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J.S. Bach Collection Book One by Gail Smith. Library Binding (June 21, 2000)

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J.S. Bach's Keyboard Technique: An Historical Introduction by Quentin Faulkner. Paperback (July 1984)

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Johann Sebastian Bach (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Composers) by Mike Venezia. Reading level: Ages 4-8. Paperback - 32 pages (August 1998)

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A brief biography of the prolific eighteenth-century composer and organist who created some of the world's greatest instrumental and religious music.

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Johann Sebastian Bach: His Work and Influence on the Music of Germany, 1685-1750 (Dover Books on Music, Music History) [UNABRIDGED] by Philipp Spitta, Clara Bell (Translator), J.A. Fuller-Maitland (Translator). Paperback - 432 pages unabrdg edition Vol 003 (January 1993)

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Johann Sebastian Bach: The Learned Musician by Christoph Wolff. Hardcover - 544 pages (March 2000)

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Johann Sebastian Bach, the Organist and His Works for the Organ by Andre Pirro. Hardcover (June 1974)

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Johann Sebastian Bach's Die Kunst Der Fuge, Bwv 1080 for Organ and Keyboard With Commentary (Studies in History and Interpretation of Music, 67) by Jan Overduin (Editor). Hardcover (April 2001)

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Johann Sebastian Bach's St. John Passion: Genesis, Transmission, and Meaning by Alfred Durr, Alfred Clayton (Translator), Johann Sebastian Bach. Hardcover (January 2001)

This book (published in German by Barenreiter in 1988 and now available in English translation for the first time) is a comprehensive guide to the genesis, transmission, structure, meaning, and performance considerations of Bach's St John Passion. One of Bach's most fascinating works, its text demonstrates a profound understanding of St John's Gospel.

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Jose De Torres's Treatise of 1736: General Rules for Accompanying on the Organ, Harpsichord, and Harp, by Knowing Only How to Sing the Part by Joseph De Torres, Paul Murphy (Translator). Paperback - 320 pages (October 2000)

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Making Music: Improvisation for Organists by Jan Overduin. Paperback - 208 pages (December 1998)

Keyboard improvisation is often considered the domain of the musical genius, a perception created no doubt by masters from Bach and Mozart to Liszt. The capacity to express one's musical thoughts spontaneously and coherently, however, presumes neither a virtuosic command of the instrument nor a sublime command of compositional theory. Assuming only an elementary background in harmony, each of Overduin's 32 lessons focuses on a specific harmonic, melodic, or structural topic designed to provoke experimentation and to develop improvisatory skills, starting with simple melodies and improvising on one or two chords. Subsequent exercises expand the harmonic vocabulary and incorporate a range of techniques including variation, ostinato, sequence, ornamentation, and figuration. Written in an engaging style and featuring numerous accessible musical exercises, Making Music is the ideal introduction to this essential skill.

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Mass in B Minor in Full Score by Johann Sebastian Bach. Paperback - 320 pages (September 1991)

Reviewer: A reader from New York
The Dover Editions offer very affordable editions of some of the masterpieces of Classical music. In this way, the J.S. Bach Mass in B minor score is no exception. Offers alternate vocal part for the "Et in unum Dominum" duet. Plenty of room on the pages for notes, analytical comments, etc. Vocal parts are written in their respective clef as the score is taken from the Bach-Gesellschaft Edition. A must for any serious student of the music of J.S. Bach.

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Method of Organ Playing by Harold Gleason, Catharine Crozier Gleason (Editor), Catharine Crozier. Hardcover - 369 pages, 8th edition (October 4, 1995)

Reviewer: Charles Sedgwick from Phoenix, AZ USA
Since the first appearance of Harold Gleason's Method of Organ Playing in 1937 it has been the most comprehensive and complete tool on the market for training first-class organists. The Gleason method is unique among books of its kind in that it has been in a continual state of evolution throughout its eight editions. The vast practical and pedagogical knowledge of Harold Gleason and his wife, concert organist Catharine Crozier Gleason is presented in the most up-to-date fashion in the current eighth edition. Every page of the book reflects both first-rate and recent scholarship as well as tried and true materials for beginning players. The lists of organ literature, the bibliography and the historical information that supplements the pedagogical portion of the book makes it a worthwhile investment for organists at all performing levels. As a beginning player I was reared at the organ with the fifth and sixth editions of the method and have returned to it often thoughout my career as a performer and teacher. Method of Organ Playing should be a must in the library of every serious organist and is a model for any kind of method or instruction book.

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My Only Comfort: Death, Deliverance, and Discipleship in the Music of Bach (Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Liturgical Studies Series) by Calvin R. Stapert. Paperback - 241 pages (March 2000)

A unique guide to the theological roots of Bach's music. The beauty of Johann Sebastian Bach's music is due in large measure to its spiritual foundations, but with the passage of time, certain keys to comprehending the spiritual roots of Bach's music have been lost. MY ONLY COMFORT helps modern listeners reconnect with Bach's music, providing in one place the tools necessary to listen to Bach's music with greater understanding. For each of Bach's text-related works discussed, Calvin Stapert provides its doctrinal and scriptural starting points, a literal translation of the text set beside the original, and commentary on the work as a whole, giving particular attention to the way the music emphasizes, illustrates, and interprets the text. No other book discusses Bach's music from this particular perspective. Written to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Bach's death, this work will be valuable to students of Bach and those interested in music history and theology.

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Organ Building and Organ Playing in France and Germany by Schweitzer. Paperback (June 1984)

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Organ Method for Young Beginners Book 1: With CD by Andrew Scott. Paperback (April 1997)

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Organ Music by Johann Sebastian Bach. Paperback - 360 pages (December 1970)

Reviewer: A reader
Six amazing Trio Sonatas, the powerful "St. Anne", pages of heartfelt Chorale preludes, all in one volume! What more could one ask for? Let's start with with a spiral binding, this book is so thick that it needed to have its spine broken in several places so sit flat. Every page turn still threatens to unbalance it and send it falling off the rack onto my hands. Speaking of page turns, I think the folks at Dover take pride in their ability to put page turns in the most inconvenient possible spots. I have no hesitations to buy a Dover score, because it's the best value for your money. However, I only use these scores to look for and try out new pieces. In the end, however, when I really want to work on a piece, I'm sure to get a copy of a good edition like Barenreiter of Henle to perform from.

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Organ Music of America II: The Boston Classicists by Gloriae Dei Cantores (April 1993)

Reviewer: A reader from Clackamas, Oregon USA
The height of entertainment in 19th Century America centered on beautiful halls, often housing large pipe organs. As the popularity of organ music grew, a small group of European-trained American composer/organists known as the "Boston Classicists" became the leading composers in America. This pleasant collection contains pieces written by John Knowles Paine, Dudley Buck, Arthur Foote, Horatio Parker, W. Eugene Thayer and George W. Chadwick--composers all well-known at the end of the 19th Century. David Chalmers and James E. Jordan, Jr. perform on the 1864 Hook organ located in Mechanics Hall, Worcester Mass. The insert booklet contains well-written notes by David Chalmers on the composers and the pieces performed. Also included is information about Mechanics Hall and the Worcester Organ, the performing artists and specifications for the organ. This CD of rich and colorful music is especially recommended for students and lovers of Historic Organs.

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Organ Pedal Technic by Pietro a Yon Paperback (March 2000)

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Organ Technique: Modern and Early by George H. Ritchie, George B. Stauffer. Paperback, Spiral edition (May 2000)

The authors' new approach to learning two playing techniques offers a systematic method for mastering the modern, legato technique needed for organ music composed arter 1750, as well as an articulated technique for earlier works. The authors also present useful information on accompanying anthems and solos and on adapting piano and orchestral accompaniments to the organ.

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Organist and Hymn Playing by Austin Cole Lovelace. Paperback, revised edition (June 1981)

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Organists and Organ Playing in Nineteenth-Century France and Belgium by Orpha C. Ochse. Paperback - 288 pages, Reprint edition (September 2000)

An account of the rise to brilliance of the organ profession in France and Belgium in the nineteenth century.

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