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

Nowadays, the organ still reigns supreme in church music

11th June, 2017
Sebastian Adams; Orla Flanagan; Yseult Cooper Stockdale and David Adams all feature in Pipeworks 2017 Organ FestivalMonika Chmielarz

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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