By Uwe Gernert
Since I got some of the old mechanical instruments made between 1880 und 1930 at Leipzig, Dr. Birgit Heise, curator of the Grassi Museum of Musical Instruments of the University of Leipzig invited me on the occasion of the opening of the thematic exhibition "music.mp0 - Selfplaying Instruments from Leipzig" to those ceremonies. The exhibition was presented to the public on last Saturday. Birgit asked me to play one or two of my Tanzbärs at the get-together-party after the opening ceremony.
I personally can recommend to visit that exhibition. More than 15 of the instruments are presented "life" - the students of the university of Leipzig volunteraly present some of the most remarkable instruments to the public each day from 13:00 through 17:00 h. Birgit herself has profound knowledge of those instruments as she provided a detailed online-catalogue of the history of the mechanical instruments built at Leipzig - an unbelievable good source for the collector:
A catalogue to the exibition can be bought at the museum and online. From that catalogue it is possible to obtain impressions of nine instruments playing by QR-code. But also You can watch them play by following the link below:
And here the link to the museums own page for that special event:
The photographical impressions You see below are given by courtesy of Grassimuseum, Dr. Birgit Heise. And this is not even the best You will find there! The exhibition will be continued to 31. January 2016.
Exhibition at Grassimuseum Leipzig
Our secretary Gerrit Verhagen sent us the following (photo) report of the almost legendary annual event with the dance tent at La Roche:
Last Saturday 1 August we travelled to La Roche. As always, the atmosphere was great, this time with a brand new organ! The "Century Junior" of Jean-Pierre Toury played perfectly, which made sure that the dance floor was always full! We congratulate Jean-Pierre with his new organ and also the firm of Decap Herentals, who have built this beautiful organ!
We wish the new Century Junior all the best!
Gerrit also uploaded a short movie on YouTube.
La Roche 2015
This year's festival in Thun was attended by our member Uwe Gernert from Germany. The organisation of the festival was as perfect as always, the committee delivered an AAA+-Job. Parking and unloading of the cars was organized perfectly, the town-hall's basement as usual was guarded storage for the organs throughout the festival. Under best weather conditions (maybe a little bit too hot) the organs and their players were exposed through Saturday and Sunday. The festival started as usual with the Swiss club's annual gathering on Friday evening, followed by the invitation of the Town of Thun for an 'apero'. As traditional afterwards the organ players and their families were invited to a get-together-dinner. Saturday and Sunday everybody was invited to play their organs in the streets of the town.
Here Uwe presents some impressions of the Thun festival.
- Category: Miscellaneous
Under the direction of Astrid Mertens, a documentary is being made in Brussels which tells the story of orchestrions and organs. The production team is looking for footage from any period (with or without sound) showing these instruments in dance halls, dance tents, in cafés, at fairs, …
Thanks for your help!