Photos 1: Bach Album
Hoffman reconstruction of original keydesk of the 1703 Wender organ of the Bach Church in Arnstadt, accurately detailed to exact original measurements as J.S. Bach knew it and as it operates the instrument today
Original keys and drawknobs of1703 Wender keydesk in Bach museum at Arnstadt, manual compass 8-foot CCDD-c3d3, (48 notes), pedal compass CCDD-c1d1, 25 notes
Bach Arnstadt memory plate with message in German script which reads "Johann Sebastian Bach started working his first Organist's position from 1703-1707 in this house of God"
Opening page of Ringk's copy of d minor Toccata & Fugue for organ BWV 565 (top staff soprano clef) by J.S. Bach
well-loved Erfurt portrait of unknown subject thought to be J.S. Bach, painted c. 1715, considered inauthentic
Opening page of Eb Major Prelude BWV 552 from Clavieruebung Part III (top staff treble clef) by J.S. Bach
Bach's 13th canon (canon triplex in 6 voices, as shown in Hausmann portrait) deciphered, showing 3 separate 2-voice canons, each in inverse movement, perpetually repeating.
full view, 1908 statue of J.S. Bach by Leipzig sculptor Carl Seffner standing in the courtyard of St. Thomas Church, Leipzig
Top of 1908 statue of J.S. Bach by Leipzig sculptor Carl Seffner standing in the courtyard of St. Thomas Church, Leipzig
close-up view of 1908 Seffner statue of Bach standing in the courtyard of the Thomaskirche in Leipzig
2008 digital computer reproduction of J.S. Bach's face based upon a bronze cast of his skull, considered the most authentic that can be forensically reconstructed
Entrance bust of Bach in Bach Museum, Leipzig, life-size marble sculpture by Carl Seffner depicting the subject at approximately 60 years of age (1745)
First page of score of Praeludium, Chorale, and Fugue for Organ by Steven Monrotus, a spacious tripartite work dedicated to the memory of J.S. Bach having his melodic signature (Bb-A-C-B) inserted in a middle voice in all 3 sections.
First page of score of "Jig" Fugue in A Major for Organ by Steven Monrotus, a work inspired by Bach's G Major "Jig" Fugue for Organ.
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.