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The Organ as A Mirror of Its Time$
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Kerala J. Snyder

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195144154

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195144154.001.0001

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Aristide CavaillÉ-coll: Master of Masters

Aristide CavaillÉ-coll: Master of Masters

(p.230) 17 Aristide CavaillÉ-coll: Master of Masters
The Organ as A Mirror of Its Time

Kerala J. Snyder

Oxford University Press

This chapter outlines the life and achievements of the most celebrated French organist, Aristide Cavaillé-Coll. His rise to international fame as an organ builder is related to his being located in Paris. Drawing on traditions and innovations from Spain, Germany, and England, as well as the prerevolutionary French style, Cavaillé-Coll achieved a distinctive synthesis of various elements of progressive European organ building that responded to the increased emphasis on the symphonic orchestra in European musical culture without rejecting basic premises of the organ that he had inherited. His organs were purchased not only throughout France, but abroad, and were widely influential.

Keywords:   Aristide Cavaillé-Coll, Paris, European organ building, prerevolutionary French style, symphonic orchestra

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