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The Organs of J. S. Bach: A Handbook

The Organs of J. S. Bach: A Handbook [Kindle Edition]

Lynn Edwards Butler , Christoph Wolff
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"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

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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. Detailed organ-specific information includes high-quality color photographs, each instrument's history and its connection to Bach, its disposition as Bach would have known it, architectural histories of the churches housing the instruments, and identification of church organists._x000B__x000B_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._x000B__x000B_Publication of this volume is supported by the American Bach Society.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5045 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press; 1st Edition edition (28 Mar 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BF2VKV0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting, but! 24 Nov 2013
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Very nice photos, well researched and presented. However, I would have liked to see details of mixture composition, which I know is readily available for the 'well documented' instruments, in particular the use of 'tierce' ranks in mixtures. Also, I feel that it would have been appropriate to have a more 'in-depth' study of some of the famous instruments which have survived in a more-or-less original state: perhaps a Silbermann, Hildebrandt, and Trost.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 24 May 2012
By clara schumann - Published on
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This book is great! It's simple to navigate, has pretty photos and gives the specs for all the organs that Bach is known to have been associated with. It's a fantastic reference book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If this is your thing, there's none better. 12 Jan 2013
By Jon L. Albee - Published on
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As an amateur organist and avid traveler, I've found myself within earshot of several of the instruments included here. I never expected to find a guidebook dedicated to them, but here it is. And what a fantastic book it is!

There's so much good stuff in these 200 pages it's hard to know where to begin. The bulk of the book is a catalog of the churches and organs associated with J. S. Bach. There are about 30 of them, concentrated mostly in Saxony and Thuringia. Each site includes an architectural description, organ specification, organ history, FANTASTIC color photographs, and photos and facsimiles of correspondence from Bach. The book includes a glossary, instruction for how to examine an organ, and short biographies of organ builders.

The instruments featured here, as one would expect, are Baroque in design and temperament. Readers looking for any treatment of French Romantic or American Symphonic material should look elsewhere.

I would recommend the book to serious students, builders and musicians as well as enthusiasts. Basically, if you find yourself here, you should buy this book.
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful 30 Jun 2013
By Ernst Ett - Published on
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See all the marvelous instruments Bach knew, organize a Germany tour to meet them, see clearly and organize your pipe organ knowledge!
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book on this Subject I have Seen - Ever! 5 May 2013
By Johann Sebastian Bach - Published on
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Great notes by Christoph Wolff, the leading Bach scholar today. Beautiful pictures of each organ complete with histories and
specifications. Translations of recommendations for renovation written by Bach himself on organs he had tested and played.
A list of biographies of all organ builders featured in the book along wips maps, timelines and more. Written in such a way as to
appeal to both casual and professional readers as well as organists of all levels. And, also an excellent travelogue in case one plans to visit the Germay of Bach's time. A great buy - don't pass it up.
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Bach 28 Dec 2012
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An essential Bach volume for every serious student of the Bach organ literature. Wonderful photographs and background documentation of the organs that Bach played and tested.
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