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An Ideal Organ and Its Experts Across the Seventeenth Centuy

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/9780195144154.003.0007
An Ideal Organ and Its Experts Across the Seventeenth Centuy

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This chapter deals with the concept of the ideal organ and its experts in 17th-century north Germany. The notion of centuries of seamless progress culminating in the instruments of Arp Schnitger and his school and the music of Dieterich Buxtehude and his contemporaries form the basis for the history of the north German organ and its literature. In the castle church at Gröningen where Duke Heinrich Julius of Braunschweig-Lüneburg convened a gathering of leading organists from across Germany to dedicate the newly finished organ by David Beck. This organ was the largest, exceeding the size of the monumental instruments in Hamburg's St. Jacobi and Danzig's St. Mary's by several stops. Significantly, in describing the work carried out on the Gröningen organ under his guidance, Werckmeister used the verb “to renovate” (renoviren) rather than “to restore,” and claimed that the renewal he had overseen had attained an ideal residing within the original organ but never before realized.

Keywords: ideal organ; experts; north Germany; Dieterich Buxtehude; Duke Heinrich Julius; David Beck; Arp Schnitger; Gröningen organ

Chapter.  8061 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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