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History of the Organ - 4 Programs: Latin Origins; From Sweelinck to Bach; The Golden Age; The Modern Age / Marie-Claire Alain, Louis Robilliard, René Saorgin, André Isoir, Gustav Leonhardt et al. [4 DVD]

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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 structure, but also the wonderful settings in which these instruments now reside. The first disc encompasses the classical sobriety of the Italian style, the golden age of the organ in sixteenth-century Spain and the French style of the eighteenth century. The second episode looks at the development of the organ during the 17th and 18th centuries, focusing on exceptional composers or organ music from Sweelinck, the "maker of organists", through to Buxtehude, and the "golden age" of J.S. Bach. The third episode focuses on the first half of the eighteenth century - the golden age of organ music. The last episode traces the organ's development, from the beginning of the nineteenth century to the present day.

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Run Time: 212 min.
Region: 0
Picture Format: NTSC, 4:3, Color
Sound Format(s): PCM Stereo,
Subtitles: Spanish


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