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Music as Message

Asa Briggs, 23 May 1991

The World of the Oratorio 
by Kurt Pahlen.
Scolar, 357 pp., £27.50, February 1991, 0 85967 866 0
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The Making of the Victorian Organ 
by Nicholas Thistlethwaite.
Cambridge, 584 pp., £50, December 1990, 0 521 34345 3
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... absence of the orchestra is hardly perceived’. The relatively few paragraphs on the oratorio in Nicholas Thistlethwaite’s admirable study of the Victorian organ are more incisive and to the point than any of the general references in Pahlen’s guide, which not only fails to make essential points about the genre but blurs the subject by including ...

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