UNIQUE Opportunity for Tucson Piano Students To Play A Pipe Organ!by Charles Spillar on Feb. 14, 2010, under arts, Tucson Art
A PIPE ORGAN is one of the greatest musical instruments ever created. One pipe organ can equal the volume of a symphony orchestra. It is also the most complicated of all instruments. The average organ has more than 2000 pipes and you might play more than 100 of them at once in a large chord. Tucson piano students now have an opportunity to discover the power of their own musical talent in a workshop playing a pipe organ, sponsored by the Southern Arizona Chapter, American Guild of Organists. < http://www.agosaz.com >
One of the organizers of the event, Fern Heib, states “unlike instruments like trombones or violins or even pianos, which can be identical to each other, each pipe organ is unique, and can change tone color during the performance of a single piece. The organ is thousands of years old, but still modern today. We want students to have the opportunity to experience the power and complexity of performing on an ancient and modern instrument.”
The pipe organ is one of the oldest instruments used in European classical music and the earliest was built in Ancient Greece in the third century B.C. It is a musical instrument producing sound by driving pressurized air through pipes selected via a keyboard. Each pipe produces a single pitch, and the pipes are provided in sets and each of which has a common sound quality and loudness throughout the keyboard compass.
Most organs have multiple ranks of pipes of differing timbre, pitch and loudness. A pipe organ may have one or several keyboards played by hands and a pedal board played by the feet each having their own group of stops. A detailed history and the functions of the different parts of the pipe organ can be found at:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pipe organ
To experience the magnificence of this instrument and the sound capability, I suggest you visit the two sites below. (Many more on YouTube) The first is a YouTube video showing the world’s largest pipe organ located in Macy’s Department Store in Philadelphia. The size of this organ will amaze you. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIv4NtUpPhs&feature=channel
This second link will enable you to hear the phenomenal sound that a pipe organ is capable of creating. This is the NUTCRACKER Suite played by Frederick Hohman on his pipe organ. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKDJ6Z_stvg
Any one viewing these two videos will easily understand WHY the opportunity to learn to play one of these master instruments is such a great opportunity for a young pianist. The best Free value they may ever receive.
Students will get to perform their favorite piano works through the thrilling depth and amplification of a pipe organ on Saturday, February 27 at St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church. 3809 E. 3rd Street-Tucson, AZ.
To register for the FREE workshop, or for more information contact: Fern Hieb, CAGO 2515 E. 7th – Tucson, AZ 85716 ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) Phone: 321-4080
Below is a picture of the Pipe Organ to be used for instructions.
The Schantz Organ Company of Orrville, Ohio, built the organ pictured above in 1992.