Peter Hurford is without a doubt one of the most acclaimed and influential organists of our time. His recordings of Bach, Couperin, Handel, Hindemith, and others have garnered numerous awards and along with his live performances have been enthusiastically received worldwide. This book sets out the ideas that underpin Hurford's performance and teaching, detailing the relation of instrument and performer to the rest of the musical world, technical problems, the workings of the organ, and interpretation, particularly that of Bach. Offering encouragement to the amateur, a refresher course for the professional, and enlightment to the listener, this book is a valuable handbook by a musician of unquestionable authority.
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Peter Hurford is an organist, teacher, and founder of the International Organ Festival at St. Albans.Review:
`A book of great wisdom, culture, and positive common sense.'
`Full of insights that come only from a very experienced player ... enlightened and enlightening.'
`A short but pithy treatise on music-making first and foremost, and on the organ as one of the most problematic, but ultimately one of the most rewarding, means of doing so.'
`a cogent, well-illustrated explanation ... in terms of the greatest clarity and readability, eschewing the arcane mumbo-jumbo that can assail writers on the subject ... Hurford's immense experience of performing and teaching enables him to encapsulate his thoughts on each topic in a few,
brilliantly-chosen words. A book of great wisdom, culture and positive commonsense.'
Anne Bond, Musical Times
`This book is absolutely essential reading for every student of the organ who is desirous of acquainting him or herself wih Hurford's art ... This publication is clearly laid out; and is a useful compendium of source-materials for the serious student' William McVicker,
Hi-Fi News and Record Review
`His book is compact with ideas and advice that come only of long experience' Charles Morgenstern, Oxford Times
`an admirably open-minded and pragmatic guide' Nicholas Kenyon,
`Hurford has worked steadily and painstakingly to distill into one tidy and beautifully-produced volume a lifetime's experience as one of the world's most respected players and teachers ... an encouraging and optimistic book, written with authority, affection, enthusiasm and just enough wry
humour to add a human face to a subject that might well have drowned in a sea of seriousness and self-importance Susan Sturrock,
`The author's own curiosity and liveliness make for an unusually stimulating book, which can be read profitably by non-organists with an interest in keyboard music, especially that of the High Baroque ... essential reading for anyone seriously interested in organ music'
`Within the confines of this comparatively small book there is to be found in every chapter more commonsense per page than is usual in many a larger volume covering the same ground ... I can unhesitatingly recommend this book as one of the most perceptive to have been published in recent
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Descrizione libro Oxford University Press, 1988. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110193222647
Descrizione libro Oxford University Press. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. 0193222647 New Condition. Codice libro della libreria NEW6.0070067
Descrizione libro Oxford University Press, USA, 1988. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0193222647