Aristide CavaillÉ-coll: Master of Masters

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:
Aristide CavaillÉ-coll: Master of Masters

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This chapter outlines the life and achievements of the most celebrated French organist, Aristide Cavaillé-Coll. His rise to international fame as an organ builder is related to his being located in Paris. Drawing on traditions and innovations from Spain, Germany, and England, as well as the prerevolutionary French style, Cavaillé-Coll achieved a distinctive synthesis of various elements of progressive European organ building that responded to the increased emphasis on the symphonic orchestra in European musical culture without rejecting basic premises of the organ that he had inherited. His organs were purchased not only throughout France, but abroad, and were widely influential.

Keywords: Aristide Cavaillé-Coll; Paris; European organ building; prerevolutionary French style; symphonic orchestra

Chapter.  5105 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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