Harmonia Organica - Ochsenhausen Organ Book

Harmonia Organica - Ochsenhausen Organ Book Facsimile Edition

Monastery of Ochsenhausen (Germany) — 1735

A declaration of love to an organ: Upper Swabian baroque music as original compositions for the organ of Ochsenhausen Abbey built by Joseph Gabler

  1. Jospeh Gabler (1700–71) was one of the most significant south German organ builders of the Baroque period

  2. This handwritten and illustrated manuscript dated 1735 contains 45 anonymous compositions

  3. Colored drawings indicate what stops are to be drawn and where the organist is to place their hands

Harmonia Organica - Ochsenhausen Organ Book

Misc. Ms. 150 Irving S. Gilmore Music Library (Yale University, USA)
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Harmonia Organica - Ochsenhausen Organ Book

The pipe organ is the world’s largest musical instrument and was one of the most technically complicated devices of any kind before the Industrial Revolution. This is a unique collection of Upper Swabian Baroque organ music consisting of 45 anonymous works selected specifically to be played on the organ built by Joseph Gabler for the Benedictine Abbey in Ochsenhausen, Germany. Each composition is beautifully illustrated by a colored drawing of the Ochsenhausen organ’s keyboard indicating what stops are to be drawn and where the organist is to place their right and left hands. A note in the paper manuscript dates it to January of 1735, placing it in the Late or High Baroque period of Western music. The important works is one of the most important sources for the performance of historical pieces of music and a rare example of an 18th century codex that has been written and illustrated by hand.

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Alternative Titles
Harmonia organica: seu praestantissimi in imperiali monasterio Ochsenhusano novi organi perfectus usus ac praeclara tractandi metodius
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170 pages / 24.0 x 33.0 cm
Origin
Germany
Date
1735
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#1 Ochsenhauser Orgelbuch. Harmonia organica.

Harmonia Organica - Ochsenhausen Organ Book – Misc. Ms. 150 – Irving S. Gilmore Music Library (Yale University, USA) Facsimile Edition
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Binding: Slipcase
Commentary: 1 volume (88 p.) by Klaus Konrad Weigele and Michael Gerhard Kaufmann with first edition of the manuscript
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