Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments
1914 Aeolian organ at the Frick Museum, New York, NY
Some folks think of the pipe organ as a musty antique that is old fashioned and out of the mainstream. I don’t agree, but just to confuse the issue, we’ll listen to four instruments that live in museums, at the Frick Collection and the Metropolitan Museum in New York City, the Nethercutt Collection, San Sylmar in Los Angeles, and the Museum Center at Union Terminal in Cincinnati.
Don’t be misled. These pipe organs provide provocative harmonies in picturesque settings. Creating their own attractive, interactive displays these are true Museum Pieces.
J.S. BACH: Badinerie, from Orchestral Suite Number 2. CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS: Breton Rhapsody Number 1. JOSEPH JONGEN: Sonata Eroica, Opus 94 –Thomas Murray (1929 Skinner/Cincinnati Museum Center, Union Terminal, Cincinnati, OH)
Considering its inherent mechanical and architectural “content, ” a pipe organ will create its own interactive exhibit, given the opportunity.