Chapter

Reception History

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/9780195116663.003.0005
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This chapter studies the “reception” of the Great Eighteen chorales. In a musical context, the term “reception history” implies the study of compositions as mirrored in the reactions of critics, artists, and audiences. Specifically, the “reception history” is interpreted in the broadest sense of the term, encompassing any evidence that bears on how the Great Eighteen have been received over the years. Accordingly, it examines, in addition to aesthetic responses, such themes as the collection's dissemination in manuscript and printed form, its use as a model for transcriptions, its performance history, and its influence on composers. Johannes Brahms, Cesar Franck, Felix Mendelssohn, Max Reger, Arnold Schoenberg, Robert Schumann, and Ralph Vaughan Williams are some of the great composers in music history that enjoyed the Great Eighteen.

Keywords: Great Eighteen; chorale; reception history; Johannes Brahms; Cesar Franck; Felix Mendelssohn; Max Reger; Arnold Schoenberg; Robert Schumann; Ralph Vaughan Williams

Chapter.  8584 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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