Organ Music from the Great War

James Garratt (Performer)

Research output: Non-textual formWeb publication/site


My multi-media research project ‘Organ Music from the Great War’ is running from 2014 through to 2018. While it embraces conventional textual outputs, it centres on live performances and on music videos, disseminated through a dedicated webpage and YouTube channel:

Textual outputs include a refereed paper ‘“Ein gute Wehr und Waffen”: Apocalyptic and Redemptive Narratives in Organ Music from the Great War’, Music and War from the French Revolution to World War I, ed. Étienne Jardin (Turnhout: Brepols, 2016).

As well as scholarly outputs, the project has generated outputs targeted at the general public. The YouTube channel currently features around 60 music videos (each of which includes a textual commentary); by the time it is complete this number will have increased to over 80, making it a unique musical resource for historians, musicologists and listeners interested in the First World War. Much of the material has not been recorded before, or indeed played since the period 1914–18.

So far the channel has attracted over 35,000 views and numerous favourable responses, e.g.
‘I just discovered your channel and work today, it is an outstanding contribution to both the music and the historical context of the music. Your playing is superb, and I appreciate all the effort this has taken. […] Thank you so much for all this wonderful music making and history. (‘MrCooksHistoryClass’, September 2018)

'As with the entire series, the excellence of the music (much of it sadly neglected), the performance, the presentation (always superbly interesting images) and the information on the music itself and the many hundreds of hours work bringing it all together, combine to make an absolutely invaluable contribution to the history of a conflict and an epoch through its music. Sincere thanks.' (‘daumesnil1000’, September 2018)

As a result of the project, numerous individuals and organizations (including Salisbury Cathedral, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Kloosterkerk in The Hague) have drawn on my advice in devising war-related concert programmes.

Original languageEnglish
Media of outputOnline
Publication statusPublished - 11 Nov 2014


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