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ca. 1670-1770

Italian artist

Object Type: Musical Instrument
Medium and Support: Case: Wood, polychromy, metal, gold leaf; pipes: tin and lead alloys, wood
Credit Line: Lent by the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester
Accession Number: 5.2005L
Location: Currently on view
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MAGexplore MAGexplore provides in-depth information and close looking at over 200 objects in MAG's collection.
Permanent Splendor Article on the Organ in Eastman Notes.
Italian Baroque Organ Describes the acquisition of the organ by the Eastman School of Music and it's installation in the Memorial Art Gallery's Herdle Fountain Court. Includes links to pictures and events associated with the inauguration of the organ.
Eastman School's Rare Antique Organ will Resound at Last Press release from the Eastman School of Music describing the inaugural concert Saturday, October 8, 2005.
A Musical Time Machine Learn about how the organ produces it's sound and play different sounds by virtually pulling out the stops.
'Living Recording' Arrives Article from the Rochester Review, Fall 2005 issue.
Eastman's Italian Baroque Organ Eastman School of Music students demonstrate the Italian Baroque Organ's stops
Installation of the Italian Baroque Organ at Memorial Art Gallery, June 2005 The Eastman School of Music installed a historic full-size Italian Baroque organ in the University of Rochester's Memorial Art Gallery ( The magnificent instrument, with its 600 pipes and lavishly carved, painted, and gilded 22-foot case, was originally built around 1770 in central Italy and represents the genesis of Baroque organ music played and taught worldwide. With its pipes crafted to render vocal and instrumental sonorities of its time, the organ is a "living recording" of sounds made hundreds of years ago.

After being fully restored in Germany, it was installed in the Gallery's Fountain Court in the fall of 2005, making Rochester the only place in North America to hear authentic performances of 18th-century organ music written for a large Italian instrument. In addition to enhancing organ study at the Eastman School, the organ benefits the singers and instrumentalists who perform with the instrument, visiting scholars, practitioners of organ restoration, and visitors to the Memorial Art Gallery.

Music: 'Al post communio' (from 'Sonate d'Intavolatura', published in Rome in 1716), by Domenico Zipoli (1688-1726). Performed by David Higgs, Professor of Organ and Chair, Department of Organ, Sacred Music, and Historical Keyboards, Eastman School of Music.
The Italian Baroque Organ at the Memorial Art Gallery William Porter, Professor of Organ at the Eastman School of Music performs an excerpt from "Pavane Prymera", a 16th century composition whose author is unknown. The piece is performed on an 18th century Italian baroque organ at the Memorial Art Gallery, installed in the Fountain Court in 2005.

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