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4 - The Organs

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  31 August 2020

Andrew Kirkman
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University of Birmingham
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The organ constituted a prominent and lavishly supported voice for the church from at least the late fourteenth century. In tracing the various building projects from that time until the mid-sixteenth century, this chapter reveals its importance in the organisation’s self-image: as an elaboration of the ritual, a demonstration of institutional pride, and as an instrument of display and propaganda. The level of detail provided by the continuous run of accounts is exceptional, and affords historically important insight into developments in instrument design over a 150-year period, from a single Blockwerk into a more sophisticated instrument with various keyboards, registrations and chests. The study also provides an exceptional level of detail on the complex process of scoping, ordering, building-work and quality control that went into the installation of an organ in a large church building in the later Middle Ages.

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Music and Musicians at the Collegiate Church of St Omer
Crucible of Song, 1350–1550
, pp. 142 - 178
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2020

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  • The Organs
  • Andrew Kirkman, University of Birmingham
  • Book: Music and Musicians at the Collegiate Church of St Omer
  • Online publication: 31 August 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108884990.005
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  • The Organs
  • Andrew Kirkman, University of Birmingham
  • Book: Music and Musicians at the Collegiate Church of St Omer
  • Online publication: 31 August 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108884990.005
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  • The Organs
  • Andrew Kirkman, University of Birmingham
  • Book: Music and Musicians at the Collegiate Church of St Omer
  • Online publication: 31 August 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108884990.005
Available formats
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