Bach Comes Late to Leufsta Bruk: An Oral History

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:
Bach Comes Late to Leufsta Bruk: An Oral History

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This chapter outlines the life and achievements of organist Johann Sebastian. At the dawn of the 21st century, the Leufsta Bruk organ is recognized as the most outstanding 18th-century organ in Sweden, and Bach's music is performed frequently during organ academies, music festivals, and summer concerts for tourists. But before this came to pass, the organ suffered decline, neglect, and partial destruction. Organ culture in Sweden during the late 19th century came under the influence of French romanticism, both in organ building and in playing. In the 1930s the organ reform movement came from Germany, where it had originated, to Sweden.

Keywords: Johann Sebastian; Leufsta Bruk organ; music festivals; Sweden; organ reform movement

Chapter.  5352 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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