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The organ quickly took root. The Romans were quite taken with it. They called it the hydraulis. If Nero played anything while Rome burned, it wasn't the fiddle. Nero was an organist.
Engines of our Ingenuity Episode No. 1096
When I lived Houston, I often listened to John Lienhard's Engines of our Ingenuity in the morning on the way to school. Yes, I may have been asleep, but a lot of it still sunk in.
This episode, entitled Inventing the Organ, presents information most organists probably don't know. And don't worry. If you don't like to read, you can listen to John Lienhard read it to you.
The fundamental principle of organ design (air under pressure which can be directed to pipes at the discretion of a player) was developed by Ctesibius sometime before he died in 222 BC.
Pictured above: Nero and fiddle as returned in Google Images search results.
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