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The Reception of Bach's Organ Works from Mendelssohn to Brahms

Russell Stinson


Bach's music has made an indelible mark on all those who compose for the organ, and in the 19th century, Bach's music was revived, revered, and brought to life for a musical public. This study examines how four major composers of the 19th century—Felix Mendelssohn, Robert Schumann, Franz Liszt, and Johannes Brahms—responded to the model of Bach's organ music. Whether for keyboard, voice, orchestra, or chamber ensemble, these composers not only borrowed from Bach's organ works in creating their own masterpieces, but also reacted significantly to the music as performers, editors, theorists, and ... More

Keywords: Bach revival, Felix Mendelssohn, Robert Schumann, Franz Liszt, Johannes Brahms, Bach's organ music, Clara Schumann, compositional exemplars, receptors, Fantasy in G Major

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195171099
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195171099.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Russell Stinson, author
Lyon College