The Language Of The Classical French Organ / Edition 1

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Overview

The seventeenth and eighteenth centuries witnessed the growth of a unique relationship between the French organ and the music written for it. Until recently, however, the roots of this precise musical tradition lay hidden in the sixteenth century. Illuminating these mysteries for the modern audience, Mr. Douglass has traced the development of the French organ from the sixteenth century through the Classical Period (1655-1770).
For the first time in English, an explanation is given of the role of mixtures in the plenum of the French instrument of the Classical Period. Because the plenum determines the very character of the organ, and because the mixtures exert the strongest influence upon its sonority, the reader will be able to understand why French composers were writing music for the plenum sharply different from that of their contemporaries in northern Europe. Especially useful is the first complete compilation of known sources of information about French classical organ restriction. Having assimilated the historical facts about the instrument, the reader will be ready to interpret the music of this period on a modern organ.
Mr. Douglass is professor organ at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music.
 
This authoritative study of the French classical organ is a major source for the interpretation of early French organ music. For this new edition, the author has added a chapter on touch in early French organs and its importance for practice. The bibliography has also been extensively revised.
 

Reviews of the previous edition:
 
"The extensive and valuable materials assembled in this study will make it indispensable to both the performer and the scholar of French organ literature."—Almonte C. Howell, Jr., Notes
 
"The only work of its kind in English. . . . Bringing together all of the sources into one volume was alone a task of considerable proportions, and the many conclusions drawn from a careful study of the sources make it a necessary reference for any further study. It should be not only on the shelves but also in the mind of every organ devotee."—Rudolph Kremer, Journal of the American Musicological Society
 
"Douglass has shown us the way that organ studies ought to develop over the next few decades."—Music and Letters

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300064261
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/1995
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 282
  • Sales rank: 1,061,990
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Errata
Introduction 1
1 The French Organ in the Sixteenth Century 6
2 Toward Understanding the Language of the "Jeux" 17
3 Registration in the Pre-Classical Period (1531-1636) 45
4 The Classical French Organ 70
5 Registration in the Classical Period (1665-1770) 93
6 Toward the Restoration of Grace in Early French Organ Ornamentation 126
Appendix A. Texts of Sixteenth-Century Organ Contracts 143
Appendix B. Instructions for Registration (1504-1636), in English Translation 160
Appendix C. Instructions for Registration (1636-1770), in English Translation 194
Glossary 233
Bibliography 239
Index 247
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