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Metronome Online
An online metronome ideal for quick and easy use while practicing music.
http://metronomeonline.com/

James Kibbie - Bach Organ Works
Free downloads of the complete organ works of Johann Sebastian Bach, recorded by Dr. James Kibbie on original baroque organs in Germany.
http://www.blockmrecords.org/bach/

Claire Rivero, composer -- Alpheus Sacred Music
Claire Rivero's fine arts composition, "Lord Make me an Instrument of Thy Peace", based on the prayer of St. Francis, has been performed by the Schola Cantorum of the National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi in San Francisco and the First Lutheran Church of Honolulu. Visit her site to listen to a selection of her works.
http://alpheussacredmusic.com/flashindex.html

"The Love Affairs of Great Musicians, Volume I" (1903) by Rupert Hughes
"Musicians as lovers! The very phrase evokes and parades a pageant of amours! The thousand heartaches; the fingers clutching hungrily at keys that might be other fingers; the fiddler with his eyelids clenched while he dreams that the violin, against his cheek is the satin cheek of 'the inexpressive She;' the singer with a cry in every note; the moonlit youth with the mandolin tinkling his serenade to an ivied window; the dead-marches; the nocturnes; the amorous waltzes; the duets; the trills and trinkets of flirtatious scherzi; the laughing roulades; the discords melted into concord as solitude into the arms of reunion -- these are music's very own."
See Chapter 8 for JS Bach.
http://www.gutenberg.org/dirs/1/0/9/5/10957/10957-h/10957-h.htm#chap8

Church Music Association of America
"The Church Music Association of America (founded in 1874) is an association of Catholic musicians, and those who have a special interest in music and liturgy, active in advancing Gregorian chant, Renaissance polyphony, and other forms of sacred music, including new composition, for liturgical use."
http://www.musicasacra.com

The Estey Pipe Organ - A Virtual Museum
"For over 100 years, the Estey Organ Company manufactured organs large and small in Brattleboro, VT. These included some 520,000 reed organs, 3200 pipe organs, and, at the end, a foray into the area of electronic organs. Although the company closed its doors in 1960, this site is a tribute to the vision and achievements of the men and women who dreamed and created these wonderful instruments. This site is a labor of love to the American pipe organ and all it has meant to performers and listeners alike."
http://www.EsteyOrgan.com/

Pipe Organ Goodies and Music Gifts
An online shop that has almost 1000 pipe organ-related goodies for sale. Calendars, things to drink from, things to wear, items to use or simply amuse; there will be something here for everyone.
http://www.cafepress.com/pipe_organs

Introduction to the Pipe Voices of the Organ
A simple yet informative presentation by Ryan Hostler explaining how the unique sound of the pipe organ is created.
http://www.BACHorgan.com/THE_PIPE_ORGAN.htm

Choral Public Domain Library
Welcome to the Choral Public Domain Library! Begun in December 1998, CPDL is one of the world's largest free sheet music sites. You can use CPDL to find scores, texts, translations, and information about composers.
http://www.cpdl.org

The Art of Fugue: Expanding the Limits!
An article by Ewald Demeyere, professor of harpsichord and musical theory at the conservatory of Antwerp (B). "In this text I examined the upper layer of Bach's counterpoint, a field within analysis which - I find - is quite neglected in our days. In doing this study I was bewildered to see how freely Bach treated the 'old rules'."
http://www.bach-cantatas.com/Articles/AOF-Demeyere.htm

www.Pipes4Organs.org
There is currently a panic in the European Union organ community. As of July 1, 2006, it will be illegal to make traditional pipe organs. Stop the madness! Sign the petition!
http://www.Pipes4Organs.org

The Goldberg Variations
A website dedicated to J.S. Bach, including articles, images, music and more.
http://www.thegoldbergvariations.com

LaripS.com
Learn about JS Bach's long lost tuning system and its rediscovery by Bradley Lehman.
http://www.larips.com/

William Westney - Concert Pianist, Author and Educator
Discover more about an acclaimed musical performer whose stimulating educational work has been termed "fascinating" (The New York Times), and "enlightening" (Aspen Music School).
http://www.WilliamWestney.com/

Choral Public Domain Library
"The Choral Public Domain Library (CPDL) is the largest website devoted exclusively to free choral sheet music. Begun in December 1998, the site has over 300 contributors and 7,600 scores."
http://www.cpdl.org

The Way of Building Reeds
Carl Giesecke & Sohn of Germany, a supplier for organ builders, provides a step-by-step photo essay of the process for building reed pipes.
http://www.giesecke.de/zungenstimmen_e.htm

The Way of Building Big Facade Pipes
Carl Giesecke & Sohn of Germany, a supplier for organ builders, provides a step-by-step photo essay of the process for building big facade pipes.
http://www.giesecke.de/prospektpfeifen/folie2_e.htm

MusicFriends.org
"MusicFriends is a group of parents, community members, and other music advocates working to support local school music programs through grassroots initiatives. Membership is entirely FREE!"
http://www.musicfriends.org/

Flentrop Orgelbouw
"The classical organ has from the beginning been the guide for new organs from the Flentrop workshops. The use of mechanical action and slider chest were self-evident since the nineteen forties. From the first great importance was attached to match the sound of the instrument to the room for which it was meant."
http://www.flentrop.nl

Advocates of the Pipe Organ (ATPO)
Founder Leonardo Ciampa says, "For almost twenty years I have dreamt of having an organist association that does not depend on money from companies or individuals who advocate non-pipe instruments."
http://www.leonardociampa.com/ATPO/

The Pipe Organ Foundation
Based in Seattle, Washington, The Pipe Organ Foundation is a nonprofit corporation committed to the preservation and playing of pipe organs, especially in public places. As a charitable institution, they facilitate the placement of these instruments in public settings at minimal cost.
http://www.pipeorganfoundation.org

The Bamboo Organ
In February, THE WORLD ORGAN FESTIVAL (an annual event) for The Bamboo Organ will be held. In the mean time, anyone wishing to purchase recordings of previous events /festivals may do so from the church gift shop directly. They also have t-shirts, etc.
http://bamboo.diegocera.com/home.htm

The King of Beers, er, Instruments?
See a fully-functional pipe organ whose pipes are made from Guinness beer bottles!
http://www.otheroom.com/NAMM02/figure.htm

Million Book Project
An online book project that specializes in older titles. Accessing their offerings is a bit complicated because you have to download and install a browser plugin. However, if that doesn't discourage you, they have a bit in the way of music-related books and even scores. A search on Bach resulted in Johann Nikolaus Forkel's biography of JS Bach (otherwise out of print) and Hermann Keller's "The Well-Tempered Clavier" (also out of print).
http://www.archive.org/texts/collection.php?collection=millionbooks

Project Gutenberg
An online book project that has been around since 1971 and specializes in plain-text versions of non-copyrighted literature and reference books. They do not offer much in the way of music-related texts but I have used them to download classics by Edgar Rice Burroughs and Jules Verne.
http://www.gutenberg.net

Pipe Organs of Temple Square
"This site provides detailed information on the nine pipe organs contained in buildings situated on and around Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah."
http://elliottrl.tripod.com

Articles by Lawrence Phelps
These "articles by Lawrence Phelps provide a wealth of information about organ design and the history of the organ reform movement."
http://www.lawrencephelps.com/indexa.html

Julian Rhodes' Dream Organs
Website of the late Julian Rhodes, maintained by his friends.
http://www.ondamar.demon.co.uk/organs.htm

Organ Clearing House
The Organ Clearing House was founded in 1959 to facilitate the relocation of pipe organs which might otherwise be discarded. Another important service of the Organ Clearing House since its inception has been the provision of information about instruments available for relocation to those institutions or individuals interested in obtaining one.
http://organclearinghouse.com/

Free-Sheetmusic.org
A great resource! After you finish downloading all the free Bach, there's much more music to explore at this site.
http://www.free-sheetmusic.org/

NZOrgan Jigsaws and Cds
In addition to CDs, this website sells beautiful organ jigsaw puzzles. You can also download free organ screensavers and a free mini-jigsaw puzzle. Enjoy!
http://www.jigsawpuzzles.co.nz

The Face of Bach
"The Face Of Bach is a website devoted to the portraits of Johann Sebastian Bach, and to the fair and accurate analysis of the various images that purport to be accurate depictions of the facial features of Johann Sebastian Bach."
http://www.npj.com/thefaceofbach/

organo.net
This website has a page full of organ music in PDF format for free downloading (Click on Scarica Gratis). If you read Italian, you'll get even more out of this site!
http://www.organo.net/

European Suzuki Association Organ Project
"Gunilla Rönnberg , Suzuki teacher and Lasse Hagström, Concert organist from Sweden have developed the Suzukimethod for
organ. For the first time it is now possible for children to learn to play the organ using the Suzukimethod." Also offers MIDI pedalboards as well as "booster" pedalboards for children.
http://www.organsuzuki.com/

The Abbey Malesbury
Factoid: "Around 700, Aldhelm built the first organ in England, which was described as a 'might instrument with innumerable tones, blown with bellows, and enclosed in a gilded case.'"
http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ancient/anglo_saxons/malmesbury_1.shtml

The Portable MIDI Pedalboard
This MIDI pedalboard folds and rolls so you can take it practically anywhere.
http://www.laukhuff.de/english/midipedal_e.html

Atlantic City Convention Hall Organ Society
Devoted to the two magnificent pipe organs housed in Boardwalk Hall (formerly Convention Hall), Atlantic City, New Jersey. Help save the world's largest pipe organ!
http://www.acchos.org/

Planning Your Silbermann Organ Tour
Whether or not you're planning a trip to Germany, you can enjoy these wonderful organs.
http://www.islandnet.com/~arton/silbprog.html

Lego Harpsichord
"With the exception of the wire strings, this instrument is entirely constructed out of LEGO parts....And is playable."
http://www.henrylim.org/Harpsichord.html

Creator Magazine's Website
"Creator Magazine began in 1978 as the first multi-denominational publication about music ministry....Its issues are full of timely 'how-to' articles, reviews of new publications, thought-provoking essays, and our famous clip art."
http://www.creatormagazine.com/

Sound Heals!
Dr. Mitchell Gaynor discusses the healing properties of sound.
http://www.noisytoys.com/interviews/interview7.html

440 Organs and Counting!
Wim Verburg's website displays more than 440 organs in The Netherlands, Germany and Belgium.
http://www.orgelsite.nl/

The Hoopernacle
Visit Hal Stoddard's website dedicated to the pipe organ he is building in his barn in Hooper, Utah.
http://members.aol.com/Hooprncle/

The Canons and Fugues of J. S. Bach
A very extensive resource from Tim Smith, Professor of Music Theory at Northern Arizona University.
http://jan.ucc.nau.edu/~tas3/bachindex.html

When the Words Hurt: The Gospel of John, Bach's Music, and Religious Intolerance
A Symposium in conjunction with a performance of Bach's St. John Passion presented by the Baltimore Choral Arts Society (2000). From The Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies website.
http://www.icjs.org/scholars/bachprog.html

A Remembrance of J. S. Bach by His Surviving Wife
Behind every great man is an even greater woman. A story of Bach written as if by Anna Magdalena herself.
http://www.melbay.com/creativekeyboard/sep01/annamagdalena.html

The Musical Stylings of High Tide
A marvel of modern architecture, the Blackpool High Tide Organ combines hydraulics, acoustics, structural engineering, musical composition and sculpture to create an unparalleled piece of artwork: a musical installation that will perform at high tide by harnessing the natural forces of the ocean, capturing and utilizing air pressure from the sea swell.
http://www.wired.com/news/print/0,1294,53152,00.html

Another Jewel in New York's Crown of Organs
Neither of New York City's biggest concert halls, Avery Fisher Hall or Carnegie Hall, has a symphonic pipe organ, but its churches keep building them.
The latest is the Roman Catholic Church of St. Vincent Ferrer on the Upper East Side...(Registration required)
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/06/22/arts/music/22ORGA.html

Bach Cantatas Website - Links to Articles
This specific link is to an extensive list of articles about J.S. Bach, his Religion & his Music, but from this page you can click through to the home page of the Bach Cantatas Website.
http://www.bach-cantatas.com/Links/Links-Articles.htm

AGOnLine: The American Organist's Monthly Tour of the Internet
This is the electronic version of the column by John H. Nisbet which appears monthly in The American Organist.
http://www.pipe-organs.com/agonline/

Encyclopedia of Organ Stops
There is quite a bit more information here than the title implies. Good to browse as well as use for reference.
http://www.organstops.org/

The Chilean Pipe Organ Site
I don't know about you but I sure won't have the chance to travel to Chile anytime soon. Here's an opportunity to view a nice selection of Chilean organs.
http://www.clr.cl/

Royal Bank Calgary International Organ Festival and Competition
"Calgary is ready to take centre stage once again and host some of the finest musicians in the world August 7 to 17, for the 4th Royal Bank Calgary International Organ Festival and Competition. The 2002 Festival and Competition promises to be 11 days of world-class entertainment, with something for everyone to enjoy."
http://www.ciof.com/

American Institute of Organbuilders
This site mainly serves professional organbuilders but I found it interesting to wander around in their world for a while. Also, there is a great deal of information available that would be helpful if you're building your own organ.
http://www.pipeorgan.org/

"It’s a Wurlitzer," Smithsonian Magazine, April 2002
An article about a Wurlitzer theater organ, currently in storage, that The Smithsonian plans to restore. Good overview of the Wurlitzer in theater organ history.
http://www.smithsonianmag.si.edu/smithsonian/issues02/apr02/object.html

bach.pagina.nl
This web page has more Bach links than you can imagine. You'll quickly lose yourself.
http://bach.pagina.nl/

APOBA Photo Gallery
The Associated Pipe Organ Builders of America continues to add photos to their website showing the work of their members. The photos are great plus you can click through to each member's website.
http://www.apoba.com/PhotoGallery.htm

het ORGEL
Europe's oldest magazine on Organ Art
http://www.hetorgel.nl

Southeastern Historical Keyboard Society
A non-profit, regional organization committed to the promotion of interest in and the study of early keyboard instruments, principally harpsichord, clavichord, fortepiano, and organ prior to 1860, and the music intended for these instruments.
http://www.sehks.org/

Official Website of Ton Koopman
Have a look at Koopman's concert schedule, bio, research, discography, press, and more. You can read it in Dutch if you like!
http://www.tonkoopman.nl/

Transcriptions of Works by J. S. Bach
Downloadable transcriptions of cantata movements by J.S. Bach.
http://home20.inet.tele.dk/pbaekgaard/

Håkan Wikman, organist
His recordings plus information on Baroque music in Finland.
http://www.evl.fi/srk/vandasv/music/Myhomepage.htm

OrganFocus.com
You may search 2,905 Pipe Organ Events or post your own.
http://www.OrganFocus.com/

South African Organs
"The ONLY website devoted to South African Organs!"
http://www.geocities.com/saorgans/

Classical Music Almanac
Find out what happened today in classical music history. Check out the CLASSICALmanac at MUSIClassical.com. You can subscribe to their email list as well.
http://www.angelfire.com/ab/day/apr18.html

European Guild of Organists
A good resource to find out what's happening on the other side of the Atlantic. Many organ links but not all work.
http://www.organist.com/indexen.html

Estonian Organ Society
All things organ in Estonia including organs, organists, composers, festivals, and concerts.
http://www.hot.ee/eoy/organs.html

To Listen, Perchance to Sleep
Classical music seems to be defining itself as music of respite and evenness in the face of clamor....(The New York Times)
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/04/14/arts/music/14GRIF.html

Rebuilt Synagogue Pulls Out All Stops
The Central Synagogue put a whole lot of organ into its renovated and restored building. And they inaugurated it with a whole lot of concert....(The New York Times)

http://www.nytimes.com/2002/04/13/arts/music/13ORGA.html

Old Pipes, Heavenly View: A Search for Musical Bliss
An obsession with pipe organs leads to the rafters of Yale University's Woolsey Hall where one of the world's greatest can be found....(The New York Times)

http://www.nytimes.com/2002/04/12/travel/12PIPE.html

Mark Nelson's Weblog
Mark describes his weblog as "really a collection of music links for organists."
http://menmusic.blogspot.com/

The Theatre Organ Home Page
TheatreOrgans.com maintains a list of The World's Largest Pipe Organs.
http://www.theatreorgans.com/laird/top.pipe.organs.html

Bernard D. Sherman's Web Site
Author of articles and book on classical music and performance (including J.S. Bach!)
http://homepages.kdsi.net/~sherman/index.html

Home page of the British and French Organ Music Seminars
Find out about seminars past and future. Browse photos, maps and buy videos.
http://www.bfoms.com

Central Hudson Valley Chapter, AGO
Check out their brand new website and see what this lively AGO chapter is up to!
http://www.chvago.org

The Pipe Organs of Alaska
I love this website! After all the times I've threatened to move to Alaska, it's comforting to know that there are trackers there if I ever get up the nerve.
http://www.alaska.net/~stmark/alaskaorgans.htm

Free Font Archives
An extensive list compiled by Luc Devroye of websites that offer free fonts.
http://jeff.cs.mcgill.ca/~luc/fonts.html

Bach Society, Houston
The Bach Society of Houston, established in 1982, has just completed a new website. With a professional Bach Choir and orchestra and, since 1995, a Bach organ in the style of Andreas Hildebrandt, this organization has received international praise.
http://www.bachsocietyhouston.org/

Pipe Organs of the San Francisco Bay Area
A website presenting "photographic and technical information on some of the San Francisco Bay Area's more interesting pipe organs."
http://www.webcom.com/rinehart/PipeOrgans/welcome.html

Open Directory Project
One of the most comprehensive, searchable directories on the web. Lots of Bach!
http://dmoz.org/