Cavaille-Coll's Monumental Organ Project for Saint Peter's, Rome

Cavaille-Coll's Monumental Organ Project for Saint Peter's, Rome : Bigger Than Them All

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Cavaille-Coll's Monumental Organ Project for Saint Peter's, Rome: Bigger Than Them All, by Ronald Ebrecht, tells the engrossing story of Aristide Cavaille-Coll's quest to build the largest-ever mechanical-action organ in the biggest church at the time. Cavaille-Coll is often referred to as the greatest organ builder of all time, and his efforts to build this impressive organ were complicated by intricate, intractable problems. Saint-Peter's Square, now a part of the Vatican City State, was then part of the newly-united Italy, which had just deposed the pope as ruler of the center of Italy and taken over the papal lands. It was a part of the Italian state so hotly contested that the Italian Republicans would not accept an organ hanged from the basilica wall, lest the nearby, oft-disputed boundary shift. Before, or since, has the music sphere ever provoked such a question that could bring nations to swords?
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Product details

  • Hardback | 238 pages
  • 175.26 x 254 x 22.86mm | 680.39g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739167286
  • 9780739167281
  • 2,235,507

Table of contents

Foreword Preface Introduction Chapter I - An Auspicious Debut, a Difficult Era Chapter II - One Hundred Stops, Saint-Sulpice, Paris' Greatest Organ Chapter III - Willis' One Hundred Eleven Stops, and Cavaille-Coll's Septet of Secular Organs Chapter IV - The Rome Project and Book Chapter V - The Scene: How Developments in France Impacted Italy, and the Organs in Rome Chapter VI - The Vedette: the Model, Its Evaluation and Exhibition Chapter VII - The Jubilee Chapter VIII - Others Build Ever Bigger; Cavaille-Coll's Final Gloies and Impoverished Death Bibliography Index
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Review quote

In Mr. Ebrecht's book we have the first exhaustively researched and documented account of a plan to build the world's largest organ in the world's most famous church. There is also a plethora of historic and relative information regarding organ builders, organists, venues, composers, and dignitaries in several countries during the mid-late 19th century. This book should be in every academic library, and anyone involved in teaching, studying, or simply learning about pipe organs will find it a fascinating as well as a significant read. -- Frederick Swann, University Organist and Artist Teacher of Organ, University of Redlands Ronald Ebrecht's book about the Cavaille Coll Organ Project in Rome is a must for every pipe organ enthusiast, organ player, organ builder, and everyone interested in this monumental building. The story behind the vision of one of the greatest organ builders of the world, who conducted an organ project for one of the greatest church buildings of the world, gives insight to a previously unknown dimension. -- Philipp C.A. Klais, organbuilder and president of Orgelbau Klais, Bonn Germany This is a very well-researched book about a spectacular and unfortunately not realized organ project. Illustrating the historical context, Ebrecht makes the reader understand the path to this terrific project and the reasons why it did not happen. An excellent reading that tells us a fascinating story of a genius organ builder and his time. -- Stefan Sturzer, Managing Director, Glatter-Gotz Orgelbau
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About Ronald Ebrecht

Ronald Ebrecht is Artist in Residence and University Organist at Wesleyan University.
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