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The Organs of J.S. Bach: A Handbook
by Christoph Wolff and Markus Zepf
translated by Lynn Edwards Butler
University of Illinois Press, 2012
eISBN: 978-0-252-09391-3 | Cloth: 978-0-252-03684-2 | Paper: 978-0-252-07845-3
Library of Congress Classification ML576.3.W6613 2012
Dewey Decimal Classification 786.51943


The Organs of J. S. Bach is a comprehensive and fascinating guide to the organs encountered by Bach throughout Germany in his roles as organist, concert artist, examiner, teacher, and visitor. Newly revised and updated, the book's entries are listed alphabetically by geographical location, from Arnstadt to Zschortau, providing an easy-to-reference overview.


Includes detailed organ-specific information:

high-quality color photographs

each instrument's history, its connection to Bach, and its disposition as Bach would have known it

architectural histories of the churches housing the instruments

identification of church organists


Lynn Edwards Butler's graceful translation of Christoph Wolff and Markus Zepf's volume incorporates new research and many corrections and updates to the original German edition. Bibliographical references are updated to include English-language sources, and the translation includes an expanded essay by Christoph Wolff on Bach as organist, organ composer, and organ expert.


The volume includes maps, a timeline of organ-related events, transcriptions of Bach's organ reports, a guide to examining organs attributed to Saxony's most famous organ builder Gottfried Silbermann, and biographical information on organ builders.


Publication of this volume is supported by the American Bach Society.

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