English organ building from now to then by Leonard Sanderman

by Leonard Sanderman | Het ORGEL | Year 113 | (2017) | Issue 1


Leonard Sanderman English organ building from now to then
Het ORGEL 113 (2017), nr. 1, 12-21 [summary]

In the Netherlands the English organ now appears to be highly respected. One after the other, city churches acquire a larger or smaller English choir- or transept-organ, while Dutch organ lovers – individually or in groups – like to travel to England to hear and play large modern English organs. This interest in the English organ is unmistakably related to the still rising popularity of English choral music in The Netherlands. The pioneering work of Bouwe Dijkstra and Michael Hedley, for example, has developed into an Anglo-Dutch choral culture that cannot be ignored. And it’s often the churches where choirs are ‘infected’ with English repertoire, and sing it more or less regularly, that get these English organs.
But what do we really know about we about English organ building? English organs of our time hardly resemble English organs of the beginning of the 19th century. Why not? What has changed? The author uses a reverse chronological historiography to give some indication of where to look for answers.

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