The Organ Pedals in European Culture
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- Author: David Yearsley, Cornell University, New York
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Winner of the 2012 Ogasapian Book Prize from the The Organ Historical Society The organist seated at the king of instruments with thousands of pipes rising all around him, his hands busy at the manuals and his feet patrolling the pedalboard, is a symbol of musical self-sufficiency yielding musical possibilities beyond that of any other mode of solo performance. In this book, David Yearsley presents a new interpretation of the significance of the oldest and richest of European instruments, by investigating the German origins of the uniquely independent use of the feet in organ playing. Delving into a range of musical, literary and visual sources, Bach's Feet demonstrates the cultural importance of this physically demanding mode of music-making, from the blind German organists of the fifteenth century, through the central contribution of Bach's music and legacy, to the newly-pedaling organists of the British Empire and the sinister visions of Nazi propagandists.Read more
- Investigates the symbolic power of the organ and organ performance in creating a sense of German national identity, presenting new readings of organ works by Bach and others
- Provides a fresh perspective on the importance of the organ for J. S. Bach's legacy, re-imagining Bach as a performing musician making music at the organ
- Places the organ - the oldest and richest of European instruments - back at the centre of musical discourse, giving a clear sense of the complexity, excitements, difficulty and majesty of organ performance
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"There is much to enjoy in this compelling study" --Early MusicSee more reviews
"Yearsley’s ability to make con- nections among disparate elements shows a rare degree of insight pos- sessed by one at once passionate about the subject matter and deeply immersed in it through lifelong involvement and study. It is a rare book about the organ that can appeal to, and inform, both organ- ists and non-organists. In focusing on the feet, Yearsley crafts a point of view to which anyone can relate." --Early Music America
"Part of his intent in writing Bach’s Feet, which is clearly a labor of love, is to reintroduce the organ into general musicological discourse, and perhaps even attract some lay readers. His book certainly deserves to succeed in its mission, and the organ, as he says, is “ready for a comeback.” --NOTES
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- Date Published: February 2012
- format: Adobe eBook Reader
- isbn: 9781139210522
- contains: 44 b/w illus. 88 music examples
- availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
Table of Contents
1. Inventing the organist's feet
2. Harmonies of the feet, visions of the body
3. Walking towards perfection: pedal solos and cycles
4. The pedal in the cosmopolitan age of travel
5. Treading the globe: the world-wide expansion of the German pedal ideal
6. Bach's feet.
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