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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.

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  1. Halftitle
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  1. Titlepage
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Dedication
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  1. Fm
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  1. Illustrations
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  1. Preface
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Organs in a New Land 1524-1760
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  1. The Spanish Missions
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  1. The British Colonies
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  1. Organs in a Rural Society 1760-1810
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  1. Pennsylvania
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  1. Builders In Other Locations And Imported Organs
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  1. Organs in an Expanding Society 1810-1860
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  1. Some General Observations
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  1. New England
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  1. NEW YORK
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  1. PENNSYLVANIA
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  1. ORGANS AND BUILDERS IN OTHER STATES
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  1. Organs in an Industrial Society 1860—1900
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  1. SOME GENERAL OBSERVATIONS
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  1. New England
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  1. New York
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  1. ORGANS AND BUILDERS IN OTHER STATES
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  1. Organs in the Twentieth Century
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  1. ORGANS AND BUILDERS IN OTHER STATES
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  1. New York
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  1. THE NEO-BAROQUE ORGAN
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  1. Appendix
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  1. Bibliography
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  1. Notes
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780253054432
MARC Record
OCLC
1259586617
Launched on MUSE
2021-07-11
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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