The Cambridge Companion to the Organ

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Cambridge Companions to Music

for: Organ

Boek (softcover)

Item no.771250
EditorNicholas Thistlethwaite, Geoffrey Webber
Scope356 pages; 17.3 × 24.4 cm
Release year1999
Publisher/ProducerCambridge University Press
Producer No.9780521575843
34.80 €
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (Germany )
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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


  • 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 c1700 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