Written by Peter Planyavsky and translated by Christa Rumsey.
Anton Heiller is one of the twentieth century's most renowned and influential organist. He was trained in Vienna and rose to prominence quickly, and his interpretations of Bach, which included registration and articulation, as well as a consideration of the theological underpinnings, would change the way Bach is played.
This book provides an assessment of Heiller's works and teaching, while also examining his complex personality, one torn between strong religious devotion and the world of artistry. The narrative also offers a unique view of the organ world in the decades after World War II, featuring the important organs, builders, and organists across North America and Europe.
Author Peter Planyavsky was Anton Heiller's successor as an organ professor in Vienna, and organist of St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna from 1969 through 2004. Christa Rumsey, a former student of Heiller's, translated the book from the original German.
341 pages, hardbound
2014 University of Rochester Press