Musicology Seminar (a)


Week 8: Organs: There and Back

Essay Title

  1. Describe developments in organ design during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Can the organ be said to have ‘recovered’ from Romantic influences?


  1. The Cambridge Companion to the Organ, ed. Nicholas Thistlethwaite and Geoffrey Webber (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1998) (library)

  2. Kerala Snyder, ‘Buxtehude’s Organs: Helsingør, Helsingborg, Lübeck’, The Musical Times, 126 (1985), 365–9, 427–34 (part 1 jstor; part 2 jstor)

  3. Peter Williams, A New History of the Organ: From the Greeks to the Present Day (London: Faber, 1980) (library)

  4. The Organ as a Mirror of Its Time: North European Reflections, 1610–2000, ed. Kerala J. Snyder (New York: Oxford University Press, 2002) (library)

  5. Stephen Bicknell, The History of the English Organ (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999) (library)

  6. Nicholas Thistlethwaite, The Making of the Victorian Organ (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999) (library)

  7. Essays on organ design by Stephen Bicknell (web)


  1. Hydraulis 1 and Hydraulis 2, by Rob van Haarlem (3D animations of the Greek water-organ)