“This website aims to please all those interested in the recovery of great masterpieces of Italian organ artistry, by presenting the results of years of research and work on the restoration of the organ of the Cathedral of Orte.
The subject of this site is the restoration of the only extant organ made by Domenico Benvenuti, one of the great organ makers of Renaissance Rome; the organ, made in Orte, was later modified and enlarged by Domenico Densi, an organ maker from Terni, and is the only remaining testimony of his work.
The inauguration of the restored organ, which took place on May 18, 2001 with a memorable concert given by Maestro Wijnand Van de Pol, was preceded by a conference in which the volume “The Restoration of the Organ of the Cathedral of Orte” (edited by Casa Editrice Gramma, Perugia) was presented.
This website follows the same pattern as the book, without intending to be its copy. In particular, in the pages which discuss the restorative interventions and the measurement tables, edited by the organ maker Maestro Riccardo Lorenzini, we have tried to include all of the topics addressed in the book, underlining some of its most important passages. With regard to the reconstruction of the drapery, we present a report by the fabrics and tapestry restorer Professor Piero Montelli; those who are curious about the issues related to the practice of covering the organs using antique fabrics, will find the report stimulating.
As for the archival study presented on this site, after the important remarks by Professor Armando Fiabane, we have chosen to present only the original contracts from 1582 and 1720 which, in our opinion, are of prevalent historic interest, even though the book deals with numerous other documents from 1565 through 1945 that also have significance for the history and custom of the city. To the scholar interested in consulting the book, its location can be found clicking on “vendita libro”.”
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