"This book is the best single source of information about American organ building and the content is clearly presented. There are wonderful quotations from prime sources and many photographs and stop-lists." —American Music Teacher
From the Spanish mission days of the 17th century to the present, the organ mirrors to a remarkable degree its social, economic, and cultural setting. Immigration, wars, industrial growth, the availability of electricity, the popularity of orchestral music, and the invention of the phonograph and of the player piano all had a part in determining the course of American organ history.