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The Cambridge Companion to the Organ by Nicholas Thistlethwaite

The Cambridge Companion to the Organ

Part of the Cambridge Companions to Music Series


The Cambridge Companion to the Organ by Nicholas Thistlethwaite

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 Companion implements in every respect the claims its publishers make for it as 'an essential guide to all aspects of the organ and its music'. Perhaps unusually for so valuable a book of reference, much of it also makes engrossing reading.'
Church Times

' ... never less than readable, and sometimes positively compelling ... an extremely valuable book that should be on every musician's bookshelf.'
The Musical Times

'... editors of this Companion have done an excellent job in producing a sharply-focused, coherent set of essays within 330 pages ... this is a book that can usefully, indeed should, be read by anyone interested in the organ and its music. Students will need their own copies for constant reference, while the more experienced will be stilumated, informed and challenged.'
Music and Letters

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Publication date

4th March 1999


Nicholas Thistlethwaite

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Cambridge University Press


356 pages


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