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Bach: The Orgelbüchlein

Russell Stinson


This is a book-length study of the Orgelbüchlein, the masterly collection of organ chorales by Johann Sebastian Bach. This “Little Organ Book” is regarded by Bach scholars as one of the composer's most important achievements and by organ scholars as a milestone in the development of the chorale. The book examines the collection from a range of historical and analytical perspectives in a way that resonates. The book begins with a discussion of Bach's reasons for compiling the collection and his original plans to create a comprehensive set of 164 chorales. The book then examines the composer's c ... More

Keywords: Orgelbüchlein, organ chorales, Johann Sebastian Bach, compositional process, melody chorale, ornamental chorale, chorale canon, C. P. E. Bach

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780193862142
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780193862142.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Russell Stinson, author
Lyon College