The Organs of J.S. Bach

The Organs of J.S. Bach : A Handbook

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The Organs of J. S. Bach is a comprehensive and fascinating guide to the organs encountered by Bach throughout Germany in his roles as organist, concert artist, examiner, teacher, and visitor. Newly revised and updated, the book's entries are listed alphabetically by geographical location, from Arnstadt to Zschortau, providing an easy-to-reference overview. Includes detailed organ-specific information: high-quality color photographs each instrument's history, its connection to Bach, and its disposition as Bach would have known it architectural histories of the churches housing the instruments identification of church organists Lynn Edwards Butler's graceful translation of Christoph Wolff and Markus Zepf's volume incorporates new research and many corrections and updates to the original German edition. Bibliographical references are updated to include English-language sources, and the translation includes an expanded essay by Christoph Wolff on Bach as organist, organ composer, and organ expert. The volume includes maps, a timeline of organ-related events, transcriptions of Bach's organ reports, a guide to examining organs attributed to Saxony's most famous organ builder Gottfried Silbermann, and biographical information on organ builders. Publication of this volume is supported by the American Bach Society.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 168 x 216 x 22mm | 748.42g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 36 colour photographs, 28 b&w photographs, 3 maps, 70 tables
  • 0252036840
  • 9780252036842

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"Replete with organ specifications, high-quality photographs, and lists of bibliographic sources. Highly recommended."--Choice "We now have an English translation of the most comprehensive study of the Bach organs. This is a vital resource that will enrich the lives of many, and it provides an enlightening and exciting venture into the Bach realm."--Jack Mitchener, Oberlin College "Elegant and readily portable as 'a travel companion for the suitcase.'"--American Record Guide "This English translation and expansion of Wolff and Zeph's earlier research will be welcomed by all, but especially by performers, organ lovers, and those whose ability to glean technical details from German is less than idea."--Fontes Artis Musicaeshow more

About Christoph Wolff

Christoph Wolff is Adams University Professor at Harvard University and director of the Bach Archive in Leipzig. Markus Zepf, a musicologist and organist, is on the staff of the Germanic National Museum in Nuremberg. Lynn Edwards Butler, who has published numerous articles on the organ, is a practicing organist with special expertise in restored baroque organs in north and central Germany.show more

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