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 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 made these recordings during the UK’s various Covid-related restrictions of 2020–22, initially this was for use by a local church at the conclusion of its Sunday services, then being live-streamed online. 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.

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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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Ein guter neuer Dantz

Renaissance dance music: 1577-1629

During the Christmas and New Year period 2016-17 I found myself playing the organ at a variety of venues here and there across London. As part of my seasonal  offering I decided to try out a newly acquired set of nine renaissance-era dances edited for keyboard by Hans Haselböck under the title Ein guter neuer Dantz (Wiesbaden: Breitkopf & Härtel, 1989). I was pleasantly surprised by the number of people who having heard these little pieces came up to me both to comment how much they enjoyed them and to ask about them. So, without more ado, here below are the basic details and some basic home-made recordings of them.

Keyboards: Andrew Pink's practice organ.
Keyboards: Andrew Pink’s practice organ.

The instrument used here is my own practice organ, which for this project is tuned to a period-appropriate quarter-comma meantime (pure thirds) temperament, set lower than present-day concert pitch at A-427. The pieces, as they are published, are either in G or F and make playful use of  of F\F-sharp and C\C-sharp contrasts, which add spice to the already piquant quarter-comma temperament. However, despite such talk of temperament and pitch, I lay no claim to an historically informed style in presenting these brief and unpretentious dance-pieces but hope that you too might find something to enjoy in them.

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