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  • Peter Williams

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Strictly the same as organetto, organino, i.e. in 14th- and 15th-century usage the name given to the little organ of treble flue pipes carried (Lat. portare) by a strap over the player’s shoulder. It was played by the right hand (fingering 2-3-2-3 is implied in many paintings), and its bellows were blown by the left hand. It contained one, two or more octaves of pipes in single or multiple ranks, sometimes with one or two larger bass pipes like the Bourdons of larger ...

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