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The History of the English Organ

The History of the English Organ

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  • Date Published: March 1999
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521654098

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  • This 1996 work on the history of organs built in England between AD 900 and the time of publication describes the most significant instruments of each period together with details of their builders, set against a background of changing fashions in music and liturgy. Technical developments are described in an easily understood manner, and links with other schools of organ building are made clear for the first time. The illustrations, many of which have not been published before, show significant instruments in their architectural setting. The author's experience in organ building gives the account all the benefits of first-hand experience. Written in an elegant, entertaining, and informed manner, the book is a vital and much-needed addition to current organ literature. Awarded the biennial Nicholas Bessaraboff Prize for the best book-length study of musical instruments published in the two year period 1996–7.

    • Takes into account new research and recent discoveries
    • Includes more than 80 (nearly 74 half tones and 4 line diagrams) illustrations, many published for the first time
    • Complete history of the English organ from AD 900 to the present day
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    • Awarded the biennial Nicholas Bessaraboff Prize for the best book-length study of musical instruments published in the two year period 1996–1997.

    Reviews & endorsements

    'It is unlikely that a finer book on this subject could yet be written in our century … it is now the standard book. Hard-backed, its more than 400 pages supersede all others.' Church Times

    'Stephen Bicknell's book is a considerable achievement: essential reading and a thoroughly useful, stimulating and intelligent work. It is eminently worthy of purchase by all interested in playing and studying the organ.' Organist's Review

    'This is a wonderful book, undoubtedly the finest of its kind ever written, and I most heartily recommend it.' The Organ Historical Society Journal

    'This is a handsomely produced and well written book with many black and white photographs, and should become an essential part of any organ lover's library.' Early Music Today

    '… not only does it present an omnium gatherum of all previous research, it is also interlaced with succinct and informed comment which marks its author as a scholar of the first rank … a 'must' for every organ-lover.' Charles Mould, Journal of Ecclesiastical History

    ' … the writing is expert, a fine salute to recent developments in organ-studies in Britain … There is no organist who would not appreciate Bicknell's fresh style'. The Times Literary Supplement

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 1999
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521654098
    • length: 430 pages
    • dimensions: 247 x 175 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.68kg
    • contains: 78 b/w illus. 72 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Early history c.900–1500
    2. The Tudor organ 1500–70
    3. The English Reformation 1536–1600
    4. Foreign influences before 1600
    5. The Laudian revival 1590–1642
    6. Interlude - the Dallams in France 1642–1700
    7. The Restoration 1660–80
    8. The Glorious Revolution 1660–1715
    9. The Georgian organ I 1700–65
    10. The Georgian organ II 1740–1800
    11. Interlude - the chamber organ 1600–1850
    12. The insular tradition 1800–40
    13. The German system 1840–65
    14. The High Victorian organ 1860–1900
    15. Progressive trends 1880–1900
    16. The imperial organ 1900–39
    17. The classical revival 1939–80
    18. Epilogue 1980
    Guide to surviving English organs

  • Author

    Stephen Bicknell


    • Awarded the biennial Nicholas Bessaraboff Prize for the best book-length study of musical instruments published in the two year period 1996–1997.

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