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Organs As Historical And Aesthetic Mirrors

Kerala J. Snyder

in The Organ as A Mirror of Its Time

Published in print August 2002 | ISBN: 9780195144154
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849369 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195144154.003.0001
Organs As Historical And Aesthetic Mirrors

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More than any other musical instrument, the organ has been reflected upon by matters beyond music. According to Musurgia Universalis by the German Jesuit Athanasius Kircher the organ was God's instrument for the creation of the world. The illustration of Kircher's allegorical organ resembles an actual organ from about 1650, and an earthly reflection of that heavenly sound of the full organ, the plenum, can be heard in verse 7 of Matthias Weckmann's Ess ist das Heil uns kommen her. Most organs are thoroughly grounded, both geographically and historically, the six organs that constitute the focal points for this book are all located in northern Europe: in Germany, Denmark, and Sweden.

Keywords: organ; musical instrument; plenum; Athanasius Kircher; Matthias Weckmann; northern Europe; Germany; Denmark; Sweden

Chapter.  8797 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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