Classical Notes: Boom time as Pipeworks pulls out all the stops

Classical Notes: Boom time as Pipeworks pulls out all the stops
Sebastian Adams; Orla Flanagan; Yseult Cooper Stockdale and David Adams all feature in Pipeworks 2017 Organ FestivalMonika Chmielarz

Nowadays, the organ still reigns supreme in church music

You may not believe it, but the organ – that enormous instrument that looms majestically in practically every cathedral and church in Christiandom – had its origins in the third century BC, when a Greek engineer, Ctesibus of Alexandria, devised a contraption called a hydraulis, which used wind to pump air through a set of pipes. This apparently provided half-time entertainment for the baying mob, though it is highly unlikely slaves and gladiators tuned in.

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