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Product Details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press; Reprint edition (August 22, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 025320495X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0253204950
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,894,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book is the best single source of information about American organ building and the content is clearly presented. There are wonderful quotations from prime sources and many photographs and stop-lists." - American Music Teacher

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 16, 2001
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This book gives a detailed description of the organ history in the US. There were a lot of facts that I haven't heard of before (like the German organ-building tradition through the Moravian Brothers). But do not expect glossy color prints in this book; it is - in the reviewer's opinion - not for the organ enthusiast's coffee table, it is a well-written reference.
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For a lay person, this would be the next book to read after having read Craig Whitney's "All the Stops" (see my review there); and for the student almost a must to have on the book shelf, even if the study field doesn't include a specialization in Pipe Organ. Perfect for anybody who wants to go deeper into the unique history of this musical instrument in America and great for reference.

I didn't buy this book at Amazon but from the OHS (Organ Historical Society). It is very detailed and leaning towards a scholarly approach, but Orpha Ochse managed to write it in an interesting and still entertaining way, so no boring, dry historical facts here! Hopefully some day it will be updated with the most recent developments in the field. Orpha Ochse is one of the leading authorities in this country for Pipe Organ History, a great scholar and, as I was told by my American colleagues in the Pipe Organ Field, a lovely person.
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Exhaustively researched & beautifully presented. Orpha Ochse brings American organ-building history to life for interested amateur and professional alike, placing the art in proper cultural and heritage contexts. The only thing missing is a 'matching' CD with sound examples!
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