David Tannenberg, Organ Builder

Chapter 10: Philip T. D. Cooper

Philip T. D. Cooper, a native of Maryland, has devoted the majority of his time to the study of 17th and 18th century keyboard repertoire with the applications of antique keyboard playing practices. Special attention has been given to the repertoire of the Central German Organ School and in particular, the works of Johann Pachelbel and his students. He has given numerous recitals on important historic organs and his playing has been broadcast throughout the United States by the Minnesota Public Radio. For the last two decades, he has worked extensively to study and document the old Pennsylvania-German organs and in that time, he has performed many recitals on these instruments. His extensive experience with these organs has enabled him to serve as a consultant to both churches and historical societies for the restoration of their antique instruments. He has also appeared as a lecturer and presenter at various symposiums and conventions. In addition, he has accomplished extensive research into early American keyboard music; often performing this music in recitals. In the summer of 2003, he designed, created and sponsored a web page devoted to David Tannenberg as well as some of his followers bringing together much scholarly research and information and making this available to the general public.



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