Concentrating on ten instruments by Quakertown, Pennsylvania, organbuilder Chalres F. Durner (1838-1914) and his son Charles E. Durner (1863-1932), the author sets out to sutdy the organists who played them, their families and students, triumphs and tragedies. In doing so she weaves a tapestry of human relationships and musical accomplishments. Many of those musicians who trained on Durner instruments went on to achieve prominence as musical directors of important churches or as concert organists. Mrs. Jahnsen asks, �Was it the work of Durner and the speech of his instruments that motivated os many seriously to study music?�

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