A Forest of Pipes: The Story of the Walt Disney Concert Hall Organ (Includes Bonus CD)

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By now, almost everyone has witnessed the Disney Concert Hall’s curved metal skin has also seen the cockeyed arrangement of organ pipes that is the brainchild of Frank Gehry. The organ represents the culmination of 16 years of design, planning and construction, and it has been a reverberating success since its inaugural concert in 2004. Although compact and visually enticing, this book includes fascinating interviews with the key figures including Manuel Rosales (the Los Angeles organ designer who worked with architect Frank Gehry) and Caspar Glatter-Goetz (the German organ builder), as well as the architect himself. World famous organists describe their experiences performing on one of the most significant new organs built in the last 100 years. Illustrations include drawings, course-of-construction photos and final portraits of the finished instrument by photographer Grant Mudford.

Jennifer Zobelein

With a background in writing, teaching and music, Jennifer Zobelein's work informs people about the magnificence of the Walt Disney Concert Hall pipe organ. With its inauguration in the fall of 2004, it was an opportune time to write a book, describing the design, construction, installation and voicing of this unique instrument, created through the vision and skill of many different people. It is an intriguing story. The 1st edition of A Forest of Pipes was published in 2006 and the revised edition in 2012. Born in England, raised in Canada, Jennifer moved to Los Angeles as a high school student. In 1962, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from UCLA in English, with a minor in Music. After graduation, she worked for a few years as an assistant editor for Western Publishing Company in Beverly Hills and also as a free-lance writer. Over the years, she also wrote advertising copy, political speeches, and newspaper articles. She has been a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators since 1973.

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The creative imagination of architect Frank Gehry not only produced the curved metal skin of the Walt Disney Concert Hall but the startling array of cockeyed organ pipes that are the visual focus of the auditorium inside. The organ represents the culmination of 16 years of design, planning and construction, and it has been a reverberating success since its inaugural concert in the fall of 2004. Through fascinating interviews with key figures, including tonal designer Manuel J. Rosales and organ builder Caspar von Glatter-Götz, you will discover the elegant engineering of this instrument and the challenges in its construction. This book also pays tribute to the musicians who have created both sublimely soft and booming tones in one of the world’s best concert halls.

“There is only one Walt Disney Concert Hall. It is a work of art. Frank Gehry’s architecture moves like music. It flows. It has crescendos and diminuendos. The organ façade is daring and provocative in the best sense. It calls out to be heard. It is the first time in history that curved speaking pipes have been built. I am so grateful that Manuel J. Rosales and Frank Gehry worked together to find some common ground for the visual design. There is nothing like it in the world — utterly stunning! It sounds wonderful and its sonic beauty matches the visual beauty surrounding it. This organ has been superbly constructed by Orgelbau Glatter-Götz. Every detail is artistically crafted, and the computer technology is brilliant. So, we now have a statement — an organ for this new century.”—Cherry Rhodes, Organist

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Dimensions 8 × 8 in
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Paperback, 96 pages, Includes Bonus CD

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