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The Britannic Organ. Music from the RMS Britannic's Welte-Philharmonie organ.

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'As if by magic' is the name of a project financed by the Swiss National Fund with the goal of digitising music rolls from mechanical music instruments - particularly the piano and organ rolls of the Welte company. In the Museum of Music Automatons Seewen, located south of Basel, a music roll scanner was used to digitally record the museum's extensive collection of music rolls for its Welte-Philharmonie organ - also called the 'Britannic' organ - so that they could once again be heard. The instrument is called the 'Britannic' organ because it was originally made for the 'Britannic' ocean liner - the sister ship of the 'Titanic'.
CD1: Early Welte-Philharmonie rolls / The earliest organist recordings
CD2: Demonstrations of the 'Britannic' organ Seewen / Bridges between mechanical and human-played music.

Toccata in f

David Rumsey, organ


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