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The Cambridge Companion to the Organ

The Cambridge Companion to the Organ

Part of Cambridge Companions to Music

Nicholas Thistlethwaite, Stephen Bicknell, John Mainstone, Christopher Kent, Kimberly Marshall, Edward Higginbottom, Christopher Stembridge, James Dalton, Geoffrey Cox, Patrick Russill, Geoffrey Webber, David Yearsley, Graham Barber, Gerard Brooks, Andrew McCrea, Douglas Reed
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  • Date Published: March 1999
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521575843

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  • This Companion is an essential guide to all aspects of the organ and its music. It examines in turn the instrument, the player and the repertoire. The early chapters tell of the instrument's history and construction, identify the scientific basis of its sounds and the development of its pitch and tuning, examine the history of the organ case, and consider the current trends and conflicts within the world of organ building. Central chapters investigate the practical art of learning and playing the organ, introduce the complex area of performance practice, and outline the relationship between organ playing and the liturgy of the church. The final section explores the vast repertoire of organ music, focusing on a selection of the most important traditions.

    • This is the most authoritative reference book about the organ currently available
    • The contributors are all experts in their field
    • The volume examines in turn the instrument, the player and performance practices, and the repertoire
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    ' … this Companion implements in every respect the claims its publishers make for it as 'an essential guide to all aspects of the organ and its music'. Perhaps unusually for so valuable a book of reference, much of it also makes engrossing reading.' Church Times

    ' … never less than readable, and sometimes positively compelling … an extremely valuable book that should be on every musician's bookshelf.' The Musical Times

    '… editors of this Companion have done an excellent job in producing a sharply-focused, coherent set of essays within 330 pages … this is a book that can usefully, indeed should, be read by anyone interested in the organ and its music. Students will need their own copies for constant reference, while the more experienced will be stilumated, informed and challenged.' Music and Letters

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    • Date Published: March 1999
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521575843
    • length: 356 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 173 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.66kg
    • contains: 31 b/w illus. 8 tables 70 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Origins and development of the organ Nicholas Thistlethwaite
    2. Organ construction Stephen Bicknell
    3. The physics of the organ John Mainstone
    4. Temperament and pitch Christopher Kent
    5. The organ case Stephen Bicknell
    6. Organ-building today Stephen Bicknell
    7. The fundamentals of organ playing Kimberly Marshall
    8. A survey of historical performance practices Kimberly Marshall
    9. Organ music and the liturgy Edward Higginbottom
    10. Italian organ music to Frescobaldi Christopher Stembridge
    11. Iberian organ music before 1800 James Dalton
    12. The French classical organ school Edward Higginbottom
    13. English organ music to c.1700 Geoffrey Cox
    14. Catholic Germany and Austria before 1800 Patrick Russill
    15. The north German organ school before 1800 Geoffrey Webber
    16. The organ music of J. S. Bach David Yearsley
    17. German organ music after 1800 Graham Barber
    18. French and Belgian organ music after 1800 Gerard Brooks
    19. British organ music after 1800 Andrew McCrea
    20. North American organ music after 1800 Douglas Reed
    Appendix The church modes Christopher Stembridge.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Advanced Orchestration
    • Applied Organ
  • Editors

    Nicholas Thistlethwaite, Guildford Cathedral

    Geoffrey Webber, University of Cambridge

    Contributors

    Nicholas Thistlethwaite, Stephen Bicknell, John Mainstone, Christopher Kent, Kimberly Marshall, Edward Higginbottom, Christopher Stembridge, James Dalton, Geoffrey Cox, Patrick Russill, Geoffrey Webber, David Yearsley, Graham Barber, Gerard Brooks, Andrew McCrea, Douglas Reed

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