The Cambridge Companion to the Organ

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Nicholas Thistlethwaite, Geoffrey Webber
Cambridge University Press, 1998 - Music - 340 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

Origins and development of the organ
1
Organ construction
18
The physics of the organ
31
Temperament and pitch
42
The organ case
55
Organ building today
82
The fundamentals of organ playing
93
A survey of historical performance practices
113
Catholic Germany and Austria 1648c1800
204
The north German organ school
219
The organ music of JSBach
236
German organ music after 1800
250
French and Belgian organ music after 1800
263
British organ music after 1800
279
North American organ music after 1800
299
The modes toni and their attributes according to Zarlino
316

Organ music and the liturgy
130
Italian organ music to Frescobaldi
148
Iberian organ music before 1700
164
The French classical organ school
176
English organ music to c1700
190
Notes
319
Bibliography
322
Index
332
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