“Bach and the Lutheran Legacy” and
“Female Organists and Composers”
20-29 October, 2017

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The Organ Moves Into the Brave New World of the Exhibition (Part 2)

Although the “Great Exhibition” was not the first time an organ or organ parts had been displayed at an exhibition, it was the start of a large series of organ exhibits at world expositions. The “Great Exhibition” had a special section for the organs: “Section II: Machinery” and the instruments and organ parts were categorized under “Class 10: philosophical, musical, horological and surgical instruments.” Apart from three barrel organs by English builders, a specimen of various stops and a special device, eleven organs were displayed; three of them by builders from abroad: France, Germany, and Italy; eight by English builders. Also, a large number of free reed instruments was exhibited. Continue Reading »

The Organ Moves Into the Brave New World of the Exhibition (Part I)

In 1851, the first world’s fair took place in London, officially entitled “The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations,” but better known as the “Great Exhibition.” It was opened on May 1 by Queen Victoria and after the ‘Hallelujah’ chorus had been sung, the Queen walked through the building while the exhibited “organs played marches, each one taking up the music as the Queen approached.” Continue Reading »