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To the Editor:—
Although the Leisure Corner item in the Oct. 11, 1958, issue of The Journal, entitled "Playing the Modern Organ" is interesting, two points should be clarified. In the early so-called water organs, the water was not used to create the air pressure to make the pipes speak, but rather was used in the manner of a diving bell to keep the air pressure constant and thus to keep the tone of the pipe in pitch. In the first paragraph of the article, it is stated that the organ is easy to play, and later, that the modern organ is probably the easiest of all instruments to play. If by organ we mean the instrument on which most of the pieces written for organ can be played, it would have to have two or more manuals and 32 pedals. This instrument is not easy to play. Some organ
Shull HH. ORGAN PLAYING. JAMA. 1958;168(17):2297. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.03000170089021
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