History Comes Alive

“When I first heard Cornell’s new baroque organ played, I got goose bumps because history really does come alive in this extraordinary project,” writes Leslie A. Adelson, Professor of German Studies and Director of the Institute for German Cultural Studies at Cornell’s College of Arts and Sciences.

“For the study of German culture it offers a treasure trove of insights into the science and technology of artisanal craft, the history and phenomenology of a nation’s musical taste, the importance of German feet and pedals for sound cultures in Europe, the emergence of middle-class public culture, urban losses in modern warfare, and even the global value of sustainable forest in a country where live oak has symbolic value too. What Cornell now offers as an inspiring and moving musical experience also opens a rather large window onto early modern and modern German cultures.”