The Organ in Recorded Sound: An Exploration of Timbre and Tempo, is a unique exploration of the organ through sound recordings. Stimulated by a three-day conference held at Arizona State University in 2002, the book contains articles by scholars and musicians about organ recordings, from Welte rolls and "78"s to digital technology. Especially significant are two CDs that include precious excerpts from historical recordings of the organ. These tracks include organists playing their own works (Widor playing his famous Toccata, Bonnet playing "Matin provençal," Demessieux playing her second Étude), as well as leading interpreters playing the repertoire on the instruments for which they were best known: Tournemire's recording of Franck's Choral 3 at Sainte-Clotilde and G. D. Cunningham's recording of the Elgar Organ Sonata at the Alexandra Palace. The articles explore such diverse topics as Bach interpretation, Karl Straube's "school," the Welte-Philharmonie organ and its rolls at the Museum für Musikautomaten in Seewen, Switzerland, and the GOArt database of organ recordings. This latter could be a welcome resource for anyone studying the history of the organ through sound recordings.
This book will interest several different groups: organists, of course, but also sound engineers, audiophiles and musicologists. The contributors pursue interrelated fields of study, such as music criticism, performance practice, musicology, and the history of technology. By assessing the aural record over the past 100 years, The Organ in Recorded Sound provides a long overdue examination of sound resources relevant to the organ.
Edited by Kimberly Marshall
GOArt Publications, 2012
Softbound, 144 pages