Meet the Organetto, the Original Laptop

Organetto, a very small kind of pipe organ

Catalina Vicens working the bellows on an organetto

Attend a few organ recitals in a church or concert hall and you’ll know that the instruments can vary widely in size — from behemoths with several thousand pipes to moveable, chamber models with just a handful of stops.

Almost completely forgotten, though, is that an even smaller kind of pipe organ once existed. Called an organetto, it was typically played perpendicularly on a performer’s lap and was one of the most popular instruments in the 13th and the 14th centuries. Full story.

Kyle MacMillan (Early Music America) / February 14, 2022

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