Edward Higginbottom discusses aspects of performance that can bring to life the repertory of French organists composed between c1650 and c1750 - the 'French Classical School' - in the light of the aesthetic theory of the time. In particular he discusses how the job of the organist of the time was to express the omitted liturgical texts in alternatim organ music, and how thinking in similar vocal/verbal inflections can shape the rhetorical intention, and the musical effectiveness, of our present day performances.
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