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Bach : The Orgelbuchlein - Russell Stinson


The Orgelbuchlein

Paperback Published: 1st January 2000
ISBN: 9780193862142
Number Of Pages: 224

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This is the first book-length study of the OrgelbA1/4chlein, the masterful collection of organ chorales by Johann Sebastian Bach. This 'Little Organ Book' is regarded by Bach scholars as one of the composer's most important achievements and by organ scholars as a milestone in the development of the chorale. In this lucid and absorbing book Russell Stinson, himself an organist, examines the collection from a range of historical and analytical perspectives in a way that will resonate with not only organists and scholars but the average concert-goer or CD-buyer with an interest in the instrument and its music.
The books begins with a discussion of Bach's reasons for compiling the collection and his original plans to create a comprehensive set of 164 chorales. Stinson then examines the composer's compositional process in the collection and considers the music in its historical context with attention to each of the three types of chorale: the melody chorale, the ornamental chorale, and the chorale canon. In the next chapters the author looks at each of the forty-six individual compositions, illuminating the structure of each and tracing the evolution through the set of Bach's concept of chorale. The book concludes with a discussion of the OrgelbA1/4chlein's reception from the eighteenth century to the present. The appendix includes a complete score of the chorale 'Ich ruf zu dir' as arranged by C.P.E. Bach and a list of published transcriptions of the chorales for other instruments.

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"All organists will benefit from reading this."--Early Music Review

The Orgelbuchlein Projectp. 1
Compositional Processp. 35
The Music in Its Historical Contextp. 59
The Early Choralesp. 77
The Middle Choralesp. 101
The Late Choralesp. 133
Receptionp. 145
"Ich Ruf Zu Dir, Herr Jesu Christ," Bwv Anh. 73p. 169
Transcriptions of Orgelbuchlein Choralesp. 175
Notesp. 181
Bibliographyp. 189
General Indexp. 199
Index to Cited Works of Bachp. 205
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ISBN: 9780193862142
ISBN-10: 019386214X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 1st January 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.42 x 15.6  x 1.73
Weight (kg): 0.36