Appreciating the aesthetics of churches
In general, churches have their main entrance, or narthex, in the west, and their altar toward the east, with a large pipe organ installed in the gallery above the narthex. In other words, the sound can be heard coming from behind when seated. If positioned at the front of the church the organ would get in the way, and if installed at floor level a strong echo would develop against the tall ceiling, so it fits well at the rear of the space. Having been in that position through its development, approaches have been found to allow even large pipes and amplification within the space. As an instrument that makes use of the acoustics of a building, it is good to listen to a pipe organ installed in a church if you have the opportunity.
Musical Instrument Guide : Pipe Organ Contents
How to Play
How the Instrument is Made
Care and Maintenance
- Various sizes, from large-scale to pocket-sized
- Can you tell an expensive instrument from its sound?
- Changing fashions in the number of manuals
- Partial bass range
- Delay between play and sound
- Appreciating the aesthetics of churches
- Pipe organ treasures in Tokyo
- Sound that varies according to where it is heard