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Understanding the Pipe Organ

A Guide for Students, Teachers and Lovers of the Instrument

By John R. Shannon

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Format: Paperback, 204 pages
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: United States, 15 February 2009
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.

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.


"a beautiful, handy, easy-to-read manual...the most useful and valuable guide to the organ to appear in any language in many years. It is hard to imagine a more thoroughly useful book than this; it should be placed in the hands of every conscientious organist and kept at the console of every organ in the country"--The Diapason; "will be useful"--ARBA.

EAN: 9780786439980
ISBN: 078643998X
Publisher: McFarland & Company
Dimensions: 24.89 x 17.53 x 1.27 centimetres (0.39 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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