Each of my students is asked to prepare at least three questions for each of their lessons. It is a great teaching/learning tool for student and teacher. Following are several from last week.
|“Where did the word “organ” come from? The word organ is derived from the Greek όργανον (organon), a generic term for an instrument or a tool, via the Latin organum, an instrument similar to a portative organ used in ancient Roman circus games.|
OK. What is a portative organ?
|A portative is a small pipe organ that consists of one rank of flue pipes, sometimes arranged in two rows, to be played while strapped to the performer at a right angle. The performer manipulates the bellows with one hand and fingers the keys with the other. The portative organ lacks a reservoir to retain a supply of wind, thus it will only produce sound while the bellows are being operated. The instrument was commonly used in European secular music from the twelfth to the sixteenth centuries.Doesn’t this sound a lot like the organ we built at theOrgelkids workshop?|
|What is the longest organ piece ever composed?The longest music piece in the world is being performed in the city of Halberstadt in Germany: John Cage’s composition for organORGAN2/ASLSP – As SLow aS Possible – is resounding here in an extreme interpretation of 639 years, that means until the year 2640!Check it out at:https://universes.art/en/specials/john-cage-organ-project-halberstadt/|
|What is the most wonderful instrument you, Jeannine, have ever played?Ah…that was the gorgeous organ built by the Swiss organ firm, Goll Orgelbau, located in the Marktkirche in Hanover, Germany. Simply stunning and a joy to play!|
Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist, has a large organ studio with students of all ages and skill levels. With her husband, David Jordan, media artist of Pro-Motion Music , they are the creators and presenters of the dramatic story-driven organ and multimedia concert experiences, From Sea to Shining Sea, Bach and Sons, and Around the World in 80 Minutes. #DrJeannineJordan #OrganAndMultimediaConcert