Compositional Process

Russell Stinson

in Bach: The Orgelbüchlein

Published in print December 1999 | ISBN: 9780193862142
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853106 | DOI:
Compositional Process

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Compositional process in Bach's instrumental music is perforce a little explored phenomenon. While numerous composing scores as well sketches from his vocal music have survived, few such sources for the instrumental works are extant. Furthermore, there are relatively few extant composing scores of any kind by Bach from the first thirty-five years of his life. Thus the autograph of the Orgelbüchlein, which contains not one but evidently over twenty composing scores, is a potentially rich fount of information about Bach's compositional methods. The only work of any significance on compositional process in the Orgelbüchlein is found in the Kritischer Bericht of Heinz-Hazard Löhlein's edition for the Neue Bach-Ausgabe, which lists most of the compositional revisions in the autograph, measure by measure, piece by piece.

Keywords: perforce; vocal music; scores; Löhlein; Kritischer Bericht

Chapter.  7778 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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