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

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

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by Russell Stinson
     
 

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"The Reception of Bach's Organ Works from Mendelssohn to Brahms represents a significant contribution to the literature on the so-called Bach revival. Stinson considers biographical research as well as musical evidence to arrive at a host of new and often startling conclusions about precisely which pieces served as compositional exemplars and which ones were… See more details below

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"The Reception of Bach's Organ Works from Mendelssohn to Brahms represents a significant contribution to the literature on the so-called Bach revival. Stinson considers biographical research as well as musical evidence to arrive at a host of new and often startling conclusions about precisely which pieces served as compositional exemplars and which ones were especially valued as study and performance repertoire. Replete with intriguing anecdotes, his study includes detailed observations on how these composers annotated their personal copies of Bach's organ works." Featuring a wealth of material previously unavailable in English, Stinson's up-to-date examination fills a gap in our understanding of how Bach's works were rediscovered by the musical public in the nineteenth century. Meticulously annotated and indexed, the book features numerous musical examples and facsimile plates as well as an exhaustive bibliography. Included in an appendix is Brahms's hitherto unpublished study score of the Fantasy in G Major, BWV 572. This book should be read by anyone interested in the organ, the music of Bach, or the musical culture of the nineteenth century.

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"Stinson presents a well-focused study of a narrow field, making the book attractive to amateur musicians and Bach enthusiasts." —Music and Letters

"The chief strength of the monograph, as one might expect from Stinson's earlier books, is its detailed discussions of musical texts and their transmission." -James Garratt, University of Manchester

"This fascinating study combines history, biography, and musical analysis in revealing the signal importance of J. S. Bach's organ music in the lives and work of Mendelssohn, Schumann, Liszt, and Brahms. Conversely, it defines the crucial role of these four masters in the Bach renaissance of the 19th century. Stinson's splendid book is absorbing, eminently readable, and arguably the most impressive contribution yet to the growing field of Bach reception."—Robert L. Marshall, Sachar Professor of Music emeritus, Brandeis University

"Stinson takes us on a stimulating and often surprising journey through countless sources recording the infectious enthusiasm that Mendelssohn, Schumann, Liszt, and Brahms felt for Bach's organ music. Many of these materials, together with the insights that Stinson derives from them, are entirely new, and throughout we gain a vivid impression of what it must have been like to encounter Bach's organ music for the first time. Stinson's book will surely teach us that music from that past need not be relegated to an exhausted, mummified state, and that our changing perspectives—just like those of these nineteenth-century pioneers—furnish us with the enduring potential to experience it afresh and thereby stimulate our own creative potential."—John Butt, Gardiner Professor of Music, University of Glasgow

"This book will captivate you and hold your attention as it takes you on a journey into the minds and lives of four early receiveres and promoters of the Bach tradition." —CrossAccent

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ISBN-13:
9780199747030
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/13/2010
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

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