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Chest Organ - Image 1

c. 1620

National Music Museum, University of South Dakota

National Music Museum, University of South Dakota

Chest organ by Jacob Hannss, northern Germany, ca. 1620. This small organ measures approximately 32 inches x 19-1/2 inches x 34 inches. Thirty-one of the organ's 390 pipes are arranged on the front in a facade framed by a gilded carving. While the organist plays the 45-key manual, an assistant must simultaneously pump the bellows, located at the top of the organ. Similar instruments can still be found in Poland.

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  • Title: Chest Organ - Image 1
  • Creator: Jacob Hannss
  • Date: c. 1620
  • Location: northern Germany
  • Original Source: photographer: Bill Willroth, Sr.
  • See on Institution's Site: http://orgs.usd.edu/nmm/abell4.html
  • Rights: National Music Museum, University of South Dakota
  • Medium: pipe organ musical instrument
  • Credit: Rawlins Fund, 1986

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