Chapter

Significance

Russell Stinson

in J. S. Bach's Great Eighteen Organ Chorales

Published in print February 2001 | ISBN: 9780195116663
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199848959 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195116663.003.0003
Significance

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This chapter discusses the issues that the word “significance” might imply in the liturgical and organological context of the music, the role it played in Bach's evolution as a composer, and Bach's criteria for ordering the works as he did when he brought them together as a collection. Bach composed most of the Great Eighteen, like the majority of his organ works, while he was organist at the Weimar court. The purpose and function of the music, as well as the structure of the Great Eighteen as a collection, are described.

Keywords: Great Eighteen; Bach; significance; music

Chapter.  6995 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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