The Cahman Tradition and Its German Roots

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:
The Cahman Tradition and Its German Roots

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The chapter focuses on the life and achievements of the 18th-century organ builder Johan Niclas Cahman. Baron Charles De Geer decided to rebuild Leufsta Bruk after the devastating fire of 1719. He chose Cahman for the task. The construction of the Leufsta Bruk organ falls in the middle of the Cahman's most intensive working period. In the scant fourteen years between 1724 and 1737, he built no fewer than twenty-seven organs, five of them cathedral instruments and many with two manuals. The Swedish organ tradition grew out of that of north Germany. In the Middle Ages also, Sweden and north Germany had close political and cultural connections that also applied to sacred art and organ culture.

Keywords: Niclas Cahman; Leufsta Brukm; Charles De Geer; Swedish organ tradition; organ culture

Chapter.  4501 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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