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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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On the Organ Problem [As Seen in 1930]

On the Organ Problem [As Seen in 1930]

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(p.261) 19 On the Organ Problem [As Seen in 1930]
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The Organ as A Mirror of Its Time
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Kerala J. Snyder

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195144154.003.0019

The chapter is a self-reflexive narrative of an organist called Fritz Heitmann. In his Leipzig student years, he became acquainted with large modern musical instruments. In the course of the twenty years of his professional activity, both in Germany and abroad, he gained experience with many old as well as many modern organs, and as a result he now considers each of these types, used in its proper place, equally suitable and justified from the point of view of serious and artistic practice; what they have in common is much more than has usually been assumed. He suggests that one should not pretend to live in a bygone era and face the problems of the 20th century squarely.

Keywords:   Fritz Heitmann, modern musical instruments, Germany, modern organs

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