2015 Basilica Organ

January 12, 2016; Fritts sees organ building as a mission to keep alive and further an art form that has been with us for centuries. It’s a privilege, he says, to go to Europe and study organs still in use, some with parts that date to the 1400s. “To experience the musicality and the unique, handmade quality of those instruments . . . you want to create with the same kind of magic. And that’s really a big part of what motivates me.”

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January 12, 2016; Fritts sees organ building as a mission to keep alive and further an art form that has been with us for centuries. It’s a privilege, he says, to go to Europe and study organs still in use, some with parts that date to the 1400s. “To experience the musicality and the unique, handmade quality of those instruments . . . you want to create with the same kind of magic. And that’s really a big part of what motivates me.”

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