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Wilson, Michael I: The Chamber Organ in Britain, 1600–1830 (Ashgate Books) Hardback

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Second Edition
234 x 156 mm
286 pages
The first edition of The English Chamber Organ was published in 1968. This new, revised edition takes into account the considerable research into chamber organs that has taken place over the last thirty years. Much of the book has been completely rewritten and expanded, and it includes a number of organs not detailed in the first edition.

As its revised title suggests, this new edition covers foreign-make imports as well as British-made organs that were sent overseas. Part one comprises a series of chapters that cover the history of the chamber organ, its origins and development. Part two provides a general introduction to the construction of organs, while part three gives detailed descriptions of 196 British chamber organs, with information on their location, specifications, design, and suggestions for further reading.

As a domestic instrument the chamber organ was often perceived to be as much a piece of furniture as an item of musical equipment. The Chamber Organ in Britain offers an assessment of the organ as both a musical instrument and as a decorative icon.

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Contents: Pitch notation; The social and musical background: Origins and early days; From Smith to status symbol; The Handel/Snetzler era; Designed to impress; A slow decline; Construction: Aspects of organ-building; The organs: A Catalogue: Introductory note; 1600–1660; 1660–1710; 1740–1780; 1780–1830; Appendices: A note on chamber organs in Scotland; Who were Longman and Broderip?; Some chamber organs on CD; Gazetteers; Supplementary bibliography; Index.
  

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