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Weimarer Orgeltabulatur. Johann Sebastian Bach's earliest music manuscripts, and copies by his pupil Johann Martin Schubart
With works by Dietrich Buxtehude, Johann Adam Reinken and Johann Pachelbel
By Johann Sebastian Bach

With works by Dietrich Buxtehude, Johann Adam Reinken and Johann Pachelbel. Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Edited by Michael Maul and Peter Wollny. Paperback. Mit Werken von Dietrich Buxtehude, Johann Adam Reinken und Johann Pachelbel. Performance score. Baerenreiter Verlag #BA05248. Published by Baerenreiter Verlag (BA.BA05248).

Item Number: BA.BA05248

ISBN 9790006534685. 30 x 23 cm inches.

In contrast to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, very little was known about Johann Sebastian Bach’s early years until recently. His early works, such as the cantata “Christ lag in Todesbanden ” and the famous Toccata in D minor, reveal a composer who achieved mastery at a young age but not the route to this status.

In Weimar , Peter Wollny and Michael Maul have discovered copies of works by Dietrich Buxtehude and Johann Adam Reinken made by Bach between the ages of twelve and fifteen.

This publication contains facsimiles followed by a transcription of the original tablature notation as a critical edition. It includes an extensive foreword which describes the source and the likely conditions in which Bach made the transcriptions. This publication provides the first reliable edition of Reinken’s “An Wasserflüssen Babylon” and the earliest source of Buxtehude’s “Nun freut euch , lieben Christen g’mein ”. Two chorale preludes by Pachelbel set the performing practice scene of the time; the numerous ornaments are probably even by Bach himself.

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  • September 17, 2019 Pretty good

    This is a scholar’s big find. Bach’s earliest transcriptions of J.A. Reincken, Pachelbel and Buxtehude. Aside from a new interpretation of Reincken’s “An Wasserflussen Babylon” I didn’t find much of the pieces that exciting save for the last piece, Pachelbel’s “Fugue”. Others may find...

    the other transcriptions worthy of performance, but I did not. Overall, though, a great find for musicologists, especially.

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