Musical Performance and Reception: Bach's Feet: The Organ Pedals in European Culture (Hardback)
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Musical Performance and Reception: Bach's Feet: The Organ Pedals in European Culture (Hardback)

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Hardback 314 Pages / Published: 19/01/2012
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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 an 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.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521199018
Number of pages: 314
Weight: 700 g
Dimensions: 246 x 173 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'There is much to enjoy in this compelling study.' Early Music
'Part of [Yearsley's] 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
"There is much to enjoy in this compelling study" --Early Music
"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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