barrel organ


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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.
Our mistuned and unplayable organs and pianofortes replaced by harmonious instruments, as manageable as barrel organs! Works of fiction superseded by interesting company and conversation, and made obsolete by the human mind outgrowing the childishness that delights in the tales told by grownup children such as novelists and their like!
The seven performances were; The Barrel Organ, The Emigrant, The Fall, The Fall (part II), The Milonga, The Betrayal, and Paper Heart.
"There will be plants, books and CDs on sale at Willow House, with barrel organ entertainment provided by Kathleen Turner and her wonderful barrel organ.
If there is one play which promises to sum up what's really going on in politics in 2019, it is the acclaimed Barrel Organ company's Conspiracy (August 1 to 25, Underbelly), a lighthearted but also very serious piece about conspiracy theories, fake news and an epidemic of mistrust.
In the first chapter, Potter reevaluates the importance of Satie's early career in Parisian cafes and cabarets, especially the Chat Noir in Montmartre, suggesting that the composer's interest in nearly mechanical repetition may have grown out of a familiarity with a particularly "low" form of music making: the barrel organ. This idea is well supported by Potter's archival research and will certainly inform future Satie scholarship.
Barrel Organ presents Anyone's Guess How We Got Here on Thursday June 7, 8pm: You'll be taken on a road trip from a haunted house, to a bedtime story, a photo album to an 80s fantasy film.
THE BARREL ORGAN, DIGBETH It became The Dubliner, but during the 1980s and early 1990s, The Barrel Organ was a flourishing indie gig venue for bands with names like Twenty Flight Rockers, Ghost Dance, AC Temple, Sleepwalk, Dr Phibes, Delicious Monster, Egyptian Fringe, Cable Regime, Godflesh and Head Of David.
Mike Hancock will perform the Big Christmas barrel organ at 12 noon, 1.30pm and 3pm and will provide both comedy and music.