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Organ Reform Movement
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[German Version]

The Organ Reform Movement (Orgelbewegung) had certain antecedents in mid-19th century Germany, but was really begun with A. Schweitzer’s Deutsche und französische Orgelbaukunst (1906). Following this, G. Ramin, H.H. Jahn, C. Mahrenholz, W. Guerlitt and others advocated organ-building principles based on organs of D. Buxtehude and J.S. Bach’s time, primarily those built by A. Schnitger. An early example is the Praetorius organ of 1921, built by Oskar Walker at University of Freiburg-im-Breisgau. Interest in this organ led to th…

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Kasling, Kim R., “Organ Reform Movement”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 09 December 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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