J. S. Bach’s ‘Orgelbüchlein’ : my lockdown recordings

J S BachJ. S. Bach’s Orgelbüchlein (BWV 599–644) is a set of 45 short organ pieces that were composed over several decades from 1704 onwards. Bach’s idea was to assemble 164 works in a variety of styles all based on pre-existing Lutheran hymn-tunes associated with each season of the church year. This collection would serve not only for liturgical use but also as a pedagogical resource. Alas, the project remained incomplete at the composer’s death.
        I began recording these pieces during the UK Covid–pandemic lockdown of 2020–21 for use by a local church at the conclusion of its Sunday services, then being live-streamed online. Although that need is past, I continue to work my way through Orgelbüchlein, recording the results here.
          For some of my other lockdown recordings go to: Exordia ad missam’: my lockdown recordings.







Suggested  reading
Peter Williams.The Organ Music of J. S. Bach. Second edition.(Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003)

Technical notes.
– Edition: Johann Sebastien Bach Orgelbüchlein. Series: Neue Ausgabe sämtlicher Werke. IV/i (Kassel ; London : Bärenreiter 1987)
– Temperament: Werckmeister III; pitch A=440

– Organ: Viscount Sonus 60
– Microphone: Zoom Q2N-4K

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