History of the Organ, Volume 2 - From Sweelinck To Bach

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History of the Organ, Volume 2 - From Sweelinck To Bach

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(102 113)



Release date:

1st Sept 2008




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History of the Organ, Volume 2 - From Sweelinck To Bach

Featuring Music by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Dietrich Buxtehude, Matthias Weckmann & Johann Sebastian Bach

Recording Date: 1997
Running Time: 55 min
Picture Format: 4:3
Sound Format: PCM Stereo

Language: D, F, SP
Menu Languages NTSC: D, F, GB, SP
Subtitle Languages NTSC: SP

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The organ is one of the oldest, most complex and most glorious musical instruments known to men. This four part series outlines the history of this magnificent instrument, ranging from the beauty of the sound to the wealth of music written for it, and encompassing not only the craftsmanship involved in building such a complicated (and often ornate) structure, but also the wonderful settings in which these instruments now reside.

VOLUME 2 Focusing on the influence of the great German school of organ builders in Northern Europe, this episode was filmed in The Netherlands and Germany. With the advent of the Lutheran reforms in the church, the organ became an increasingly widespread and important part of religious worship. The development of organ music from Sweelinck, the ‘maker of organists’, through Buxtehude to the golden age, in which the genius of Johann Sebastian Bach is highlighted, is shown.

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