Music: Organ Revivalist

Hector Berlioz once remarked that the orchestra may be the king of music, but that the organ is the pope. In the past 200 years, since the death of Bach (1685-1750), the king has reigned supreme. During the whole romantic and impressionist era, only a handful of composers bothered to write for the organ, and what they wrote was largely insignificant. But in recent decades, the pope of the musical world has begun a major comeback. Modern U.S. composers * Walter Piston, Roger Sessions, Quincy Porter, Leo Sowerby-have written dozens of organ pieces,...

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