Organists and Organ Playing in Nineteenth-Century France and Belgium

Organists and Organ Playing in Nineteenth-Century France and Belgium

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Now in paperback!Organists and Organ Playing in Nineteenth-Century France and Belgium Orpha OchseFrom the catastrophes of the French Revolution to a Golden Age of organ culture.[O]ne simply must recommend this highly coherent and well-illustrated book...."-L'OrgueEven the well-informed reader will find a number of surprises. Who knows, for example, that Fryderyk Chopin played the organ for a funeral service and that Lefebure-Wely, in turn, played the great pianist and composer's Preludes for his funeral at the Madeleine? The abundance of details, we should add, does nothing to obscure the architectural clarity of this book." -La Flute harmoniqueNow Ms. Ochse has succeeded in producing still another landmark work.... Although the work is extraordinarily well documented, the prose retains a narrative quality throughout, at times even taking on the character of good storytelling." -The American OrganistOrpha Ochse, Professor Emerita at Whittier College, is author of The History of the Organ in the United States (Indiana University Press). She is well known as a teacher, lecturer, recitalist, and church musician.show more

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  • Book | 288 pages
  • 160 x 244 x 18mm | 419.99g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1, black & white illustrations
  • 0253214238
  • 9780253214232
  • 884,811

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The art of the organist in nineteenth-century France and Belgium is a rags-to-riches story full of extraordinary problems and changes. Devastated by the French Revolution, the organ profession rose from desperate circumstances to a period of remarkable brilliance. By the end of the nineteenth century, organ playing was enthusiastically applauded and had been thoroughly integrated in the musical life of Paris. This account is not just a record of stellar events and famous names: it includes failures, all-but-forgotten musicians, and unexpected encounters. In a carefully documented study that is both scholarly and engaging. Orpha Ochse traces three major aspects of the organist's art: the development of the secular recital, the organist as church musician, and the education of organists. In addition to presenting a comprehensive view of the organ profession in France and Belgium throughout the period, she offers a new perspective on nineteenth-century music in general.show more

About Orpha Ochse

ORPHA OCHSE, Professor Emerita of Music at Whittier College, is author of The History of the Organ in the United States (another Indiana University Press paperback). She is well known as a teacher, church musician, recitalist, and lecturer.show more

Table of contents

PrefaceAcknowledgmentsI. Prelude: Music for a RevolutionPart One: Performers and ProgramsII. In the Wake of the Storm: 1800-1809III. Years of Rebuilding: 1810-29IV. The Romantic Dawn: The 1830sV. Contrasts, Conflicts, and Conquests: The 1840sVI. Mid-Century Masters and Their ProgramsVII. New Horizons: The 1860sVIII. Tragedy to Triumph: The 1870sIX. Renaissance Achieved: The 1880sX. Years of Fulfillment: The 1890sPart Two: The Organist as Church MuscianXI. Historical BackgroundXII. Organ and LiturgyXIII. Notes on the RepertoirePart Three: Great Schools and Famous TeachersXIV. The Paris Conservatory Organ Class: Sejan to FranckXV. The Brussels Conservatory Organ Class: Fetis to MaillyXVI. Lemmens, a Closer LookXVII. Widor as TeacherXVIII.Guilmant as TeacherXIX. The Niedermeyer SchoolXX. Organ Study at the Niedermeyer and Gigout SchoolsXXI. The Schola CantorumXXII. PostludeAppendix A. Organ Performers by Cesar FranckAppendix B. Students in Franck's Organ ClassAppendix C. Oragan Performers by Camille Saint-SaensBibliographyNotesIndexshow more

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"Highly recommended ... the story of a remarkable renaissance." -Choice "Orpha Ochse has ... concentrated more on the personalities, the institutions, or the relations between the Church and its employees than on the music itself. The choice is perfectly justifiable, and one simply must recommend this highly coherent and well-illustrated book... --L'Orgue "Even the well-informed reader will find a number of surprises. Who knows, for example, that Fryderyk Chopin played the organ for a funeral service and that Lefebrure-Wely, in turn, played the great pianist and composer's Preludes for his funeral at the Madeleine? The abundance of details, we should add, does nothing to obscure the architectural clarity of this book." --Ton van Eck in La Flute harmonique "Now Ms. Ochse has succeeded in producing still another landmark work... Although the work is extraordinarily well documented, the prose retains a narrative quality througout, at times even taking on the character of good storytelling." --Agnes Armstrong in The American Organist "This book is a success story from beginning to end, both from the point of view of the subject matter ... and in the manner of its presentation." --James B. Hartman in The Diapason " ... in Organists and Organ Playing in Nineteenth-Century France and Belgium, the American musicoligist Orpha Ochse provides not just an authoritative and thorough survey of the period, ... but also shows how the changing fortunes of organists and their newly built instruments relfected the social and political upheavals of the time... an absorbing achievement."--Times Literary Supplement, 26 April, 02show more

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