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From Cathedral to Rural Parish: Organs and Organists in Eighteenth-Century Sweden

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/9780195144154.003.0011
From Cathedral to Rural Parish: Organs and Organists in Eighteenth-Century Sweden

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This chapter focuses on organs and organists in 18th-century Sweden. Olof Rudbeck (1630–1702), Harald Vallerius (1646–1716), and Johan Arendt Bellman (1664–1709) were some of the most prominent organists of this period. Rudbeck was a professor of architecture and medicine who co-discovered the lymphatic system. Vallerius was Rector Cantus at Uppsala Cathedral and University, as well as a mathematician, professor, and prolific writer. Bellman was a professor of elocution and a musician. Compared to continental European standards, most Swedish churches were smaller in every dimension, particularly in height. The typical church organs found in the southern of Sweden were either one- or two-manual organs.

Keywords: Olof Rudbeck; Harald Vallerius; Arendt Bellman; organists; church organs; 18th-century Sweden

Chapter.  7643 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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