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Organ

c. 1762
Chestnut wood case, boxwood & ebony keys, tin & organ metal
101 3/4 x 55 x 31 in. (259.7 x 125.7 x 71.8 cm)
Century: 18th Century
Credit Line: Meadows Museum, SMU, Dallas. Gift of The Meadows Foundation, MM.83.05
Accession Number: MM.83.05


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Visual Description

This organ stands approximately eight and half feet tall and four and half feet wide and is housed in a wooden case and with an arched top. There are two doors in the front of the case that open outward to reveal the organ's pipes. There are nine pipes behind each door opening, arranged with the tallest and largest pipe in the center and descending in scale on either side. Below the pipes, set into a rectangular alcove, is a small keyboard made of boxwood and ebony keys approximately two feet in length. To the right of the keyboard are five darker wooden draw-knobs which operate the seven registers of the organ. To the left of the keyboard is another wooden knob which is the nightingale or bird stop, which makes a whistle like a bird. Below that are two rectangular inset panels. There is a small two foot high wood bench that sits to the side when the organ is not in use.

It is a single-manual organ, built for the Cathedral of Evora, Portugal, the only instrument by Pascoali Caetano Oldovini to be found outside the Iberian Peninsula. The organ was restored to playing condition by the Flentrop Orgelbouw of Zandaam, Holland, in 1967. All parts of the instrument are original except for three small pipes and a restored “Nightingale” stop. Although there is a small modern electric blower to provide wind for the instrument, the original foot pumping mechanism located on the lower right side of the organ case remains operable.

Please click on the audio clips above to hear a selection of music recorded in 1984 during the organ's inaugural concert at the Meadows Museum. It was played by Guy Bovet and the recording was broadcast on KERA-FM on December 23, 1984.

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