a horrific noise that we never dared return. Mr O has gone on to write even more horrific noises, while I have dedicated my life to mediocre kitsch, but one of my proudest moments came in a large Dutch provincial cinema when I managed to get into the organ compartment during a particularly meaningful part of some Julia Roberts vehicle and play a condensed version of The Ride of the Valkyries, confirming for my then girlfriend a decision she had long taken. I have yet to come into contact with Spanish theatre or church organs, but wait like a child, in keen anticipation.
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Floodwaters took his barrel-organ, he held onto his only source of income, Fido was on a string.
- Barrel organ available for losing bettors on the Iowa caucuses
Exemplary punishments from the 1892 US presidential election.
- Stalin’s organ works
But all its pipes are the same length, so it only plays one note. Plus totalitarian musical dogs and terror management
- The organ-grinder: his life and misadventures.
ToC: Birth Mechanical organs Folk and non-Western music Classical music Swing/trad jazz Pop/rock Theatre Variety Teaching Normal career, including current work as a legal and literary translator from Romance and Germanic
- Mexico City’s organ-grinders
On the same day the Enola Gay dropped the bomb on Hiroshima, a small Mexico City pharmaceutical manufacturer offered the distinguished