The last time my friends organbuilders Janis Kalnins and Jakub Wzsolek visited Vilnius, I took took them the Museum of Palace of Grand Dukes to see continuo organ that Janis made for the museum. I also had a chance to try out their new portative organ. It was the first time I played such an fascinating medieval instrument and Janis gave valuable suggestions on how to use it. It requires good coordination between the right hand which plays the keys and the left hand which pumps the bellows. To familiarize myself with the portative and its playing technique I improvised a dialogue between two parts using some of the medieval modes and 3 largest fingers - 2, 3, 4, just like you would play on the earliest organs. Thanks to Jakub who was filming this video! Thanks to Vytautas Gailevičius from the museum who facilitated the visit! Hope you will enjoy it!
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