Making music on the organ

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Oxford University Press, Oct 13, 1988 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 157 pages
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Peter Hurford is without a doubt one of the most acclaimed and influential organists of our time. His recordings of Bach, Couperin, Handel, Hindemith, and others have garnered numerous awards and along with his live performances have been enthusiastically received worldwide. This book sets out the ideas that underpin Hurford's performance and teaching, detailing the relation of instrument and performer to the rest of the musical world, technical problems, the workings of the organ, and interpretation, particularly that of Bach. Offering encouragement to the amateur, a refresher course for the professional, and enlightment to the listener, this book is a valuable handbook by a musician of unquestionable authority.

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Contents

The Organists Place in Musical Performance
5
How the Organ Works
14
A Basic Physical Approach to the Organ
40
The Technical Basis of Movement and Expression
52
Some Thoughts on Interpretation
69
Towards a Grounding in Bach Interpretation
90
The French Classical School
119
Renaissance
130
APPENDICES
139
Reading List 156
156
Index of Works Cited
162
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