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The History of the English Organ Paperback – 25 Apr 2012

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  • Paperback: 430 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (25 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521654092
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521654098
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 2.2 x 24.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 500,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'It is unlikely that a finer book on this subject could yet be written in our century … it is now the standard book. Hard-backed, its more than 400 pages supersede all others.' Church Times

'Stephen Bicknell's book is a considerable achievement: essential reading and a thoroughly useful, stimulating and intelligent work. It is eminently worthy of purchase by all interested in playing and studying the organ.' Organist's Review

'This is a wonderful book, undoubtedly the finest of its kind ever written, and I most heartily recommend it.' The Organ Historical Society Journal

'This is a handsomely produced and well written book with many black and white photographs, and should become an essential part of any organ lover's library.' Early Music Today

'… not only does it present an omnium gatherum of all previous research, it is also interlaced with succinct and informed comment which marks its author as a scholar of the first rank … a 'must' for every organ-lover.' Charles Mould, Journal of Ecclesiastical History

' … the writing is expert, a fine salute to recent developments in organ-studies in Britain … There is no organist who would not appreciate Bicknell's fresh style'. The Times Literary Supplement

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This highly readable and lavishly illustrated 1996 work describes the history of organs built in England from AD 900 to the present day. The author's experience in organ building gives the account all the benefits of first-hand experience. Stephen Bicknell also draws on new research and includes many recent important discoveries.


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The title says it all! This is a fascinating and in depth history of the king of instruments, and it sticks strictly to developments in Britain; only crossing the channel to France and Germany where necessary to follow up a development. Well structured chronologically with lots of contemporary photographs and facts - how many people know that the organ of St. Pauls Cathedral has some Wurlitzer pipes!. Recent developments up to the 1990s are covered and Mr. Bicknell gives a detailed but objective view - leaving the reader to form his/her own opinion on whether the 'English' organ has a future. The only shortcoming I found was the assumption that the reader is familiar with 'organ language'.
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A million facts, but not a thrilling read.
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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars ... very comprehensive book for people who want the detailed fine points of specific organs 19 Dec. 2015
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This is a very comprehensive book for people who want the detailed fine points of specific organs, and in general, overall trends. This book is not for casual reading. I'm not an organist, but I'm interested in the instrument and the differences that exists of those covered in the book.

I do not recommend this book for those wanting an overview. Understanding the Pipe Organ and The Organs of J.S. Bach might be better choices to start with. I urge you to examine the TOC'S of each. When I have a chance I'll review these other two books.
5.0 out of 5 stars The reference book for British organs 8 May 2016
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Along with "The Making of the Victorian Organ" a must-have for the study of organs.
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