Today I received an email from Nelson Vigneault, the designer of a new website for the Martin Ott Pipe Organ Company. In his words, “This site explores the 40-year contribution of Martin Ott, Orgelbaumeister, to the music community in America.”
Months ago I was asked by Mr. Vigneault if he might use the Guest Artist Interview with Martin Ott I had published in our Pro-Motion Music e-newsletter in August 2010. The focus of the newsletter was on American organ builders. I chose to interview Mr. Ott because his company builds pipe organs after the centuries-old tradition of European organ building using mechanical or tracker key action. Each organ is a unique work of art designed to be playing for generations.
On perusing the new Martin Ott Pipe Organ Company website I was thrilled to discover my interview on the new site’s Philosophy page. To read again my interview with this superb organ builder and learn more of his work (including 114 organs to date), please visit the Ott company’s new website at www.martinottpipeorgan.com/philosophy. Click on the link to our newsletter archives just below my photo, or click here to go directly to the interview on our Pro-Motion Music website.
In the USA, there are many heroes in the pipe organ builder world, and Martin Ott is among them. Anyone who authors over 114 instruments, as Martin Ott has done to date, is a hero. What most master builders have in common is that they have dedicated their life to the ART of pipe organ building.
In Mr. Vigneault’s words, “I wish that the site would foster the celebration of one of its hero builders, someone who truly merits attention as a fine contributor to the music community of America, Mr. Martin Ott, Orgelbaumeister.”
Congratulations, Martin on 40 years of organ building! and Mr. Vigneault on a thoughtful and lovely new website