Understanding the Pipe Organ: A Guide for Students, Teachers and Lovers of the Instrument

Understanding the Pipe Organ: A Guide for Students, Teachers and Lovers of the Instrument

by John R. Shannon

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Overview

Understanding the Pipe Organ: A Guide for Students, Teachers and Lovers of the Instrument by John R. Shannon

The pipe organ, an instrument whose origins date to ancient Greece, is prominent in the development of secular and church music, and its builders were as artistic as the composers like Bach, Pachelbel and Handel who played them.
This book describes the mechanics, fabrication, and acoustics of all types of pipe organs. Although it is technical in nature, its design, descriptions, and language are directed to organ students, their teachers, and all persons who love the organ. The book covers the construction of several types of pipe organ, with chapters on actions, chests, pipe work, wind supply, electrical circuitry, mechanics, registration, organ placement, acoustics, and repairs.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786439980
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 01/13/2009
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 204
Sales rank: 665,337
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

John R. Shannon is professor emeritus of music at Sweet Briar College, and is author or editor of several books about organ composition, improvisation and music history. He is a charter member of the Southern Historical Keyboard Society and lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



List of Figures viii

Introduction 1



1. The Principal Components of the Organ 5

2. The Wind Supply 14

3. Mechanical Action 25

4. Electric Action 44

5. Organ Chests 62

6. Unification and Duplexing 83

7. Aids to Registration 91

8. Acoustics of Organ Pipes 109

9. Pipework 129

10. Achieving Optimal Sound Through Location and Placement 151

11. Can You or Should You Fix It Yourself? 162



Glossary 173

Bibliography 187

Index 189

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