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The Organs of J. S. Bach


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An expansive tour of the instruments that Bach knew

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Christoph Wolff is Adams University Professor at Harvard University and director of the Bach Archive in Leipzig. Markus Zepf, a musicologist and organist, is on the staff of the Germanic National Museum in Nuremberg. Lynn Edwards Butler, who has published numerous articles on the organ, is a practicing organist with special expertise in restored baroque organs in north and central Germany.


"We now have an English translation of the most comprehensive study of the Bach organs. This is a vital resource that will enrich the lives of many, and it provides an enlightening and exciting venture into the Bach realm." Jack Mitchener, Oberlin College "Replete with organ specifications, high-quality photographs, and lists of bibliographic sources. Highly recommended."--Choice "An easily readable and usable collection of information about organs related to Bach. This elegant and accurate translation fills a clear and present need for scholars, organists, musicologists, and the interested general public."--Joel Speerstra, author of Bach and the Pedal Clavichord: An Organist's Guide "Original instruments are the subject of Lynne Edward Butler's translation of Christoph Wolff and Markus Zepf's Die Orgeln J.S. Bachs (2008), which lists each organ Bach knew or was likely to have played during half a century or more... The book's German original is now updated and presented in a very readable English complete with good scene-setting, excellent pictures, indexes, lists, and bibliography." - Peter Williams, Times Literary Supplement, November 2012 "English speakers will be delighted at the appearance of the Wolff/Zepf study in a translation of considerable nuance by the American organist and baroque organ scholar, Lynn Edwards Butler, published with the support of the American Bach Society. As with the German original, one will find here an introductory essay on Bach in his multidimensional roles as organ performer, composer, and consultant; a biographical sketch set out as a timeline; and three maps...[A] treasury of information smartly organised and compactly exhibited...The book will prove an invaluable as a ready reference tool, as the Handbook of the title suggests." - Journal of the British Institute of Organ Studies

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