Reuter Pipe Organ

 On Sunday August 9, 1998 Spirit Lake United Methodist Church
dedicated  the Reuter Pipe Organ with a special service and concert
featuring Kent Tritle. 

A pipe organ is built with four families of sounds.  As you look up at the pipes you see the groups: square wooden ones on the left, tall bronze ones in the middle, small silver ones on each side.  Behind the wooded shutters are several more ranks.  You will see the shutters open and close as the volume increases or decreases.
All the pipes are exposed sound from the lower keyboards of the organ called the Great Manual.  All the pipes behind the shutters sound from the upper keyboard called the Swell Manual.

Organists choose the sound desired by pulling a stop, allowing air through that set of pipes.  The organist is the 

“orchestra leader,” choosing solo sounds or choruses of several sounds.  Principals are always chosen for hymn singing; the organist chooses any desired sounds and combinations of sounds for other pieces.

Some keyboards have as many as five keyboards (manuals).  This Reuter organ has two manuals.  The feet play bass tomes on a pedal board which have black and white keys, but larger to fit the feet.  The organist uses heel-toe action with each foot to play bass pitches.  It is almost like dancing on the keys.

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