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

By Gordon D.W. Curtis

William Sweetland used to be a bathtub organ builder who flourished from c.1847 to 1902 in which time he equipped approximately three hundred organs, commonly 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 existence within the latter half the 19th century. An introductory bankruptcy stories the provincial musical scene and units the organ within the context of non secular worship, public live shows and family song making. This booklet relates the biographical information of Sweetland's kinfolk and enterprise background utilizing fabric got from public and family members documents. Curtis surveys Sweetland's organ construction paintings normally and a few of his most vital organs intimately, with patents and different innovations explored. The musical repertoire of the provinces, fairly with reference to organ recitals, is mentioned, in addition to noting Sweetland's buddies, different organ developers, architects and artists. the second one a part of the publication includes a Gazeteer of all recognized organs through Sweetland geared up via counties. every one access features a brief heritage of the software and its current . due to the fact that there's no definitive released record of his paintings and as all of the workplace documents have been misplaced in a hearth a long time in the past it will be the closest method of a entire record for this builder.

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1973). 9 NPOR ref. N07483. 10 NPOR ref. N05920. 11 NPOR ref. E01493.

Introduction 19 of the organ specification. There are differences too in the way we refer to the construction of instruments. Orchestral instruments are ‘made’ whilst organs, at least since the nineteenth century, are ‘built’. There is even a difference in the manner of speaking of the musical performance, exemplified by the story of the lady who approached a cathedral organist as he was leaving the cathedral with ‘Oh Mr. X are you leaving? What a pity! ’ ‘Madam, I will oblige you,’ he replied and made his way to the organ loft, drew a couple of stops, switched on the blower and wedged a key down with a pencil.

W. 1909–10 4 Cleveland Pl. W. P. O. directory (1907, p. 803; 1908, p. 792)m Wm. le M. O. directory (1909, p. 807; 1910, p. 1 a Walcot St Swithin marriage registers, Bath CRO. p. 22. N. ), Bath annual directory (Bath: Charles Clark, 1850). c 1851 census, Bath district, Walcot sub-district. d Vivian’s Directory for the city and borough of Bath (Bath: Samuel Vivian, 1852 and 1854). J. E. Peach, 1856), p. 302. f Prior, J. and Wooster, W. (eds), Post Office Bath directory (1858 and 1860). g 1861 census, Bath district, Walcot sub-district.

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