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J. S. Bach at His Royal Instrument

Russell Stinson

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199917235
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980321 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199917235.001.0001
J. S. Bach at His Royal Instrument

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This book is an investigation into Johann Sebastian Bach’s compositions for the organ. It provides numerous new perspectives on the stylistic orientation and historical context of these masterpieces. The study opens with a consideration of recent scholarship, a discussion that culminates in an edition of a previously unpublished fugue by the Bach pupil Schübler. Based on Bach’s “Little” Fugue in G Minor, Schübler’s work suggests that the subject of Bach’s fugue is not an original melody but is borrowed from a folk song. The next chapter involves Bach’s use of the “varied Stollen” in over twenty of his chorale preludes, a hitherto unexplored topic that bears implications for the entire corpus of baroque organ chorales. The remainder of the book concerns the diverse ways in which Bach’s organ works have been received from the composer’s own lifetime to the present. Individual chapters are devoted to Felix Mendelssohn as a performer; to Robert Schumann as an editor and critic; to César Franck as a performer, pedagogue, and composer; and to Edward Elgar as a performer, critic, and transcriber. A final chapter explores the reception of particular pieces not only by various luminaries from the realm of classical music but also within such disparate contexts as film, literature, politics, and rock music.

Keywords: Bach; Elgar; Franck; Mendelssohn; organ; reception; Schübler; Schumann

Book.  240 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Applied Music

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Studies and Discoveries in J. S. Bach at His Royal Instrument

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Bach and the Varied Stollen in J. S. Bach at His Royal Instrument

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César Franck as a Receptor of Bach's Organ Works in J. S. Bach at His Royal Instrument

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Edward Elgar as a Receptor of Bach's Organ Works in J. S. Bach at His Royal Instrument

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Aspects of Reception from Bach's Day to the Present in J. S. Bach at His Royal Instrument

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