Perth Concert Hall’s 3000-pipe organ will come to life in the exhilarating finale of Saint-Saëns grandly romantic Third Symphony as WASO presents Organ Symphony next week.
In anticipation of the upcoming concert, here are some fun facts about our very special instrument.
The Perth Concert Hall organ is the second largest mechanical action organ in Perth.
The organ is tuned every three months and requires two technicians and almost eight hours.
It is a classically voiced organ of 42 ranks (sets of pipes) built in the style of what is called Organ Reform Movement which was all the rage in the 60’s.
The largest pipe is about six metres long and the smallest speaking length is about 10mm.
The organ has the largest pitch range of all instruments, from 20Hz to about 10,000Hz.
Did you know?
The organ has the longest continuous history of all western instruments (2,300 years) and was invented in Alexandria, Egypt and later called the Hydraulis.
The organ was the most complex machine created by mankind up to the advent of the mechanical clock around the 14th century.
There is more repertoire for the organ than any other single instrument
All major composers (with very few exceptions) played or wrote music for the organ.
Don’t miss your chance to hear 3000 pipes in all their glory!
Friday 15 and Saturday 16 November – 7.30pm
Perth Concert Hall