Figure 8. Small expressive electro pneumatic organ “Minimum”, advertising brochure “Cantantibus Organis”, factory SABBAEM a.r.l., Cantù (Como) (courtesy AMMI, Italian Association for Mechanical Music). Figure 7. Small expressive electro pneumatic organ model “Microorgano”, advertising brochure “Auto-organ Barbieri - some reviews in chronological order from July 1933 to July 1934”, factory SABBAEM, Milan (courtesy AMMI, Italian Association for Mechanical Music)
On a subsequent advertising brochure of the years ‘4014, after 1943 (but prior to 1950, the year of the death of Don Angelo), when the SABBAEM moved from Milan to the town of Cantù, to reduce the risk of damage caused by the aircraft bombing15, it was presented the model Minimum (Figure 8), the evolution of the previous Microorgano, which incorporated into a single element both the reader of the music and a small organ. The SABBAEM production then continued with largest and most important Automatic Organs, such as the one installed in 1934 in the choir of the Basilica Porziana Prepositurale of San Vittore al Corpo, Milan16 (Figure 9). Then we arrive to the most impressive and original inventions and achievements of Don Angelo Barbieri, one of which is the huge Automatic Organ installed in 1937 in the new Church of Sant’Adolfo (now St. Joseph) in Aielli (L’Aquila).
Figure 9. Two manuals Electric Console Barbieri with Auto-organ and Harmonium, advertising brochure “Auto-organ Barbieri some reviews in chronological order from July 1933 to July 1934”, factory SABBAEM, Milan (courtesy AMMI, Italian Association for Mechanical Music).
The organ of Sant’Adolfo was extraordinary and unique on account of several technical properties which were novel for that time: * The organ was equipped, instead of the usual bells, with 25 tubes which the historic documents called “tubular bells”. They were located in the steeple whose facade was covered with glass elements in form of
AMICA Bulletin - Nov/Dec 2013
Volume 50, number 6. November-December 2013.