The Eastman School of Music has brought the sounds of the past to Rochester by installing an historic full-size Italian Baroque organ in the University of Rochester's Memorial Art Gallery. The instrument, originally built around 1770 in the region of central Italy, represents the genesis of Baroque organ music played and taught worldwide. With its well-preserved pipes crafted to render vocal and instrumental sonorities of its time, the organ is a "living recording" of sounds made hundreds of years ago. After being fully restored in Germany by Gerald Woehl, it was installed in the Gallery's Fountain Court in the fall of 2005, making Rochester the only place in North America to hear authentic performances of 18th-century organ music written for a large Italian instrument. With the origianal bellows dating from the late eighteenth-century, this organ combines early technology with exquisite artwork, as seen in the crowning depiction of Saint Andrew. The authentic pipework, keyboard, and can have been restored to their 1770 condition with as few alterations as possible.
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