Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Science is Beautiful

Here is a good reason to visit Rochester, NY. An almost exact replica of a 1976 late Baroque pipe organ has been reconstructed in Christ Church Episcopal. It's a copy of a pipe organ built by Adam Gottlob Casparini of East Prussia and cost $3 million. There is nothing modern about this organ. It needs to be pumped by a human and has over 2200 pipes. It is handmade and even the cabinetry is made from 19th century wood. It is the nearest we have to being able to hear Bach's music as he himself heard it.

You can read more about the pipe organ here and even listen to it being played.

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