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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.
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.