By Russell Stinson
During this penetrating examine, Russell Stinson explores how 4 of the best composers of the 19th century--Felix Mendelssohn, Robert Schumann, Franz Liszt, and Johannes Brahms--responded to the version of Bach's organ song. the writer exhibits that this quadrumvirate not just borrowed from Bach's organ works in growing their very own masterpieces, even if for keyboard, voice, orchestra, or chamber ensemble, yet that additionally they reacted considerably to the track as performers, editors, theorists, and lecturers. in addition, the publication unearths how those 4 titans prompted each other as "receptors" of this repertory and the way their mutual acquaintances--especially Clara Schumann--contributed in addition.
As the 1st entire dialogue of this subject ever tried, Stinson's ebook represents an immense leap forward within the literature at the so-called Bach revival. He considers biographical in addition to musical facts to reach at a number of recent and occasionally startling conclusions. jam-packed with interesting anecdotes, the examine additionally comprises special observations on how those composers annotated their own copies of Bach's organ works.
Stinson's publication is totally up to date and gives a lot fabric formerly unavailable in English. it truly is meticulously annotated and listed, and it beneficial properties quite a few musical examples and facsimile plates in addition to an exhaustive bibliography. incorporated in an appendix is Brahms's hitherto unpublished learn rating of the fable in G significant, BWV 572. Engagingly written, this examine could be learn through someone in any respect attracted to the track of Bach or the track of the 19th century.