The Organ as a Mirror of Its Time

The Organ as a Mirror of Its Time : North European Reflections, 1610-2000

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Because it has always represented a rich collaboration of the music, art, architecture, handicraft and science of its day, the organ, more than any other instrument, continues to reflect the spirit of the age in which it was built. This collection of essays by leading scholars of the organ follows the history of six organs in Scandinavia and Northern Germany, for every century from 1600 to the present. By considering their original contexts and their histories since they were built, as well as the extraordinary coincidences that link them together, the book tells a unique story of the cultural history of northern Europe. A CD with appropriate repertoire played on each of the six instruments accompanies the book.
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  • Mixed media product | 416 pages
  • 149.86 x 236.22 x 33.02mm | 707.6g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 33 halftones, 34 line illus & 16 tables
  • 0195144147
  • 9780195144147

About Kerala J. Snyder

Kerala J. Snyder is Professor Emerita of Musicology at the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, and a Senior Researcher at the Goteborg Organ Art Center in Goteborg, Sweden
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The book is well designed, permitting selective reading on various musical, religious, and intellectual milieus throughout the past four centuries. Journal of Interdisciplinary History ... a fascinating volume ... Kerala Snyder has done an excellent job at providing cohesion, clarity, and pleasurable reading. There is something here for everyone, and everyone should buy this book. Westfield Reading these essays is a little like opening a box of buried treasure. Westfield This collection of some twenty-five essays does several useful things for both the Connoisseur and the Amateur of Music (to use J.S.Bach's terms). It describes and illustrates with a CD six conspicuously interesting organs of northern Europe, and it puts them in various contexts, cultural, historical, and musical. Times Literary Supplement
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Table of contents

Praeludium: Organs as Historical and Aesthetic Mirrors; Part I: Court and City; Interludium primum: An Ideal Organ and its Experts Across Seventeenth Century; Part II: A Large European Organ in a Small Factory Town; Interludium secundum: The Musical Cultures of Eighteenth-Century Germany; Part III: A French Organ in Copenhagen; Interludium tertium: On the Organ Problem; PART IV: REVIVAL AND RENEWAL; Postludium: A New Organ for a New Millenium
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