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- POST:GAZETTE, 'AP'I lL:21."2"017 PAG E Italy - the Pipe Organ by Prof/ Cav Philip J. DiNovo Recently, I attended an event where it was my privilege to hear Diane Bish, who is one of the most influential classical organists performing today. She is a concert and recording artist, composer, conductor, and international television personality. I love organ music and believe the organ is the king of instruments. Ms. Bish played Pietro Yon's "Allegro" from Concerto Gregoriano, and it received the greatest acclaim ofallthe pieces which she presented. I have never heard about Yon before and did not realize he composed Ges Bambino. From my research I have learned a great deal about Italian organs. Padua, as well as the entire Venetian area of Italy, has always been famous for pipe organ building. By the 1700s, a unique school of organ building had emerged in Venice, founded by Pietro Nac- chini and his successors. The most famous of these was Gaetano Callido, who built more than four hundred organs in his lifetime. The unique characteristics of this historic organCbuilding school form the basis of the famous Italian Ruffat organ. From simple be- glrmings five centuries ago came the sweet sounds of Italian organs. In the year 1940, Antonio Rufatti and his two brothers founded the firm of Famiglia Artigiano Fratelli Ruffatti Brother (Ruffatti Brothers, Family of Artisans). The firm has produced more than five hundred instruments of all sizes around the world. The lin- eage and heritage of FrateUi Ruffatti, from traditional mechi~nical action organs to highly-developed and efficient electro-pneumatic action organs to all-electric action organs, offer custom tonal and architectural design with meticulously handmade pipes. Greece is commonly credited with the origin of the organ (actually, the water organ) in the 3"d century BC. The word "organ" is derived from the Latin "organum," an instrument similar to a portative organ used in ancient Roman circus games. I never gave it much thought, but thousands of churches in Italy have organs. A most Interesting fact gleaned from my research is that the Italian organ changed very little from around 1600 until the eighteenth century. The typical Italian instrument of the piano inherited most of its characteristics from the sixteenth century. Stoppel organs were not common in Italy, even in the 17th century. Today FrateUi Ruffatti is one of the few organ builders to make all the instrument's components themselves. For instance, most of the new organ's 2,699 pipes are made by hand from a tin-lead alloy while the majority of full-bodied sounds are achieved from wooden pipes. Italian organs are installed in churches, synagogues, concert halls, and other public buildings. The organ boasts a substantial repertoire that encompasses a span of over five hundred years. There are a number of famous Italian organs in the United States, one of which is located in Rochester, N.Y. The Eastman School of Music has installed an historic fuU-size Italian Baroque organ in the University of Rochester's Memorial Art Gallery. Built around 1770 in the region of central Italy, this magnificent instrument represents the genesis of Baroque organ music played and taught world- wide. Many prominent organ builders are continuing this important work in Italy. Organists and organ enthusiasts throughout the world appreciate the cultural value and diversity of the Italian organ landscape. Each Italian historic and modem organ masterpiece uniquely reflects the culture of those for whom the organ was built. Italian organs are noted for their design, superior quality materials, fine woodworking, exquisite craftsmanship, and refined sounds. Hopefully, our own appreciation of the way in which our Italian heritage has influenced the making of such beautiful sounds has been deepened. F~NDS OF ANNUAL PLAYGROUND CELEBRATION Saturday, May 6l. 2017 - 11:00 am to 1:00 pm Free Pizza, F/re Truck and Fun Activities ~ New Sand Toys Needed- Please Bring them to the Sandbox ~ Meet New and Old Ne~ors Spring Is in the air and FOCCP Is cleaning up the playground for the kids. And a big thank+ to our Sponsors for helping tL,~ with thls event 3[ for .~;upporting the Park.t KinderCar~ ~amNa ~m~s Visit us on line at WWWIBOSTONPOSTGAZETTE.COM www.FOCCP.org - 781-639-6002 Murphy... As I See It B o s t o n C i t y time you're back on the road, and friends. Lots of old friends Councilor Sal it's another 15 minutes. Way attended his funeral to say good- LaMattina's sup-too long! ... How do you define bye to "The Memories" ... Japan porters were sad- stupid? 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Andrewaren't people complaining and Street Bridge is one slow bridgel "Skipsy Schepici passed away writing to the Nancy Pelosi, It takes at least 20-30 minutes quietly at the Lighthouse nurs- an advocate and instigator of for a huge tanker to go through ing home recently after celebrat- Obamacare, and make it known from opening to closing. By the ing his 99th birthday with family it's a flop? Till next time! Joe McDonald Named West End Museum President Native West Ender Brings Years of Community Experience, Dedication to Position Joe McDonald, a third-gen- eration West End native and long-time community activist, has been named President of The West End Museum Board of Directors. McDonald served as a Board member for two years and as President of the West End Civic Association {WECA) in 2012. Now, as Museum President, he aims to help the nonprofit achieve a more secure financial position. =The Museum is such an asset to the West End and, over the past several years, has grown to focus on far more than urban renewal. It has expanded to embrace other periods all the way through to the present day, giving a wider historical perspective that's been very enlightening for old and new West Enders alike," McDonald said. =I'm pleased to take on this new role and help bring the best of the old neighborhood to today's West End." Community advocacy and engagement are in Joe McDonald's DNA. He has proudly followed in the foot- steps of his father, also named Joseph, who dedicated much of his life to improving circum- stances for residents of the West End. Sadly, in 1953, the family had to move to Jamaica Plain when the destruction and displacement of urban renewal hit the community. Although just 12 years old at the time, the younger McDonald has vivid memories that drive his com- mitment to the neighborhood to this day. McDonald lived in many places around the world while working for the U.S. Govern- ment and first retired to Rock- port, but he yeamed to return to his childhood community. In 2005, he bought a condo literally 50 feet from his birth- place and happily made his homecoming to the West End. Within days, he visited the Museum and was so impressed by the efforts to preserve mem- ory of the old neighborhood -- including his own father's papers in the permanent Last Tenement exhibit that he became a member on the spot. McDonald also wanted the new West End to be a real neighbor- hood, so he joined the WECA in 2005, was elected Vice Presi- dent in 2011 and President the following year. He continues to be an active member. McDonald sees The West End Museum as, in part, filling the role of the Elizabeth Peabody House, the West End House, and the church groups of old. By hosting neighborhood-fo- cused events and exhibits that highlight various historical and cultural aspects of the area, the Museum provides multiple opportunities to celebrate the West End and bring together former and current residents and business people to foster a renewed sense of community. "We'd like to get a little closer to what the old West End was -- a vibrant, close-knit, family- oriented and very tolerant com- munity," said McDonald, "and that's exactly what we're aiming to do." Dr. Susan Hanson has served as both Museum President and Director since July of 2015. McDonald's appointment ef- fectively splits those respon- sibilities so that Hanson can focus on the role of Director, expanding the Museum's pro- gramming and visibility within Metro Boston and throughout New England. 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