SOP Podcast #7: Janis Kalnins
"I was talking with the Danish organist Ole Olesen and asked him the question of why the organ sometimes has an evacuant? It's an absolutely useless stop - you simply open the valve, and when you finish playing, you just let the wind out of the bellows. I have never seen an organ where the wind stays without any additional pumping for more than a few minutes. It's not a hermetical system. And he then told me that in the Renaissance times the wind somehow was considered to be similar with the Holy Ghost because the wind is the spirit of organ. The wind makes the organ come alive. And it is a bad behavior to leave the wind without work. It's like you are wasting the Holy Ghost. It's something religious."
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