The Pipe Organ was invented in the 3rd Century BC. Pipe organs are powerful, marvelous musical instruments. Most of them are harnessed in service to the Almighty (in churches), which makes a municipal pipe organ all the more special, as it’s free to play secular music from the greatest composers of all time. I’m convinced a live pipe organ experience should be on everyone’s bucket list…
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Special Thanks to Dale Sorenson, Associate Organ Curator, who allowed me access to some of the inner workings of the organ and made himself readily available to answer my many pesky questions! Dale, you’re a good sport! I’d also like to thank Honorary Trustee Hal Doerr for his helpful explanations and models of how the pipes work, and Spreckels Organ Society Executive Administrator Ross Porter for his time and helpfulness as well. It’s a nice group of people at the organ–it’s a real labor of love, how everyone contributes whole-heartedly for each Sunday performance.
This post is a bit of an experiment, a mood piece, I’m calling it. Originally I sent the text to a friend after a nice dinner out.