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barrel organ

n.
A mechanical instrument on which a tune is played by the action of a revolving cylinder fitted with pegs or pins that open pipe valves supplied by a bellows.

barrel organ

n
1. (Instruments) an instrument consisting of a cylinder turned by a handle and having pins on it that interrupt the air flow to certain pipes, thereby playing any of a number of tunes. See also hurdy-gurdy
2. (Instruments) a similar instrument in which the projections on a rotating barrel pluck a set of strings

bar′rel or`gan


n.
a musical instrument in which air from a bellows is admitted to a set of pipes by means of pins inserted into a revolving barrel.
[1765–75]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.barrel organ - a musical instrument that makes music by rotation of a cylinder studded with pegsbarrel organ - a musical instrument that makes music by rotation of a cylinder studded with pegs
musical instrument, instrument - any of various devices or contrivances that can be used to produce musical tones or sounds
music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
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Disencumbering himself of a barrel organ which he placed upon a chair, and retaining in his hand a small whip wherewith to awe his company of comedians, he came up to the fire to dry himself, and entered into conversation.
with the single exception perhaps of the tragic muse, when playing extemporaneously on the barrel organ before the East India Company) can parallel.
A dark-haired young man with a barrel organ was standing in the road in front of a little general shop and was grinding out a very sentimental song.
Children played on the street; mothers met there as they went shopping; young men gathered on its corners to chat; bookies stood on it taking bets; older men and women sat on their steps watching the comings and goings of their world, the street; traders went along it selling pikelets, ice creams, hot cross buns or penny winkles - depending on the season; and musicians entertained there with barrel organs, mouth organs or accordions.
Far from the idea of a man winding a handle on a box with a monkey perched on top, or something to do with early barrel organs, we learned that a hurdy gurdy was in fact a real musical instrument dating back to the 10th century.
Victorian performers roamed the streets, barrel organs played across town and there was an ice skating rink, fancy dress competition, craft stalls and Santa''s Grotto.
To achieve this, Mr Marriott has concentrated on 'moments of change' to show the history of this area and to avoid the cliches of barrel organs, pearly queens and rhyming slang, however colourful these are.
Go to YouTube and search on Adam Partridge Auctions and you will be presented with a selection of downloads featuring some of the Symphonions, Polyphons, barrel organs and phonographs in the sale.
We also saw - and heard - music from a variety of old and ornate barrel organs, pianolas, phonographs and music boxes.
Street entertainers, bands, fairground rides, children's entertainers, singers, a climbing wall, choirs, Southport Swords, Argarmeles Clog Dancers, model steam train, barrel organs, stalls and much more await visitors.