mechanism and the fact that this mechanism obeys your will?
You're not alone. Majority of organists Vidas talked to during his Secrets of Organ Playing Podcast said that they first fell in love with the organ because of mechanical complexities.
That's what physics professor from Vilnius University, Vytautas Jonkus wrote in a message to us with this feedback after the Unda Maris organ studio concert last week.
It wasn't the case for me, though. I guess mystery fascinated me more than mechanics.
But... when I first had a glimpse at the inside of the organ at St John's here in Vilnius back in the spring or early summer of 2000 while the organbuilders were preparing for the inauguration during the congress of International Society of Organbuilders, I was spellbound. It's the largest pipe organ in Lithuania, after all.
So when Vytautas wrote that feedback, I could feel it too.
One of the most complex machinery ever built by man (until the Industrial Revolution).
One of the great mechanical wonders of the world is to see how the pipe organ works.
Let us know if this aspect of the instrument fascinates you.
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Don't have an organ at home?
Download paper manuals and pedals, print them out, cut the white spaces, tape the sheets together and you'll be ready to practice anywhere where is a desk and floor. Make sure you have a higher chair.