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Author Thistlethwaite, Nicholas, author.

Title Organ-building in Georgian and Victorian England : the work of Gray & Davison, 1772-1890 / Nicolas Thistlethwaite
Published Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK : The Boydell Press, 2020
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Series Music in Britain, 1600-2000, 2053-3217
Music in Britain, 1600-2000.
Contents Frontcover -- Contents -- List of Illustrations -- List of Abbreviations -- Note on Online Supplement -- Introduction -- PART I The Grays -- 1. Beginnings -- Antecedents -- Training -- Workshop -- New premises -- Robert and William Gray, organ-builders -- Growth of the business -- Death of Robert Gray -- 2. An expanding business: William Gray -- London contracts -- Provincial organs -- Useful connections -- Gray and Son -- Last country organs -- Death of William Gray -- 3. 'That good, honest, estimable man ... John Gray' -- Enlarging the workshop -- Financial turnover, clients and stock
Crystal Palace: the Handel Festival organ -- Magnum opus: Leeds Town Hall -- Church organs and ecclesiology -- The 1860s: a new consensus -- Into the 1870s: Bolton Town Hall -- 8. Limited Company: 1877-90 -- Establishing the company -- Frederick Rothwell -- Business and output, 1877-89 -- Instruments, 1877-85 -- Decline and temporary recovery -- Crisis: the death of Frederick Davison -- Closure and a new start -- 9. Instruments: 1840-90 -- Domestic organs -- Concert organs -- Church organs -- Epilogue -- Bibliography -- Index
Site work and staff -- John Gray's earliest organs: the 1820s -- Blackburn Parish Church, 1824-32 -- The 1830s: new organs and rebuilds -- Changing fashions: the later 1830s -- Robert Gray, pedalist and mechanic -- 4. Instruments: 1772-1840 -- Introduction -- Pianofortes -- Combination organs -- Chamber organs -- Barrel organs -- Church organs -- PART II The Davisons -- 5. Frederick Davison -- Frederick Davison and the Wesleys -- Hill and Davison, organ-builders -- The German system -- Innovation and dissolution -- PART III Gray and Davison -- 6. Gray and Davison -- Partnership
Workforce and trade, 1840-9 -- The last long-compass organs -- Royal connections -- Conservatism and change: Eton and Chester -- Breaking the mould: the introduction of the 'German' plan -- Consolidation -- Dr Gauntlett again -- St George's Hall, Liverpool -- John Gray: final years and death -- 7. Frederick Davison: 'a very straightforward and respectable tradesman' -- Liverpool branch -- London trade and workshop, 1849-77 -- New developments: the Great Exhibition, 1851 -- Henry Smart and Glasgow City Hall -- Magdalen College, Oxford: the influence of the concert organ
Summary The London firm of Gray (later Gray and Davison) was one of Britain's leading organ-makers between the 1790s and the 1880s
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 523-536) and index
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Subject Gray & Davison -- History
Organ (Musical instrument) -- Construction -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century
Organ (Musical instrument) -- Construction -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1787446670
9781787446670