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The Registration of Baroque Organ Music Hardcover – June 1, 1997

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press (June 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0253332400
  • ISBN-13: 978-0253332400
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.3 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,157,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"In this book, Barbara Owen has created a rich resource of historical information coupled with strategies for interpreting that information on today's instruments." oJournal of the American Musical Instrument Society "... Barbara Owen has succeeded admirably in distilling three centuries of organ registration practice into a volume less than three hundred pages long... Anyone with an interest in the history of the organ and its music ... will not want to ignore this book." oSixteenth Century Journal "It is rare to find a book that combines such careful scholarship with a practical focus that makes it accessible to performing musicians as well as research specialists." oNotes "An excellent volume from historical, musical style and interpretive standpoints. Highly recommended for all large academic and professional music collections." Choice " ... recommend this book to all serious organists." oThe American Organist Magazine --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Here, for the first time in a single volume, is a comprehensive study of registrational practices from circa 1550 to 1800. Each of the four parts of the book - the Renaissance and the Early, High, and Late Baroque - starts with a brief description of the political and religious climate of the period and the way it affected organ building and the music composed at the time. Within each historical period, Owen provides for each country a list of the active composers and information about representative organs, including their locations, dates, builders, and stoplists. She then discusses the registrational practices in each area in relation to contemporary musical styles and forms, referring to sources such as scores and treatises. In light of the historical evidence, Owen advises organists on adapting the earlier principles and practices to modern instruments in order to perform Baroque organ works in a style appropriate to their period and region. With its comprehensive geographic, historical, and musicological approach, The Registration of Baroque Organ Music will long remain an invaluable reference - and source of delight - for all organists.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mark Thomas on October 17, 2005
Format: Paperback
Barbara Owen succeeds in condensing more than 200 years of registration practice in a working volume. The book is organized by time period and nationality, allowing the reader to assimilate the trends of each of the organ "schools." Each chapter is prefaced by a list of the relevant composers, as well as stop lists of representative organs. Perhaps Owen's signal accomplishment is a combination of historical awareness with the practical needs of the performance. For instance, after giving the background on the Italian voce umana stop, she suggests that one can replicate the sound on a mechanical action organ by coupling two 8' principals, with one detuned (half drawn). Overall, a practical reference for the performance of 16th, 17th, and 18th-century organ music.
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This is actually a priceless book. It has broadened my outlook on registration a great deal, not always sticking to the "letter" of the suggestion but rather embracing the "spirit" of the sound desired.
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