Music History Class Learns About Pipe Organs

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Students hear how pipe organs are made.

Mr. Thaine's high school Music History class recently completed a study of the Baroque Period (1600-1750), an era which included the development of the pipe organ and the life of composer J.S. Bach, a prolific writer of organ music and virtuoso organist. 

As part of their study, the class visited Parsons Pipe Organ Builders in Bristol. 

At Parsons, they learned that other than the use of architecture software in the design process, power tools in the wood shop, and the installation of an electric blower instead of hand-pumped bellows, pipe organ construction has remained relatively unchanged for 350 years. 

The class also made a stop at Rochester's Memorial Art Gallery to visit the only restored and fully functioning baroque pipe organ in North America. 

The organ was discovered, in pieces, in a used furniture shop in Italy, and was moved to Rochester by the Eastman School of Music.

The Music History class stands in front of the Memorial Art Gallery's restored baroque pipe organ.