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Bach Perspectives, Volume 10Bach and the Organ$
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Matthew Dirst

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040191

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040191.001.0001

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Miscellaneous Organ Trios from Bach’s Leipzig Workshop

Miscellaneous Organ Trios from Bach’s Leipzig Workshop

(p.39) Miscellaneous Organ Trios from Bach’s Leipzig Workshop
Bach Perspectives, Volume 10

George B. Stauffer

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines various independent trio movements that Johann Sebastian Bach either composed or transcribed, probably prior to the composition of the Six Sonatas for organ. The Six Trio Sonatas for Organ, BWV 525–530, were assembled for the use of Bach’s oldest son, ilhelm Friedemann, to give final polish to his organ technique. This chapter first describes the Six Trio Sonatas before discussing Bach’s miscellaneous free organ trios in more detail. It then considers Bach’s Leipzig workshop and suggests that the miscellaneous organ trios and Six Sonata variants represent a unified repertory arising from a single period of activity in Leipzig: 1725 to 1730 or so. Aside from serving as preparatory exercises for the Six Sonatas, the organ trios were used as display pieces for demonstrating the chamber music registers of the progressive Central German organ, as well as a teaching material for students like Johann Tobias Krebs and Gottfried August Homilius.

Keywords:   trio movements, Johann Sebastian Bach, organ, Six Trio Sonatas for Organ, free organ trios, workshop, Johann Tobias Krebs, Gottfried August Homilius, chamber music

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