Pyrotechnics at the King of Instruments

Organ music and culture at Cornell focus on four outstanding instruments, ranging from the 18th to the 20th centuries. At the heart of the collection is the Baroque organ in Anabel Taylor chapel completed in 2011. Recitals, lessons and classes take place throughout the semester here and on the Aeolian-Skinner organ (1940), an 18th-century Italian organ (1738) and a mid 18th-century style chamber organ (2003).


The Organ in the Global Baroque: Conference and Concert Festival in Honor of the late Jacques van Oortmerssen The baroque organ was an artifact of global culture produced by international networks of artists, artisans, traders, and adventurers. Organs of the Hanseatic League, built at the nexus of trade routes that reached around the world, incorporated … Continue reading “”

Michael Praetorius, and the Musical Glories of the German Protestant 17th Century

On Monday, April 30th in Anabel Taylor Chapel, Anna Steppler and friends will present a program for choir and organ by the German composer, organist and theorist Michael Praetorius (1571-1621), Kapellmeister at the court of the famed music-lover Heinrich Julius, Duke of Braunschweig-Lüneburg, and then at the Electoral Court in Dresden. These were two of the most opulent musical establishments in Germany, with – thanks … Continue reading “Michael Praetorius, and the Musical Glories of the German Protestant 17th Century”

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