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Title: The historical position and reception of J. S. Bach's 'Great Eighteen' and Orgelbüchlein Choralvorspiele, 1750-1850
Author: Mills, Ian
ISNI:       0000 0004 6059 4840
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2016
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The near-century hiatus between the publication of J. S. Bach's Clovierubung III (1739) and Sechs Chorale von verschiedener Art (c.1747), and the posthumous issuing of his remaining anthologies of organ Choralvorspiele—the Orgelbuchlein and 'Great Eighteen' (1845-46)—has contributed to the impression that his chorale-based organ repertoire endured a period of dormancy in the late-18’1' century prior to a resurgence as part of the wider Bach 'revival' in the early decades of the 1800s. In challenging certain aspects of this 'death and resurrection' paradigm, this thesis attempts to shed new light on this research area by considering the reception of Bach's unpublished organ chorale preludes as separate theoretical and practical phenomena. An examination of theoretical treatises, encyclopedic and lexicographical sources, and periodicals seeks to establish the changing historical position of the Lutheran chorale and its related sub-genres in the minds of those 18th-century performers, worshippers, theorists and enthusiasts who interacted with the genre. Secondly, beginning with Breitkopf s landmark publication of J. S. Bach's Choral-Vorspiele fur die Orgel mit einem und zwey Klavieren und Pedal in Leipzig ([1800]—06), the practical reception of these collections is considered as being characterised by the increased availability of this repertoire in print. The publication of near-complete volumes in Leipzig and London by Felix Mendelssohn in 1845-46 invites a particular emphasis on the simultaneous rise of liturgical and quasi-liturgical performances in England. Reevaluating this 'revival', this study focuses on two hitherto uninvestigated strands, namely: notable patterns in the dissemination of manuscript sources which suggest the heightened popularity of some individual works above others; and the activities of those key personalities who ensured an afterlife for these settings as marketable collections.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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