On the Organ Problem [As Seen in 1930]

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:
On the Organ Problem [As Seen in 1930]

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The chapter is a self-reflexive narrative of an organist called Fritz Heitmann. In his Leipzig student years, he became acquainted with large modern musical instruments. In the course of the twenty years of his professional activity, both in Germany and abroad, he gained experience with many old as well as many modern organs, and as a result he now considers each of these types, used in its proper place, equally suitable and justified from the point of view of serious and artistic practice; what they have in common is much more than has usually been assumed. He suggests that one should not pretend to live in a bygone era and face the problems of the 20th century squarely.

Keywords: Fritz Heitmann; modern musical instruments; Germany; modern organs

Chapter.  2060 words. 

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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