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The Early Chorales

Russell Stinson

in Bach: The Orgelbüchlein

Published in print December 1999 | ISBN: 9780193862142
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853106 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780193862142.003.0004
The Early Chorales

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Not all performers may realize that, despite instructions given in modern editions, the alto can be easily played throughout by the right hand, something that cannot be said of most melody chorales in the Orgelbüchlein. Other factors that contribute to ease of performance are the chordal texture and the easy key. It is hard to think of an Orgelbüchlein chorale that falls more naturally under the fingers and feet. A further example of an Orgelbüchlein-type, “Durch Adams Fall” is a work of great profundity and originality, especially in terms of textual-musical relationships. There is perhaps no other chorale setting, instrumental or vocal, whose music so clearly and effectively symbolizes its text.

Keywords: alto; chordal; Orgelbüchlein-type; Durch Adams Falls; choral texture

Chapter.  6181 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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