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The Cambridge Companion to the Organ

The Cambridge Companion to the Organ

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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. The early chapters examine the instrument's history and construction, and consider the scientific basis of its sounds, pitch and tuning. Central chapters investigate the practical art of learning and playing, and introduce the complex area of performance practice, while the final section explores the vast repertoire of organ music, by country, focusing on a selection of the most important traditions. The contributors are all experts in their field, making this the most authoritative reference book currently available.

    • 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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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...The Cambridge Companion to the Organ...offers the reader an excellent summary of organbuilding, organ performance, and the major schools of organ music. For scholarly, yet accessible surveys of the major schools of organ music, the Companion stands alone." The American Organist

    "The Cambridge Companions to Music series offers a concise and useful overview of several musical instruments and a selection of composers. The volume is well laid out and thorough in its coverage, although intentionally limited because of the instrument's long and expansive history." Choice

    "...this volume...is to be recommended to the accomplished organist or organ enthusiast. The essays provide much interesting and accurate information and should provoke much stimulating conversation." Peter V. Picerno, Notes

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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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