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JS Bach The Great Organ Works


Whilst organist at Arnstadt, Bach requested four weeks' leave to walk to Lubeck (some 300km) in order to hear Dietrich Buxtehude, then the greatest organist in Germany. Much of Bach's early organ works show the influence of the older man, but a more dynamic style, and one with a great sense of continuity, was forged, once again, as a result of Bach's contact with the music of Vivaldi. Bach composed a wide range of organ works, of which the best known and most exciting are the spectacular fugues, often preceded by a short prelude or a more vituosic toccata. (Though the most well-loved and oft-played example, the Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, is thought by most modern scholars to be neither by Bach nor originally written for the organ.) Closer to the heart of the Lutheran Church tradition are the chorales and chorale preludes, works based on the unaccompanied hymns sung by the congregation and played as introductions to them: Bach's ability to create florid improvisations on these simple tunes drew complaints from his congregation on more than one occasion.


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