Updates to the Pipe Organ in China Project Website for January 2020

18 January 2020

Owing to the relocation of the Project’s office this month, the January updates are being posted early.

  1. The Errata list for Keys to the Kingdom has been updated. Please see What’s New and scroll down to the post for 23 June 2018 (when the list was first posted.)
  2. A lengthy blog post on Fr. Sigismondo Meinardi 1713-67, who built PEK1741, written by Prof. Urrows, was posted earlier this month.
  3. The Project was very happy to receive earlier this month copies of Fr. Theodor Josef Rühl’s 聖歌彙集風琴譜 (Beijing, Fu Jen University, 1939), as well as the 1935 hymnal, 聖歌彙集 (published in Yanzhou), which Rühl appears to have edited. The volume of accompaniments (see below) is most interesting, not least for the date appended to the last page: “Shanghai, August 21, 1939. Theo Rühl”. This means that Rühl was still in China at this date, after his sudden departure from Beijing June of that year (see Keys to the Kingdom, pp. 225-228, for the whole story, as far as anyone knows it.)
  4. A former student sent us a recent picture of the Concert Hall at the High School of the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, with PEK2004a in the background. It has been added to that page.

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From Theodor Rühl’s 1939 volume of accompaniments for the 1935 SVD Chinese hymnal.