AJJ Posted October 4, 2011 Share Posted October 4, 2011 I recently re read bits of one of Laurence Elvin's books quickly followed by a quiet afternoon thumbing through back issues of The Organ and it set me questioning. Much of the wrtiting is in a sort of all knowing 'gentlemans' club' type style with a smattering of descriptions of the sounds of stops etc. and somewhat hazily simplistic historical backgrounds. How do people rate these writings these days - compared to Bicknell, Thistlethwaite, Jonathan Ambrosino (in the USA) and Peter Williams for example. Were they 'just' interested amateurs - not that there is anything wrong with that - or real experts in their field? In parallel way - what also of their work with the instruments themselves? As an example - Wells Cathedral. I sang their again recently and was quite disappointed by the way that the organ was not able to conduct itself even in expert hands. Soundwise the early work and later Clutton inspired additions did not sit easily together with everything somewhat lacking in real projection and identity - another similar scheme at Ely has not long ago been somewhat 'de Cluttonised' and for its good from what I have heard. Ralph Downes had enough personality and identity in his work (backed up by his writings ) for most of it these days to be just 'augmented in style' (St Albans, Paisley, RFH and Gloucester for instance) but how do these others stand now? A Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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