Bach and the Varied Stollen

Russell Stinson

in J. S. Bach at His Royal Instrument

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199917235
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980321 | DOI:
Bach and the Varied Stollen

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This chapter investigates Bach's use of the “varied Stollen” in over twenty of his chorale preludes. He tended to employ this technique during his youth and early adulthood, when he was composing under the influence of the North German organ school, and he utilized it in highly diverse and imaginative ways. For the most part, the compositional procedures involved are ornamentation, re-harmonization, invertible counterpoint, and the migration of the chorale tune from one voice to another.

Keywords: Bach; chorale; counterpoint; German; organ; ornamentation; Stollen

Chapter.  5203 words. 

Subjects: Applied Music

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