J.S. Bach's Great Eighteen Organ Chorales

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Oxford University Press, Mar 27, 2003 - Music - 192 pages
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On the 250th anniversary of the composer's death, this volume offers an in-depth look at the "Great Eighteen" organ chorales, among the most celebrated works for organ, and a milestone in the history of the chorale. Addressed to organists, scholars, and general listeners alike, this lucid and engaging book examines the music from a wide spectrum of historical and analytical perspectives.

Stinson examines the models used by Bach in conceiving the original pieces, his subsequent compilation of these works into a collection, and his compositional process as preserved by the autograph manuscript. Himself an accomplished organist, Stinson also considers various issues of performance practice and concludes with a discussion of the music's reception--its dissemination in manuscript and printed form, its performance history, and its influence on later composers. Completely up-to-date and presenting a wealth of new material, much of it translated into English for the first time, this study will open up fresh perspectives on some of the composer's greatest creations.
 

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Contents

COMPOSITIONAL MODELS AND MUSICAL STYLE
3
The Chorale Motet
4
The Chorale Partita
6
The Ornamental Chorale
8
The Cantus Firmus Chorale
16
The Chorale Trio
20
THE GENESIS OF THE COLLECTION
29
The Autograph Manuscript
30
Nun komm der Heiden Heiland Come Now Savior of the Heathen BWV 659
87
Nun komm der Heiden Heiland Come Now Savior of the Heathen BWV 660
89
Nun komm der Heiden Heiland Come Now Savior of the Heathen BWV 661
95
Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr Alone to God on High Be Honor BWV 662
96
Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr Alone to God on High Be Honor BWV 663
97
Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr Alone to God on High Be Honor BWV 664
100
Jesus Christus unser Heiland Jesus Christ Our Savior BWV 665
101
Jesus Christus unser Heiland Jesus Christ Our Savior BWV 666
102

Compositional Process
38
SIGNIFICANCE
55
Function and Purpose
56
The Structure of the Collection
63
THE MUSIC AND ITS PERFORMANCE
75
komm Heiliger Geist Herre Gott Come Holy Ghost Lord God BWV 652
76
An Wasserflüssen Babylon By the Waters of Babylon BWV 653
78
Schmücke dich o liebe Seele Adorn Yourself O Dear Soul BWV 654
80
Herr Jesu Christ dich zu uns wend Lord Jesus Christ Turn to Us BWV 655
82
O Lamm Gottes unschuldig O Lamb of God Innocently Slaughtered BWV 656
83
Nun danket alle Gott Let Everyone Now Thank God BWV 657
85
Komm Gott Schöpfer Heiliger Geist Come God Creator Holy Ghost BWV 667
103
Vor deinen Thron tret ich hiermit Before Your Throne 1 Now Appear BWV 668
104
RECEPTION HISTORY
107
The Eighteenth Century
108
The Nineteenth Century
113
The Twentieth Century
127
Notes
133
Bibliography
149
Index
164
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Russell Stinson is the Josephine Emily Brown Professor of Music and College Organist at Lyon College in Arkansas.

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