Photos 1: Bach Album

The greatest man of all ...

The organ works of Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), after more than 300 years, still form the kernel of the standard organ repertoire even to this day.  He is the central figure in the history of Western music in that   everything before him merely led up to him and everything today eventually leads back to him.  No one else from history fits this description, and, with the possible exception of Ludwig van Beethoven who runs a very close second, his near super-human invention and sheer mastery of the techniques of composition have never been equalled.

An extended tripartite work, Praeludium, Chorale, and Fugue for Organ Op. 10 from Ten Pieces for Organ Op. 1-9 by Steven Monrotus, an extended tripartite work, has been composed to honor his memory.  This music incorporates the sectional style of Baroque "stylus phantasticus" writing in the Praeludium, and the Fugue is written in quadruple counterpoint with 3 countersubjects maintained throughout.  Bach's 4-note melodic signature Bb-A-C-B is deliberately worked into the counterpoint in all 3 sections, and these sections are all constructed upon the same melodic outline which lends a very strong sense of unity to the work.

The central section of this piece is available separately as Chorale in d minor for Organ Op. 9.  This excerpt is for 2 hands and playable on a one-manual organ with no pedals, a harmonium, or electronic keyboard.

Both of these scores are free for download and printing by going to the Free Stuff page on this web site.