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The purpose of this blog is to help pianists learn to become true organists. Many individuals believe that if you play the piano you can play the organ, but the instruments differ greatly. While this blog is specifically geared towards members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, much of the information shared can be utilized by all. I hope that the information I share here will help you become an effective organist in your ward, stake, or other congregation.

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Organ Tour: The John Wanamaker Grand Organ

According to TheaterOrgans.com, the Wanamaker Organ was built by the Los Angeles Art Organ company for the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair. The cost reached $105,000 and bankrupted the builder.

In 1909, John Wanamaker bought the instrument for his Philadelphia emporium and it was freighted from St. Louis where the installation took two years, after which it was greatly enlarged to fill the large space it occupied.

Virgil Fox on the Wanamaker organ:

Read more at Wikipedia.

Read more at Friends of the Wanamaker Organ.

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