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  • F Kalbrenner
    started a topic Anywhere organ

    Anywhere organ

    I was originally going to post a thread about a mobile concert organ that was envisioned by the french organist Jean Guillou.
    But I’ve decided to postpone that when I recently stumbled across another mobile pipe organ called “L’Organo Wanderer” which
    was designed by the Italian organist Paolo Oreni.
    I’ve found at least one video which is on facebook of Oreni playing on his instrument. It would be nice if there were some recordings or Youtube videos
    done of this instrument. Plus I don’t have a Facebook account and I find it a bit of a nuisance the
    way the Facebook constantly Badgers me to Login.

    Paolo Oreni's playing is a bit over the top for me but I think it does show what his instrument can do.

    https://www.facebook.com/FestivalArteCF/videos/1956795644535474/

  • F Kalbrenner
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    I just thought I’d mention that a video has recently appeared up on Youtube of the travelling pipe organ called Organo Wanderer.
    The video is pretty average so unfortunately it’s nothing special but the performance is OK. A problem that I have probably mentioned many times before is that I find when researching these travelling organs like this one is that they tend to be very elusive and rarely do people make any videos or recordings of them.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwftKHrfHn8


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  • F Kalbrenner
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNSwny3BKzc

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  • F Kalbrenner
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    It’s probably a bit late to post anymore stuff on this thread since I think everyone has said all they can but I thought I might as well list a couple more anywhere pipe organs that I’m aware of.

    The first organ is one that I read about a long time ago on a website about pipe organ oddities. The organ is called the Open Ait Konzert Orgel which was built by company called Hoffmann & Schindler in 1998. The design of this organ is rather novel as the instrument is mounted on the back of a truck much like a fairground organ so it can be driven to various events.

    The specification for this organ can be found on the builder’s website but as far as I am aware there doesn’t seem to be any recordings of this organ.

    https://orgelbau-hoffmann.de/open-ai...-orgel-mieten/

    The second instrument is called the Anywhere Organ and is a midi pipe organ that is made up of recycled organ pipes. This organ was built sometime around 2011 and it contains only a single rank of pipes but the creator Matthew Borgatti had plans to expand the instrument but I think this organ is pretty much on the back-burner.

    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...anywhere-organ

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  • F Kalbrenner
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    So from what I’ve read the design of Vogler’s Orchestrion is rather unique but still a little bit of a mystery because Vogler was constantly making alterations to the instrument over the years. So what I’ve described bellow is some of the details of how the Orchestrion looked when it was first completed in 1790.

    The Orchestrion is described as having a square bass that was about 9 feet both in width and depth, there were originally four keyboards each with a compass of about 63 notes from F to G, the pedals (which borrowed stops from the manuals) had about 39 keys from Fto G, there were 24 draw knobs and there was originally 3 swells (and by swells I mean three different types of dynamic expression such as a swell box a pressure swell and a Progressionsschweller). The Progressionsschweller (which was later removed) was basically a crescendo pedal while the pressure swell controlled only the reed pipes as the reeds used in this organ were free reeds.
    The tonal design is rather unique as each keyboard represented a different family of organ sounds except the Diapasons and Principles (But a principle rank I believe was later added along with a few other 8' voices). Manual 2 was for Flutes, manual 3 Free Reeds, Manual 4 Strings and string-like flutes, and if I’m correct manual 1 was for Mixtures and Mutations.

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  • F Kalbrenner
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    Thanks I'll try posting some information about the design of Vogler's Orchestrion because I think some of the things I wrote about this organ is probably not that important.

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  • myorgan
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    Originally posted by F Kalbrenner View Post
    I've been trying to post a description of this organ but I've been unable to because of the character limit.
    Post it in pieces if the character limit is in the way. However, if the book is copy written, it is never a good idea to post substantial parts of a work in a public forum (also a violation of law).

    Michael

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  • F Kalbrenner
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    One anywhere pipe organ that I definitely think is worth mentioning is an actual touring organ that was built in the late 18th century.
    This particular organ was called the Orchestrion and was designed by Georg Joseph (Abbe) Vogler (1749 – 1814) who was a German composer, organist, teacher and music theorist.

    I've been trying to post a description of this organ but I've been unable to because of the character limit.

    So if you are interested in this organ look for a book called In Praise of Harmony: The Teachings of Abbe George Joseph Vogler.
    You will find some of the most important information about this instrument on page 251 to 256.

    And also you can view some of this book on Google books.

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  • toodles
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    Not truly portable (as in it goes anywhere), but the LDS Conference Center organ is on wheels, so it can be moved on and off stage for various situations.

    130 Ranks, Schoenstein. See: https://www.mormontabernaclechoir.or...ce-center.html

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  • F Kalbrenner
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    Originally posted by myorgan View Post
    I think maybe I misunderstood the subject of this thread.

    Is this thread about pipe organs that are moveable within the same venue, or pipe organs that are moveable between venues separated by a distance (i.e. between towns or cities)? The title of the thread led me to believe the organ would go anywhere.

    Michael

    Yes this is suppose to be about pipe organs that can travel between venues but I have found the organs that have been suggested really interesting.


    A couple more portable organs that I think are worth mentioning is a renaissance style organ that was built by the organist Giorgio Questa.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyFfzZfpwoc

    And a small three manual organ which has a nice sounds.

    https://orgel-kirchenmusik.kug.ac.at...el-mocnik.html

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBSaJUP4R2Q

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  • myorgan
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    Originally posted by F Kalbrenner View Post
    Originally posted by voet View Post
    Another portable instrument is the 10 ton Flentrop that ended up at SUNY Purchase. Here is a link to an article in the archives of the New York Times:
    I think maybe I misunderstood the subject of this thread.

    Is this thread about pipe organs that are moveable within the same venue, or pipe organs that are moveable between venues separated by a distance (i.e. between towns or cities)? The title of the thread led me to believe the organ would go anywhere.

    However, I'm learning about some interesting organs this way. I knew about the Flentrop, but not some of the others. If you're talking about moving within the same venue, there is a Hook tracker (2m/p) on one of the stages of the University of Maine that is on a moving platform. It rolls off stage for storage, and on stage for performances (https://pipeorgandatabase.org/OrganD...?OrganID=23456).

    Michael

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  • Melos Antropon
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    Originally posted by F Kalbrenner View Post

    That's it, Mr, K! Thanks.

    Tony

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  • voet
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    Another portable instrument is the 10 ton Flentrop that ended up at SUNY Purchase. Here is a link to an article in the archives of the New York Times:

    https://www.nytimes.com/1989/10/29/n...cal-feast.html

    This link from the Flentrop site gives the specification:

    http://www.flentrop.nl/orgelbouw/purcha_newy_univ.html

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  • F Kalbrenner
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    Originally posted by myorgan View Post
    Tony,

    Can you tell us more? Provide links? Photos? You have my curiosity piqued!

    I visited the Schlicker factory back in the late '80s and early '90s and never knew they had ever produced such an organ.

    Michael
    I think I found it

    https://pipeorgandatabase.org/OrganD...?OrganID=28058

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  • F Kalbrenner
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    Originally posted by Melos Antropon View Post
    I haven't seen mention yet in this thread about the 3 manual, 42 rank Schlicker portable pipe organ built for Western Michigan University (my alma mater) about 1972 or so. Each of the four divisions is in it's own rolling case. There is also one other platform added later that has the 32' Bourdon and Posaune on it.

    Tony
    Orgue du Voyagehttps://www.facebook.com/36440883405...2292235936938/

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