J. S. Bach’s ‘Orgelbüchlein’ : my lockdown recordings 2020-22

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, and arranged according to the Church’s calendar. The collection would serve Bach not only in church services but also in his teaching. Alas, the project remained incomplete at the composer’s death.
      I made these recordings during the UK’s various Covid-related restrictions of 2020–22. The earlier recordings recordings were made for use as part of live-streamed church services. Although that need is no longer pressing, 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.

Recordings ©Andrew Pink. All rights reserved.
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Advent

Christmas

Epiphany

Purification

Passiontide

Easter

Pentecost

Catechism

General

Technical notes.
– Edition: Johann Sebastian 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
– Recordings: ©Andrew Pink. All rights reserved.

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