A Provincial Organ Builder in Victorian England: William by Gordon D.W. Curtis

By Gordon D.W. Curtis

William Sweetland was once a bathtub organ builder who flourished from c.1847 to 1902 within which time he outfitted approximately three hundred organs, more often than not for church buildings and chapels in Somerset, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire, but additionally for destinations scattered south of a line from the Wirral to the Wash. Gordon Curtis locations this paintings of a provincial organ builder within the wider context of English musical lifestyles within the latter half the 19th century. An introductory bankruptcy reports the provincial musical scene and units the organ within the context of spiritual worship, public live shows and family music-making. The booklet relates the biographical info of Sweetland's relatives and enterprise heritage utilizing fabric received from public and relatives documents. Curtis surveys Sweetland's organ- construction paintings typically and a few of his most vital organs intimately, with patents and different innovations explored. The musical repertoire of the provinces, rather in regards to organ recitals, is mentioned, in addition to noting Sweetland's associates, different organ developers, architects and artists. half II of the booklet involves a Gazetteer of all recognized organs by way of Sweetland prepared through counties. every one access features a brief background of the tool and its current . considering that there is not any definitive released checklist of his paintings, and as the entire place of work files have been misplaced in a fireplace a long time in the past, this may be the closest method of a entire checklist for this builder.

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