MusingMuso Posted April 30, 2010 Share Posted April 30, 2010 AUGUST ORGANS I am probably completely out of touch with journals and periodicals devoted to the organ, since it is many years that I last bought a copy of “The Organ,” which I understand no longer exists. It was compulsory reading in my youth, and I will forever be grateful to a gentleman who was a member of the local Organist’s Association, who had a vast collection of many different journals. He had copies of “Rotunda” (The Willis house mag), “The Diapason” (USA), “The Organ” (almost from the first edition), and literally hundreds of glossy “flyers” from the many organ-builders of the world; from very high-quality leaflets from Hill, Norman & Beard, (beautiful embossed paper), to Moller, Rushworth & Dreaper and many, many others around the world. For a young organist, it was an absolute treasure-trove of information, and I am quite sure that they were a powerful influence on my appreciation of different organ-periods and organ-styles. Even at the age of 15, I knew the difference between extension organs, baroque organs, romantic organs (et al), and I also know that it was highly educational. My question is simple:- How many organ journals/periodicals still exist, and what might they be? (I did say I was out of touch!) The most obvious is the Netherlands “Het Orgel,” but of English publications, I know nothing much. The reason I ask is also simple, because I am currently working towards on-line publishing of two books; the first a very detailed e-book about Very Advanced Driving, and a novel which I finished a year or two ago, but have never submitted to a publisher. Because it involves electronic publication only, (which I believe is the future of publishing), I have had to go through the process of ISBN registration and establishing a publishing name before I can finally get a web-site and the e-books on-line. In for a penny, in for a pound, is there a case for reviving the idea of a quarterly organ-journal, but in on-line form rather than as a paper publication? Would it be worth the effort, and would a CD/DVD format be better; especially if it included lots of photographs and sound-samples? I’m just mulling over the idea at the moment, but the thoughts of board-member would be appreciated. MM Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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