The Organ as Musical Medium

The Organ as Musical Medium

The Organ as Musical Medium

The Organ as Musical Medium

Excerpt

It is gratifying to witness the tremendous growth of interest in the organ since World War II, not only as an instrument of the church but also as an artistic musical medium. The paths to historical organs throughout Europe have become crowded with curious young musicians eager to seek an instrument which will justify the musical demands of its great literature. We have seen how the "modern organ" as it emerged in the early years of the 20th century dangerously forsook its heritage. It all but lost its shape and sound, and its muddy tones turned away many gifted students who hastened to seek out a more sympathetic musical medium to fulfill their urge for expression. Happily, this era is fast passing on, and the organ is regaining its former artistic stature.

Organists and students everywhere will be grateful for this volume, which is one of the first in modern times to set forth a true description of the organ and the traditional principles which underlie its design and construction. The obvious enthusiasm of the author, together with the photographs of great organs, should prove an inspiration to the reader.

ROBERT NOEHREN

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