Russell Stinson

in Bach: The Orgelbüchlein

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

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The reception of the Orgelbüchlein begins with Bach himself, because he was the chief catalyst in the collection's early transmission. He accomplished this role by instructing his private keyboard pupils to copy the chorales and by allowing colleagues to make copies as well. As is well known, Bach taught his own works to his keyboard pupils, and the pupils prepared manuscript copies of these works during the period of instruction; these pupils, in turn, taught these same works to their pupils, who subsequently taught the works to their pupils, and so forth. It was primarily by means of this “pupils-of-pupils” legacy that Bach's keyboard music was disseminated in the 18th century, and the Orgelbüchlein was no exception.

Keywords: keyboard pupils; manuscript; keyboard music; legacy; transmission

Chapter.  8047 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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