Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Early organ transplant is a complete success


My photograph shows the wonderful Wingfield organ. This is a pre-Reformation instrument that has been lovingly reconstructed from a soundboard found in the coffin-house of the churchyard at Wingfield in Suffolk, not far from where I write these words. The music of Tudor composers such as Tallis, Byrd, Bull, Gibbons and Tomkins would have been played on an organ such as this. The full specification is here, and there are more wonderful photographs, and an audio file, on the Guardian website. The instrument has been reconstructed as part of the Royal College of Organists Early English Organ Project, from where my photograph is taken.

On An Overgrown Path has also visited fine organs in St Peter Mancroft, Norwich, St-Louis-en-l'Ile, Paris, the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, Berlin, the recently restored Frauenkirche in Dresden, St Thomas', Leipzig, Norwich Cathedral and Oberlin College, Ohio.

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2 comments:

Danny said...

A minor detail -- Oberlin College is in Ohio, not Massachusetts.

Pliable said...

Danny, my error entirely.

I've now relocated Oberlin to its correct State.

Thanks for pointing that out.