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Mendelssohn As Editor Of Bach's Organ Music

Wm. A. Little

in Mendelssohn and the Organ

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780195394382
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199863556 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195394382.003.0007
Mendelssohn As Editor Of Bach's Organ Music

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This chapter shows that Mendelssohn's achievements as an editor of Bach's organ music were both innovative and important. In collaboration with Marx he was the first to edit and publish some of Bach's most important free organ works, including what is unquestionably Bach's most famous work for the instrument, the Toccata and Fugue in D Minor (BWV 565). Moreover, he was the first to publish the Orgelbüchlein — although he never referred to it as such — and to bring the bulk of Bach's “Great Eighteen” chorale preludes, as well as two partitas, before the public. In terms of his editorial thinking, Mendelssohn also deserves credit not only as a pioneer in presenting unembellished scores but also for the way in which he resolutely defended and justified his editorial stance.

Keywords: Mendelssohn; organists; organ music; J. S. Bach; Adolph Bernhard Marx

Chapter.  9236 words. 

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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