Organists and Organ Playing in Nineteenth-Century France and Belgium

Organists and Organ Playing in Nineteenth-Century France and Belgium

Orpha Ochse
Distribution: World
Publication date: 08/22/2000
Format: Paperback 36 b&w photos
ISBN: 978-0-253-21423-2
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Organists and Organ Playing in Nineteenth-Century France and Belgium
Orpha Ochse

From the catastrophes of the French Revolution to a Golden Age of organ culture.

[O]ne simply must recommend this highly coherent and well-illustrated book...."—L’Orgue

Even the well-informed reader will find a number of surprises. Who knows, for example, that Fryderyk Chopin played the organ for a funeral service and that Lefébure-Wély, in turn, played the great pianist and composer’s Préludes for his funeral at the Madeleine? The abundance of details, we should add, does nothing to obscure the architectural clarity of this book." —La Flûte harmonique

Now Ms. Ochse has succeeded in producing still another landmark work.... Although the work is extraordinarily well documented, the prose retains a narrative quality throughout, at times even taking on the character of good storytelling." —The American Organist

Orpha Ochse, Professor Emerita at Whittier College, is author of The History of the Organ in the United States (Indiana University Press). She is well known as a teacher, lecturer, recitalist, and church musician.

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ORPHA OCHSE, Professor Emerita of Music at Whittier College, is author of The History of the Organ in the United States (another Indiana University Press paperback). She is well known as a teacher, church musician, recitalist, and lecturer.

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““Ochse has succeeded in producing still another landmark work . . . ” —The American Organist “This book is a success story from beginning to end, both from the point of view of the subject matter—the flowering of organ culture in middle Europe by the end of the nineteenth century—and in the manner of its presentation.” —The Diapason “Highly recommended . . . the story of a remarkable renaissance.” —Choice An account of the rise to brilliance of the organ profession in France and Belgium in the 19th century.”

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments

I. Prelude: Music for a Revolution

Part One: Performers and Programs

II. In the Wake of the Storm: 1800-1809
III. Years of Rebuilding: 1810-29
IV. The Romantic Dawn: The 1830s
V. Contrasts, Conflicts, and Conquests: The 1840s
VI. Mid-Century Masters and Their Programs
VII. New Horizons: The 1860s
VIII. Tragedy to Triumph: The 1870s
IX. Renaissance Achieved: The 1880s
X. Years of Fulfillment: The 1890s

Part Two: The Organist as Church Muscian

XI. Historical Background
XII. Organ and Liturgy
XIII. Notes on the Repertoire

Part Three: Great Schools and Famous Teachers

XIV. The Paris Conservatory Organ Class: Sejan to Franck
XV. The Brussels Conservatory Organ Class: Fetis to Mailly
XVI. Lemmens, a Closer Look
XVII. Widor as Teacher
XVIII.Guilmant as Teacher
XIX. The Niedermeyer School
XX. Organ Study at the Niedermeyer and Gigout Schools
XXI. The Schola Cantorum
XXII. Postlude

Appendix A. Organ Performers by Cesar Franck
Appendix B. Students in Franck’s Organ Class
Appendix C. Oragan Performers by Camille Saint-Saens

Bibliography
Notes
Index