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letters | on the venerable church organ

Quality of instrument, player can make all the difference

I was sad to learn about Jennifer Graham’s unfortunate experience with organ music (“Save the church! (kill the organs),” Op-ed, Oct. 25). Perhaps the source of her problem is rooted in her comment about “wincing through” the music at “any poorly financed suburban parish.”

A well-maintained organ, appropriately matched to its surroundings and played by a talented organist, can produce a profound emotional and spiritual experience. I am fortunate to attend church in a community that has the desire and resources to provide high-quality organ accompaniment to worship in at least three of our local churches, including the Roman Catholic one.

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Blaming the decline of the Catholic Church on what Mozart was said to have called the king of all musical instruments obscures more significant issues.

Mary Shaw


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