Sir William Edward Parry's Barrel Organ

The music of "John Longman


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"The timbre of the instrument is a bit like that of a carnival organ. Its reed organ tones and bells sound much like something one might encounter on a vintage merry-go-round. Many of the pitches tend to dip in strange ways during some of the songs. The snare drum doesn’t always align quite accurately with the rest of the music. The overall effect though is of a delightful cacophony. It certainly must have taken a very talented engineer to create such a strange and wonderful device. Music like this is seldom encountered any more. This probably is a good thing, for if this was something one heard often it would probably wear the listener down quickly. The delight is in the rarity. As a rarity though, this is definitely fun fare." [Patrick GaryMusic Web International]

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