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By Gordon D.W. Curtis

William Sweetland was once a bathtub organ builder who flourished from c.1847 to 1902 within which time he outfitted approximately three hundred organs, in most cases for church buildings and chapels in Somerset, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire, but in addition 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 lifestyles within the latter 1/2 the 19th century. An introductory bankruptcy stories the provincial musical scene and units the organ within the context of spiritual worship, public live shows and household music-making. The publication relates the biographical info of Sweetland's family members and enterprise background utilizing fabric bought from public and kin files. Curtis surveys Sweetland's organ- development paintings generally and a few of his most crucial organs intimately, with patents and different innovations explored. The musical repertoire of the provinces, really in regards to organ recitals, is mentioned, in addition to noting Sweetland's buddies, different organ developers, architects and artists. half II of the ebook involves a Gazetteer of all identified organs via Sweetland equipped through counties. every one access includes a brief background of the tool and its current . considering that there is not any definitive released record of his paintings, and as the entire place of work files have been misplaced in a fireplace decades in the past, this can be the closest method of a accomplished checklist for this builder.

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