Title

Bach's Organ Sonatas: A Short Historical Survey

Publication Year

1954

Keywords

Music, sonatas, organ, Bach, music performance

Disciplines

Music | Music Education | Music Performance

Abstract

The Six Organ Sonatas of J.S. Bach, since their conception, have held a rather unique place in organ literature. This is true because they are certainly unlike anything that has been or ever will be produced in the trio style.

There are many who believe that these works should not be designated as organ sonatas because they were conceived for a two manual cembalo with pedals. The reason for playing them on the cembalo was obviously the cost of maintaining an organ blower, hence all technical preparation for the organ was made on this instrument. In any case, it is o little importance whether they were meant for organ or clavier, they are without doubt among the most profound of Bach's works.

Department 1 Awarding Honors Status

Music

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