Making Music on the Organ has already established itself as an indispensable guide to the art of organ playing. It records the ideas which underpin Peter Hurford's performance and teaching and its chief concern, as the title indicates, is to show how to make music, rather than merely playing the notes, on this instrument. There is advice on the technical problems of performance, an explanation of the workings of the instrument, and chapters on interpretation, including, most usefully, reflections on the interpretation of Bach. This new paperback edition makes a number of textual amendments and additions, and includes three new appendices on the principles of good organ design, the swell-box, and the temperament. This title also appears in the Oxford General Books catalogue for Autumn 1990. Contents: Notes of Usage; Introduction; The Organists Place in Musical Performance; How the Organ Works; A Basic Physical Approach to the Organ; The technical Basis of Movement and Expression; Some Thoughts on Interpretation; Towards a grounding in Bach Interpretation; The French Classical School; Renaissance; Appendices; Reading List; Index of Works Cited; General Index.
`A book of great wisdom, culture, and positive common sense.'
`Full of insights that come only from a very experienced player ... enlightened and enlightening.'
`A short but pithy treatise on music-making first and foremost, and on the organ as one of the most problematic, but ultimately one of the most rewarding, means of doing so.'
`a cogent, well-illustrated explanation ... in terms of the greatest clarity and readability, eschewing the arcane mumbo-jumbo that can assail writers on the subject ... Hurford's immense experience of performing and teaching enables him to encapsulate his thoughts on each topic in a few, brilliantly-chosen words. A book of great wisdom, culture and positive commonsense.'
Anne Bond, Musical Times
`This book is absolutely essential reading for every student of the organ who is desirous of acquainting him or herself wih Hurford's art ... This publication is clearly laid out; and is a useful compendium of source-materials for the serious student' William McVicker,
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`His book is compact with ideas and advice that come only of long experience' Charles Morgenstern, Oxford Times
`an admirably open-minded and pragmatic guide' Nicholas Kenyon,
`Hurford has worked steadily and painstakingly to distill into one tidy and beautifully-produced volume a lifetime's experience as one of the world's most respected players and teachers ... an encouraging and optimistic book, written with authority, affection, enthusiasm and just enough wry humour to add a human face to a subject that might well have drowned in a sea of seriousness and self-importance Susan Sturrock,
`The author's own curiosity and liveliness make for an unusually stimulating book, which can be read profitably by non-organists with an interest in keyboard music, especially that of the High Baroque ... essential reading for anyone seriously interested in organ music'
`Within the confines of this comparatively small book there is to be found in every chapter more commonsense per page than is usual in many a larger volume covering the same ground ... I can unhesitatingly recommend this book as one of the most perceptive to have been published in recent years.'
`Full of the insights that only come from a very experienced player...enlightened and enlightening.' Peter Williams
`The author's own curiosity and liveliness make for an unusually stimulating book ... the author's experience as a player and teacher shines out ... essential reading for anyone seriously interested in organ music.'
Keith Elcombe, Early Music