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Author Ochse, Orpha, 1925- author.

Title The history of the organ in the United States / Orpha Ochse
Published Bloomington : Indiana University Press, [1975]


Description 1 online resource (xv, 494 pages) : illustrations
Contents Part one : Organs in a New Land 1524-1760 -- The Spanish Missions -- The British Colonies -- The British Colonies -- Part two : Organs in a rural society, 1760-1810 -- Some General Observations -- Pennsylvania -- Builders in Other Locations and Imported Organs -- Part three : Organs in an Expanding Society 1810-1860 -- Some General Observations -- New England -- New York -- Pennsylvania -- Organs and Builders in Other States -- Part four : Organs in an Industrial Society 1860-1900 -- Some General Observations -- New England -- New York -- Organs and Builders in Other States -- Part five : Organs in the Twentieth Century -- The Orchestral Organ -- The American Classic Organ -- The Neo-Baroque Organ -- Appendix. A letter on the conduct of a church organ ; Diary of John Krauss ; Cavaillé-Coll organs for North America
Summary "From the Spanish mission days of the seventeenth century to the present, the organ mirrors to a remarkable degree its social, economic, and cultural setting. It has unique characteristics that bind it more closely than any other instrument to its location, to social and economic changes, and to fluctuations in musical taste. Immigration, wars, industrial growth, the availability of electricity, the popularity of orchestral music, and the invention of the phonograph and of the player piano all had a part in determining the course of American organ history. Orpha Ochse provides descriptions and specifications of instruments representative of the various periods of organ building: from the small tracker-action organs built by the colonists to the electropneumatic monsters of the early twentieth century to today's repertoire-oriented instruments. She shows how the design is affected by the intended use of the organ-in a church, a home, or a concert hall-and by the music written for it. This comprehensive account of the development of the organ in the United States will be valuable not only to players and builders but also to students of Americana"--Publisher's description
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 440-463) and index
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Subject Organ (Musical instrument) -- United States -- History
Organ builders -- United States
Organ (Musical instrument) -- United States
Organ (Musical instrument) -- History.
Organ builders.
Organ (Musical instrument)
United States.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780253054432